Launched on Sunday September 1st, 2013, the Freedom Project is a joint undertaking by the University of Western Australia, Virtual Ability Inc., and the Centre for ME/CFS and Other Invisible Illnesses.
A 2D and 3D art and film event, the project extended an open invitation to artists suffering from a disability or chronic illness, or associated with those suffering from either, to demonstrate how virtual life has enabled them to engage in activities and interact with others in ways which may not be possible in the real world.
I reported on the project at its launch, and again as submissions came in, and the organisers have now announced the formal opening of the public exhibition part of the project. This will commence with a special Thank You Ceremony, to be held on Sunday March 23rd, at 17:00 SLT.
The ceremony is to thank all the artists, filmmakers, and writers for contributing their works and of themselves, as well as to thank the many individuals, groups and organisations who made the project possible. An open invitation is extended to anyone wishing to attend the ceremony, and for them to visit and experience all of the submissions to the project.
Entries to the project comprise 2D and 3D art, text, and machinima, featuring individual and collaborative pieces, all with their own stories to tell. The pieces on display provide some very powerful statements, and viewing of the complete exhibition is highly recommended.
About Virtual Ability
Many disabilities in the real world can be a barrier to entry into the digital as well. People may have difficulties in dealing with the keyboard due to illness or disability; others many be reliant upon voice recognition software, and so on. Virtual Ability, Inc. helps people with these kind of challenges get into and become successful in virtual worlds like Second Life.
From an individual skills assessment undertaken during a unique intake process, Virtual Ability inc., are able to refer clients for help with assistive hardware and software as appropriate, and provide customised training and orientation. Once clients are in-world, Virtual Ability Inc., helps them integrate into the virtual society, and provides an ongoing community of support. The community offers members information, encouragement, training, companionship, referrals to other online resources and groups, ways to contribute back to the community, and ways to have fun.
The organisation runs a number of in-world centres, which can be read about on their website.
About the Centre for ME/CFS and Other Invisible Illnesses
The Centre for ME/CFS and Other Invisible Illnesses provides resources, support and guided relaxation sessions, for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gulf War Syndrome, and other invisible illnesses. They host general and research discussions once a week on Mondays at 18:00 SLT, and guided relaxation sessions every day, twice a day, at 08:00 and 20:00 SLT, in the Centre to help people manage their illness. This Centre is open to all, and all are welcome, including anyone with an illness, their families and carers to meet here and help each other. The Centre is located in Curtin University in Second Life.
- Freedom Project SLurl
- UWA blog
- UWA Virtual Gallery
- Virtual Ability Inc website
- Virtual Ability Island SLurl
- Centre for ME/CFS and Other Invisible Illnesses Facebook page
- Centre for ME/CFS and Other Invisible Illnesses SLurl
With thanks to Gentle Heron for the reminder, and Jayjay Zifanwe.