Re: [-empyre-] Wrap up and horse flu

Hi All,
Thanks to everyone, and thanks to Melinda.

I would like to invite everyone to my new exhibition called Seventeen Unsung Songs, on the Odyssey simulator. The press launch is this Saturday (Sept. 1), with the public launch on Sep. 8 to coincide with an Ars Electronica linkup performance, but the show is available to anyone from the 1st onwards. Press Release below.

Seventeen Unsung Songs
East of Odyssey (37, 89, 32)

Adam Nash (Adam Ramona)

Seventeen Unsung Songs by Adam Ramona (Adam Nash) opens September 1st, 2007

Odyssey presents a site specific installation By Australian artist Adam Nash (aka Adam Ramona in Second Life). Occupying most of an entire sim, Seventeen Unsung Songs is an artwork consisting of one large central piece, with 16 smaller pieces that are distributed throughout a forested landscape. These are interactive, immersive audio visual works based on a 16 tone rational scale, which Adam Nash devised. Viewers experience the exhibition by wandering through the wooded sim to find pieces like "the Moaning Columns of Longing" nestled in a grove of euclyptus. Wandering a bit, one comes upon the the large, central piece which consists of 5 emotional/audio/visual "zones" with amorphous borders. It is very broad and tall. Viewers need to fly to experience it fully, and the longer a viewer spends within the piece the more it evolves. All of these works engage the viewer through interaction, some are designed to work between multiple viewers. This large scale installation of Nash's work in SL follows his own "Ramonia: Garden of Immersive Sound" and "A Rose Heard at Dusk" which is on temporary exhibit above the Odyssey amphitheater. Seventeen Unsung Songs opens September 1st, 2007 and runs through November 1st.

On 30/08/2007, at 6:59 PM, Melinda Rackham wrote:

Hi all,
we are finishing up this topic tomorrow. it has been an extraordinary month
in terms of hotly debate and differing opinions on Second Life.

While interesting to muse over these ethical, philosophical and economic
issues in some ways it actually detracted form being able to speak
critically about the intensities, victories and pleasures, as well as the
strivings, failings and flaws of the seedling art practices which exist
inworld. I am hoping to revisit this topic in a year or so to see how far we
have progressed.. As no matter what your opinion of the SL medium is -it is
an extremely important area for experimental arts, architecture and
performance practices .. A crucible for exploring future virtual

.. And I really had such a good time on the pony ride - Despite running
this forum I haven't been a Second Life user at all regularly as I have had
that "penultimate lonely romantic empty city" experience that Christian
McCrea was speaking about. However the visually and sonically rich guided
tour we went on last week just changed my experience of being in-world
immensely, to one of fun, connection, emotional immersion and critical

Unfortunately ...
David from d.lux media arts has just told me that the ponies are having a
little bit of coding issue -they were reported to be bucking and mating !!
( we also have severe horse flu in Australia at the moment as well as server
flu.. this is truly true.. ) so no more horsey rides..:( But do sign up at
d.lux for their next scheduled tour..

Thank you all for your generous participation.. especially our guests.. See
their work if you havent already..

--> Annabeth Robinson (UK) aka AngryBeth Shortbread

--> Patrick Lichty (US) aka Man Michinaga,

--> Stephan Doesinger (Austria) aka Doesi Beck

--> Dr Ricardo Peach (AU) aka Ricardo Paravane second_life_artist_resid

--> Christy Dena (AU) aka Lythe Witte

--> Dr Fabio Zambetta (AU) aka Fabio Forcella

--> Kathy Cleland (AU) aka Bella Bouchard page=staff&id=katclela
--> Adam Nash (AU) aka Adam Ramona

 ---> Melinda Rackham (AU) aka Marina Regina

I will be writing a book chapter from this discussion and others I have had
back channel during the month. If I am including your text I will contact
you privately for permissions.

Once again thanks and its nice to be back at  -empyre-

Dr Melinda Rackham
Executive Director
Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT)
PO Box 8029
Station Arcade
South Australia 5000
ph: 61 8 8231 9037; fax 61 8 8231 9766

Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) is supported by the Visual
Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and
Territory Governments; the Australian Government through the Australia
Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the South Australian
Government through Arts SA.

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