Project Endless Possibilities

Virtual Identity in an Ever-changing World

On this page, you find first a description of the project, and secondly, a list of the questions I ask participants to answer. Below that – a list of participants. And finally – links to more posts about the project.

While working through my own virtual identity crisis, I started wondering about avatars. We all have endless possibilities of creating our avatars so they are exactly what we want them to be. So why did I need an avatar who looked and dressed somewhat like me? Why didn’t I want something completely different – someone fabulous always dressing in the latest and coolest fashion, changing looks and hair and outfits at least every day? For me, I figured out I wanted to put myself more out there, I wanted my avatar to resemble me more. I wanted to have my avatar to be a virtual version of me, traveling around in SL. Maybe it will change over time, or maybe I will stay like this – we’ll see.

But this led me to think about all the different avatars and why people choose to represent themselves as they do. There are so many different avatars out there, and I want to know about the thoughts behind because I think most people put a lot of thought into their looks.

So this led to Project Endless Possibilities.

Right now this is only the beginning. I’m currently looking for avatars willing to participate in this project.

To participate: If you want to be a part of this, either IM me in world or email me at stinalinadreamscape@gmail.com. Also, I will sometimes ask avatars I meet to participate. I would love to have as many different avatars participating as possible – every avatar, no matter shape, skin, form … is welcome!

I have written some questions below that I ask participants to ponder and then I ask them to write a few paragraphs about their avatar, both the shape and skin they wear but also the clothes – or the animal shape or whatever they’re wearing. I also need a picture – either we can meet up and I can take it on the grid somewhere or participants can make their own pictures and email them to me. I encourage participants to make a list of what they’re wearing – but this is not a necessity.

All participants will be featured on this blog.

As I said, I don’t know what this will lead to but I would like to have emails on all participating so I can send updates out if necessary. Eventually, I would like to at least collect it all together in a pdf-file so participants can get this if interested but we’ll see what it all ends up with.

The questions:

  • Does your avatar look like or represent your real life self?
  • Do you make significant changes to your avatar often?
  • Why have you chosen to have your avatar look like he/she/it does?
  • Do you have a signature look?
  • Is it important to you how your avatar looks?
  • Do you have some basics that you always wear (certain color of hair, eyes or …)?
  • What does it mean to you how other avatars look? Do you avoid talking to some avatars because of their appearance? *
  • How has your perspective on your avatar and your thoughts about your appearance changed since you first joined Second Life? **
  • Has Second Life influenced your Real Life in any way? **
  • How do you view your avatar? Is it just a tool to be able to navigate SL, is it an aspect of your persona, a virtual representation of you or maybe your best friend? **

Feel free to emphasize what you feel is most important – or add to these questions if you think something else is more important to you and your avatar. It’s up to you whether you want to answer the questions one by one or in essay form.

This project began on March 4th, 2011.

* Question added March 10th, 2011.

** Questions added March 11th, 2011.

List of participants:

  1. Quaezar Agnomen
  2. Stace Finesmith
  3. Tess Delwood
  4. Ferris Greymoon (Furry)
  5. Zobeid Zuma
  6. Vic Michalak
  7. Arisia Vita
  8. Kathy Emerald
  9. Junior Oppenbaum
  10. Ewokian Pessoa (Neko)
  11. Jetzep Zabelin (Mini cat)
  12. Derridada Mimiteh
  13. Synnastyr Kuhr (Furry)
  14. Gilles Kuhn
  15. Lillia Wycliffe
  16. Softpaw Sommer (Fairy cat)
  17. Itsme Frederix
  18. Gobstopper Xomotron (Robot)
  19. Cattleya Bouras & Timour Carami (Satyr & Mer)
  20. Shaman Kharg (Satyr)
  21. Nosnibor Zerundi
  22. Eupalinos Ugajin
  23. Haruhi Pfeffer
  24. Niamh (Atalanta Navarathna) (Fae)
  25. Jinnywitha Cleanslate

More posts about the project:

Posts from other places about the project:

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