Second Life: Imaging Virtual Place Part1


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    1. 1. Second Life: Imaging Virtual Place (part 1) Richard Smyth, Ph.D. Invent-L Conference 2007: Imaging Place University of Florida 24 February 2007
    2. 2. Outline of Presentation <ul><li>I. Mystory/History: </li></ul><ul><li>How I Came Here/Returned Here </li></ul><ul><li>II. Deconstruction vs. “Reconstruction”: Metaphorical Concepts of Space and Topological Alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>III. Summary of Research Interests </li></ul>
    3. 3. Mystory/Choragraphy: Multidimensional Expression <ul><li>wabi-sabi : wide image :: outline : argument </li></ul><ul><li>wabi-sabi has six parts: three each for tenor and vehicle of a metaphor </li></ul><ul><li>the “need to fill in each slot locates some dimensions of thought and feeling that you might have overlooked…” (Ulmer 2003, 277) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Time Line (1-D)  lpha  etic Literacy 1100 B.C.E. Printing Press 1447 C.E. Peter Ramus 1515-1572 1820 1901 1927 1984
    5. 5. Time Square (2-D)
    6. 6. Time Cube (3-D) Aesthetic Temporal Mnemonic
    7. 7. Part I <ul><li>Mystory/History: </li></ul><ul><li>How I Came to Be Here/Return Here </li></ul>
    8. 8. 10.5.06 (Temporal Axis) <ul><li>Craig Freeman/JC Fremont introduces Smyth to Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Abaris Brautigan is born </li></ul>Abaris Brautigan as default avatar pictured camping at Mooaleo
    9. 9. 10.12.06 (Aesthetic Axis) <ul><li>Smyth/Brautigan quoted in </li></ul><ul><li>Nomad Scholar finds home in SL </li></ul>Abaris Brautigan (before he edited self) pictured here horning in on interview ( Witte/Dena )
    10. 10. 08.01.94 (Mnemonic Axis) <ul><li>Under director Greg Ulmer, Smyth finishes dissertation “ Renaissance Mnemonics, Poststructuralism , and the Rhetoric of Hypertext Composition ” </li></ul><ul><li>He graduates from University of Florida (aka “The Florida School of Applied Grammatology”) with Ph.D. in English </li></ul>
    11. 11. 8.27.94 (Mnemonic Axis) Craig Saper confers his Bachelors Degree upon Smyth in Florida School graduation ceremony that has yet to become a tradition.
    12. 12. 10.19.06 (Temporal Axis) <ul><li>Abaris creates Second Life group for electrate collaboration: the TGC </li></ul>Access group info by double-clicking group name in profile.
    13. 13. TGC Group Insignia/Significance <ul><li>Squares represent juxtaposed pixels </li></ul><ul><li>Pixels = next generation of juxtologic: multidimensional </li></ul><ul><li>“ Pixels are the movable type of the future.” (Stafford 288) </li></ul>colon = points ANALOGIC equal sign = lines LOGIC ? = squares JUXTOLOGIC
    14. 14. How to Display Group Title Right-click on avatar, select Groups, then select group in list for display and click ACTIVATE button
    15. 15. 10.22.06 (Aesthetic Axis) <ul><li>Abaris Brautigan edits his self-image at SL replica of Stonehenge </li></ul>Right-click on avatar and choose “Appearance” to change self-image.
    16. 16. Spring 1997 (Mnemonic Axis) <ul><li>Students read children’s allegory The Phantom Tollbooth as model for project </li></ul><ul><li>Assignment: students collaborate to build an allegorical, educational environment in a M.O.O. for a 5 th grade class to experience </li></ul><ul><li>Students had to work out overall content and how each group would fit in and interconnect to the whole. </li></ul>
    17. 17. 10.29.06 (Temporal Axis) <ul><li>Abaris Brautigan works on electracy display at Parvenu Towers (6 th floor) </li></ul>Residual literacy in the new medium: a book and a computer terminal with websites.
    18. 18. 11.1.06 (Aesthetic Axis) <ul><li>Stephanie Hermes/Tripp creates the FRE t-shirt </li></ul><ul><li>Abaris Brautigan never takes it off </li></ul>
    19. 19. 11.6.06 (Aesthetic Axis) <ul><li>Smyth submits late abstract to the Craigs Freeman/Saper </li></ul><ul><li>Informs Saper that his BA degree held hostage </li></ul><ul><li>As a result of this act of blackmail, Smyth’s abstract is accepted. </li></ul>
    20. 20. TMI (Mnemonic Axis) <ul><li>5.19.84—married as sophomore </li></ul><ul><li>6.12.84—admitted to Smyth County Hospital for mental breakdown during trip to NC </li></ul><ul><li>5/1994—Ulmer publishes review of Genetis: A Rhizography in PMC </li></ul><ul><li>6/1994—returns to NC to finish dissertation after wife leaves with children </li></ul>
    21. 21. Mapping These Points You Get… Representation of a Klein Bottle, a 3-D version of a Moebius strip, immersed in 3-D space.
    22. 22. Contact <ul><li>Richard Smyth, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>