RE: [-empyre-] Prototyping

Re prototype examples:

Marvin the robot in the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy feature film was
prototyped in Second Life.

The architecture course at Montana State University School of Architecture
use SL to gage public opinion, test trouble spots and for pedagogical use of

And here is a video by Keystone Bouchard (the creator of the Reflexive
Gallery we visited on the tour) showing how architects use SL to test RL


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Ricardo Peach
Sent: Monday, 20 August 2007 12:27
To: soft_skinned_space
Subject: RE: [-empyre-] Prototyping

Hi folks - back to an arts and economics question. I am just wondering what
people think about SL being used as a prototyping platform for artworks,
craft and exhibitions?

I know there are a lot of art/craft items already being developed in SL for
SL (bling, furniture, object d'art) but what are the opportunities for these
items to move into RL, maybe even on a commercial basis? How much of RL will
actually begin to reflect SL in the future? I for one would love a pose ball
in my RL lounge for those moments I just need a little bit of extra
motivation for networking!!:)

Also, how do people feel about selling curated exhibitions and artworks in
prototype form in SL before it enters RL? I am thinking for example, that a
curator may have an idea for an artwork and/or exhibition say at MoMA and if
MoMA had an SL space mapping the RL MoMA in detail, an artist/curator could
potentially curate the show in there as a prototype in an attempt to sell it
off to MoMA or other museums/galleries in both RL and SL? This is using SL
conservatively I know - but just wondering about the possibilities. I know
of quite a few artists who use SL as a platform to experiment with
particular artworks before making them in RL already.

Would other artists/curators be comfortable working in this fashion? What do
people think of this mimeses? Is it too far removed form the 'object' and
its aura, or do others (and I must confess I do) find the difference between
synthetic and 'real' objects sometimes immaterial?

Dr. Ricardo Peach
Program Manager
Australia Council
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