For the French philosopher Pierre Lévy the virtual does not oppose the real. Virtuality is not about possibility, but about potency. The possible is just like the real but without an existence. There is no realization for the virtual, only the potency of what it may become. Virtuality is in the intangible moment between what was and what will be.

Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu at Lost Town.











Motel Coimbra


The Meta_Body project will be presented in the exhibition Motel Coimbra, at Colégio das Artes, Coimbra, Portugal. Opening in the 31st January, 6pm.

This is the second exhibition at Colégio das Artes, reflecting the practices of their doctoral students in Contemporary Art. The core of the exhibition is the creative process, in appreciation of art as research process.
Catarina Carneiro de Sousa AKA CapCat Ragu is one of these PhD students presenting her art based research centered in the Meta_Body project.

Meta_Body is a project initiated by Catarina Carneiro de Sousa AKA CapCat Ragu and Sameiro Oliveira Martins AKA Meilo Minotaur, in the virtual environment of Second Life.
The virtual experience of the body is not exactly an experience of the flesh. Although metaverse experiences have a perceptual and sensorial aspect, they continue to be experienced in our organic body, not in our avatar body. The avatar body has metaphorical nature.
On project Meta_Body we focused on the creative aspect of embodiment and in the metaphorical nature of the avatar, a body / language open to experimentation.
We provide eighteen avatars, which are not only offered, but also copiable, transformable and transferable, giving total freedom of use to produsers. We use this term instead of public or audience, because this project promoted a creative and participatory relation with Second Life residents.
As an artwork, Meta_Body can only be fully grasped in the embodiment and transformation of the avatars, turning the aesthetical experience of the work into a creative process.

So, when invited to present her art based research in an art exhibition Catarina Carneiro de Sousa AKA CapCat Ragu chose not only to present the work developed by her and Sameiro Oliveira Martins AKA Meilo Minotaur in the metaverse, but also the derivative work developed by the produsers of Meta_Body.

Meta_Body I (initial avatars)

Meta_Body II (derivative avatars)
Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3
Stage 4