Blog Archive for Tag: second life

“The Vikings at Helgeland”

January 19, 2008

Schauspielhaus Hamburg shows The Vikings at Helgeland” by Henrik Ibsen in a mix of stage play and Second Life play, streaming video in and outside Second Life at the same time. Visitors can enjoy the piece at the theater as well as in Second Life. I haven’t seen it yet but there is one feature I really like. In general in the theater as well as in Second Life the audience has its individual view/ camera position. Different to the fixed view in real life theater the user in Second Life can move his view/ camera position independetly from the avatar. But while watching the Ibsen piece in Second Life a script is controlling the camera position of the audience. This is interesing. All viewers in Second Life have the same view on the set in a more likely cinematic way. A movie camera position shows close ups, totals etc. according to the situation. Play and Cinema are merging.

Imagine, in 10 years we won’t go to the movies to see “Lord of the Rings” but we will see in Second Life (or similar) as a play in real time from preset (and also free choosen) camera positions. This thought opens up for a wide range possibilities. πŸ™‚

upcoming shows:

24.01.2008, 8 pm (11 am PST)
25.01.2008, 8 pm (11 am PST)
26.01.2008, 8 pm (11 am PST)
07.02.2008, 8 pm (11 am PST)
10.02.2008, 8 pm (11 am PST)

Island in Second Life SLurl:
Helgeland (176, 130, 31), Hamburg North Beach

Blog of the play:

More infos on the piece at Schauspielhaus Hamburg website:

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Happy Birthday NewBerlin!

December 9, 2007

Exactly one year ago on 7.12.06 Tobias stepped randomly into Jan’s Gallery/Livingroom on Hannoverschestr.3, Berlin (today NewBerlin headquarter). Although they met for the very first time the idea of NewBerlin was born after 1 hour. Today they are running 3 sims with a RL-team of 5 employees constantly developing NewBerlin.

From business to freakshow everything is possible. You meet the most diverse kind of people at RL NewBerlin events. Thx for the nice party on friday, boys!


Jan is sunbading in his (minimum) 8 screen Second Life cockpit. I like the way they do business but still living the cyberpunk attitude.

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“Reinventing the Virtual City”

December 5, 2007

The very successful Shrinking Cities exhibition is still touring worldwide (where are they right now?). Recently they had a call for Second Life. Since the press anounced that Second Life shrinks Shrinking Cities took the opportunity to set up a competition on shrinking Second Life, sure they just had to :-). Florian Schmidt, a good friend won the first price with his proposal “SEMANTIC TECTONIC”. I am curious for his ideas on how to safe the virtual world πŸ˜‰

Btw, yesterday Christian Scholz aka Mr.Topf aka Tao Takashi held a very interesting talk on the new Second Life grid architecture development at ComMeta convention center. Everybody will be able to set up a grid when the time has come…

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Synthetic Performances

November 12, 2007

Eva und Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG, who I invited to 2nd City Ars07 are showing there Synthetic performances again. Don’t miss it!

“As part of PERFORMA07 we are doing three Synthetic Performances live at Artists Space, in New York, and in Second Life. Here are the details:

November 13
EVA AND FRANCO MATTES aka 0100101110101101.ORG
Synthetic Performances
6:30-8pm (performance begins at 7pm)
Artists Space, New York

In Second Life at Odyssey – 4 pm (SL time)

We are reenacting live seminal works of performance history through our avatars in Second Life, including a new reenactment of Marina Abramovic.
More info: http://07.performa-arts.org/artists.php?id=38&detail=true

Curated by Benjamin Weil, presented by Artists Space for PERFORMA07.
Produced with the generous support of Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana.

Please RSVP to rsvp@artistsspace.org and include the date and title of the
event in your subject heading.

Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG”

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Sandbox Berlin – Pics

October 10, 2007

Sandbox Berlin workshop last week was great fun. Before we started I gave a lecture on Second Life sandbox phenonemon at NewBerlin flaggstore at brand new Alexa shopping center. Tobias an Jan have a great off space within this bizzar shopping mall. The following 2 days we were busy building a series of different geometrical objects relating to Second Life sandbox. The formerly part of Berlin Wall is a classic non defined space and perfect spot to create a Sandbox. We had many interesting conversations and reactions with people from the neighbourhood. I also took the opportunity to put up my Google map pin from project Map which I still had in my inventory πŸ˜‰

It’s fun to see how objects are moved or manipulated over the night. The yellow cube became a house with a “door” and four “windows” in the first night. I am curious for the result on sunday.

Gino who is living next to the sandbox offered me to reuse the sandbox wood after the exhibition for his 100 meter, 4 tracks slotcar racing track he is setting up with some friends. Perfect transformation for theSandbox Berlin.

Sandbox exhibition is still running till sunday 14.10.07. Don’t miss it.

All the pics of Sandbox Berlin on flickr.

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2nd City on Linden Labs Blog

September 18, 2007

Robin Harper blogged some pics of 2nd City – Ars Electronica on the Linden Labs blog. I would like to share two fotos showing here phoning from RL into SL in Peter Harlanders phone booth at 2nd City.

Thanks for your visit and talk at 2nd City – Ars Eletronica, Robin!

“L$” NewBerlin in trouble.

September 12, 2007

We had a lot of fun at 2nd City. Jan is a must have entertainer for SL related events. πŸ™‚

Second Life documentation screening

August 29, 2007

Susanne JΓ€ger und Joachim Stein show the documentary film:

“MEIN WUNDERBARES ICH – Der andere Alltag in Second Life”/
“Wonderfull Myself – different everyday life in Second Life”

produced for WDR.

August 29, 10:30 pm
Doors open at 9:30 pm
Simon-Dach-Str. 35
10245 Berlin

The film will be aired on WDR at the same time and we are planing to have a premiere in Second Life simultanously at NewBerlin.

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“Tree” at Ars Electronica

August 21, 2007

I posted already serveral times about the Tree project. Finally this project will be produced by Ars Electronica 07 for 2nd City Marienstrasse. And it’s going to be not just one Second Life tree but a small forest πŸ™‚ , 4-5 trees (less than in the image) will rezz on a empty space in Marienstrasse.

Second Life Default Crate

August 21, 2007

I am finally back from vacation and offline time and now fully dedicated to preparation and production of all my projects, workshops and stuff at 2nd city Marienstrasse Ars Electronica 07. Ars Electronica team here in Linz is working under full steam to get everything done till the festival starts 5.9.-11.9. 2007.

First samples and objects from the all over design I did for Marienstrasse are already done. On the left you see a 50x50x50 cm default Second Life crate. In total there will be at around 25 plain and also printed cubes scattered over Marienstrasse. I love the default wood version! You find these standard cubes in Second Life everywhere.

I’ll keep you posted about progress of production of Ars Electronica 2007. It’s going to be big and fun!