Performative Avatars_Idea

I’ve always imagined an avatar controlled by my myself. For instance an avatar controlled by voice, brain-wave, joy-stick, etc.


Also, as a Dalai Lama Fellow I want to create an avatar based on the Dalai Lama. I also plan on creating an avatar of the Dalai Lama’s complete opposite: Kim Jong Un.

To accomplish this, I required action figures of both individuals to 3D scan. I searched all over Google and Amazon to no success. I found many action figures of Kim Jong Un, but very few for the Dalai Lama.

Below is a list of Dalai Lama related avatars:



As you can see above, the selection is slim. Finally, I came across Madame Tussauds, which is known for its wax figurines of notable individuals and visited to see if the Dalai Lama could be found there. Alas, he was not in the U.S. museum, but was in their London Museum.


Otherwise, I had no trouble finding figures of Kim Jong Un. I found many on various online Chinese marketplaces. There were more Kim Jong Il figurines than for Kim Jong Un. I suspect that the movie “Team America” had much to do with this.



At the end, I settled on a 3-D puzzle set of the Dalai Lama’s face. First of all, it was very cheap and was quite pleasant to put together.

In the manual, it suggested 1 hour to construct. I ended up spending 3.5 hours to make sure all the edges matched up neatly.

Although I haven’t learned the techniques to do so, I did a very rough 3D  scan of the Dalai Lama Face puzzle.

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