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12,13,14 oct 2012 Int. #Blender3D Conference also in #SecondLife (#SL)

 /Please ADD or CORRECT wrong information! – Blogpost updated 2012.10.14 10:40 CEST — short link:  http://Meta.Live.Nu

Blender Conference 2012Just like in 2009 , 2010, and 2011 the annual international Blender Conference 2012, a 3D software Developers & 3-D Artists Event at De Balie Theatre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands,  is streamed live online on the web and screened 3D interactive at the Caledon Oxbridge University in the virtual world Second Life.

October 12-13-14, 2012

Watching the 2012 Blender Conference live on the big screen at the Caledon Oxbridge University in SL. With the Youtube – Google+ Hangout live stream on a virtual laptop. – Snapshot by Pyewacket Kazyanenko.

Blender is a free and open-source software program for 3D modeling, animation, and rendering. For graphic designsmovies,  games and other visual arts. Also for importing 3-D objects into virtual worlds such as Second LifeOpenSim and CloudParty


Conference info:


Attend 3D online at the Caledon Oxbridge University  in SL:


Live Streams: (De Balie main Theatre only)


Video-on-Demand / Replay:


IRC Chat Channels: – irc://

  • #bconf12
  • #blender
  • #blenderchat

Twitter hashtags#bconf12   –  #blender3d   – #b3d

Caledon Oxbridge University in SL – Blender Conference garden with a Blender logo-pool. 

SL & Blender

 Second Life  introduced 3D mesh in 2011 . Some examples of people using Blender to import 3D creations into SL:

Second Life 3D Mesh - View this group's most interesting photos on Flickriver

Other Blender user images:

Blender 3d Art, Screenshots, and Projects - View this group's most interesting photos on Flickriver

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17-19 june MetaMeets 3D-internet & virtual worlds conference Amsterdam


“Paying the costs of making things free”

post updated 2010.11.14 01:00 CET | shortlink

Economies of the Commons 2 – International Conference on Open Content

November 12 , 13 – 2010, Amsterdam, The Netherlands + online

How are we going to pay the bill for Free Culture that is to remain as publicly accessible as possible?


Second Life screening:



May 7-8: MetaMeets 2010

“Europe’s Premier 3D Internet Developer Conference”

May 7th & 8th 2010

MetaMeets2010 Dublin - View this group's most interesting photos on Flickriver

2009: Amsterdam, The Netherlands + Virtual Holland, SL

2011: Berlin, Germany + Berlin , SL + … ?


Second Front about Wikipedia, SL & media in general

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Second Front members Great Escape (aka artist Scott Kildall) and Man Michinaga (aka Patrick Lichty, also the animator of The Yes Men) were special guests in De Hoeksteen Live! at the NIMk.  Interviewed by Prince Clause Fund director Els van der PlasLive on SALTO 1 TV (Amsterdam) + web.

They talked about the about the CPoV (“Critical Point of View”) Wikipedia Conference in Amsterdam where they did presentations. (Patrick Lichty: “This-presentation-might-get-me-killed”)

Furthermore about the virtual world Second Life and their performance art group Second Front in particular. And about new media in general.

Above photo’s by Anne Helmond


  • Video Part 3 (01:00-02:00) – Interview with Patrick & Scott starts from about 01:55.3
  • Video Part5 (04:00 wintertime) – Last few minutes of the Reuters SL intervention video by Second Front

These above video files will be available online for a maximum of 4 weeks after the live broadcast of march 28/29 (2010).

Second Front’s Breaking News III Video (2007)

Watch the first two hours video of this edition of De Hoeksteen Live! with special attention for the current NIMk workshop ‘The Media City’ here:

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March 18-20: ElectroSmog Festival

updated 2010 03 29 06:00 CET

International Festival for Sustainable Immobility

ElectroSmog : International Festival for Sustainable Immobility - View this group's most interesting photos on Flickriver

March 18 – 20, 2010

Online + SL + #Amsterdam #London #NewYork #Helsinki #Riga #Madrid #München #Banff #Delhi #NewZealand #Dhaka #Nairobi #Montréal #Forres #Cambridge #Strasbourg #Barcelona #Boston #SaoPaolo #Wuppertal #San Francisco + more locations on the planet connected!

Follow the conference in SL:

Live streams on the web:


“ElectroSmog is a new festival that revolves around the concept Sustainable Immobility. The festival will introduce and explore this concept in theory and practice. With Sustainable Immobility we refer to a critique of current systems of hyper mobility of people and products in travel and transport, and their ecological unsustainability.”

‘Web3’ Second Life related programs in the ElectroSmog Festival:

Friday march 19:

Designing for (im)mobility

Saturday march 20:


DFM RTV INT & Meta.Live.Nu , De Balie , Engage & Schijnheilig present parallel parties happening in a squat (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)  and a  Cyber-Nomad-Camp (Virtual Holland, Second Life)

  • 22:00 – 22:30 CET (= SL 2 pm – 2:30 pm PDT)  – Avatar Orchestra MetaverseExperimental live music & visuals from a secret sim (SL) .
  • 22:30 – 23:00 CET (= SL 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm PDT)  Second Front – Live performance art from Oddessy sim (SL).
  • 23:00 – 00:00 CET (= SL 3 pm – 4 pm PDT)  – RaaskalBOMfukkerz – Live from Amsterdam. (NL)
  • 00:00 – 00:30 CET (= SL 4 pm – 4:30 pm PDT) –  DJ Ninah Puchkina – Live streaming from San Francisco (USA)
  • 00:30 – 01:00 CET (= SL 4:30 pm – 6 pm PDT) – DJ Yamna – Live streaming from San Francisco (USA)
  • 01:00 – 02:00 CET (= SL 4:30 pm – 6 pm PDT) – DJ Jce Emoto – Live streaming from Amsterdam (NL)


Live streams: Channel 2

Please refresh page for last-minute updates!

2010 03 20 18:00 CET


Feb.26-28: Sonic Acts XIII Festival

The Poetics of Space
Spatial explorations in art, science, music and technology.
friday-saturday-sunday  feb. 26-27-28
Follow Sonic Acts Conference live from Amsterdam together on the Web3 , @ Meta.Live.Nu Lab Camp Site

21 jan. 2010: Designing for Sustainable Immobility

Thursday January 21, 20:30 CET (= SL 11.30 PST)

INTERACTIVE LIVE from De Balie (Amsterdam) + via Skype + via Second Life


The world-wide mobility explosion is an enormous challenge for designers. How can we convince people that current forms of continuous mobility are no longer ecologically sustainable? Should mobility simply be made unaffordably expensive? Or can we design viable alternatives?

As a prelude to the ElectroSmog festival, De Balie in Amsterdam will present a showcase of design proposals, practical projects and design-ideas that should persuade us to start moving less.

With on-line and on-site contributions by among others:

John Thackara, director of Doors of Perception, the international conference and knowledge network which sets new agendas for design, will highlight design projects that try to tackle the question of mobility reduction.

Stefan Agamanolis, director of  Distance Lab, Forres (Scotland), will present the specific focus of his organisation on networking rural and remote area’s. The relevant question for the ElectroSmog festival  is whether we can live in a sustainable way in the green and still connect to the rest of the world, culturally and economically?

David van Gent is a managing consultant for IBM on Learning Strategy & Technology, Virtual Worlds, Serious Gaming & Web 2.0. He will talk about and demo the Virtual Offices project of IBM, using open SIM technology (similar to second life):
( See for instance this CNN item )

Eric Kluitenberg, head of the media department of De Balie and initiator of the ElectroSnog festival, will present the concept behind the festival. Besides exploring the critique of mobility theoretically, ElectroSmog will also address the issue practically. All international presentations in the festival will be realised by means of tele-connections between the different international locations.

Live & Interactive:

This program will be streamed  live on the internet – for details please refer to:

Chat with us and other viewers at De Balie online chatroom:

You can also watch this live event together with other avatars at the Meta.Live.Nu Roof-Theatre in the virtual world Second Life:

See also:


12 june: “How many lives can a person have?”

Debate @  Media Art Café Berlijn, Enschede , NL

+  @ Media Art Café Berlijn, Second Enschede , SL

June 12 > 15:00 – 17:00 hrs CEST ( = SL 4 am- 6 am PDT)

How many lives can a person have





Our life and our relations are increasingly influenced by online social networks and virtual environments. In particular, multi-user virtual worlds like Second Life, World of Warcraft and Half Life are starting to occupy an increasingly dominant part of many people’s lives, but actually maintaining a second life parallel to their so-called real life is still reserved for the few.As a consequence, the media and public imagination harbor a number of misconceptions about how the use of virtual worlds might impact our lives as well as an often stereotypical portrayal of why someone might choose to live parts of their lives in a computer-mediated environment.

What is it really that makes some people spend hours daily in a virtual world? What are the conditions for finding virtual worlds rewarding and enjoyable? What kinds of experiences motivate people to live a second life? Is it about experimenting with that which is physically or ethically forbidden in their normal life, to play around, to meet others, to do business, or collaborative scientific or artistic work? What is the effect of a virtual life on the real, and the other way around? Will the popularity of virtual worlds increase further in the future?

We will explore such questions in the form of a panel, with 5 people around the table who have experience with Second Life as scientist, artist, philosopher, computer technologist or educator. The panelists will introduce themselves by showing different examples. Then the moderated discussion will start, with the opportunity for the audience to comment, ask questions or share (or even show) their own experiences.

The participants

Piet Hut is Professor of Astrophysics and Interdisciplinary Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, USA. His work in astrophysics is focused mainly on stellar dynamics. He founded a virtual institute, MICA, the Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics, with a presence in the virtual worlds of Qwaq Forums, Second Life, and OpenSim. MICA is unique in being the first grass roots organization of professional scientists in Second Life. Current MICA activities include: professional journal club talks; popular astrophysics talks by professional astrophysicists for the general public; daily “coffee-time” gatherings where professional and amateur astronomers mingle; and lab-like experiments with OpenSim, where the physics engine is used to let stars fall to each other, rather than to the ground.

Anton Eliëns is coordinator of multimedia @ VU University Amsterdam and involved in setting up the Creative Technology curriculum where he leads the New Media track. His current activities focus on the application of game technology in serious applications and the development of serious games for education and business training.

Johnny Hartz Søraker is a PhD Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente. Currently, he is doing research on the philosophy and ethics of virtual worlds as part of an International research group on “Evaluating the Cultural Quality of New Media”. He received his MA degree (Cand. Philol.) in Philosophy from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, then working on philosophy of mind and AI. Since then he has published and lectured extensively on philosophy of technology, philosophy and ethics of virtual worlds in particular.

Viola van Alphen is Multi Media Artist, Curator, Organiser, Business Consultant, Nerd and Managing director of the yearly festival GOGBOT (Art, Media, Technology, Music) and PLANETART, organization for the multi media art that organizes festivals and innovative cross media presentations. During Transmediale Berlin, international festival for Digital Culture, several international artists (i.e. the Australian bionic performance artists Stelarc) chose to participate choosing the medium of Second Life. Art is not only about showing beautiful pictures and crafts, but about philosophy, criticism, hacking and innovation. The past is a kind of future already happened…

Zsófia Ruttkay as a mathematician and computer scientist has been working in Artificial Intelligence, recently on creating engaging communicative behaviour for Virtual Humans. She has been fascinated by the new interaction, communication and expression forms the computer technology is offering – in her view giving rise to a new ideal of the Renaissance Man in the 21st century. She has been the driving person for the design and development of the new, interdisciplinary education Creative Technology at UT.


18 april: Boom Pearls – Understanding art in online spaces

Press release, talks on Boom Pearls in Second Life

Saturday april 18, at 18 – 21 (gmt+1) four positions for understanding art in online spaces as Second Life (SL) will be presented to discuss how art practice in an online world is part of Real Life (RL) and the art world. The talks is part of the curated series Boom Pearls and can be seen offline at, Hannoversche Straße 3, Berlin, and online at Boom Pearls in Second Life,

Tommy Støckel and Pernille With Madsen both participate with art projects in Boom Pearls.
Jan Northoff and Joachim Stein both uses SL for media productions without necessarily seeing it as part of the art world.

Tommy Støckel will talk about his practice. For this project he considered how an artistic practice can be carried out in SL, where the content of the virtual world is build by the users. His installation, Primitives Collection Field (2007), consisted of freebies build by other users in SL, thereby focusing on what makes SL different from the rest of the world.

Pernille With Madsens installation Endless Structure (2009), which can still be seen, is inspired of the vertigo experienced in the meeting with reality and different constructions or architecture. The possibility to emerge in her scripted construction is another example of artworks by participating artists who are all new in SL. With Madsen will talk about her projects in and outside SL.

Jan Northoff is one of the two founders of newBERLIN, a true to scale interpretation of the german capital in SL. After working with sculpture and massive installations in Real Life, he created a virtual city with a living community of Citizens Friends and Creators of the online international melting pot. So he also invites artists to catch up with the latest 3D realtime technology and online art scenes.

Joachim Stein will talk about the Terms of Service as basis for practice in Second Life. Stein is an experimental thinker and artist, who challenges concepts of reality, play and work. He improvises and constructs narratives by doing what seems absurd and by using found situations and constellations. In 2007 Stein initiated and helped realize a TV documentary about people’s lives in Second Life. During Ars Electronica 2007 he provided workout, diet and medication plans that helped people achieve their Second Live avatar’s body in real life. In his latest work he used Second Life as a tool for re-enacting and filming of a court trial about a copyright case he had provoked by deliberately using and altering a digital map without permission.

The talks will be documented and can be seen at after a while.

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