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Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch Inspiration

Start with this stunning painting by American artist Georgia O’Keefe. Take inspiration from the widerness terrain of Ghost Ranch not far from Santa Fe, New Mexico where she lived and worked. Then translate its colors and shapes into the form of a dress for VR avatars, and it not only makes for virtual couture, but […]


Seeing the World in New Ways

In a long, but fascinating article in the journal, E-Media Studies, Lori Landay, examines the new frontiers of experience being explored within the context of computer games and virtual worlds. She begins with a reference to Soviet filmmaker, Dziga Vertov’s, description of those new perspectives opened up by the movie camera. In the 1920′s, he […]


A Tribute To Paco Rabanne

One of the metaverse’s leading designers, Alba2 Rossini, recently indroduced a new outfit inspired by the legendary Paco Rabanne. We admire the direction Alba’s work has taken and are happy to feature her latest. More about Paco Rabanne Alba’s Gallery in world


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Revolution Now?

Best selling author, Anne Rice, (Interview With a Vampire, and such) is publishing one of her short stories as a video book that can be read on iPhones, personal computers and other interconnected devices.  This also marks the coming of a new term, not yet familiar to most people, the “vook.” Get it? Vook is […]


The 3D Convergence

Maureen Dowd interviewed Jeffrey Katzenberg, the C.E.O. of DreamWorks Animation. recently about the emergence of 3D in films. She quotes Katzenberg as saying: “If you look at the history of film, there have now been three great revolutions. The first was silent to talkies. The second was black-and-white to color, 70 years ago. And this […]


Art, Philosophy and Virtual Reality

For any number of reasons, several of which are explored on these pages, virtual worlds offer fertile soil for artists, philosophers, theologians … in fact, anyone, with a penchant for reflecting on the meaning of life. The short movie (referred to by virtual world enthusiasts as “machinima”) now showing on YouTube and linked to below, […]


GodArt

A very interesting and challenging project, culminating in a virtual world exhibit this September. We will track this with great interest as artists and designers seek to answer the question: “Is is even possible to visualize God in a 3D art project?” You can visit the website to learn more, but to really get in […]


Sacred Art in a Virtual World

This wonderful exhibit explores the relationship between art, architecture and spirituality in world religions. Informative, entertaining, enlightening. The exhibition was curated by students and staff of the Department of Art History at Rutgers University and the “Art History” group in Second Life. It was sponsored by the Play-as-Being Group, an initiative of Kira Institute. To […]


Condos in Heaven!

Second Life artist Bryn Oh’s works are artifacts from an alternate future, an apocalyptic universe where desperate mothers upload their dying children into cyborg bodies only to be beset by righteous mobs, children’s rhymes warn against impending robot attack and tiny gear-driven insects engage in the ancient and universal struggle to survive. But Bryn and […]