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Saturday is going to be an IICCY day! And even though it’s pronounced icky, I think it’s going to be a pretty sweet day! We’ve got 4 Immersive, Interactive, Creative, Community (Yay!) experiences for you:
ONE: 10am Haiku Speedbuild
TWO: Noon Opening Reception for DynaFleur
THREE: 2pm ABC Gym group photo
FOUR: 3pm Interactive Hat Workshop
10am: Haiku Speedbuild:
For most people the “dream” of Inception is only a dream… but for residents of a building world like Second Life, the dream of Inception is… well… reality. And there’s no better place to experience and explore the unlimited possibilities of your creativity than Haiku Speedbuild, the Virtual Artist Alliance’s long-running chance to play for an hour in response to poems offered up by host Xue Faith. All experience levels welcome.
In Inception, Cobb, Ariadne, and their team adventure into the depths of human experience and see the tiniest details at the monumental scale of dream perspective. In DynaFleur, virtual environment designers Douglas Story and Desdemona Enfield take our avatars bodily into the inner life, the inner chambers, the cellular processes, of a flower. DynaFleur is a tiny, intimate moment in a common yet secret place, made large for the scale of our avatar bodies. So large in fact, that at .3 kilometers in length, DynaFleur can only fit on a 256m x 256m Second Life region by turning it diagonally across the sim. Think particle accelerator. Think of every flower in your garden as a tiny particle accelerator. A tiny particle accelerator exploded to the scale of a Stanley Kubrick stargate for your avatar to tumble through in interactive, haptic splendor.
Please join the artists Story & Enfield for a reception and tour of DynaFleur, at it’s home for the next 6 weeks, 2.5 km above LEA11.
2pm: ABC Gym Member Group Portrait
The Avatar Blogger Crossfit (ABC) Gym now has two dozen members! Schedules and time zones are always tricky, but we’d like to assemble as many members as possible for a Member Group Photo at 2pm on Saturday. Because ABC Month celebrates the diversity of avatar experiences, we certainly don’t want to be overly specific with this group photo. Still, group pix do sort of resonate when there is a common, uniting element. So how about this: wear something white-ish. White with color accents? Of course! Off-white or beige? Of course! White t-shirt or blouse and denim? Of course! Off-white dress with color accents? Of course! Really, wear what you feel good in. But if it can sway in the direction of white, it should help unify our diverse group of avatar bloggers.
3pm: Interactive Hat Workshop
When Arthur explains “Paradoxes” to Ariadne in Inception, he’s exploring how our perception creates our reality. When you’re not a subject in a psychology experiment or an Inception dreamer in a stairwell, our perception can be fairly accurate, fairly helpful in understanding and experiencing the environments we find ourselves in. But Arthur teaching Ariadne how to create paradoxes is also teaching her how to manufacture reality, how to manipulate the forces that immerse us in experience.
On of my favorite manufacturings of experience is the giant .3km DynaFleur. Another is Mikati Slade’s Pico Pico Life Hats. DynaFleur exists on the scale of kilometers. Slade’s hats on the scale of centimeters. Like the paradoxes Arthur teaches Ariadne about, Slade’s hats use sensory perception to create immersive experience. By using bodily contact with other avatars as a trigger for visual, auditory, and spatial events, Slade makes our experience more visceral. More immersive. More real. In this workshop we will make our own hats to trigger events as we choose. All experience levels welcome.