[-empyre-] Introducing Lee Tusman and Messlife

Lee T leetusman at gmail.com
Thu Nov 26 00:00:00 AEDT 2020

Dear Empyre List,

Messlife <http://accumulations.online/messlife.html> is a generative
virtual DIY collective artspace and community. It manifests through online
and in-person art exhibitions, popping up within galleries, alternative
spaces and classrooms even as its true form is situated within cyberspace.

Messlife is both a virtual space as well as an experimental art tool. It
consists of an open sandbox platform, taking the metaphor of a DIY artist
warehouse. The environment supports a simultaneous community of no more
than a few dozen participants who primarily build collaged sculptures and
digital readymades, skate, or explore its nooks and crannies.

Useful materials for construction are imported and added or found onsite.
Any 2d image can be uploaded into the space, immediately becoming a 3d
asset or artwork used for building in an additive constructive manner, used
as material for sculpture or to alter one's own body or the shifting floor.
The horizontal nature of the tool means that fine art, memes, personal
images, drawings, textures, stock photos and screenshots all become
readymade materials. These uploaded materials are shared by the community.
Any participant can use anyone else's images, or move, resize, or shift

In addition to the warehouse artspace is a skatepark, dumpsters for storing
and discarding old materials, a performance area, art shack, shipping
containers, shopping carts.

Like IRL artist communities, the shared dumpsters take on an outsize role
here. The virtual dumpster is a generative space for both discarding past
images or objects and finding new ones, and new works can be constructed
using this detritus.

In addition to the traditional First Person 3d game view, Messlife includes
a top down world view, both intended as a generative visual artwork of its
own as well as a result of the collected images and manipulations of the

Messlife opens for temporary events. In this body of documentation
<http://accumulations.online/messlife.html>, images and video captured from
the space can themselves be considered a constructed artistic output.


On Tue, Nov 24, 2020 at 9:50 PM Daniel Lichtman <danielp73 at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Dear Empyre Community,
> I wanted to introduce the next artist for this month, Lee Tusman, who will
> present the generative visual output of the Messlife virtual space. Lee
> will send an email introducing this project in more detail shortly.
> Lee is a New York-based new media artist and educator interested in the
> application of the radical ethos of collectives and DIY culture to the
> creation of, aesthetics, and open-source distribution methods of digital
> culture. He works in code, collage, sound, and text. His artistic output
> includes installations, interactive media, video art, experimental games,
> sound art, websites, bots, and micro-power radio stations. His work has
> been shown at museums, galleries, artist-run spaces, and virtual
> environments. He studied at Brandeis University and received his MFA at
> UCLA in Design Media Arts. He is Assistant Professor of New Media and
> Computer Science at Purchase College.
> Lee is an organizer with Babycastles, a NYC-based collective fostering and
> amplifying diverse voices in videogame culture as well as a collaborator
> with artist-run community Flux Factory. He co-founded Processing Community
> Day NYC. He is a past organizer at Hidden City Philadelphia, Little Berlin
> and KCHUNG Radio.
> You can reach Lee and follow his work on Twitter at 2sman2sman, Instagram
> at leetusman and Github at lee2sman.
> Looking forward to sharing and discussing the project!
> Also looking forward to introducing Angeliki Diakrousi and Cristina
> Cochior's project, Temporary Riparian Zone, later this week.
> Dan
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