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


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 + … ?


24 april: ARflashmob by SNDRV

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Bring you own Virtual Human statue to the worlds 1st  Augmented Reality Flashmob at De Dam square, Amsterdam, NL

April 24th 14:00 CET

This happening by Dutch artist Sander Veenhof is not inworld SL, but with a little imagination one can foresee future possibilities of AR with live avatars & prims and it’s possible social impact…


Sander Veenhof (aka Overig Solzhenitsyn in SL) is also known for his  groundbreaking performances and experiments with SL. Like for instance the mixed-reality installation:
“Physical Virtuality: What’s the weight of an avatar?”


Who is gonna be in Amsterdam @ #ARflashmob this saturday and live stream from mobile device??? (Ustream or qik or so) Then we can also do a simultanious Media-Prim-Avatar-FLASHmob in Amsterdam, Second Life! 🙂 (with SL 2.0 Viewer)


“Another Perfect World” Dutch tv documentary

“Another Perfect World” “in search of Virtual Paradise”


Internet Premiere (dutch subitles edition) 31 july. Replays 1 – 6  august 2009

Holland Doc 24 TV (cable & satellite & web live stream & Livestation)

  • Friday 22:09 – 23:06 CEST
  • Saturday 02:49 – 03:46
  • Saturday 10:50 – 11:47
  • Sunday 06:12 – 07:08
  • Sunday 19:14 – 20:11
  • Monday 17:19 – 18:16
  • Tuesday 14:27 – 15:24
  • Wednesday 02:36 – 03:33
  • Wednesday 12:39 – 14:36
  • Thursday 12:18 – 13:15

More replays on this digital tv channel are possible.

INTERVIEWS: Philip Rosedale (aka Philip Linden of Second Life), Jae-Kyung Song of Lineage, Hilmar Veigar Petursson of EVE OnlineRaph Koster of Metaplace and Kevin Alderman /aka/ Stroker Serpentine of Strokerz Toyz

Kevin Alderman (SL: Stroker Serpentine) creating animations for his Adult Second Life business


This documentary will also be broadcasted TV in more countries:  Probably on SBS Australia, NRK Norway, YLE Finland, SVT Sweden and other TV  stations.


In this Youtube preview there is a scene about virtual worlds money and economics there is a machinima fragment, shot by Sandwoman Petion. Of a burning Dollars sculpture and with an  ‘Euro-Avatar’ running passed. These Second Life objects were created by Herman Bergson for the Meta.Live.Nu event at the  ‘Goodbye Dollar’ party in Amsterdam, NL. This scene appears  not inthe full version.


The festival premiere was in april 2009 at Hot Docs, Canada.


The British TV premiere was 23 June 2009 on Channel Four /More 4

True Stories presents: Jorien van Nes and Femke Wolting’s fascinating insight into online virtual worlds. Second Life, World of Warcraft, Metaplace, U World – all virtual worlds where the user can create their own paradise, far removed from real life. People can create societies that range from the democratic to the dictatorial, have avatars that resemble their ideal and can engage in actions that their real life personality would never dream of doing, from cyber-sex to virtual crime. But who creates these worlds and are they the right people to be crafting idealised societies that pretend to address and solve the inadequacies of the real world?

The Internet TV premiere was:  june 2009, Metaworld2


The Netherlands TV premiere was: Thursday 30 july 2009, Nederland 2

Voor miljoenen mensen is het virtuele universum een plek die steeds meer vervlochten raakt met hun echte leven. De plek waar makers en spelers hun eigen paradijs kunnen creëren, ver verwijderd van de echte wereld; geheel naar eigen inzicht, variërend van democratie tot dictatuur. Hier leiden de virtuele inwoners een leven waarvan zij vroeger niet durfden te dromen; van warlord tot succesvol cybersex ondernemer.

Maar wie zijn de bedenkers van deze werelden en welke ideeën en ideologieën liggen eraan ten grondslag? Hoe gaat het bouwen van een virtueel utopia in zijn werk? Wat zijn de economische en politieke regels in de virtuele wereld? Is er persvrijheid? Hoe wordt er handel gedreven? Moeten de virtuele inwoners zich aan wetten houden, of zijn zij daar eindelijk helemaal vrij in? Zijn het echt ideale werelden zonder aardse beperkingen?

In deze documentaire gaan Femke Wolting en Jorien van Nes op zoek naar antwoorden op deze vragen.

Zij spreken de oprichters van de grootste virtuele werelden, waaronder Philip Rosedale van Second Life, Jae-Kyung Song van Lineage, Hilmar Veigar Petursson van EVE Online en Raph Koster van Metaplace over de ideeën achter hun werelden.

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Debates about BM 2008 theme: “The American Dream”

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Please join the independent GLOBAL ARTS & POLITICS – ONLINE OPEN DEBATES about the Burning Life (BL) / Burning Man (BM) 2008 theme:


Thursday 2 + saturday 4 +  sunday 5, october 2008:
At SL 3 pm PDT ( = CEST 00:00 midnight) – till about SL 5 pm PDT (=CEST 02:00)


* What is your association with “The American Dream”?

* Does your playa creation at BL fit this theme, and why did you do so?

* Did you decide not to join BL this year because of the theme ‘The American Dream’, why exactly?

* Did your visit at BM or BL change your views and opinion on “The American Dream”?

* What should be the theme for BM and BL in 2009? (Should BM and BL always have identical themes?)

+ Any other issues you can bring in about the BL theme


Please join the discussion with voice and text chat around the campfire at the Meta.Live.Nu information-remix-art exhibition “Grid Gypsy Camp: Brazil”



Please be respectfull to eachother, even towards The American Dreamers! 😉
No insults please, nor other violations of the BL and SL Network Principles of course.

By joining the debate, you give permission for it to be logged and recorded for possible publication later on the web under a non-commercial creative commons license.


After thursday 2 october, follow-up debates will be saturday 4 and sunday 5 october, same topics, same time, same place.

Sunday 5 october (last day of the Burning Life festival) we will have a round-up of all 3 debates.


Please join the SL group ‘Meta.Live.Nu‘  for latest news updates.

And please check the EVENTS CALENDAR



Videos: Virtual Web Symposium Amsterdam

Video-on-demand of the Virtual Web Symposium online now!

Watch these very interesting lectures, showcases and interviews in Flash video here:

De Balie

27 feb.: Virtual Web Symposium, Amsterdam [update]

At De Balie, wednesday 27 februari 2008, from 15:00 hrs till around 22:00 hrs CET


Extensive report about this conference at

Report (NLs) at


Virtual Web Symposium

This event includes Scientists, Educators, Web Specialists, 3D Designers, Artists, Technicians and others. There will be demonstrations, lectures and discussions (both live and virtual) about Education and the Future of the Virtual Web

For a list of participants and more detailed info see



$299 Thought Control

“Gamers are able to move objects in the world just by thinking of the action.”

BBC report: “Brain control headset for gamers”Brain control

“The headset could be used to improve the realism of emotional responses of AI characters in games”

Tan Le, Emotiv


(Link thanks to nootski in DFM IRC)

Another BBC report:

“Japanese researchers claim to have found a way to control a computer character by thinking about it.”

Play video: .asx (.wmv) or  .ram (.rm)


21 feb.: I, Avatar

21 februari 18:00 CET:

It promises to be a very interesting Mediamatic Beauty Parlour #06 this thursday: Artist, writer and engineer Mark Meadows (aka Pighed Stonecutter) presents his new book: I, Avatar

At Club 11, on the 11th floor of the Post CS building, Oosterdokskade 5, Amsterdam, NL. Reservations via

An exhibition with Mark Meadows work can be seen at PLANETART, Weteringschans 179, Amsterdam.

I, Avatar

What is an avatar? Why are there nearly a billion of them, and who is using them? Do avatars impact our real lives, or are they just video game conceits? Is an avatar an inspired rendering of its creator’s inner self, or is it just one among millions of anonymous vehicles clogging the online freeways? Can we use our avatars to really connect with people, or do they just isolate us? And as we become more like our avatars do they become more like us?  pighed

In I, Avatar, Mark Stephen Meadows answers some of these questions, but more importantly, he raises hundreds of others in his exploration of avatars and the fascinating possibilities they hold. His examination of avatars through the lenses of sociology, psychology, politics, history, and art, he will change the way you look at even a simple online profile and revolutionize the idea of avatars as part of our lives, whether first or second.

 pighed stonecutter

“As someone that has worked with virtual worlds for over 15 years, I’m only now beginning to see the weak signals and evidence of high enough technical, social, financial, and visual caliber in the work that it is attracting people. Millions of them.”

“When you look at avatars, please think of these people as settlers. You can see them more clearly if you think of them as early traders and frontiersmen who are colonizing a new world.”

Mark Meadows


“Mark Meadow’s virtual creatures are not your next door neighbours–or are they? Leaving behind 1990s cyberculture and its underground aesthetics, with Meadows we descend into a maelstrom of Identity 2.0 in which business, leasure, sexuality, labour and fashion melt into one.”

Geert Lovink, Media Theorist, Net Critic and Activist.


After the first attack on Iraq, Mark Meadows hitchhiked from Kuwait to Baghdad in 2003, wanting to experience first hand what the mass media filters might not reveal to the public.

 it was clear basra was wounded. i couldnt tell where the wound was (sometimes its hard to tell what is wrong when it is so goddam big, or when we are so goddam small), but i could tell it was there. basra was wounded, but it was also still very alive. people were selling vegetables, water, generators, tools, services, and friends were meeting on sidewalks, talking. i found an art gallery that was tucked into the basement of a bombed out admin building. these guys had set it up and were selling canvases out of it. one painting i found was by a painter named Manal Kheroulah. she’s a 23-year old painter at the basra college of fine arts. i like that.

This video shows a fascinating interview with Mark Meadows. Produced at Xmedia lab, Singapore, 18 november 2005. | |


Second Front

WALL.K (or Dancing About Architecture)

A performance art happening by SECOND FRONT, 10 february 2008, at the Second Wall-ker Art Center  at the Locusolus sim, in Second Life.

Wall.K Image by CallieDelBoa

Artist/director/writer Man Michinaga (Patrick Lichty) was joined by artists Aliselborg Zhaoying, Tran Spire, Ze Moo and a few others in ‘Wall.K.


In Wall.K, the performing artists were wearing wall-shaped avatars.(!)

 Wall.K - Image by CallieDelBoaAll this was projected to a live audience as part of SL ONE at the Directors Lounge in Berlin, in cooperation with the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Wall.K by CalleDelBoa

Next to SL ONE curator Olga Wunderlich, only a small fortunate audience was invited to attend the Wall.K performance inworld SL, in an attempt to prevent sim lag. Among them were Jce Emoto, Ninah Puchkina, Chantal Harvey, SaveMe Oh, CallieDel Boa, Ollie Kubrick, LWK Telling, and a couple of other priveleged SL-residents.

Man Michinaga CalleDel Boa

Second Front seems to be one of the most profoundly recognized performance art groups in the metaverse Second Life. Patrick Lichty is better known as a member of brilliant anti-WTO activist group ‘The Yes Man’ (

More pictures and video coming up…


WHEN MAN MET ZE. Patrick Lighty at Video Vortex, photo by Silvertje

During the Video Vortex Conference in Amsterdam in january, Patrick Lichty (Man Michinaga) was visiting the ‘DO NOT FEED (Meta.Live.Nu presents DFM RTV INT)’ installation at the VideoVortex.2 exhibition.

In the physical exhibition space of the N.I.M.K., Patrick Lichty took control of the naked Ad Breda avatar and escaped the cage at De Dam square in SL-Amsterdam. Ad Breda then went to do an spontanious streaker intervention at the IAM Columbia Isle, the sim of the Columbia College Interactive Arts and Media (IAM) department in Chicago, Illinois. Ze Moo was observing how Ad Breda would survive this without a sim-ban… Read more about this happening at the SecondFront.blogspot

Eveline Schoonhoven, Man Michinaga, Ad Breda

The day after the VideoVortex Conference, Patrick Lichty arrived as SL-resident Man Michinaga in the cage with Ad Breda and Eveline Schoonhoven.

Man Michinaga, Eveline Schoonhoven

This time, Patrick Lichty was logged in from an airport somewhere in the U.S. while changing flights, while Man Michinaga was changing avatars

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