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  • Vanessa 07:04 on 25/03/2017 Permalink | Reply

    Welcome to MU College of Avatar Architecture!

    new blog post:

  • Vanessa 23:21 on 15/05/2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Love   

    Hello Everyone 

    I love you.

    sepia  toned photograph of Vanessa Blaylock sitting on a bench

    Vanessa Blaylock

  • Vanessa 23:02 on 17/07/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ant Farm, ,   

    Ant Farm 

    photo of a green plastic ant farm


    So far every person I’ve told about Art Farm replies, “Oh, Ant Farm sounds cool!” 😛

  • Vanessa 01:46 on 15/06/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Micol Hebron Facebook 

    aww, look, Izzy’s big-screen TV is Micol’s Facebook cover image! 🙂

    Screen Cap of Micol Hebron's facebook page

    • Newton 03:05 on 19/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

      This was really good, thank you Vanessa. Just listening to Micol speaking about all of the things she has done and is thinking about was transporting. She has great energy and the film festival series followed by her talk was a really solid learning experience. Moments like this really make MU what it is. Looking forward to seeing what Micol does in SL too. All the best, Newton

      • Vanessa 19:45 on 05/07/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Hey Newton, thanks so much! It was great to have her visit campus! And your own contributions to MU were also transporting! Cafe Sophistry was a visionary and beautifully executed series of investigations and collaborations!

  • Vanessa 23:00 on 14/06/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Pix of today’s Visiting Artist talk by Micol Hebron:


  • Vanessa 17:07 on 05/06/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Feminism, Gallery Tally, Generosity, ,   

    Micol Hebron, visiting artist, Sunday 14 June ’15 

    Poster for Micol Hebron talk at Medici University


    Micol Hebron
    Medici University Visiting Artist
    Sunday 14 June ’15
    Noon California / 8pm London / 3am Monday Hong Kong
    Medici University / LEA23 / Collaborateopolis / Maria-5
    + live stream: twitch.tv/vaneeesab

    Film Festival

    Monday 8 June, 7pm PDT(SLT)
    Autobiography, 2 min
    • I love You I hate You, 4 min
    • Final Fantasy, 15 min
    • Memorial, 23 min

    Wednesday 10 June, 7pm PDT (SLT)
    Artist Statement, 4 min
    Book Drag, 1 min
    Advice to Recent MFA’s, 17 min
    Helping Hand, 6 min
    Dare You, 10 min
    Dare You 2, 9 min
    Plus: Launch Event for The Official Michael Green v6.0’s Kickstarter Campaign!

    Friday 12 June, 7pm PDT (SLT)
    Who are you?, 58 min

    Saturday 13 June, 7pm PDT (SLT)
    Gallery Tally, 7 min
    Hebron Rolecall, 11 min
    Angry Feminist, 3 min
    TnA, 10 min
    Fontbron, 11 min

  • Vanessa 22:52 on 31/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Australia, Freewee Ling, Grant, Jay Jay Jegatheva, Scholarship, Travel, UWA   

    Endeavour Scholarships & Fellowships!

    Care for some RL Cash & a trip to RL Australia?


    • Myra 00:38 on 01/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

      They need Izzy to fix their website.

  • Vanessa 18:04 on 30/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BBC, Cross Platform, Laura K, , Online Media, Social Media, Transmedia   

    The Last Hours of Laura K.


  • Vanessa 15:15 on 29/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Digital, Jason Silva, , Philosophy, Physical, Real, Reality, Shots of Awe,   

    Physical vs Digital Existence

    Jason Silva / Shots of Awe

  • Vanessa 16:09 on 26/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Run Gutman,   


  • Vanessa 15:03 on 21/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2030, Forecasting, Future, Richard van Hooijdonk, Trends   

    ## Trends 2030 Here We Come https vimeo… 

    Trends 2030 Here We Come!

    Trendwatcher Richard van Hooijdonk looks to the future. Thanks to new techniques and the possibility to combine any number of options, we are sitting on the forefront of great changes. Changes that will take place in the fields of economy, work, society, technology, media, marketing, entrepreneurship and science. “Singularity” ensures that all our problems will melt away. Not to mention 4D printing, Internet of Things, Sensors, Big Data, Google Glass and cognitive computer chips that think like we think, foresee what we need. How many years until everyone has their own robot or drone? “Newism” is the frantic beating heart of the online world; hyper-competition, globalization and super consumerism. Can you handle it? Because it’s coming! Major trends are coming your way.
    More info about this inspiration session
    English: http://en.richardvanhooijdonk.com
    Dutch: http://richardvanhooijdonk.com

  • Vanessa 23:13 on 18/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dickinson College, Free Speech, Ian McEwan   

    Ian McEwan talks about Free Speech in his 2015 Commencement Speech at Dickinson College

  • Vanessa 23:57 on 08/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Fold, ,   

    Jane’s Walk Summary Post

    New post summarizing the walks and what we learned. With links. And using the super-cool new platform Fold!


    • rmarie 17:20 on 09/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Vanessa, and thanks for sharing more details on how Jane’s walk inspired another aesthetic phase at MU!

  • Vanessa 12:59 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Documentation,   

    Documenting Jane’s Walk

    I’m working on documentation of the Jane’s walks I led now.

    Unfortunately I was unable to join the walks led by rmarie or Pearl & Feels. Will you all be doing blog posts on your walks? I’d really appreciate it if you’d do a little something. A few words and images would be fantastic!

    Pearl & Feels:
    Forbidden City

    Hi, I am going to take a walk in Provence Coeur at 6pm SLT. Please join me as we stride around this nice 18th century French place. Revolutionary gear ok! Here’s to Jane.

    • FeelMyPets 13:24 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      There are photos of flickr and I have the chatlogs

    • Paypabak Writer 14:21 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve posted pics and will include more on a blog post soon. I was on the Forgotten City walk.

    • Pearl Grey 18:49 on 05/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve just linked to my main blog post about the Forgotten City Walk in the above post here.

      There are 3 of my photos of the FC Walk and one of Marie’s walk in the MU Flickr group. (It’s the indoor one called ‘walking, tea and crumpets.) And like Pay said, she has pics there as well.

      While we did quite a bit of walking during Marie’s, my photos turned out to be more wildly bouncing around ones. I will see if I have any more and post them.

    • rmarie beedit 03:34 on 06/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      V, I got a couple of snaps and we did a lot. I’ll write somethin’ up!

  • Vanessa 01:08 on 02/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Calliope Lexington, , Trilby Minotaur,   

    Jane's Cyberspace Walk #1 

    Calliope & Trilby in a video frame with a chat window around them

    Calliope Lexington & Trilby Minotaur on Jane’s Cyberspace Walk #1. Video screen capture of the live stream on Twitch.tv

    New Blog Post!


    • Oona 09:09 on 02/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Glad this went so well Vanessa. 🙂

  • Vanessa 08:11 on 24/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Jane’s Walk – 1 Week! 

    It’s just a week till Jane’s Walk!

    screen cap of Jane's Walk website showing walks at Medici University

    I’ve added 4 walks:

    Friday 1 May 11am – MU Campus Overview
    Friday 1 May 6pm – MU World Building Walk
    Saturday 2 May 11am – MU Creative Writing Walk
    Sunday 3 May 11am – MU Photographic Arts Walk

    Would YOU like to add a walk?
    Would YOU like to be the leader for one of these walks?
    Would YOU like to be an Organizer, Community Voice, or Volunteer for one of these walks?

    MU / SL Jane’s Walks:

    About Walking:

  • Vanessa 04:05 on 19/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cyberspace, Film Review, Social Networks, Technology, Unfriended   


    Interesting review of Unfriended in The Verge, by Emily Yoshida:

    Most film and television, no matter the story being told, offers a vision of a world in which humans in developed societies are only at a computer two, three minutes a day. It’s a disbelief we suspend almost without thinking about it, for good reason: watching someone go about their daily business on a computer or smartphone is not very entertaining. But at the same time, art and life are beginning to diverge: there’s a fictional, cinematic world where the bulk of the developments in our daily lives happen in physical spaces, face to face with other people; and our real lives, where more and more of the defining moments in our lives happen on a screen.

    • Neeva 22:47 on 21/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      That’s a really interesting thought, and not without precedent. People don’t really drink water in movies, either. It is sort of a function of the medium and the requirements of compressed storytelling. You cut out the boring stuff add a liberal helping of conflict. Computing for hours is visually pretty boring on the big screen.

      But…I just imagined a movie that was just someone computing for two hours oblivious to surroundings, while in the room and background all this dramatic stuff is visible: car chases, quarrels, people being amorous, alien invasion, flood, zombie apocalypse….then maybe at the end you realize all the stuff going on outside was really a projection of what the person at the computer was experiencing while using the computer. In essence the room and background acts as a giant thought bubble for the character at the computer.

      Hmmmm…..so many ideas, so little time.

  • Vanessa 16:31 on 18/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Culture, , Sexy   

    The Sexy French Maid!

    What’s up with her??

    • rmarie 17:28 on 18/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for this deconstruction. The French Maid is one of our most complex enduring icons.

  • Vanessa 15:11 on 18/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Domain Name, , , , , , Tumblr, URL, ,   

    VPA 198 – Portfolios & Proposals

    Notes from our organizational meetup:

    • Pearl Grey 18:32 on 18/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I love Elle and Oona’s proposal as well as some of the others.

      I’m not interested in doing a proposal or portfolio of my own but I’d be pleased to help if I can.

    • Myra 20:57 on 18/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I might write a testimonial. I wouldn’t have considered myself an artist of any sort before MU, but now I think I have a little cred.

    • Elle 04:10 on 19/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great Pearl & Myra! Help is good. It’s really Oona’s idea, I thought it was a good one and offered to help out if I could.

    • Newton 06:30 on 19/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      It would be really exciting if a place like MU, where anyone can seriously explore their creativity in an open setting, could become a permanent fixture on some level, similarly to how Chic Aeon’s machinema project has. A rotation of visionaries leading the way really seems like the way to go too. I wish everyone the best in getting these proposals accomplished (and beyond)!

    • Astrid Rimbaud 09:38 on 19/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Wooohoo Team continue MU!!

  • Vanessa 17:06 on 17/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    VPA 198 – Portfolios & Proposals

    Virtual Public Art 198 organizational meetings today at 10am & 6pm SLT at MU:Maria:14.

    • Get your online portfolio in shape!
    • Write a proposal for an LEA Land Grant!


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