Interactive works at Ars Simulacra

Mencius Watts and Taggert Alsop at Ars Simulacra  on the NMC Campus
Sunday, August 24th at 2pm slt

Mencius Watts and Taggert Alsop present a collection of recent virtual works at the New  Media Consortium’s Ars Simulacra SL Artist Showcase Island. Watts and Alsop explore their latest investigation of the possibilites of the virtual in their latest series of collaborative interactive works.

They position their work to act as a mediator of sorts – to draw out the transformative potential inherent in that jumping off point of engagement – a threshold moment. They are fascinated in how forms, sounds and images can allow interaction at its most fundamental level – not necessarily the literal operation of a work, but to be immersed within its experience. In working between various technologies and disciplines – in both realites – they have also come to value the synergy of collaboration with other artists, scientists and thinkers on numerous projects.

The significance of the tangible/physical becomes fleeting, shifting emphasis from the traditional notion of the art object back toward the experience.

Enjoy 🙂

Mencius Watts and Taggert Alsop

August 18, 2008

THE WALL in SL comes to a close

The Cybernetic Art Research Project
in conjunction with The NMC Campus and Peace Train proudly present….

….the final brick in….

*** THE WALL V-2 ***

After 28 performances to more than 2000 avatars, the LAST-EVER presentations of this unique, groundbreaking and immensely popular Second Life show will be:

FRIDAY 22nd Aug 2008 at 2PM SLT PROMPT
SUNDAY 24th Aug 2008 at 2PM SLT PROMPT

“Amazing. Not so much viewed as it is experienced” ~ Metaverse Messenger
“All I can say is WOW. GREAT show” ~ Second Arts
“Nothing short of spectacular. A complete immersion” ~ Looking Glass
“Impressive, touching and thoughtful. Second Life at its best” ~ MixedRealities
“Never seen anything like it. A perfect amalamation of creativity” ~ SL-newspapaer

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More “You know you’ve been in Second Life too long when…”

Take a look at this blog post…too true!

I’ll add one: “When you look at natural features like grass, roads and walls, you wonder how those textures would look on a prim.”

Walkabout: MoShang Zhao at his Comfort Zone

After another big day at RL work, I arrived home (too late, really) to see that MoShang Zhao was playing a gig at his SL residence, “MoShang’s Comfort Zone.” It’s always great to hear my friend from Taiwan. He’s added backing tracks for a few new songs – or at least pieces that I don’t recall hearing before.

Such a wonderful talent…It’s always a treat to spend time listening to MoShang’s Chinese Chill. I always leave in such a better frame of mind!
posted by Morris Vig on Evanda Island using a blogHUD : [blogHUD permalink]

Gen-X’ers and Millennials in Second Life

Nice piece, really nice.  I suppose I hadn’t looked at Second Life ™ from the perspective of a demographer before, and these broad sociological/generational themes have always been an interest of mine.  Perhaps they’re onto something when saying that Millienials can’t relate to the open-endedness of Second Life (a Gen-X playground if there ever was one) – and that the sheer numbers of Gen-Xers makes Second Life less welcoming to the youngsters.  Anyone else have opinions on this?

Walkabout: Green Hill III – Commercial District (CD-1)

Yet another mysterious landmark drops in my inventory, and I’m compelled to check it out. I’ve landed in a futuristic shopping mall/Blade Runner scene complete with giant screens and towering (and well-textured) structures with plenty of places for an avatar to explore. A build as well-developed as this usually has a back-story…I wonder what this one’s is. Anyone know?
posted by Morris Vig on Black Knight 2 using a blogHUD : [blogHUD permalink]

Walkabout: Impressive build by Rizla Laval

This quasi-gothic tower really struck me…who would’ve thought that it was a prefab build? Stop by the Okutama sim (yes, I’m trolling around the Japanese sims again) and admire the great textures and intricate prim work up top.
posted by Morris Vig on OKUTAMA using a blogHUD : [blogHUD permalink]