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Lots going on. Went to see the Cure in Miami!! Getting back into coding a little (using the Second Life scripting language LSL…which uses references from  the movie Tron in it. Yay.). But more on that later. For now, I want to cross-post the announcement for tonight’s events:

The Second Life part of the Art Outlet Galaxy Hut event tomorrow is ON. There will be three bands playing and one stand up comedian, and I will be projecting/demonstrating the gallery and Second Life.

The Galaxy Hut address is:

2711 wilson blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

It’s within walking distance of both the Courthouse and the Clarendon metro stops (I think Clarendon is closer).

The schedule is as follows:

7:00 pm Video projections of virtual exhibit curated by Jack Whitsitt
7:40 pm – 8:00 pm Stand Up Comedy by Jermaine Fowler
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Ben F. Cocciaro (?)
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Jay Rees (accoustic)
10:30 pm – 12:00 am The Saviours(glam)

I will be attempting to stream audio and video from the event into Second Life. Similar to what we did last time, but with live bands, actual video, and a real microphone instead of an ipod )

If you cant make it in real life, click HERE to try and visit us in Second Life

Check out the post here: http://jackwhitsitt.com/dcsl/?p=16

The event went off well, we had fun, next time will be even better. Hopefully we’ll see everyone at the next gig March 27! :)

It’s odd. I’ve talked to a number of people lately who will gladly spend hours a day on irc, IM, email, games, web forums, or other electronic means of social communication…but when you mention Second Life or virtual worlds, they respond as if you have an STD and are rubbing up against them. Is this the same phenomenon as people who wouldn’t be caught dead on myspace or livejournal, but yet keep a personal homepage with party pictures, funny links, and links to family friends? Does not being on trendy service somehow make the exact same functional thing ok? ;)

Update:

 To be fair, the same limited imaginations that react like that are also the cause of the reaction in SL itself: Most people build boring things…so why join? The challenge is to see past the trappings of shallow thinking into the fascinating opportunities in extending metaphores of thought that SL provides.

My god…given no rules…why would you build yet another beach house?  Lay down on your floor on a towel and close your eyes…put some headphones on. That would feel more like it.  There are some brilliantly interesting uses for this medium. Recreating the world around us with incredibly detailed specificity shows some outstanding craftmanship, but misses the point. 

 And, still, to really get out the root cause, what can you expect in a culture where your options are programmed into you through years of maintstream media indoctination all designed to make you do the same thing as everyone else.

Ok. I can stop posting all this information here and get back to my own art. That should be far cleaner!!

We can also now register Second Life users OURSELVES at the site and drop them straight into the gallery, so go check it out!

http://jackwhitsitt.com/dcsl/

It’s been a busy week or two since I last posted. A whole lot more work and money has gone into this gallery than I originally anticipated, but it’s been worth it completely.

I have a semi-edited video of it that’s worth checking out. My laptop couldn’t really copy well enough to get it where I wanted to be, but in the meantime this should give everyone a clear picture of what it being built (and the great art!)

http://jackwhitsitt.com/sintixerrgallery.mov

or

http://jackwhitsitt.com/sintixerrgallery.wmv

We have work up from the 17 artists who took a chance on this idea that they mostly didn’t understand and it all looks gorgeous! Everyone who walks by has had nothing but good things to say. The gallery is not set up to list visitors, give gallery and artist information to newcomers who teleport in, and is basically automated finally to the point it needs to be – that’s taken up a lot of the time so far (and prims!)

The only remaining work to be done is to spread the word, and even that is well underweigh. Angela interviewed me this past weekend about Second Life, We’re on the official SL Gallery Tour, Ive sent out two classified ads in-world, we have an event scheduled on the calendar, etc.

The event ad reads:

Come help us celebrate the grand opening of the SintixErr Gallery. There will be art, giveaways, music, artists, and fun at this three hour event!

For the opening, we are hosting 17 outstanding artists and works from the Washington DC area – including:

  • A real life robot that is also an artist
  • Abstract works based on global hacking attempts
  • The woman who began “Postcards from Katrina”
  • A RL work which took years to finish but is debuting in SL

Few of these artists are in SL, but they’ve taken the chance to show here anyway, so come out the 16th and show them why this is such a fantastic place for art.

Many of them will be available to answer questions from a live artist reception in DC.

So, come along – bring a friend – have some fun – enjoy the art.

Later this week I’m also going to be sending out craigslist ads and maybe do real life press releases as well. We’ll see how the week goes.

The artists list is available HERE with all of their contact information. That same information is available near their work in the gallery.

Not everything has been work, though. I went to Enniv Zarf’s Grand Opening party which was a blast! He does some amazing work and I really admire his creativity and originality in the SL environment. His art stands on its own outside of any SL novelty value!

Here’s a photo from the party:

Second Life Krystal Epic Open Party

Also, to my pleasure and surprise, one of the artists – a skeptic even – in the show (matt Otto) has been hanging out at the gallery for the past few days. We’ve been on rollercoasters, virtual jet rides, etc. It’s been entertaining. Here’s a shot of us standing around at the gallery with a drop-in visitor from Spain:

Jack Whitsitt and Matt Otto and Random Spaniard at the gallery gallery3ppl2.jpg

More later…

(Site Side Note: Im busy creating a -central- set pages for the SintixErr Second Life Gallery Information, but it’s still in progress, so please excuse me while all of the information is scattered everywhere.)

Im sitting at Starbucks (as I often am when writing these) and taking a break from everything.

The 3rd installment (Business of Journalism) in the Georgetown journalism certificate program I’m in ended last night and it was as disappointing as the other two days of the class. It’s not that the presentation of material was bad – I enjoyed the instructors actually – but the material was off-target in some hard to ignore ways.

The biggest issue was the level being taught to. If I had received the same class in high school, it probably would not have been any harder or revelatory. It felt like it was being taught for people with much less experience than we had as a class. There were at least 3 professional journalist there and everyone else (including myself) were at the top of their game in other related fields. We (although I can only really speak for myself, I think this is true for most everyone there) understand the basics here. What would have been nice is a real discussion of the -details- of the -business- side of things. We’re way past the “there are ethical issues you’ll have to resolve!” and “You have to deal with editors!” and “Journalism can be legally tricky!” stages. Given the time crunch, it would have been nice to have just covered some specific current topics and stayed with them through all three days.

My other, related, issue is that the class was titled “The Business of Journalism” and I felt that we only indirectly discussed the business side of it. We talked about the -career- of journalism, but not the business; I believe those are different topics.

Oh, and I hate working in an office at this point. It’s really driving me up the wall. Almost all of my energy right now is focused on getting another career…something more involved with people, something more alive.  And that’s how we got the title of this post: Even as busy as I am with the classes and the Second Life gallery, it’s a great great great break from the job. The only question is (and ever is) how to make enough money doing what I like?

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