On September 29th, a group from the Software Studio road tripped down to UC San Diego for the opening of Angela Washko’s Performing in Public (Four Years of Ephemeral Actions in World of Warcraft) exhibition. In addition to the opening, Washko gave an excellent presentation about her recent work, followed by a panel discussion led by Ricardo Dominguez.
Here’s a description of the exhibition:
For the past four years, the artist has been creating performances inside the most popular and highest-grossing multiplayer online video game of all time: World of Warcraft (WoW). Operating under performative stage titles including The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft, and The World of Warcraft Psychogeographical Association, Washko says she “began to think of World of Warcraft as less of a game and more as a massive, networked public social space. Looking at WoW through this new lens, I began to create a series of actions or performative gestures responding to both the social and representative ‘physical’ environment.” In Performing in Public (Four Years of Ephemeral Actions in World of Warcraft), Washko presents the broad array of actions she created in WoW for the first time as a large body of work.
You can see more of Angela’s work at http://angelawashko.com/