Update! Berkeley Big Bang 08 :: Big Bang ‘08 is very happy to announce that Philip Rosedale, Creator of Second Life and Founder and Chairman of the Board at Linden Lab, will be giving the plenary talk at Embodiment: A Symposium on New Media and the Body, June 2, presented by the Berkeley Art Museum and the Berkeley Center for New Media. Embodiment is a public discussion and inquiry into the relationship between the human body and new media, and Second Life is an emerging theme of the symposium.
Hubert Dreyfus, Berkeley Professor of Philosophy will deliver the keynote talk on the same day in which he analyzes Second Life from a philosophical perspective, exploring how thinkers such as Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and Heidegger would respond to the virtual embodiment enabled by such systems.
On June 1, the Big Bang festival will showcase early cinematic work by media artist Lynn Hershman Leeson, who will visit the theater live from Second Life throughout the event.
The opportunity to hear Philip Rosedale and Hubert Dreyfus, along with a host of thought-provoking artists and scholars, in the same room on the same day will provide the public an unparalleled opportunity to be hear diverse perspectives and participate in the discourse about how new media impact our lives. Seating is limited, register online soon (for a low $3.00)!
Recent Press: Daily Californian http://www.dailycal.org/article/101784/art_and_film_festival_seeks_to_displa y_and_reflect
Contra Costa Times http://www.contracostatimes.com/arts/ci_9404488?nclick_check=1