It’s always nice to hear someone else’s perspective, because it makes you think. Especially if it’s a perspective you’ve never really thought about before.
I’ve been asking all sorts of questions on the blog lately (and will continue doing so), but I was particularly struck by someone’s opinion. Not because I think their opinion is ‘wrong’ or ‘bad,’ but because it’s a perspective I had never considered.
When I first came into SL, I was at clubs all the time. Not to socialize, but to dance. That was my focus. And once I discovered dance shows and how to choreograph, I was hooked. Dance is my ‘thing’ in SL. It’s why I am here at all. I love dancing, I love watching others dance, I love making dances. Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance!
Now, we all know that there are things we’ve become ‘blind’ to after being in SL for a while. We have become accustomed to people’s hair and clothing (flexi-prims) moving through their avatar. We know that when someone appears to be sitting ‘in’ a chair rather than ‘on’ it, chances are they forgot to turn off their AO. When people look naked on a crowded sim, or clothing appears to float in the air behind them, we know that all the mesh they’re wearing hasn’t loaded yet. They’re not really wandering around naked.
When we dance in SL, we used pre-made animations. Animations that, as was pointed out, always look exactly the same every time. So how can we call dancing ‘interesting’ or ‘entertaining’ or ‘art’ when it’s just a pre-made animation loop?
Now, I have my own thoughts on this question, but I’d like to hear yours.
So, whether you’re a dancer, a venue owner, or an audience member (or all 3!), let me hear your thoughts. Is dance in SL art?