Thursday, 14 December 2006

Coming soon - Library of Congress American Memory exhibition

I'm pleased to announce that the Library of Congress have allowed me to host a small exhibition of work from the WPA Posters collection, part of the now very substantial American Memory collection.

The exhibition will run for 4 weeks from Thursday January 4th 2007.

I'm very grateful to the Library of Congress, particularly Caroline Arms and Phil Michel, for their support in arranging this at very short notice. I hope we will all learn something useful from it about how best to use SL to host this kind of work.

Tuesday, 5 December 2006

OpenStudio exhibition - 2 Dec until 23 Dec

I'm very pleased to announce the first full exhibition in ArtsPlace SL, a small selection of work from the MIT OpenStudio project. The exhibition is upstairs at ArtsPlace SL and will run between 2 December and 23 December.
OpenStudio is web + art + community + economics. It is an open ended experiment that couples a very simple drawing tool with an economy of artists, curators, collectors, dealers and viewers. Members can create and modify drawings, set prices and licenses, exchange and exhibit work, view financial records, and commission one another. Because OpenStudio is experimental, we continually add features and take others away. We know that the system is not perfect, but it was never meant to be. Please enjoy it as it is with its quirks.

The exhibition features nine works, selected purely according to my personal taste, but taken together these nine work well as an introduction to what can be found elsewhere in OpenStudio.

Please feel free to pay ArtsPlace SL a visit and see for yourself...

The builders have moved out...

I've pretty much finished with all the major building work and now have a rather nice area of 'gallery' space spread over two floors, three entrances, a teleport between floors and an upstairs outside seating area (currently sans seats!).

I originally built a third floor, but hit my parcel prim limit (essentially I'd used all my available building blocks). So I removed the third floor and have decided to stick at two. To be honest, the building looks much better balanced at two floors rather than three.

The prim limit took me slightly by surprise - I hadn't done my homework properly. But I suppose it helps to keep the money rolling in to Linden Labs.

So with the basic space finished, I now need to populate it with exhibits - the lack of prims might be a limiting factor here I guess. My current plan is to use the downstairs area for stuff that I develop - though I'm open to offers - and the upstairs area for exhibitions of other people's work. I'm planning on making each exhibition last three or four weeks. News about the first exhibition will follow in the next post.

Well see how things work out...