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Antoinette LaFarge is a new media artist and writer known for her work with mixed-reality performance and projects exploring the conjunction of visual art and fiction.
LaFarge received her M.F.A. degree in Computer Art from the School of Visual Art, New York, in 1995, and her undergraduate degree from Harvard University. She is the great-great-granddaughter of American artist John La Farge.
In 1994, LaFarge founded the Plaintext Players, an internet performance group that began creating original pieces early in the Web era. Initially, the Plaintext Players performed solely in text-based virtual environments such as MOOs, creating directed improvisations for both online audiences and visitors in real spaces, where the performances were viewed as projections. More recently, they have worked with LaFarge and her longtime primary collaborator, theater director Robert Allen, on several mixed-reality performance works, including 'The Roman Forum' (2000), 'The Roman Forum Project' (2003), and 'Demotic' (2004/2006).
LaFarge has created or collaborated on other technologically complex, media-rich performance works and installations, including 'Reading Frankenstein' (2003, with director Annie Loui), 'Playing the Rapture' (2008, with Robert Allen), 'Hangmen Also Die' (2010, with Robert Allen), 'Galileo in America' (2011, with Robert Allen), and 'Far-Flung follows function' (2012, with Ursula Endlicher and Robert Allen). A recurrent theme in these works is the struggle of individuals to come to terms with the nexus of history, politics, mythmaking, and media. Over the years she has worked with performer-director Kim Weild, sound artist Cuca Esteves, writer Aida Croal, and many other theater artists, performers, and programmers.
LaFarge also co-curated two very early U.S. exhibitions showcasing computer games: the 2000 show 'SHIFT-CTRL: Computers, Games, and Art' and 2004's 'ALT+CTRL: A Festival of Independent and Alternative Games'. Both were produced by the Beall Center for Art + Technology at the University of California, Irvine, where LaFarge currently holds the position of Professor of Digital Media in the Department of Art.
LaFarge's writing ranges from essays on new media and a genre she terms "fictive art"  to performance scripts and fiction, including 'Cylex,' a work of speculative fiction that appeared in Wired magazine. LaFarge is an Associate of the Institute of Cultural Inquiry, a Los-Angeles-based nonprofit, for which she has designed several books, including the 2007 anthology Searching for Sebald: Photography After W.G. Sebald.
- Antoinette LaFarge and Robert Allen. 'Media Commedia'. Leonardo Vol. 38, No. 3, 2005.
- Antoinette LaFarge. 'Eisbergfreistadt: The Fictive and the Sublime'. Visual Communications Quarterly, Oct.-Dec. 2009.
- Antoinette LaFarge. 'Cylex'. Wired Vol. 2, no. 4 (1994).
- Danet, Brenda. Cyberpl@y: Communicating Online. Oxford, England: Berg Publishers, 2001.
- Corcoran, Marlena. 'Life and Death in the Digital World of the Plaintext Players'. Leonardo, Vol. 32, No. 5, 1999.
- Goodeve, Thyrza Nichols. 'Houdini’s Premonition: Virtuality and Vaudeville on the Internet'. Leonardo, Vol. 30, No. 5, 1997.