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Alter Ego looking for Online Gamers to Appear in Book/Art Project
posted by: Aaron Stanton
date posted: 02:16 PM Thu Sep 1st, 2005
last revision: 11:31 PM Thu Sep 1st, 2005

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Editor\'s note: Contact Tracy Spaight at tspaight@gmail.com for more information.

Author Tracy Spaight and photographer Robbie Cooper are trying to use art to reach beyond the superficial exterior of online avatars. Their upcoming book Alter Ego combines Spaight\'s writing with Cooper\'s photography to create character profiles of real-life gamers and their online avatars.

From their press release:

\"Alter Ego juxtaposes photographs of real people with their avatars and documents life on the screen with player stories, interviews, and screen grabs. The exhibition opens in Amsterdam this November and will visit other cities across Europe, the U.S., and the Far East beginning next year. The book will be published sometime next summer.\"

This should make an interesting read and art project considering recent surveys that suggest the majority of online female characters are played by male gamers. If you\'ve ever been curious about the people you interact with while online, this project is one for you.

Spaight and Cooper are looking to interview gamers that:

- Look like their avatars

- Play a different gender than their real world gender

- Met their significant other online

- Have a colorful, off-the-wall, or unusual story about their online experiences

Become involved:

If you think that describes you or you have an interesting story to share, we encourage you to contact Alter Ego\'s creative team.

\"The authors have not finalized their itinerary, but plan to begin their trip in South Carolina on September 10th and work their way up the East coast. From there they\'ll travel to selected cities in the Mid-West before heading out to California. If you\'d like to be a part of the project, please send an email to Tracy at tspaight@gmail.com. Tell where you live, how to contact you, and why you would make a good interview subject for the book / exhibit.\"

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