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April 28: I’ll be broadcasting an ArtDC.org member’s band “American Sinner” from Artomatic into the gallery from 9:00-10:00pm Saturday night.
May 4: We’ll be broadcasting a number of artists from Artomatic’s Electric Stage into Second Life, including:

(We’ll also try to project the gallery on a wall of the Electric Stage (instead of the digi room), but Im still waiting on permission for that)

May 2:  At 7:30pm in the Lapis Auditorium at Artomatic, Im going to be doing a live hands-on presentation focusing specifically on Second Life and Art, but also on the theoretical role of virtual worlds in art (SL is just the most well developed at this point). 

The overall talk is geared towards explaining more thouroughly what I’ve only talked about in short clips to people (ie, make it more coherent) and advocating the use of a vastly underutilized and underappreciated art medium and tool in a digital age.

In a larger sense, the art world is ridiculously behind the technological world and needs to catch up soonish now ;)

The (related) points Ill be covering are:

  • “How to be there when you’re not” – Second Life as a live event presentation and extension mechanism
  • “How to let people walk through your dreams with you” – Second Life as an art medium in its own right and how it can help explore ideas before creating them in real life. Here Ill be referencing some of Rebecca Gordon’s work (directly) and Tim Tate’s (indirectly) as examples (Tim’s dorkbot talk was great and I meant to do this then)
  • “Remembering your friends” – Second Life’s impact and role in presenting art and observations on the role of socialization in art
  • “Who cares and why?” – Perspectives on how to market your virtual world presence and use it to your advantage using examples of things that worked, didn’t work, and could have been done or done differently

May 5: I’ll be giving tours of the gallery and any AOM art submitted to me for Second Life Display from 7:30 – 8:30pm EST

May 12: (time TBD) Artists and observers will take part in a live group Art Critique of works from Artomatic Artists as well as artists as a part of a special session of Eshi Otawa’s weekly Open Art Critique session held every Sunday night in her gallery, the Luxor. If you’d like to participate as an artist, please send me a jpg of a piece you’d like discussed and plan on attending in Second Life or at Artomatic Saturday Evening.  If you’d just like to talk about art but don’t have any to show, please come by as well! Your input is valued )

May 18: On the 18th, we have a follk artist from Atlanta performing in Second Life and being displayed in the Digit room. The backdrop to her performance would be art submitted by AOm artists previously. (More detail here coming)

May 19: Sculpture Contest with Voting and live Artomatic bands. This will be a well -advertised and attended event.  We’d love to have ppl in the Digiroom participating and voting on the sculptures. We’re giving away almost $100 in prizes to the virtual artists this night. Again, AOM art submitted to me would be the backdrop for this event. (More detail coming)

Hey, all. Go check out the latest post on the SintixErr Gallery site. We’re going to be throwing a really neat mixed reality event coming up in the next week or so (Real Life Attendees, Virtual visitors, real life art, virtual art – same critique!)

http://jackwhitsitt.com/dcsl/

Too much to do. I cant really keep track of it and my head is all over the place, so this post will be a mess. The room is coming along well. Pictures are all up except one data viz pic I sent to Chrome this morning to get printed. Ill frame that tomorrow and bring it in Wed! I also ordered a ton of business cards for the SintixErr Gallery in Second Life.

Im trying to work out the Digital Arts room, but it’s still unpainted and doesn’t have furniture. I don’t know whats happening with that part of it, but we’ll see. I know that Ill be broadcasting live into Second Life from Artomatic at least on opening night. Ill invite all my friends to artist night May 4 so I dont have to have conflicted priorities. Free alchohol that night anyway. I think Ive decided to broadcast “The Mesmers” from 7:30pm EST – 8:30pm EST on opening day (April 13) and a girl whos giving a workshop on an invented language April 14th! :) Everyone should come in person or join in Second Life!

I just not figured out what’s stressing me: A lot of what I need to do now depends on knowing when Ill be at Artomatic and what Ill be broadcasting and I just dont know…like sending out event ads or telling the Second Life people!

In other news, Tammy Vitale is doing interviews on her blog with Artomatic artists and mine just went up. Check it out HERE

Anyway, here’s a snap of me demoing live video broadcasting in Second Life to Enniv Zarf…by pointing the webcam at a stuffed panda. Above the panda is a picture of my Artomatic space as it is:

SintixErr Gallery Second Life Demonstration of Video Feed for Artomatic

When Art Outlet incorporates, I’ll be the Chairman of the Board for the organization. I think that will work out well for everyone and I love working with Henrik, Page, Josh, and everyone else involved – I think we all bring some unique, interesting talents to the table and will be putting on some great shows in the DC area!

Where have I been?!!? Such old news here on this site! Well, I’ve been getting ready for Artomatic – the semi-somewhat-annual DC universalist, almost immersive art festival. Artomatic opens April 13 and runs through May 20 at 2121 Crystal Drive in Arlington, VA just off of the Crystal City Metro Redline stop. The event is taking over two floors of an office building undergoing rennovations and will feature over 400 artists.

 What’s my involvement?

I have a space on the 6th floor, Section A, Room 44 (Room 6a44). I will be featuring three different groups of art on my wall: Individual framed traditional work (my portraits), a collection of photo prints of every drawing Ive done in the past 15 years arranged in chronological order (like a visual diary or self portrait!), and I will also have a section of digital photo frames, prints, and a canvas print of my data visualization and Second Life work.

HOWEVER! The coolest thing is that I will also, through Dorkbot DC’s courtesy, be projecting my Second Life 3D world SintixErr Gallery for DC Artists into the digital arts room! Not only that, but since they have WiFI, I’ve been working with Claudia Vess (in charge of the digital room) to broadcast various live (music, poetry reading, etc.) events into the Second Life gallery as an extension of Artomatic into the virtual world! That’s pretty cool :)

This is all very last minute. After having heard of Artomatic in the background for ages (I wasn’t around for the last one), it really didn’t make my radar for a long time. Everyone else, though, was really excited and the enthusiasm spread eventually! I ultimately registered and got a space, thanks to Angela Kleis who volunteered to grab me an area on my assigned day while I was out of town seeing the Cure. (Yes, Paivi and I went to see them play – I was the first one past the gate at Ultra and was front and center the whole time – saw Porl play for the first time! – at the Ultra dance music festival in Miami..I might write a post about that later). 

So far, Ive been at the building every night this week, and a few last week, volunteering or setting up my space. It’s a deep red with off-white molding (you know, opulant victorian). It’s a very powerful color and is the only one that’s NOT in any of my framed work. Im in the process of framing the wall itself with black curtains, covering the ugly blue carpet with gold material, getting pillows, etc, etc, etc. It should be gorgeous – or at least tacky :) (Im often a bit over the top). My only gripe is that Ive absolutely destroyed my last good pair of pants (long story) – Im a really messy painter.

All of the set-up, though, has also given me the opportunity to spend some time with and get to know better a number of people I like and don’t normally get to see often (or just met) – Angela, Mr ArtDC himself (Jesse), Sean, Michael, Rebecca (although she still hasnt met me for coffee yet, pshaw!). 

 Angela also interviewed me a few weeks back about my Second Life work and you can find the link HERE.

During all this, we’ve also introduced two new artists to the SintixErr Gallery in Second Life and worked out the arrangement with Small World galleries (affiliated with a real life NYC gallery). I sent over the works of a number of the artists at the SintixErr and the Small World people are doing an outstanding job with them – 5 of the artists I sent over have sold work there  – and they’re not even open yet! Amazing, Im thrilled!

 Luckily for me, Artomatic had provided a good break from Second Life, but Ill be back in-world extensively later this week prepping the area for the next month’s artomatic stuff!

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