This post is a chance for me to kick-start my interest in virtual worlds / metaverses. It is also a chance to show off my in-world photography skills but – more importantly – it is a chance to bring to a wider audience the great work by Celia & Shaun at Vector 76 on a Second Life build of the quayside area of NewcastleGateshead.
Please check out the photos from my session in SL with Shaun Juno, who is the one with the Toon T.O.F.F.S. shirt on. The upper two photos are taken in the virtual Sage Gateshead, venue for the upcoming Thinking Digital conference.
Bottom left is a shot with the Baltic art gallery, the Millennium bridge, the Sage Gateshead, and H.M.S. Calliope in shot. [Side note: I believe my paternal Grandfather signed up there with the Royal Naval Voluntary Reserve here just before war broke out in 1939].
Bottom right is a sculpture-type thing, courtesy of the Newcastle University culture lab.
I’m not aware of any other 3D builders in the North East apart from Animmersion, who anyway tend to focus on other things in 3D.*
If you want to meet me in-world, my SL av name is Tandoorichicken Masala. Give me a shout beforehand so we can organise a mutually convenient time to hook up.
N.b. I see that there is an upcoming “Second Life International DJ Event” on 6th March 2009 at 9.00 (in the evening I’d guess), which is free:
Captain Buck Rogers (aka Dominic Smith) organises regular dub and dubstep nights in the virtual world of Second Life (SL). For Pixel Palace, Captain Buck Rogers will be performing live from the Tyneside Bar, teaming up with other international SL DJs for a unique event where Tyneside Cinema’s online and real-world activity meet face-to-face. Through a partnership with Vector76, we are delighted to be hosting the virtual event on a brand new Newcastle-Gateshead island in Second Life, so even if you can’t make it to the cinema, you don’t have to miss out.
fyi re Pixel Palace:
The Pixel Palace is a project by Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle, UK. It is designed to embrace new partners from a range of artforms and creative industries, looking at the future of cinema:
btw, I’ve also been checking out ThinkBalm – a tech industry analyst which concentrates on the ‘Immersive Internet’ – aka virtual worlds & their uses.
*[Please let me know in the comments if I’ve missed anything / anyone – thank you!]