CADRE Speaker Salon – Camille Utterback

20Apr07

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Camille Utterback speaks. In SL and rl.

The day before yesterday I attended another in the series of Speaker Salons – this one featuring pioneering artist and programmer Camille Utterback – hosted by the The CADRE Laboratory for New Media at the School of Art and Design at San Jose State University, and simulcast in-world at the Ars Virtua New Media Center (Dowden, 45,59,51).

I am not an art critic, nor am I, in any way, an authority on art or artistic endevours. Nevertheless, I was very impressed with the scope and genuine interactivity of her work. Especially charming was a piece called Text Rain, where a visitor to the installation can ‘catch’ gently falling text as it rains down from above, and then, with a sweep of the arm, send it floating back up again.

I will refrain from further rusticated analysis, and direct the curious reader here, where scores of writers more learned than I have written about Utterback’s work. However, I will say that Second Life would seem to be a Pandora’s Box (but in a good way) waiting to be opened for artist such as Ms. Utterback; and I look forward to one day seeing the children of her unleashed imagination roaming across the grid.

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Pandora, John William Waterhouse, 1896

This series has showcased some seriously talented and interesting speakers, and there is still one left, featuring Neighborhood Public Radio, an independent, artist-run radio project committed to providing an alternative media platform for artists, activists, musicians, and community members. It is on May 1 at 6:30pm Pacific (and SL!) time.

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