Selfreport – First dorkbot meeting in Second Life

February 19, 2007 at 2:21 am 2 comments

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It was fare more chaotic than I imagined. Some more than 30 avatars where filling up my small place. But I just started 5 min after meeting time. First it was quite controlled. I introduced dorkbot, mentioned some links and talked about my idea of a dorkbot meeting.

So then we moved to Ian Ah’s nice SKYBAR Lounge where the presentations was planned to begin. Wirxli Flimflam one of the founders of avatar performance group Second Front talked about his work and ideas. Avatars were still appearing and it was also talk in between… The place was laggy like hell. But the videos seemed to work, at least for me (each avatar has his own computated view of world).

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And then Ian Ah aka Ian Murray RL (a pioneering canadian (media)-artist especially in the field of radio and soundart) talked about the form of meetings in Second Life.. He said, that we need a new form of meeting in dorkbot. Because Second Life is not real life. His point was that the structure and mediality of SL requires another meeting structure.. He was definitly right, but how would look this specific kind of way to hold dorkbot meetings in SL??? We have to figure this out! Then he talked also a bit about his long and pioneering experiences from the 70ies to the early 90ies. You can find his most famous radio/ soundart composition/track called: “Keeping on Top of the Top Song” (1970) online.

Afterall the whole meeting was quite interesting and I got good feedbacks from several people. (PRESS: We make money not art, Second Life News, Virtual artists alliance.)

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Entry filed under: Dorkbot, electricity, media art, rhizomatic, second life, Uncategorized.

First dorkbot meeting in Second Life planned 18th Febr. (2-3 PM PST) announcement: second dorkbot SL session scheduled on 8th April 2pm PST

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. michael waggoner  |  February 20, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    Glad to see the positive reviews. Local powder left me no option but to slide around on local mountains over virtual worlds. However, I look forward to contributing as able toward a continuing dorkbot influence in SL! See you soon.

  • 2. annie aka spinsterVoom  |  February 20, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks so much for organising this, it was great. I’m doing an OpenDork spot at DorkbotLondon tomorrow about the SL meeting, which reminded me that this is something that could be included in future SL meetings:
    OpenDorks are short 5 min slots after the main speakers have finished, where anybody can stand up and show people or talk about what they’re up to.
    Also, don’t worry too much about technical glitches – they’re a traditional part of every RL Dorkbot I’ve been to!
    Thanks again.

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