5th Biennial of Douro 2010:
Text V/5 Foundation SecondLife:
Text 2011: 1
6th Biennial of Douro 2012:
The project Public Gallery for Digital
Arts started in 2005 aiming at questioning the concept of art
gallery and museum spaces, and integrating it in the space of
Thus, it was intended to act, bearing in
need to broaden the artistic speech to the Polis”,
following the concept of global village set by online
technologies. The resort to these technologies has enhanced the
development of this project through the active participations of
artists from all over the world. So, from the beginning of this
project, the agglutinating idea of the need for these
participations at a distance to materialize within the urban
space prevailed, based on some sort of outdoor that could,
somehow, evidence that intimate relationship between the work of
art and the daily space of the city.
Once the urban equipment design,
exclusively built for the event, was settled, it then became
absolutely necessary to cater for the artistic performances at a
distance in digital files that could be used afterwards,
including in printing jobs.
According to these principles, the opening
sequence of this artistic project, based on participations at a
distance, from 2005 to 2007, was the invitation addressed to
different international artists. They were requested to send
their works of art as in digital productions. After these works
were received, in digital files, they were manipulated and
printed in materials that could then be held in outdoors,
available throughout the village’s walking path.
Later, in 2008, this artistic project of
public intervention shifted to the new virtual technologies,
namely the Metaverse, by resorting to the digital platform
The Second Life platform as a relational,
ludic and global media has enabled the encounter between several
international artists who have created artistic projects on this
digital platform. In the follow-up of the Public Gallery project
for the Digital Arts on the SL, invitations were addressed to
many avatar_artists who developed works that were available on
different Second Life sights and places.
From 2008 onwards, two poets – the
Portuguese Ernesto de Melo e Castro and the Brazilian Jorge Luís
António – have replied to the Public Gallery project for the
Digital Arts on the SL. Their works might be viewed as a whole
as part of the permanent collection of the SL V/5 Foundation,
along with works proposed by the digital avatar_artists:
Juanita Deharo _ Australia; Magix Merlin _ Switzerland;
Sunflower Aichi _ Tunísia / Switzerland; Elro Tuominen _ Spain:
Vitos Porta _ Portugal; Soleil Oh_ France; Gracek
Adamczyk_Poland; Mirodi Tremor_Taiwan; Moya Janus_ France; WIN
Iwish _ England; Shihi Laa_Scotland and Filthy Fluno_U.S.A.;
Urbanist of the SIM Angel Isles, avatar ZEB BING/architect
Pierre-Divier Fouqué, Nice School
For the XV Biennial of Cerveira two
avatar_artists, the American Filthy Fluno and the French Moya
Janus, with internationally acknowledged works, were invited to
present the artistic projects they have created for the Public
Gallery for the Digital Arts on the SL.
The invitation was officially put forward
when they were asked to send their projects in high resolution
files so that they could then be printed as final art. During
the Biennial of Cerveira these digital Works will be available
all along the village walking pathway on the two urban settings
destined to the Public Gallery for the Digital Arts.
However, we can still easily acknowledge,
in this shift in resources and platforms, the upholding of the
original premises of the project Public Gallery for Digital Arts,
namely those connected to the concept of exhibitive urban space
and that of artistic participation at a distance, enhanced by
technologies resulting from globalization.
of the Commerce Square (Lisbon) / Second Life with the notice of
proposed Foundation Virtual V/5.
apresentation of the project Foundation Virtual V/5 available at
the XV Biennial of Cerveira / 2009.
Overview of the Area
XV Biennial of Cerveira / 2009 on Virtual Foundation V/5.
Public Gallery for Digital
Arts (Element 1): project by artist Moya Janus
/ 2009 / Vila Nova de Cerveira