[reprinted from the old blog site 3/20/07, with comments]
A post on another thread suggested that the art in SL is not “real.” One SL artist suggested deleting that post, but several others responded to it. In the interest of keeping this discussion real, I’ve set up this thread to discuss the issue. After all, the motto on our website is “WHAT IS REAL?”
A few observations: The screen you are looking at is real. The feelings you have about the avatars you meet in SL are real. The responses you have to SL art are real
Artworks in SL that are reproductions of Terran 2-D works are---???. Works that exist only is SL because they are scripted constructs are---???.
To give a bit of background to this discussion, I suggest that prior to posting a comment you look at the discussions on Art and Cognition at http://interdisciplines.org/artcog and also the discussion of Authenticity in Art at http://interdisciplines.org/artcognition (scroll down—it’s the last discussion at the bottom of that page).
Disclosure: I am on the Art & Cognition Guest Panel in my RL identity as Richard Minsky.