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  • 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
    Tags: , , , ,   

    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!


  • Vanessa 20:39 on 10/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , CV, , , , , Resume   

    Public Art 198 – Portfolios & Proposals 

    sample online portfolio

    Want to see the Medici University adventure continue past 30 June? Here’s your chance! In VPA-198 we’ll create Portfolios & LEA Land Grant Proposals and be ready when the call for “Round 9” LG Proposals comes out!

    Syllabus: Virtual Public Art 198

    Image: Designshack.net

  • Vanessa 03:31 on 09/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Pedestrian, , Walk   

    Jane’s Walk!!

    is coming to MU on 1, 2, 3 May!
    The Virtual Public Art Class will be giving tours of the MU Campus!!

    Please check out this awesome podcast from CJSW on Jane’s walk:


    • Newton 22:12 on 11/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful! See you there.

  • Vanessa 22:07 on 02/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ETL, Joshua Reeves, Motivation, Organization, , Time Management   

    Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders: Joshua Reeves 

    The Startup Journey: A Marathon, Not a Sprint

    Joshua Reeves, co-founder and CEO of ZenPayroll

    I love the Stanford Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Series! (“ETL”) So many smart peeps sharing visions. Payroll sounds important, but dull to me! But Joshua Reeves really has powerful insights into how things work and how we can achieve not just “success” but “satisfaction.” In the latter portion he talks about the importance of scheduling your time, “otherwise you’re just reacting to whatever’s happening.” I don’t know about you, but I spend so much time just reacting to whatever’s happening! He also notes that he assumes there are always 1,000 good ideas, so it’s never about “what can we do,” but about “what’s most important for us right now.” Again, it may be an “entrepreneurship” talk, but I think so many of his ideas apply to our never-enough-time art careers too.


  • Vanessa 11:31 on 02/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Music Video, SketchSHE   

    Mime Thru Time!

    by SketchSHE

    • Oona 00:53 on 03/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      This is so good I think I may need to watch it twice. Merci beaucoup Vanessa!

  • Vanessa 18:32 on 29/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Live Stream, ,   

    Anthea Sharp Live Stream!

    See you in-world for Anthea Sharp at noon SLT today!

    If you can’t make it, watch the live stream!

  • Vanessa 19:01 on 22/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Avatar Height, Avatar Shape, Freakishly Tall, , SL Marketplace, Vitruvian Shapes   

    Vitruvian Shapes 

    Tired of being freakishly tall?

    Try a Free Vitruvian Shape from the master of proportion in SL, Penny Patton!!!

    * Vitruvian Shapes / SL Marketplace

    sample images of avatar shapes by Penny Patton

    Vitruvian Shapes, by Penny Patton, free on SL Marketplace

  • Vanessa 23:24 on 18/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adelaide, ,   

    ## Jane’s Walk Adelaide https vimeo com 76495132 

    Jane’s Walk – Adelaide

  • Vanessa 21:21 on 18/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BomBaebs, Rap Against Rape   

    BomBaebs’ #RapAgainstRape

  • Vanessa 04:38 on 17/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Certificate, ,   

    Certificate in Virtual Public Art 

    Medici University is now offering a Certificate Track in Virtual Public Art!


    • Newton 07:48 on 18/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      What a wonderful opportunity for focus and accomplishment at MU! Thank you!

      • Vanessa 11:00 on 18/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Newton! When I realized that Dance Anywhere, Jane’s Walk, and Manifesto for Virtual Maintenance Art were all having a “planetary alignment” during the coming 3 months of MU, it was too irresistible an opportunity not to put together a programme.

        Needless to say, I was also significantly influenced by your own Cafe Sophistry project!

        • rmarie 16:10 on 18/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

          It was crossing my mind whilst reading your curriculum that doing a CS section could maybe qualify as one of your “tracks.”

          • rmarie 16:11 on 18/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

            (posted on behalf of my dear brother)

          • Vanessa 20:29 on 18/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

            Interesting… tell me more…

            • Newton 03:27 on 19/03/2015 Permalink

              Well, since the CVPA is all about working toward a compendium of virtual experiences created, perhaps outcomes of the work people do in a CS section could also be applied toward the certificate. So far I know two people will be sharing work at the final Gender and Virtuality gathering on March 29 so they will have “completed” that. It would be neat to give a sense that they are one step closer to a larger MU-related goal. See what you think, or if that even makes sense!

  • Vanessa 15:15 on 16/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Domenico Quaranta, Internet Art, Mediated Expereience, Museum, Primary Experience   

    From Primary to Mediated Experience – and Back

    Talk by Domenico Quaranta


    • rmarie beedit 16:15 on 16/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      “The more we experience mediation, the more we realize the importance of primary experiences. If you don’t believe me, try virtual sex.”

      The above line – despite the snicker factor – illustrates the difference between primary and mediated in context really nicely. There’s often a need to juxtapose the virtual against RL, or to place it in context with RL – to have RL frame the meaning of the virtual.

      What are some examples of virtual art that is 100% primary even though it’s virtual? Is that possible?

    • rmarie 15:38 on 17/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think you have to talk about or have done cybersex to answer that question either ! I just thought it was an interesting analogy.

  • Vanessa 08:24 on 01/02/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , NovoEd,   

    Storytelling 4 Change

    Hey MU Writing Students! Looking for a free class to take? Check out Storytelling for Change from NovoEd:

    Acumen and The Ariel Group have created this hands-on course to help you develop your practical skills as a storyteller. Whether you work in an office making presentations in the boardroom, as a teacher with 30 to 300 students, interacting with customers, or one-on-one with individuals, using the elements of story bring you closer to your audience. Using stories makes your messages memorable, gives your audience something to relate to, and above all captures their attention, motivating and inspiring them in new ways. A story taps into more than one element of communicating. Great storytellers are great communicators and effective leaders.

    • AlexandreLois1 09:35 on 01/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I love storytellers. Particularly space storytellers. I have a series of non-fiction stories

  • Vanessa 08:18 on 01/02/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , ,   

    Adventures in Writing

    Hey MU Writing Students! Looking for a free class to take? Check out Adventures in Writing from Stanford OpenEdX

  • Vanessa 03:19 on 30/01/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Fashion Design, New Students, Sweatshirts   

    MU Sweatshirts 

    Did we get any Fashion Design students??

    We could really use some MU Sweatshirts to give to the new arrivals!

    Woman in a pink Oxford University sweatshirt

    • Emma 05:06 on 30/01/2015 Permalink | Reply

      ooh.. i want one..
      hm maybe for the.. ehm.. wait is there some sort of sport team?

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