Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Virtual Art Pecha Kucha by Rowan Derryth

Virtual Art Pecha Kucha from Rowan Derryth on Vimeo.

Rowan Derryth did an interesting Pecha Kucha for a university the other day on virtual art.  The idea was to give a presentation to a group where she was only able to speak about each slide for I think 30 seconds or so before moving on to the next slide.  A talk while on a timer you might say.  Great work Rowan!

The artists she speaks of in order are...

Whiskey Monday
Yooma Mayo
London Junkers / Lizzie Gudkov
Marcus Inkpen
Claudia222 Jewell
Rebecca Bashly
Haveit Neox
Nessuno Myoo / Kicca Igaly
Romy Nayar / Ux Hax
Glyph Graves
Ian Pahute
Rose Borchovski
Bryn Oh

Monday, May 13, 2013

Standby machinima and book

     A little while ago I was awarded a new media grant by the Ontario Arts Council in Canada, to produce and exhibit a project called Standby.  Standby is made up of a trilogy of immersive 3D works constructed within a virtual world which  then were exhibited within that virtual world (Second Life) for IBM over a three year period.  The first part was called The Daughter of Gears, the second was the Rabbicorn and the final being called Standby.  Each portion of the trilogy was released close to a year apart.  The grant was to create the final segment of the story (Standby), its 3D construction, and then to make a machinima which was all three parts put into one movie.  A real world exhibition, a book and a few other things.  I am very excited to say that I have now completed the machinima which you can watch below.  It is 38 minutes long and I would suggest watching it alone within a quiet darkened room.  I would also like you to watch it in HD if you can.  There is a little symbol at the bottom of the movie of a gear and you can set this to 720.

 One of the things I wanted to do with this movie was to have the music score done by residents of our virtual world to showcase the talent which resides here.   Travis Amaterasu of France composed the vast majority of the score with a small portion of work from Tasuku Ghost of Japan.  Two extremely talented people.

     The second part to the project was to make a real life book of this story.  You can view it here.. Standby book It has been a huge project for me to do and I am quite happy to have completed it.  I have included a few images of the book I have taken in my back yard because my stupid camera has decided to use a flash regardless of whether I am indoors or outdoors under the blazing sun in a sandy desert.  People have been asking me to make a book of this story for ages so finally I have and sorry for the delay.  You can purchase it if you like by going to the blurb site

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The art of virtual reality at UMASS

  -taken from Aviewtv site

Saturday, May 11th,  Sophia Yates will be hosting an event at UMASS Inn and Conference Center in Lowell, Massachusetts with a whole cast of Second Life personalities.
Tune in at to watch the live feed~ this schedule is listed in Second Life times~ for real life times, add 3 hours.(EST)
    This event is called  “ The Art of Virtual Reality”   a presentation on 3D Virtual Environments and how professionals around the world use this platform to promote their real life work or start new ones.   It will be an interactive event. The show will be streaming live from Second Life and the speakers will be representing themselves in their Virtual Reality personas. The show will also stream the live audience back into Second Life. Every 30 minutes a new speaker will be presenting and the audience is welcome to ask questions when they have finished.
If you happen to be in the real life Lowell, Mass. area…
There will be Virtual Art exhibit and there will be a $10 registration fee. Light food  & beverages.
Virtual Education, Architecture, Art & Entertainment (Filmmaking) & Virtual World Design will be subjects discussed

7am-7:30am – Jay Jay Zifanwe (Jay Jay Jegathesan) – Manager School of Physics, University of Western Australia , Perth Australia)
7:30am-8am – Bryn Oh – Artist – the virtual art medium – Canada
8am-8:30am – DB Bailey ( David Denton) David Denton Architect – Consulting practice in architecture, urban planning, exhibition and virtual world design- (Knoxville, Tennessee)
8:30am-9am – LaPiscean Liberty Promoting Art & Artist from An Original Content Community to Mainstream Media, founder of AviewTV a Machinima Newtwork and LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts Curator (Ohio)
9am-930am – Pooky Amsterdam – Amsterdam, Pooky CEO of PookyMedia / Second Life visionary. Executive producer, writer and director.( NY NY)
9:30am-10:00am – Secret Rage – Artist , Machinimatographer and COO AviewTV (Dallas, TX)
10am-10:30am – Gracie Kendal LA California
1o:30am-11am – Pamela Clift – CEO & Author at Virtual Handhold, LLC (A consultant for business, education and interpersonal  relationships as they relate to Human/Computer Interface Psychology) Washington
11am-1130am – Marly Milena – Presenter & Live demonstration in real life
11:30am-12pm – Marcus Hinterthur – Vector Director – Vienna wien Austria
12pm-12:30pm – Frolic Mills -   BOSL & CO | CEO Venezuelan, writer, producer – LA California
12:30pm-1pm – Rysan Fall – Director of Virtual Life at Motion Pictures and Film Hartford, Connecticut
1pm-1:30pm – Zak Claxton -  Singer/Songwriter Redondo Beach, California
1:30pm-finish up and thank everyone for coming Questions from audience or watch some machinima close up

Friday, May 3, 2013

Imogen and the pigeons - zeroes and ones created a two


      Zeroes and ones
        created a two
        in the form of a child
        from memories accrued
        through her books and dreams
        realities and fever
        reborn for Imogen
        never again to leave her
        and the computer slowed
        as the sand did rise
        but eternity waited
        within her child's eyes.

     In the final scene to Imogen and the pigeons we see Imogen's recorded life being reconstructed by her.  It is a warped reality that combines elements of her past life alongside a new creation which she is essentially programming herself.  The books that were a big part of her life in the asylum play a part as her mind conjures up a blue whale that descends from the sky carrying a monarch butterfly puppa, provided first by the rapist.  Inside the puppa she finds her lost child reborn, they are together never again to part.  Within her virtual world she has turned away from the pain and sorrow of her "reality" and composed a second life for herself.  Within the ruins of the Rebirth Life Encryption shop her computer continues to turn its wheels even as the sand slowly and insidiously finds its way inside.  She and her child are now the last "living" humans as they have become "aware" yet are now composed of programming code rather than DNA.  They are together and that is all Imogen needs.  Her world fades to just two sets of eyes mirrored upon each other, flecks of colour perfectly aligned.

But then again perhaps they are not quite the last ones.  Not far from where the whale delivers its prize to Imogen, there lay an open jar with a butterfly resting upon the glass.  By clicking this jar we are brought to a final secret scene to the story.  It is a scene for those who know my previous works and know to keep searching :).

     We are transported back to the the office of the therapist.  For some they will have noticed at the start of the story on the monarch board, a note saying that a new patient would be arriving on Monday.  A patient named Anna whom he completely underestimates by suggesting she is merely anti-social.  Anna is not easily contained to say the least, and should you wish to know more about her watch he machinima at the bottom called Anna's Many Murders.  In the office the therapist has met Anna who was not fond of the monarchs pinned to his board and has decided to add him to the collection.

      The Therapists calm
        was visibly curtailed,
        when it dawned upon him
        that he would soon be impaled

     I hope you have enjoyed Imogen and the pigeons.  I have a post to make next week which I have been waiting to do for over a year now and I am quite excited.  I have completed part of a new media grant which I was awarded from the Ontario Arts Council.  Specifically I have finished a 38 minute machinima called Standby which combined three artworks done over three years and exhibited by IBM.  They are the Daughter of Gears, The Rabbicorn story and Standby and they are now made into one machinima story.  On top of that I have also completed the real life book for Standby which I will also post about next week.