Meet me in SL in Spangle at 12 noon Eastern standard time!
Went another 11-12 miles today on the treadmill. More in the morning.
OK, had a good night’s sleep. Yesterday, started a bit late as I needed to switch out from the PC tower I attempted to use on the first day to a mac tower, which then also had some issues with SL. As such, switched to my trusty MacBook Pro laptop which seems to work just fine. Walked a bit further North on the mainland yesterday, although again taking a rather circuitous route defined largely by obstacles of private properties and restricted areas – very frustrating. Met a number of people on the way, generally introducing myself, describing the project and gifting copies of my walking stick. I’ve also been inviting people to walk with me, with limited success – one person so far has tagged along with me for a bit. I am hopeful that more will consider walking with me as the project gains momentum – a bit challenging as I really need to keep moving for the 6 hours a day of walking to keep my mileage totals up so I can’t spend great amounts of time talking and convincing folks that I am not some nutcase (well, maybe I am!).
Jo-Anne Green from Turbulence.org has now visited and walked with me a bit on both days – great to see you Jo! My Eyebeam intern, Lenny Correa (who has been a fantastic help creating Gandhi’s dothi, glasses, sandals and walking stick) joined me for a bit from a coffee shop in Jersey.
Another intern at eyebeam, Jeremy, created for me a script that is now allowing me to automatically take a screen snapshot every minute while in the SL world. This should create quite an interesting sequence of images as daily documentation of the progress of the project. Thank you Michael Mandiberg (Eyebeam Fellow) for encouraging me in this direction!
Last night was the opening for the Feedback show at Eyebeam, my set up just off the main exhibition space. 700 people in attendance last night for this opening – a record for Eyebeam apparently for such an event. At one point I turned around last night and there were over 100 people standing behind me watching my progress. One visitor commented that she had watched me for an hour or so and started to think of me as her avatar. Very interesting thought. I’ve generally thought that nothing is as boring as watching someone else play a computer game, but have been proven wrong in this instance as with earlier live performative events I’ve made over the years like “Quake/Friends” and “dead-in-iraq”.
I hope to take some time this weekend in between walking on the treadmill and in SL to elaborate on some of my thinking surrounding the coneptualisation of this project. Stay tuned for further images and words. Come see me in SL!