Posted by: Xhyra Graf | 16 March 2011

4th Annual VWBPE Conference

4th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference

March 17-19, 2011
Second Life

Title Digitally Preserving Spiritual & Cultural Heritage with Traditional Artists in Second Life
Authors: Tonietta Walters, Jennifer Saxton
Presenter: Xhyra Graf | Tonietta Walters
Date Friday, March 18 17:00 SLT | 20:00 EDT
Location: East 1/2 Machinima
Abstract Virtual world technology, as a participatory tool that engages users, allows for an immersive experience and the virtual world of Second Life has emerged as a preferred tool for providing hands-on experiential learning. Moreover, the nature of preserving conceivably marginalized cultural information is predicated by attention to various aesthetic underpinnings of these milieus when designing associated virtual environments and the objects within them. This paper reports on projects that adopt a straightforward participatory model where traditional artists or object-makers within these cultures provide artistic material and collaboratively inform the design process and thus augment epistemic aims of digitization. 

To be presented:

  1. Flow Exhibition [Recently relocated to TAO:5448 Gallery, Virtual Montmartre]
  2. Flinders University SL Pathways to Wellbeing Participatory Software Demo
  3. City of Suzano Artist Exhibition – Opening May 2011 [Flinders University SL PtW Building, 2nd Floor]
  4. NoumenArt Center for Applied Aesthetics [SL classroom – 3rd Floor, TAO:5448 Gallery, Virtual Montmartre]

Flow in the Zone: A Global Perspective on the Inner Experience of the Traditional Artist

Book to be released on Kindle in May 2011.

Installed at TAO:5448 Gallery in Virtual Montmartre

Artists on the 1st Floor – Pip Brant, Alicia Falcone, Jose Xavier Polet, Policarpo Ribeiro, Ricardo Triana

Artists on the Second Floor – Aleta Burge, Luisa Mesa, Nathalie Sebregts, Tonietta Walters



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