DanCoyote Antonelli = Artist DC Spensley
An alumni of the San Francisco Art Institute, DC Spensley has lived and worked in this most tolerant and beautiful of North American cities for 20 years. Co-founder of quasi art movements like “The gomi School” and “Critical Mass”, Spensley’s latest project spoofing the meta-narrative is called Hyperformalism which describes formalist abstraction in a hyper construct. These neologisms are descriptive of the artist’s perceived place in the larger context of cultural production, part “art movement” part marketing appliance and narrative license to create visual, aural and conceptual cohesion from the critical chaos of postmodern pluralism.
DC’s twenty year career is difficult to quantify. A polymath, the artist wears the hat of writer, director, cinematographer, composer, performance artist and most recently has appeared as the avatar DanCoyote Antonelli in the virtual reality simulation entitled Second Life. While most people jealously guard their pseudonymity inside this alternate reality, Spensley professes to be the same artist in both worlds and has exhibited recently at the ZeroOne/ISEA conference at the San Jose California Museum of Art, the Bumbershoots Festival under the auspices of Frye Art Museum of Seattle, the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival and numerous other venues in Second Life and real life since DanCoyote's Second Life birth in April of 2006.
DanCoyote (a pun on Cervante’s Don Quixote) has achieved significant notoriety exhibiting art based on situated technology and reactive architecture while at the same time creating, producing and directing a the only the only zero gravity dance troupe in either world. Spensley/DanCoyote’s ZeroG SkyDancers perform in Second Life and are often projected into real world venues, spanning the divide between continuums. The SkyDancers are a cross between water ballet and aerial acrobatics and have been said to invoke a sense of wonder and pageant similar to Cirque du Soleil.