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April 25, 2007

Borders Boundaries and Liminal Spaces


Conference ON/IN Second Life

Borders Boundaries and Liminal Spaces: A conference in the liminal space of Second Life sponsored by Ars Virtua and presented with the New Media Consortium Virtual Worlds. Teleport HERE (instructions are here) you must be a member of the NMC Guests group to use this link, membership is free)

Borders are frequently under contention; they are regions that neatly separate two entities and enable a form of deconstruction. However, the distinctions formed by borders are not sufficient and we realize that often the border begins to represent a third region and generates more contentious borders. It is truly difficult to discern the breadth a border, an indeterminate space, and it's depth is dependent on the sphere, there is a point when you can cross into the "other." Borders would be impossible to cross if this was false and the liminal space would disappear. It is our assertion that the synthetic world is a fundamentally liminal space....

Day 1 (Thursday, April 26, 2007) -all times Pacific Time/SLT

* 11:30 - 11:50am Invocation/Welcoming Statements

* Noon - 1:15pm Session: Remains

Brad Kligerman -Artist and Architect Brad Kligerman has turned the idea of art making upside down or rather inside out in his AVAIR exhibit. Kligerman questions the idea of materiality in the rendered environment and the nature of image. He successfully blends the idea of moving through "space" with the idea of moving through image in his new multi-sim installations.

Renée Ridgway - is an artist and free-lance curato ased in Amsterdam. Ridgway´s visual projects can be interpreted as a mapping of different occupations/occupancies by the use of a migrating identity to understand foreign territories, unknown areas and (sub)cultures. While social groups, peoples and cultures usually emphasize apparent differences to define themselves, she chooses to focus on similarities and raise questions about how identity can be constructed, including her own.

Laura Jones -- is an applied anthropologist and archaeologist. Her research areas are California and French Polynesia. She has worked for the Muwekma Tribe of Ohlone Indians, Stanford University, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

moderator James Morgan

* 1:15pm - on De-compression Event: Demo Day - building, scripting and animating in SL

Day 2 (Friday, April 27, 2007) All Times Pacific Time

* 11-12:15pm Session: Out of Body

Michele White - Michele White is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Tulane University. She teaches Internet and new media studies, television and film theory, art history and contemporary visual culture, science fiction and technology literature, gender and queer theory, and critical race and postcolonial studies.

Elouise Pasteur - Eloise Pasteur is an avatar on Second Life and is widely known as an educator, writer, coder, and businesswoman with a first life background as an educator of students with disabilities. She is the author of innovative educational designs that foster in world learning and and is also known for her designs that she sells to the Second Life S&M community.

Dore Bowen - Dore Bowen holds a Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Art from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. in Media Studies from The Evergreen State College. Her writing and curatorial projects focus on the phenomenology of perception, particularly within the interstices of the temporal and visual arts. Her criticism has appeared in journals and catalogues. She is currently Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at San Jose State University.

Moderator: Thomas Asmuth

* 12:30-1:30 De-compression Event: Sex Tour

* 1:45- 3:00 Session: Body in Quotes

Nathaniel Stern - an internationally exhibited installation and video artist, net.artist, printmaker and performance poet. His interactive installations have won awards in New York, Australia and South Africa, and his video and net.art have been featured in festivals all over Europe, Asia and the US. nathaniel's collaborative physical theatre and multimedia performance work with the Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative has won three of South Africa's FNB Vita Awards and seen three main stage features at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival.

Jeremy Turner - aka. Wirxli Flimflam is a new media artist, published writer, avatar performer and music (audio) composer currently based in Vancouver but exhibits, curates, performs and collaborates globally. As Wirxli Flimflam, he is the founding member of the performance art group Second Front in Second Life. He was the Coordinator for the LIVE 2005 Biennial of Performance Art in Vancouver. www.livevancouver.bc.ca and is now the Director of Avatar Development for LIVE 2007.

Stuart Bunt

moderator Carlos Castellanos

Day 3 (Saturday April 28, 2007) All Times Pacific Time

* 11:00-12:15 SLT Session: Game the System

Patrick Lichty - is a conceptual intermedia artist working in activist art, retrotech, digital minimalism, alpha revisionism, and experimental video, among others. In addition, he is an editor, curator, writer, musician, and engineer. He is Editor -in-Chief for Intelligent Agent Magazine.

Joseph DeLappe - has been engaging in visual arts practice since the early 1980s. His works in mixed media, digital photography, sculpture and interactive installation have been shown throughout the United States and internationally. DeLappe joined UNR as the head of the Art Department's New Genres area in 1993. DeLappe is a native of San Francisco, California.

Trevor Smith - founder of the Ogoglio project which is building an online city for creative work. A graduate of the dot.com boom and bust, he spent several years as a member of the research staff at Xerox PARC before starting a Seattle based space hosting company, Transmutable. He is available in digital form at http://trevor.smith.name/

comoderated kyungwha lee & john bruneau

* 12:30 on De-compression Event: WoW raid(s)/Grind

Schedule: http://arsvirtua.com/bordersprog.php
Location: http://arsvirtua.com/borders/location.php
email: nmc at arsvirtua dot com

Ars Virtua is a new media center and gallery located in the synthetic world of Second Life. It is a new type of space that leverages the tension between 3-D rendered game space and terrestrial reality, between simulated and simulation. Ars Virtua is sponsored by the CADRE Laboratory for New Media.

Posted by jo at April 25, 2007 10:57 AM