Written by Yoko Ono, Spring 1963
Performed by Hermione Flynn, Winter 2019
Em is one of the few life-like human 3D avatars which can speak. Of course, this posed the question:
WHAT WOULD A NEWBORN DIGITAL AVATAR HAVE TO SAY?
Yoko Ono's beautiful book, Grapefruit - A Book of Instructions and Drawings, contains a series of Event Scores or instructions which are open to fellow artists for realization or reinterpretation. Ono's poetic instructions translated perfectly to the surreal aesthetics portrayed in Em. Many of the scores address peaceful themes of compassion for other people, and the environment, as well as self-love. Em will continue to recite Ono's scores as an ongoing exploration of digital human simulation and the spoken word.