Borders Boundaries and Liminal Spaces


Conference ON/IN Second Life

Borders Boundaries and Liminal Spaces: A conference in the liminal space of Second Life sponsored by Ars Virtua and presented with the New Media Consortium Virtual Worlds. Teleport HERE (instructions are here) you must be a member of the NMC Guests group to use this link, membership is free)

Borders are frequently under contention; they are regions that neatly separate two entities and enable a form of deconstruction. However, the distinctions formed by borders are not sufficient and we realize that often the border begins to represent a third region and generates more contentious borders. It is truly difficult to discern the breadth a border, an indeterminate space, and it’s depth is dependent on the sphere, there is a point when you can cross into the “other.” Borders would be impossible to cross if this was false and the liminal space would disappear. It is our assertion that the synthetic world is a fundamentally liminal space….

Day 1 (Thursday, April 26, 2007) -all times Pacific Time/SLT

* 11:30 – 11:50am Invocation/Welcoming Statements

* Noon – 1:15pm Session: Remains

Brad Kligerman -Artist and Architect Brad Kligerman has turned the idea of art making upside down or rather inside out in his AVAIR exhibit. Kligerman questions the idea of materiality in the rendered environment and the nature of image. He successfully blends the idea of moving through “space” with the idea of moving through image in his new multi-sim installations.

Rene Ridgway – is an artist and free-lance curator based in Amsterdam. Ridgway´s visual projects can be interpreted as a mapping of different occupations/occupancies by the use of a migrating identity to understand foreign territories, unknown areas and (sub)cultures. While social groups, peoples and cultures usually emphasize apparent differences to define themselves, she chooses to focus on similarities and raise questions about how identity can be constructed, including her own.

Laura Jones — is an applied anthropologist and archaeologist. Her research areas are California and French Polynesia. She has worked for the Muwekma Tribe of Ohlone Indians, Stanford University, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

moderator James Morgan

* 1:15pm – on De-compression Event: Demo Day – building, scripting and animating in SL

Day 2 (Friday, April 27, 2007) All Times Pacific Time

* 11-12:15pm Session: Out of Body

Michele White – Michele White is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Tulane University. She teaches Internet and new media studies, television and film theory, art history and contemporary visual culture, science fiction and technology literature, gender and queer theory, and critical race and postcolonial studies.

Elouise Pasteur – Eloise Pasteur is an avatar on Second Life and is widely known as an educator, writer, coder, and businesswoman with a first life background as an educator of students with disabilities. She is the author of innovative educational designs that foster in world learning and and is also known for her designs that she sells to the Second Life S&M community.

Dore Bowen – Dore Bowen holds a Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Art from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. in Media Studies from The Evergreen State College. Her writing and curatorial projects focus on the phenomenology of perception, particularly within the interstices of the temporal and visual arts. Her criticism has appeared in journals and catalogues. She is currently Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at San Jose State University.

Moderator: Thomas Asmuth

* 12:30-1:30 De-compression Event: Sex Tour

* 1:45- 3:00 Session: Body in Quotes

Nathaniel Stern – an internationally exhibited installation and video artist, net.artist, printmaker and performance poet. His interactive installations have won awards in New York, Australia and South Africa, and his video and have been featured in festivals all over Europe, Asia and the US. nathaniel’s collaborative physical theatre and multimedia performance work with the Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative has won three of South Africa’s FNB Vita Awards and seen three main stage features at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival.

Jeremy Turner – aka. Wirxli Flimflam is a new media artist, published writer, avatar performer and music (audio) composer currently based in Vancouver but exhibits, curates, performs and collaborates globally. As Wirxli Flimflam, he is the founding member of the performance art group Second Front in Second Life. He was the Coordinator for the LIVE 2005 Biennial of Performance Art in Vancouver. and is now the Director of Avatar Development for LIVE 2007.

Stuart Bunt

moderator Carlos Castellanos

Day 3 (Saturday April 28, 2007) All Times Pacific Time

* 11:00-12:15 SLT Session: Game the System

Patrick Lichty – is a conceptual intermedia artist working in activist art, retrotech, digital minimalism, alpha revisionism, and experimental video, among others. In addition, he is an editor, curator, writer, musician, and engineer. He is Editor -in-Chief for Intelligent Agent Magazine.

Joseph DeLappe – has been engaging in visual arts practice since the early 1980s. His works in mixed media, digital photography, sculpture and interactive installation have been shown throughout the United States and internationally. DeLappe joined UNR as the head of the Art Department’s New Genres area in 1993. DeLappe is a native of San Francisco, California.

Trevor Smith – founder of the Ogoglio project which is building an online city for creative work. A graduate of the boom and bust, he spent several years as a member of the research staff at Xerox PARC before starting a Seattle based space hosting company, Transmutable. He is available in digital form at

comoderated kyungwha lee & john bruneau

* 12:30 on De-compression Event: WoW raid(s)/Grind

email: nmc at arsvirtua dot com

Ars Virtua is a new media center and gallery located in the synthetic world of Second Life. It is a new type of space that leverages the tension between 3-D rendered game space and terrestrial reality, between simulated and simulation. Ars Virtua is sponsored by the CADRE Laboratory for New Media.

Apr 25, 10:57
Trackback URL

Leave a comment


calls + opps performance livestage exhibition installation networked mobile writings participatory locative media augmented/mixed reality event new media video interactive public net art conference virtual intervention distributed second life sound political technology narrative festival tactical lecture art + science conversation social networks social games history surveillance dance music workshop urban mapping collaboration live upgrade! reblog activist wearable immersive public/private data architecture platform body collective aesthetics environment systems city identity film visualization culture telematic wireless web 2.0 site-specific ecology place webcast open source tool software text research intermedia space community audio radio nature hybrid 3-D avatar e-literature audio/visual responsive presence pyschogeography interdisciplinary media object interview physical global/ization ubiquitous theory theater biotechnology relational play code archive bioart generative news DIY robotic light place-specific hacktivism synthetic p2p cinema remix education agency interface language im/material live cinema algorithmic labor copyright simulation mashup animation perception image free/libre software multimedia artificial motion tracking voice convergence streaming reenactment gift economy machinima emergence webcam cyberreality glitch DJ/VJ tv censorship ARG nonlinear tag transdisciplinary touch recycle asynchronous fabbing semantic web hypermedia chance synesthesia biopolitics tangible app social choreography gesture unconference forking 1
1 3-D activist aesthetics agency algorithmic animation app architecture archive ARG art + science artificial asynchronous audio audio/visual augmented/mixed reality avatar bioart biopolitics biotechnology body calls + opps censorship chance cinema city code collaboration collective community conference convergence conversation copyright culture cyberreality dance data distributed DIY DJ/VJ e-literature ecology education emergence environment event exhibition fabbing festival film forking free/libre software games generative gesture gift economy glitch global/ization hacktivism history hybrid hypermedia identity im/material image immersive installation interactive interdisciplinary interface intermedia intervention interview labor language lecture light live live cinema livestage locative media machinima mapping mashup media mobile motion tracking multimedia music narrative nature net art networked new media news nonlinear object open source p2p participatory perception performance physical place place-specific platform play political presence public public/private pyschogeography radio reblog recycle reenactment relational remix research responsive robotic second life semantic web simulation site-specific social social choreography social networks software sound space streaming surveillance synesthesia synthetic systems tactical tag tangible technology telematic text theater theory tool touch transdisciplinary tv ubiquitous unconference upgrade! urban video virtual visualization voice wearable web 2.0 webcam webcast wireless workshop writings



Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul
Jun | May | Apr | Mar | Feb | Jan


Dec | Nov | Oct | Sep | Aug | Jul

What is this?

Networked Performance (N_P) is a research blog that focuses on emerging network-enabled practice.

RSS feeds

N_P offers several RSS feeds, either for specific tags or for all the posts. Click the top left RSS icon that appears on each page for its respective feed. What is an RSS feed?



New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.
New American Radio
Upgrade! Boston
Massachusetts Cultural Council
New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency
Thinking Blogger Award

Turbulence Works

These are some of the latest works commissioned by's net art commission program.
[ openspace ] wilderness [] A More Subtle Perplex A Temporary Memorial Project for Jobbers' Canyon Built with ConAgra Products A Travel Guide A.B.S.M.L. Ars Virtua Artist-in-Residence (AVAIR) (2007) Awkward_NYC besides, Bonding Energy Bronx Rhymes Cell Tagging Channel TWo: NY Condition:Used Constellation Over Playas Data Diaries Domain of Mount GreylockVideo Portal Eclipse Empire State Endgame: A Cold War Love Story Flight Lines From the Valley of the Deer FUJI spaces and other places Global Direct Google Variations Gothamberg Grafik Dynamo Grow Old Handheld Histories as Hyper-Monuments html_butoh I am unable to tell you I'm Not Stalking You; I'm Socializing iLib Shakespeare (the perturbed sonnet project) INTERP Invisible Influenced iPak - 10,000 songs, 10,000 images, 10,000 abuses iSkyTV Journal of Journal Performance Studies Killbox L-Carrier Les Belles Infidles look art Lumens My Beating Blog MYPOCKET No Time Machine Nothing Happens: a performance in three acts Nothing You Have Done Deserves Such Praise Oil Standard Panemoticon Peripheral n2: KEYBOARD Playing Duchamp Plazaville Psychographics: Consumer Survey Recollecting Adams School of Perpetual Training Searching for Michelle/SFM Self-Portrait Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China ShiftSpace Commissions Program Social Relay Mail Space Video Spectral Quartet Superfund365, A Site-A-Day text_ocean The Xanadu Hijack This and that thought. Touching Gravity 2/Tilt Tumbarumba Tweet 4 Action Urban Attractors and Private Distractors We Ping Good Things To Life Wikireuse Without A Trace WoodEar Word Market You Don't Know Me
More commissions