Jeremy Owen Turner
(b. 1974 Victoria, Canada) is an inter-disciplinary artist, writer and music composer. He is currently exploring the creative possibilities within the pre-existing software architectures of the avatar browsers OnLive Traveler and ActiveWorlds. He is the co-founder of an international artist collective, 536 (www.fivethreesix.com) in Vancouver, Canada. Turner used to be a regular Arts/Entertainment critic for AOL Canada and website reviewer/interviewer for www.intelligentagent.com in New York. Turner has some recent interviews published on www.ctheory.net and articles about avatar culture on www.shift.com . His internet based artwork has appeared on websites and installations in such places as the State University of New York (SUNY), www.digitalsouls.com (San Francisco), www.bazarin.com (Sao Paolo,Brazil) and as a guest online artist for GATEways: A Transglobal installation sponsored by the Polycollege Stöbergrasse and Alien Productions in Vienna, Austria.
Since 1998, Turner has been creating, researching and developing new virtual worlds through found software architectures, web-site templates, manufactured chat-rooms, modified interviews, revised literary text documents, compact audio discs and customized interactive kiosks. He usually prefers to collaborate with other artists rather than keep conceptual indulgences to himself. Formalistic explorations aside, he feels that the most rewarding creative experiences emerge from playful socializing.
For the Virtual Memorial, he has chosen self-portraits that reflect his threefold self expressed as various avatars in 3D virtual chat environments. Although Turner’s art practice revolves around making multiple selves of different genders and races, for this project he has selected more conventional models of how he is perceived as an avatar in virtual space.
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