As I child, I became an expert at sellotaping cardboard boxes together. Later I took to photography. I avoided writing, and doing sciences was a strategy for doing this. Music became one of the biggest things in my life.
Later in life, I discovered language was good and people were really quite interesting. So I did a degree in sociology, and followed up on the visual arts.
Around that time, 2009, I read an article that mentioned Second Life. I thought I should look, and starting out as Tizzy Canucci, was immediately entranced and fascinated! I started creating more visual images there during 2012 (Flickr), began blogging in 2013, and made the move to moving image work (also known as machinima, or video art) in 2015 (see Vimeo).
In October 2016 I was accepted to do a practice based PhD in Contemporary Art at Lancaster University, working from that base. You can see all the academic presentations I have been making about virtual worlds and art on my personal website.
I produce work out of, rather than contained within, Second Life. Virtual worlds are separate spaces, but they are different from usual games. In virtual worlds, individuals build their own space and things from their own creativity, and share it with other users or ‘residents’. Computer games, on the other hand, are usually a planned product of a games studio that sets the rules and conditions of users.
My main virtual world interest is in making moving image work. Work like this has often been labelled ‘machinima’, and was inventive and original. However, my view is that the label ‘machinima’ is now driven too much by the commercial interests of games businesses and those interested in competition. I remain interested in expanding the possibilities of the artform, as video art or the moving image, but also to develop that into printmaking – a previously unexploited avenue.
If you want to contact me, you can send a direct message through twitter (TizzyCanucci), or email email@example.com. You can see a broader range of what I do in real life at www.tessbaxter.com, or you can visit my academic profile.