virtual photograph

Jean Baudrillard
Corbières, 1999
Giclée print on pure cotton paper
90 x 60 cm

“Is there still an aesthetic illusion? And if not, a path to an ‘aesthetic’ illusion, the radical illusion of secret, seduction and magic? Is there still, on the edges of hypervisibility, of virtuality, room for an image?”
–Jean Baudrillard, The Conspiracy of Art, 2005

Sara Ludy
Window #2, 2010-2015
inkjet print on Hahnemühle photo pearl paper, mounted on sintra
32.75 x 43 in / 83.2 x 109.2 cm, framed

“Windows” is a photographic series from the artist’s “Projection Monitor”, an ongoing documentation project of the virtual world Second Life. Each photograph from “Windows” was taken inside a private island house in Second Life. Surrounded by a force field, the virtual island prevents uninvited avatars from “physically” entering. Instead, an avatar must use the in-world camera to navigate and explore.

As Ludy navigates these private homes, she uses her real world camera to photograph the virtual spaces displayed on her computer screen. The resulting images evoke uncanny elements of virtual domestic environments.