|Ana Clara Voog|
|Birth name||Rachael Olson|
|Born||18 April 1966|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, Musician, Performance artist, Visual artist, Writer|
|Instruments||Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Vocals|
|Associated acts||The Blue Up?|
Ana Clara Voog (born April 18, 1966) is a musician, visual artist, performance artist and writer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Voog is the former front woman of The Blue Up?, a pop rock band from the Minneapolis area. On August 22, 1997 Voog began anacam, the second webcam (after JenniCam) that lifecasted, i.e., broadcast twenty-four hours a day live from a home.
Ana Voog was born as Rachel Olson on April 18, 1966 to a Lutheran Minister father. She later changed her name to Ana Clara Voog. Although it was never legally changed, Voog has used it as her primary name. Voog attended high school in Stillwater, Minnesota.
On 22 August 1997, Voog began a webcam project named anacam. Besides a view into Ana Voog's personal life, anacam also incorporated performance art and visual experimentation. Daily activities such as cooking dinner, vacuuming, and hosting visitors fill out the non-interactive periods on anacam. Other activities on the webcam range from chatting with cam-watchers, playing music, and ornate performance pieces involving household items.
While sex and nudity played only a small part in what could be seen on cam, Ms. Voog gained considerable attention, and criticism, for the portrayal of nudity and sexual activity, including masturbation and intercourse, on her live webcam.
Voog distinguished the racier elements of her project from pornography, stating that the "site isn't about sex, but sexuality and sensuality". In contrast with one-time collaborator Isabellacam, which was self-described as “a completely original take on female produced erotic content”, Voog views sexuality on anacam as a part of her life.
From the beginning of anacam, Voog accompanied the webcam with a blog in a section of her site, analog and in her LiveJournal, started in 1999. Voog transcribed her earlier, hand-written journals to her online blog. In addition, she publishes poetry, stream-of-consciousness work, along with other writings. Voog also produced many varieties of art, including paintings, drawings, video, and photographs. A number of public archives of Voog's work have fallen into serious disrepair, although a representative selection has been published in J.D. Casten's book on Voog, Dreaming On Stage. Art installations by Voog have been hosted by the New York Museum of Modern Art, and in the Walker Art Center and the Weisman Art Museum.
- She was trying to live her life 100 per cent openly, which I thought was a righteous ideal. I wanted to emulate it in my own way by logging everything I found interesting, whether art or politics or silliness or even occasionally good porn.
In August 2009, Voog turned off her webcam on the 12th anniversary of the site. In total, anacam broadcast live, 24/7, for twelve years.
On July 30, 2007, she and her husband had their first child, Lili Zuzu Voog. The child was conceived and birthed on cam. A second child, Violet Luna, was born on 8 February 2009. Ana's third child, a son named Henry Rose, died on May 14, 2010, at 36 weeks gestation, from complications resulting from Trisomy 13.
Recordings by The Blue Up?
- "We are the Garden" b/w "It's My Life" (first single, 1986: vinyl)
- Now (EP 1987: vinyl; German version, 1988)
- "Everything Is" (on Kaleidoscope — Exploding Underground Compilation, 1988: vinyl)
- "Were You a Friend?" (on Let's Talk About Boys — German compilation 1988: vinyl)
- Introducing Sorrow (1989; was to be released by Midnight Music London, but they went bankrupt. Was then released in mp3 format in ana2.com, May 1999)
- Cake and Eat It (1992: CD and cassette)
- "Pink Turns to Blue" (on Du Huskers — Hüsker Dü tribute album, 1993: vinyl, CD, and cassette)
- "Breathe You Out" (1995: CD single)
- "Breathe You Out" (on Soundbites — compilation, 1995: cassette)
- Spool Forka Dish (1995: promo cassette)
- Spool Forka Dish (1995)
- "Frovarp" (on Minnesota Modern Rock — compilation, 1995)
Recordings by Ana Voog (solo)
- Mother Anorexia (demo) (on Radioactive — compilation, 1996)
- Telepathic You & Please God (on Radioactive — compilation, 1997)
- Please God (1997: promo CD)
- Anavoog.com (promo CD)
- Four remixes (on Hollywood Remixes, 1998: vinyl)
- AnaVoog.com (1998)
- Ana Voog's weblog on LiveJournal
- Ana Voog Biography on IMDB, retrieved 2009-01-23
- Steltenpohl, Jon, Rachael of The Blue Up? Interview, retrieved 2009-01-23
- Scholtes, Peter S. (2002-09-18), The City Pages, retrieved 2009-01-23
- Voog, Ana (2008-08-22), trance missions - 11 years, retrieved 2009-01-23
- Anacam, retrieved 2006-07-21
- Voog, Ana (August 31, 2007-8-2007), trance missions, retrieved 2009-01-23
- Voog, Ana (2007-08-07), updates, co-sleeping, hollow belly, retrieved 2009-01-23
- Voog, Ana, Anacan Anatomy, retrieved 2009-01-23
- Voog, Ana, Ana Voog Weblog, retrieved 2009-01-23
- Ana Voog And A Robot Dancing Together, retrieved 2009-01-23
- Voog, Ana (2002-05-22), voog hat bio, retrieved 2009-01-23
- Silkstone, Dan (2007-04-07), "The blogs that ate cyberspace", The Age (Melbourne), retrieved 2009-01-23
- Barger, Jorn (December 15, 2007-12-15), Top 10 Tips for New Bloggers From Original Blogger Jorn Barger, retrieved 2009-01-23
- Voyeurism Online, 2000-06-28, retrieved 2009-02-02
- JenniShow Episode 32: JenniCon, 2006-06-17, retrieved 2009-02-02
- CamGirls Progress, 2008-08-19, retrieved 2009-01-23
- anacam's 12th ana-versary!, 2009-08-22, retrieved 2010-02-12
- Grady, Denise (1998-07-02), Cosmetic Breast Enlargements Are Making a Comeback, The New York Times, retrieved 2009-02-02
- Voog, Ana (2007-07-31), trance missions - July 31st, 2007, retrieved 2009-01-31
- We're OK!, 2009-02-11, ISBN 1-60006-057-9, retrieved 2009-02-12
- henry rose (may 14th, 2010 r.i.p.), 2010-03-23, retrieved 2009-02-12
- anacam - webcam site
- Ana Voog Digital Photo Archive at Deviant Art
- Interview with J.D. Casten, editor of the book "Ana Voog: Dreaming on Stage"