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  • Tiffany Mosienko 21:51 on 24/03/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Announcing: Media Archaeology 200: the Electric Image 

    Part 1: the Modern Image to Network Television
    Part 2: Video Art
    Part 3: Theory and Aesthetics of the Electric Image

    Media Archaeology 200: the Electric Image exposes learners to the history of the electric image and its contemporary modalities. Part 1: the Modern Image to Network Television dissects a variety of early media technologies from electricity and photography to celluloid film, radio, sound recording and network television. The Modern Image to Network Television is presented as an illustrated web guide for learners; learning can begin right away. Part 2: Video Art, will be an in-world lecture at Camilla 15 at Medici University in Second Life and discusses artists’ use of video cameras and the recorded video image, and early computer graphics. Artists’ experimentation with form and the relationship of video art to pop culture and early computer graphics will also be discussed. Part 3: Theory and Aesthetics of the Electric Image (also at MU) explores the relationship of contemporary cultural forms to their hybrid histories. Internet motion, multimedia and computer motion and visualization are compared to their relative mechanical counterparts, eliciting theoretical constructs suitable to Internet video, machinima, and other new media forms. Part 1: The Modern Image to Network Television is available now as a multimedia web guide. Dates and times for parts 2 and 3 lectures and discussions inworld  at MU will be announced shortly.

     
    • Izzy 04:46 on 25/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Oh wow Tiffany! Super awesome! Thanks for doing this!!

    • Elle 01:36 on 26/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Tiffany,

      I want to go through this carefully when I have time, but it really looks great! That’s a lot of work.

      • Elle 22:13 on 29/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Tiffany,

        Had some time to go through your web page properly. It is great! Thank you so much for the historical background information. It really helps to put things in context.

  • Tiffany Mosienko 03:25 on 17/03/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Highly Recommended – Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education, March 18-21 

    I have attended Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) in the past as an attendee, as a volunteer, and I have encouraged my students to attend. It has been a rewarding experience in years past – highly recommended for anyone engaged in teaching and learning in virtual worlds. This conference attracts speakers from all over the world, all of whom are working in distance education and virtual communities. If you’ve never attended a conference in Second Life before this one is exceptional. If you’ve never attended a conference at all, this is a great introduction to the variety of talks you can experience at a professional conference. Many lectures and discussions are done in voice with additional text chat and visual presentations. No matter what the topic, I always learn something new or gain a perspective. I’ve also made friends and personal contacts here. Check out the VWBPE website at http://vwbpe.org/ for event details and calendar. A worthy writeup is here: https://avataric.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/vwbpe-conference-this-week/ The conference takes place Wednesday through Sunday with lectures, a machinima showcase and otherworldly experiences. Some of the events take place in second life, others elsewhere. Some of the events are streamed onto the web live and also archived for offline viewing. Tip: like a real conference, you cannot attend all the events since they occur simultaneously – do not attempt – pick a few things and check it out what you can.

     
    • Izzy 03:53 on 17/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Fantastic Tiffany! And yes, something this huge is very cool, but also intimidating in the scope and vastness. You’re probably right just to focus on a few interesting things.

      I’d definitely encourage MU peeps to go, and perhaps to try to go together. If there’s something interesting at 7pm, I might take our Wed SLT Evening Crit Class over there.

    • Elle 04:55 on 17/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for posting this Tiffany. I’ve attended in the past and encourage people to go. I concur with just pick out the few events that interest you the most.

  • Tiffany Mosienko 15:32 on 14/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Nigger and Bitch

    I don’t like the words nigger and bitch. Music that uses these lyrics is a turn-off for me. Despite their use in contemporary popular culture, its impossible for me to disassociate the negative connotations. Lately at Medici University, a lot of these lyrics are being played in heavy rotation at Katyperryopolis and elsewhere around campus. (More …)

     
    • rmarie 16:10 on 14/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      There was some interesting commentary by an African American professor about the frat guys who were taped doing racist chants, and her perspective on how those guys and the community might have learned from it, by discussing it together. I’m zooming this weekend, but in light of your comments I thought it could be interesting to share. All the best Tiffany! Thank you always for your forthrightness. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/mariadixonhall/2015/03/a-teachable-moment-how-ou-failed-transformation-101/

      • Tiffany Mosienko 17:30 on 15/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        That is a really interesting set of viewpoints in light of the expulsion of those students at Oklahoma. Thanks for sharing.

    • Izzy 16:14 on 14/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Tiffany. I’m a poor choice of “rebuttal speaker” to your post, since I agree with you. I always have, and still do, find the misogyny, homophobia, and general misanthropy found in many, but certainly not all, hip hop lyrics disturbing, degrading, offensive, and not promoting the kind of world I want to live in. As for the specific KPO! shows you reference, I have chosen not to attend them. My presumption, perhaps partly correct and partly incorrect, is that those who do choose to attend are ok with those lyrics.

      Even though I personally find the material offensive and troubling, simply dismissing it as “hate speech” or anything of that ilk, is, I fear, also narrow-minded.

      Again, I’m a very poor person to make this argument since it’s not my own perspective and I don’t really understand it. But after so many years of hip hop, I think we have to recognize the voice, representation, and empowerment this music, “troubling lyrics” included, holds for so many. It may be oppressive to some, but it is empowering to others. I’m sorry my own ignorance of hip hop culture doesn’t allow me to make a better articulated argument here. Still, I do think this music is important.. Perhaps not to me. Perhaps not to you. Perhaps not to Medici University. But to the larger culture? Yes, it very much seems to be. We can’t “ban” or “moderate” this expression without disenfranchising peeps who, in many cases, have been among the most disenfranchised in our culture.

      It has become clear to me that the reason Utopia can never exist is that there is no such thing as a “general” or “universal” Utopia, there are only specific Utopias. My Utopia is very likely going to be your Dystopia and visa versa. And so we are left in our Utopialess universe, perhaps a bit like sinners cast out of heaven, destined to live out our days in the dystopia of the real. RL or VR, I think the best we can do is to have as much tolerance and inclusivity as we can.

    • AlexandreLois1 18:51 on 14/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      What’s so bad about the word Negro ??? I don’t understand. In Russia, everything is called black , “Negro”.

      • Tiffany Mosienko 17:04 on 15/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Negro has an anthropological meaning, and refers typically to people of African decent. Its literal meaning, translated from French or Latin is black, as you’ve pointed out. In American English, nigger is most commonly and historically a racist insult. In polite American English conversation, it is referred to as “the n-word”: for example, when talking about the word’s historical meaning in literature and/or in racism. It is almost never used in casual conversation. More recently the use of the word nigger in rap and hip hop music among African-Americans re-politicizes the word, with the effect of creating race-based class empowerment while serving as a reminder of historic racial and class inequality. In this meaning it is typically meant to offend as it empowers, as most insults do.

    • Neeva 21:06 on 14/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry if this posts double, I guest my first one didn’t go through.

      This bitch don’t mind the word if it’s not used maliciously. I claim my bitch energy: to not always be nice, to be independent minded, to be a powerful, sometimes dominant force with goals of my own. To bark and bite, to own my sexuality and desire.

      Language changes over time. Words of disrespect can be reclaimed and turned into words of pride. I suspect there is an undercurrent of that happening with some uses of bitch and even nigga in music. Britney Spears, ” you gotta work, bitch” for example. Sure, not all uses are respectful, the haters still gonna hate, but there is more nuisance with these terms then some might think.

      Finally, I just want to shout out to our awesome and hard-working DJs. They are volunteers and doing a great job for us. I think it is unrealistic for them to screen for every occurance of any possibly offensive term in commercial music they play. They are working hard enough already getting out requests and doing the great work that they do. So no shame and no blame for our DJs. Just love and praise for for my best bitch Myra and my honorary boy bitch NSANE

      That said, I’m totally on board with Tiffany’s underlying idea that the world could use more civility and respect of others in language and deed.

      • Izzy 23:05 on 14/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        An interesting point that Neeva almost makes is that for a community that likes to listen to music and dance, we sure do have very few DJ’s holding up… haha… well… holding up Katy’s giant head! 😛

        Seriously though, if more peeps with diverse cultural backgrounds and musical tastes would like to DJ, that enriches our experience, expands our diversity, and it gives us more opportunity to dance!

      • Neeva 01:10 on 15/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Autocorrect worked its random magic on my post substituting the word nuisance when I meant to write “nuance”. I guess there is lots of nuisance in the bitch and other words, since they are frequently used in not nice ways. Of course there is certainly a lot of nuisance in auto-correct software too.

      • Tiffany Mosienko 16:34 on 16/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your thoughtful comments, Neeva. I agree that actions are more important than words. The contexts are also important as you have pointed out. I certainly do not want to alienate or chastise the DJs. Community-making is a broad subject and not done easily with more than a handful of perspectives.

    • Tiffany Mosienko 23:09 on 15/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Learning never ends. I ran into these two articles today, quite independently from one other, though I understand this is part of a national discussion going on right now in America (errr, the latest in a series of discussions . . .)

      http://www.alternet.org/culture/why-white-people-freak-out-when-theyre-called-out-about-race

      http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/15/the-privilege-of-checking-white-privilege.html

  • Tiffany Mosienko 01:10 on 03/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    There has been a kerfuffle in the force. Perhaps the first learning of the MU year was the following: people have different views on things. It was related to class participants of Cafe Sophistry that a chat transcript would be released on the web after the discussion had taken place. This did not sit well with at least one class participant. The Cafe Sophistry blog currently lists the chat transcripts as pending review of participants. I did some research and found some friendly help on the SL forums: http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Everything-Else/Can-I-post-a-chat-transcript-from-SL-onto-the-web/qaq-p/2909416 Two questions come to mind 1) does MU have a clear policy on content of classes and specifically sharing content that may contain otherwise private privileged information shared between individuals “rolepaying” an education space in a virtual world? 2) As MU asserts affordances and vulnerabilities in a virtual world relating to said same “roleplaying” of an education space does MU have a clear policy on resolving disputes, in trust, between individuals, and potential legal issues arising therefrom?

     
    • Newton 02:25 on 03/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well, to be fair, one person merely waxed philosophical about whether people would be as forthcoming if they knew their words would be posted to a blog later on. Then I started to worry about it and wanted to make sure the participants understood that. Is it enough to state at the end of a class that the transcript will be posted?

      Good question about policy, Tiffany. Could this be something the coordinator gets sign-off on (“Would you prefer to have transcripts sent privately in class or etc?”)…

      As of now, as for Café Sophistry, it’s all there to read.

    • Izzy 07:54 on 03/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      There’s a lot that could be said about this question technically, but I think the focus here is more “personal” that “technical.”

      Sincere apologies in advance if I’m reading this totally wrong, but Tiffany, your language, so academic, convoluted, and dense, that I have almost no idea of what you’re truly saying, I think is a very circuitous way of saying,

      Newton, IDK you were going to post my conversation everywhere, forever, and I wish you’d take it down. Or at least would have said so in advance so I could self-censor or not attend.

      If I read that way wrong, I’m very, very sorry. It’s my best guess. My writing is convoluted enough that I shouldn’t be critiquing anyone else, but Tiffany, yours was really convoluted. It’s ok to be annoyed, offended, or hurt. But I’d suggest, if possible, being clearer and more direct about that.

      Since I’m someone who wants to document everything, my own bias would be to publishing transcripts. ATM the experience of MU is “hot” vs the “cool” of the web. But one year from today the only way anyone will ever know this place existed or that we thought about anything, is via this legacy of web documentation. So I’m for documenting as much as possible.

      Still, if the class were “how to stack prims,” I think publishing a transcript would be a more simple case. In something like a Crit Class where emotions can be on the line, or an Identity exploration like Cafe Sophistry, much as I value documentation, I do see how it could be too invasive to the participants.

      To some degree, where the chat was held matters. In 1-to-1 IM, or in a Group IM of 4-5 peeps, I think there is a reasonable expectation of privacy. If the chat is in the VB Friends group chat, then potentially any of 270 group members could be listening. And in open Local Chat, theoretically anyone could be listening and rebroadcasting.

      Those might be reasonable norms. Still, I think the nature of the topic matters. I think if Tiffany isn’t comfortable with the transcript of her chat published:

      1. she might say so more clearly and directly
      2. Newton then should probably take that chat down

      As for “Official MU Policy,” I hate to have to have the bureaucracy of that, but realistically it’s probably wise. I guess the course syllabus, and the start of meeting announcement, should specify where the conversation will be held, for example:

      • Due to the potentially private nature of today’s discussion, I will create a Multi-person chat for the [5] of us participating. Any of us might save the chat log for personal review later, but none of us should publish it in any publicly accessible way. Although we are online, this should be considered a private conversation.

      or

      • Today’s class will be held in Local Chat. It could be potentially heard and accessed by anyone. One or more participants or nearby non-participants might hear this discussion and anyone might post a transcript of all or part to their blog. If you aren’t comfortable having your name associated with a comment or question, you can privately IM your comment or question to the facilitator and s/he can enter it into the discussion as an anonymous statement.
    • veyot 11:59 on 03/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I was the person who objected. Newton told us at the end of class that he was planning to post the transcript. (I should have spoken up right then of my concerns, but I didn’t.) But when I read the transcript, I realized that at the next class discussion, I would only listen, but not say a single word. So I told Newton that I thought that posting the transcript would prevent people from attending the classes.

      • Elle 15:09 on 03/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with veyot. I was surprised at the end when Newton said the transcript would be posted. That is the first time that has occurred in SL for me. Yes, anyone could potentially post from any chat so it is something to be aware of. However I do think that a class should state in the initial announcement if transcripts will be posted and again at the beginning of the class.

        Thinking about this after the class I realized I was considering not attending the next one and if I did go I probably won’t add much. That outcome seems counterproductive to having an open discussion of an interesting topic.

        • Newton 16:05 on 03/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

          Sorry everyone. The transcript of yesterday’s local chat has been removed. I notecarded the individual class participants with it yesterday.

          In the future, if anyone decides to attend again, I’ll only send it by notecard to people who were actually at the class. If someone shows up late, they will not receive it and they will not be able to proceed with the class.

          I do hope you come back on March 29 with some thoughts or that you’ll contact me privately with any other concerns about that particular class. Again, I very much apologize.

          Let the policy discussion rage on!

    • Neeva 17:42 on 03/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      What a great discussion. It always amazes me how much second-order learning takes place around the formal class. As a culture and a species we are currently debating and evolving norms around privacy on the Internet and in social media–and here we are in our little corner of the that Internet working through the same issues in a personal, hands-on way.

      In a dynamic place like MU I think the most important policies are the policies you create for yourself and bring your interactions with others. In a teacher role, I’m reminded that people care about where their words and images end up. if I want to duplicate or publish to document and share the experience, making that clear up front is ideal. negotiating it during the learning isn’t bad either. In a student role, I think my policy will be to be generous and share my thoughts and works with other participants, to not to take myself too seriously, to keep it fun, and to be brave enough to make a lot of mistakes, both publicly and privately.

    • Tiffany Mosienko 19:49 on 03/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I really appreciate everyone who has taken the time to comment. At Izzy’s request I’ll clarify my point. I was, in fact, being rhetorical, and I was not trying to influence policy one way or the other on my own behalf as may now be clear. My personal view is that everything I do in SL may be broadcast widely on the internets, and my behavior is “adjusted” accordingly to a degree. We are all at different levels of learning in many different fields, inlcuding virtual identity, the topic at Cafe Sophistry.

      Virtual spaces give us affordances (that is, agency, or the ability to act in certain ways we might not in the real world). That’s what those who push virtual worlds and technologies harp on. It is a basic tenet of technological determinism. Technology affords us this opportunity . . (to make an alternative University) . . . therefore . . . .we do it. But reknowned MIT anthropolgist-psychologist-author-technologist Sherry Turkle has taught that for every affordance a technology provides, there is a (perhaps equal and opposite) vulnerability that is created.

      If MU is going to be an education space, it must be aware of the role it is playing by hosting such a space and setting down rules or affordances with sensitivity to the inherant vulnerabilities. “There are no rules – that’s the only rule” is a dangerous game because virtuality and reality are inexorably intertwined – as was discussed at Cafe Sophistry. I have not done a complete census, but its pretty clear that there are various levels of technical, aesthetic and emotional maturity present at MU. And that is great for diversity and certainly welcome. I am sure we all have great things to learn from each other.

      SL policy is based on “community standards”. This discussion already references rules and regulations of the SL Terms of Service (TOS). MU must define its own community standards as other sims do, in order to be a viable enterprise. This will become abundantly clear when someone opens an “educational” “rape” “clinic” next to the surrogacy center, and begins “teaching” there.

      My two questions were: does MU have a community standards policy (and yes, the suggestion is that yes, it should), and 2) in the event of an issue with teaching, learning and or otherwise existing at MU does MU “have my back” if a dispute should arise to amicably resolve those issues to the best of its ability. This is the role of an University administration.

      We’ve come a long way in answering those questions already. At the challenge of taking myself too seriously as Neeva pointed out, it is possible that MU “cover its ass” by pinning a disclaimer on its stuff saying, “everything you do and see at MU is a community project, subject to some community standards, namely X,Y and Z. Everything you do and say here may become a photo, video, chat transcript etc in someone else’s art project on someone else’s blog, and subject to the rights and limitations of the laws and community standards of your federal, state and local, etc. Play nice. If you have an issue, please see the Provost’s secretary.”

    • veyot 20:53 on 03/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I am going to start making that collage with some ocean waves and all of us floating. And maybe I will play a toddler for a day to change my opinons about toddlers! .

      • Newton 07:51 on 04/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Glad to hear it Veyot – and really looking forward to seeing it! Hugs.

    • Izzy 03:23 on 04/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I shiver at the thought of MU becoming a rule-bound bureaucracy. My RL university drives me crazy in its conservatism. In one of my recent scoldings because another college felt one of our student projects was disruptive, the director of the school of art actually encouraged me to have students do their projects off campus where they could enjoy greater freedom.

      I couldn’t believe he actually said that. But he was completely serious. Students have less freedom for art “experiments & improvisations” off campus than on!? What the hell is the university for????

      kk, having duly vented, I think this “Edge Case” makes clear that we do indeed need a “Privacy” or “Disclosure” or something like that, policy. Rather than simply post something, we should create a draft, post it, and have it open for a comment period. We could either have a short comment period so as to get the policy operational ASAP. Or we could say that the draft will be policy until the comment period closes, and then have the luxury of a longer comment period.

      I can write a draft myself if necessary. But perhaps Tiffany, you, or another person here, would like to try penning a draft. Whatever person or committee drafts it, we can post it here on MU/Talk and then solicit community comments. We can incorporate those comments in a revision and then have it be our policy.

      • Izzy 03:47 on 04/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        ATM we’re thinking mostly about text transcripts. Will this policy want to cover photography also? I’ve always felt that avatars in public spaces were photographable. Perhaps we will want to regulate that? As far as I know, Garry Winogrand never got a model release from anyone.

        Should our policy be any different, or give any consideration to the fact that we are avatars? So in Tiffany’s case, she’s made some degree of SL-RL linkage. In my case, I haven’t made any linkage to a living typist. So publishing a transcript or photo with Izzy’s words or likeness doesn’t implicate anything about any RL person anywhere. Does that make a difference? Or do avatars want privacy, not only with respect to their typist, but privacy or absence-of-publicness for the avatar’s thoughts and likeness?

        • Elle 06:10 on 04/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

          Linden Lab has an official Snapshot and Machinima policy:

          http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linden_Lab_Official:Snapshot_and_machinima_policy

          So we are bound by that at the least restrictive. I’m guessing MU is the landowner for now, so could define permissions in the covenant if they are needed (like giving machinima permission on the land)

          Personally I won’t want to make it more restrictive.

        • Newton 08:36 on 04/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

          Removing but mentioning the fact that it was local chat – I think what I would do in the future is to just make sure I get an answer from all participants, to the idea of sharing the post on the blog. The concept was that nobody really reads the blog, so it’s hardly all that public, but of course it’s publicly accessible.

          The purpose of the class was an art class, but the sensitivity of the subject warranted more scrutiny in the matter for sure. Not all classes have that dynamic, and I think the organizer, as part of planning the course, should ponder privacy as the situation warrants and make agreements with the participants as discussed above. Common sense pending formal accreditation.

          • Newton 08:40 on 04/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

            “The blog” meaning my blog, not this blog!

    • Yves 05:37 on 04/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I would like to propose a possible solution to this dilemma.

      I propose, a Transcript of Immaterial Sensibility.

      Since our encounter was at 8am SLT Sunday last, I propose that we meet exactly 1 week later, at 8am SLT Sunday next. We will meet at the offices of MU/Creativity magazine at Maria-12, overlooking the waters of the Eleonora Slough.

      On arrival, participants will perform the following actions:

      1 – Shake hands and agree that any discrepancies were due to honest misunderstandings and not any sort of deception or malice.
      2 – Each participant should bring 1 gold ingot and give it to me to perform the ritual. I will bring a hard copy printout of the transcript of our discussion.
      3 – I will burn the transcript.
      4 – I will take the transcript ashes and the gold ingots and throw them off the edge of the MU/C studio, down the Eleonora Gorge, and into the waters of the Eleonora Slough below. (I may keep some of the ingots as an artist’s fee for performing this action)
      5 – We will declare the waters of the Eleonora Slough to be a Zone of Immaterial Transcripts.
      6 – We will depart.

      • Elle 05:44 on 04/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        LOL! Then there is that approach. 😉

    • Tiffany Mosienko 17:57 on 04/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      @ Izzy: I guess I sort of talked myself into a corner there! OK I’ll try to have something on the weekend
      @ Newton: common sense is so elusive and very different for individuals of different cultures
      @ Elle: yes, we are all bound by LL policies, but not everyone reads the rules, or has any expectations that others have
      @ Yves: I do believe the mistakes were honest. I didn’t get the feeling of malice, just a differing set of agendas for the individuals in the group
      @ all: it is not my intention to have a complex bureaucracy or technocracy, it can be very simple, and no matter what the rules are, people will either follow them or break them. This is more of a discussion about self-governance, and why that might be important. We bring into the virtual realm what we know – we must, because its all we can do. Virtuality can take on new forms, however, virtuality almost always most closely resembles what we have in the real world, to a degree, because without those “hooks” into reality, we’d be completely lost.

      • Izzy 19:07 on 04/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Wow Tiffany, your final @all statement is fantastic! Not simply about this issue, but about virtuality! haha, I complained your initial post was written a bit densely, but here in a single paragraph you’ve explained so many different things, and even a path to the future! 😀

        In The Age of Spiritual Machines, Ray Kurzweil writes that “we want to solve our problems, but we don’t want to solve them all, too quickly!”

    • Tiffany Mosienko 15:25 on 08/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Medici University Community Standards (Draft Proposal)

      Medici University in Second Life and on the web are bound by certain rules of behavior. All learners should familiarize themselves with the Second Life Community Standards policy: https://secondlife.com/corporate/cs.php which includes sections on intolerance, harrassment, assault, disclosure, maturity and (disturbing the) peace. Medici University in Second Life is a Moderate rated sim, and so no Adult activity is allowed. Since the purpose of Medici University is to create a learning community, behaviors and expressions ought to be of an educational nature. No vending as allowed by LEA rules (reference needed). Learners are encouraged to report any issue that contradicts these guidelines to the Provost. The Provost shall be the final arbiter of all disputes.

  • Tiffany Mosienko 14:06 on 16/02/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Greetings to the Medici University community. I am an artist-in-residence at Camilla 15 in Media Archaeology, a member of Yoko Ono College. I’ve created an homage to Yoko Ono using rubber stamps in my studio in honor of her birthday, Feb 18. My biological agent will be participating in Fluxfest Chicago 2015, honoring Fluxus artists with performance, mail art and intermedia in Chicago, USA this week. You can read all about it at my studio or on the web at http://andrewoleksiuk.blogspot.com. I am looking forward to meeting and friend~ing you inworld. I’ve been creating and researching for quite some time, so feel free to use me as a resource whether you see me in my studio or elsewhere.

     
    • Izzy 15:48 on 16/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Ti! I just can’t say how much both Yoko Ono and Fluxus mean to us here at MU. There are few things more inspiring in this life than the long tradition of their work.

      I can’t encourage everyone too much to follow the link you’ve provided. What a wealth of information about this week’s activities!

      Be sure to share this info with KATYPERRYOPOLIS.club GM Amber Grantham! I’m not yet sure of this week’s schedule @KPO! but we should definitely have Fluxfest Week Night! This week’s planned Bonfire of the Vanities night can certainly burn just as bright in another week.

    • Newton 20:41 on 16/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Ti. Your installation promises to be a feast!

    • Ti Mosienko 01:37 on 17/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I love the enthusiasm generated here at Medici University. For researchers of Fluxus, the wonderful FluxusPerformanceWorkbook is available at http://www.thing.net/~grist/ld/fluxusworkbook.pdf and it is very suitable for reinterpretation in virtual spaces. Perhaps I will pull out my Dick Higgins poetry generator and Ray Johnson Fluxbox from “Magic Mushrooms” and share it with you in my studio. While Yoko Ono is among the most famous of the art historical Fluxus group, I am also fond of the work of Alison Knowles, Ray Johnson and Nam June Paik. The work of the original Fluxus artists (as named above, and many, many others) has inspired new generations of contemporary Fluxus practitioners, such as Reed Altemus, Allen Bukoff, Mark Bloch, Allan Revich, Bibiana Padilla Maltos, Catherine Mehrl Bennett, Picasso Gaglione, Adamandia Kapsalis, Jennifer Weigel, Darlene Domel and Keith Buchholz, just to name a few. Some of these folks will be performing in Chicago this week. Due to the rigorous terrestrial schedule, my inworld work this week will be limited. I will, however, make a point to share the flavor of Fluxfest with you all at Medici University.

    • Diptheria 06:00 on 17/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      This is so fantastic! More Fluxus! This is dear to my heart, I am sending two pieces of mail art out today (belated Valentine editions). I am also writing several event scores for SL performance. What a time to be alive!

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