Avatars & Identity Crossing

Beauty Parlour #06: Mark "Pighed" Meadows, C. Knoth and K. Ein presenting

21 Feb 2008
21 Feb 2008

"Avatars are fast becoming the main vehicle through which we navigate an ever more complex online landscape”

During this evening a presentation was given by Pighed, the author of " I, Avatar; The Culture and Consequences of Having A Second Life".

This was part of Beauty Parlour, # 6.


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Mark Stephen Meadows (aka Pighed) is an artist, writer, and engineer with over 15 years experience in interactive media. Co-founder and Creative Director of HeadCase Humanufacturing he has also spent time at Xerox-PARC, Stanford Research Institute, and The Waag.
As the author of Pause & Effect, The Art of Interactive Narrative Meadows helped to build the third commercial web server (1992), the first open-protocol 3D multi-user environment (1997), and has won awards such as the Ars Electronica Golden Nica and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum's highest honors. Currently writing a book on digital humans, he is based in Los Angeles where he lives on his boat, paints, writes, and plays accordion. After the first attack on Iraq, Mark Meadows hitchhiked from Kuwait to Baghdad a few years ago, wanting to experience first hand what the mass media filters might not reveal to the public.

Identity crossing service

This project by Christoph Knoth and Keit Ein dealt with the meaning of clothing in identity-building. How we define our identity through fashion and how fashion influences our identity.

Check out the website for more information.