RTVF faculty member will head to Venice

7 06 2010

Congratulations to RTVF professor Dr. Alison McKee whose paper “Real Place/Virtual Space: Venice, Narrative Architecture, and Metaverse-Building in Second Life” has been accepted to the 2010 International Conference on the Constructed Environment.

The conference will be held in Venice, Italy from 17-19 November 2010 in conjunction with the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (la Biennale di Venezia), directed by Kazuyo Sejima and titled People meet in architecture.

From the website of the Venice Biennale:

The Venice Biennale … has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Ever since its foundation in 1895, it has been in the avant-garde, promoting new artistic trends and organising international events in contemporary arts. It is world-beating for the International Film Festival, for the International Art Exhibition and for the International Architecture Exhibition, and continues the great tradition of the Festival of Contemporary Music, the Theatre Festival, now flanked by the Festival of Contemporary Dance.

Dr. McKee’s work in and on Second Life grows out of an interest that was born when she and Dr. Kimb Massey co-taught RTVF 173: Media Theory and Research (now RTVF 180: Critical Studies and Research in RTVF), part of which was devoted to a study of avatars in Second Life.

Her work on Second Life continues in Fall 2010 when she will teach RTVF 135: Special Projects in Production.  Together, she and students in the class will work toward building a sustainable RTVF space in Second Life to augment RTVF’s online presence and identity.




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