Transmusicales 2008

Flyer for Transmusicales 2008

Flyer for "Transmusicales 2008"

In 2007, a great concert was organized both in virtual and physical world. The physical (real life) concert that was performed in the city Rennes in the North-West of France, was at the same time broadcast in Second Life

This year, Transmusicales has higher aspirations in offering three concerts this year in a row, during which avatars can see and enjoy videoprojections live on a giant screen. There will also be “in real life” an experimental mixed reality to discover virtual worlds “without use of the keyboard and mouse” to the audience.

Beware: the access is limited to 60 seats per concert and it is recommented to make reservations on the websites: sldirect or Transmusicales 2008

Members and known supporters of the Bibliothèque Francophone are in the team of volunteers who prepare the city for concerts and transport. The contact for the project is the avatar by the name of “Clap Clip” Second Life.

Avatars Reading Proust

with the FRENCH LIBRARY  (in Second Life TM)

19:00> 21:00 CET
* in RL: room blanche
** in SL: Bibliothèque Francophone
Web-turning read Proust by the avatars of the French Library of Second Life and presentation of the library by Hugobiwan Zolnir.
With the Paris-Villette avatars Coulaut Menges and Betty Renoir.

* RL: Real Life
** SL: Second Life

19:00> 21:00 CET
Great Hall
The Kiss of the Matrix (Proust Lu on the Internet)
Spectators, you can watch the film, installed in spaces built specially for the occasion.
Readers players, webcams are available to register and participate in the film.

The Matrix is a computer program that manages real-time distribution of texts, information dissemination to capture new readers, the timeline of the film, and consulting it at any time. The ambition of this project is to create a successful company whose time is governed by the Matrix.

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Paris-Villette • Parc de la Villette
211 avenue Jean Jaurès 75019 Paris
Porte de Pantin vélib
Reservation 01 40 03 72 23
x-network is a program of the Paris-Villette, supported by the City of Paris, the Ile-de-France, DICREAM (Ministry of Culture and Communication) and the NLC as part of Read Day. With the support of the DRAC Ile-de-France workshops for “Les Enfants du Net.”

French speaking Proust lovers are asked

Since 1993 Véronique Aubouy is working on a lifetime project about the most important work of Marcel Proust: “À la recherche du temps perdu”. The project concerns to film all of the work being read by people in front of a camera.

To give an impression of the volumes, here are a few figures:

Duration so far: 77 hours
Estimated duration of the work when it will be finished: 150 to 200 hours
Hours of work so far: 15 years
Hours of work estimated at approximately 1993 to 2050
Number of readers so far: 789
Estimated number of readers: 1500 to 2000

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The “Sail Away” project (2)

Rafale Kamachi has a small production company based in Wales, Hilight Ltd, and in this background she has started to produce a innovative film project.

The full length animation film (machinima), Sail Away, will be all the way filmed in Second Life, on the isle of Remember. And it will be taken in at least French and English.
Although there is no budget at all for this very exciting and huge project, all builders, scripters, designers, directors and all others work very hard to make this movie reality.

The Bibliothèque Francophone is very happy to support Rafale Kamachi in this beautiful project and has dedicated a part of the garden to “Sail Away”. Feel free to come and see.

Remember Island:
Bibliothèque Francophone, Ebeoplex:

Bibliothèque Francophone de Second Life & Metaverse:

Link to this text in French: http://…

E-troubadours – Traverses, un livre voyageur

From Barcelona (Spain) to Amsterdam (Netherlands) Traverses, travelling book
A passage through Europe by Vincent Radix and Karen Guillorel

Karen Guillorel the director, among many other things, of the project “Traverses un livre voyageur” and a remarkable voyage from Paris to Jerusalem, undertakes this time a tour through Europe from Barcelona to Amsterdam.
Before her departure, she agreed with her travelling companion Vincent Radix to come to the Francophone library (Bibliothèque Francophone) to answer the questions which will be asked to her.

Traverses, travelling bookShe will be among us on
Thursday June 5
starting from 21h30
Bibliothèque Francophone, Ebeoplex

And you are cordially invited to join to you to us
It is possible to consult the detailed note of this voyage with the following bond:
Dossier de Presse (pdf)

Website Traverses (English, Français)

Pierre Musso: Philosopher of Saint-Simon

Poster for Pierre Musso lectureA lecture by Pierre MUSSO
Friday, April 25 2008/Tuesday April 25
21:15 french time/12: 15 pm SLT
Biblio – Ebeoplex Island

Pierre Musso (1950 -) is a professor of Information Sciences and Communication at the University of Rennes II, and a senior research associate at the Center for Research and Studies on the political and administrative decision (CRÉDAP, University of Paris I ). Philosopher training who holds a doctoral thesis State in political science, devoted to telecommunications, regulatory networks and St. Simon (source Wikipedia).

Author of more than 20 books, and chairman of prospective national Cyberterritoires “Pierre Musso was signed” Saint-simon and saint-simonisme “(What do I know, PUF 1999),” The vocabulary of St. Simon “(Ellipses, 2005),” The Saint-Simonians, Europe and the Mediterranean “,” Religion in the industrial world: Analysis of the ideas of Saint-Simon, ” New Christianity: Dialogues between a conservative and an innovator” by Claude-Henri de Saint-Simon and Pierre Musso.

An unique lecture to discover the thoughts of Saint-Simon and it’s relevance in the contemporary context, with the best specialist.

Thanks to Pierre for having accepted the challenge: it will be his first immersion in Second Life!
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The original post is to be found on and is written in French by Hugobiwan Zolnir.

Coulaut Menges: Emperor in the Bibliothèque Francophone

Coulaut MengesBefore I start with interviewing Coulaut Menges, I have to make an apologise for an huge mistake that I have made and what I deeply regret. As, when writing about “3 espaces” and “Babel Tower, Gutenberg Library Project” I have not mentioned the great part that Coulaut had in these projects, as if he had not been there, these two projects, and many others, would not have been as they are today.

How it came all as far as it is now, is what I talked about with Coulaut Menges, shortly after the release of Library 2.0 on the mainland (Second Life Library/Info Island, Info Island (148, 47, 33)) and the manual-video on the Biblio’s Blogspot.

It is almost one year ago that Coulaut has set his first steps into Second Life. As he did not see anything interesting, he soon wanted to leave Second Life for what it was. Just an advertisement by a French-speaking Library, placed in one of the info-islands for newbies, triggered his interest and that is how he entered the Bibliothèque Francophone and met als Hugobiwan Zolnir, who was till then running the place on his own.

Coulaut was very moved by the “masked poems” and he wished to add some of his own, as a present for Hugobiwan. That brought him on a slippery slope and it got him involved with the organisation of the Biblio. Some talks with Hugo made clear, that they have ideas and interest for arts, innovations and culture in common and that co-operation could be a good idea.

MD: “I already mentioned the ‘Babel Tower, Library 2.0’ that you did with Ange Zanetti and ‘3 Espaces. What other projects did you do? And of which are you proud?”
Coulaut Menges: “I have started with building books in 3D in my own design and scripts. Some of them are here in the Biblio to be seen. And I started with ‘masked poems’ of some of my own.” The greatest achievements were the new building for the Bibliothèque Francophone and the conception and realisation of the sirius gallery here at the biblio with Mariaka Nishi for the expo ‘Les Anges Revent Aussi” (The Angels Also Revent).

MD: “What is your dream?
Coulaut Menges: “My dream is to launche a true artistic vision and to maintaine the high level of innovations that the Biblio now has. I want to give the visitors the desire to return to the Biblio, to discover how we keep on developing arts and innovations in high standards. That we can show them things, that not existed before.

For me, it is my knowledge of scientific information that I want to combine with my taste of arts, and so I get the chance to create things that I could not have imagine to exist, and even beyond that.”

MD: “Googling “Bibliothèque Francophone” gives the real one in Limoges (France) as first hit. What is the relation to the real Biblio.Fr.?
Coulaut Menges: none. It is purely a coincidence of names. But at the moment, real libraries are stating to show interest in our ‘virtual library’, what will bring more opportunities to connect Second Life with Real Life.
Achievements like the Babel Tower are in many ways important. Not in the least because sponsors might get interested too. But our most important standard is, to stay independent. We do not want to be influenced by any financer or institution or company and we want to stay open and for free for everybody who is interested in arts and innovations.

MD: “What is the relation with Metalab? And what are they? An institution?
Coulaut Menges: “Officially there is no bond with the metalab. The biblio is a completely private organisation and an initiative of individuals. The metalab is a public organization that has intentions to accomodate public structures on Second Life. But one of the persons in charge of the metalab (in Real Life) is also responsible for the biblio 🙂

MD: “Since this is supposed to be an interview about you… Coulaut Menges, my final question must be: What moves you?”
Library 2.0 Babel Tower on help islandCoulaut Menges: “In fact an enormous curiosity. I have allways been very, very curious about the development of new ways of communication. This has begun with ‘Minitel’, that was an ancestor of internet that was very populair in France, it worked fine for more than 10 years, but it got swept away by the launching of Internet; and after with the new technics on data-processing. Just France had sticked with ‘Minitel’ for too long and has therefor been behind on internet for a long time. But now taking over fastly, as for now French are the third in population on Second Life. And moreover as this type of structure allows us to have relations everywhere in France, in Europe and in other continents in the world.

Digital perspective in Bibliotheque Francophone

The original post is to be found on and is written in French by Hugobiwan Zolnir.

The francophone library in Second Life presents, in partnership with the group “Pierre Bourdieu, a special tribute”

Poster for .Perspectives Numerales A lecture by Olivier AUBER

Tuesday, April 15 2008/Tuesday April 15

21:15 french time/12: 15 pm SLT

Olivier Auber is an artist, independent researcher and entrepreneur (co-founder of Cultural Laboratory A + H and Navidis). He brings over the past two decades a theoretical and experimental work on the behaviour of the collective subject to reflexive process. All of his facilities, projects and inventions fall in the category of philosophical transposed “mirror” in the digital world. He constructed during this time the beginnings of a theory known as “digital perspective,” now resumed and developed in sociology and philosophy, one of whose virtues is to show the “image” anoptique now generated by the devices in a network. (Source

“Olivier Auber offers not one but three perspectives on the city complex and familiar. His hypothesis is that we would play a major invention, the digital perspective, similar to the spatial perspective, which marked the transition from hierarchical World from the Middle Ages to the man, géométrisé, Renaissance; similar to the time perspective born two centuries ago with the invention of the telegraph, which currently dominates. ”
Source: accounts of the program from 2.0 Cities FING, publisher internetactu.

Want to know more? Come discover the theory or rather the view of this amazing character, which connects the world under the banner of Rimbaud, dresses friezes magdaléniennes augmented reality, and will give its first conference in Second Life: let us be there for you!

P.S. With Olivier considering, but there also many laughs. Come and many 😉

Biblio – Ebeoplex Island

The lecture will be French spoken

How architects could use Second Life to create new architecture

Xanadu Here I would like to introduce XaNaDu Watkin, an architect of the newest generation and the one who build the incredible building of the Bibliotheque Francophone in Second Life. As an architecture student in real life in Paris, France, he will graduate this year. In short, the thesis that he wrote for graduation, is about the question how architects can use Second Life for creating and designing a new way to build.

But that is not all that is new. The other reason that we talk is, that on 19th March, XaNaDu has held his lecture in the Bibliotheque Francophone, both wit voice and stream. A very innovative way to inform people and possible the new way of sharing information.

XaNaDu Watkin: Architects work with autocad and other programs, all design work is done on computer now. You have a modelisation, but with the same program you can draw plans, move or create walls, doors … And work in real life is a switch between 2D and 3D modelisation. There is a big difference between real life architects working on 3D modelisations and Second Life works. In real life we are using 3D-programs to imagine the reality. But in Second Life we work directly into 3D. The design in real life is only a “document” you cannot visit it or interact with it, only the architect who is working on it, can. But in Second Life it’s different. Here a slide of a Zaha Hadid project.

Dia2 There are some famous architects who affirm that it is the program who really creates the project. Architect imagine, but programs can do a lot of work by itself.

MD: Still, the execution of the modellisation is human, isn’t it?

XaNaDu Watkin: That is true, but not always :p
Here I ‘m talking about virtual architects. Markos Novak is an architect who is skilled in virtual architecture. In real life he doesn’t build, but He has made a lot of researchs. He also has not build in Second Life yet, but only in other 3D-programs. His work is very interesting.
But as you have noticed, nobody can visit or use his architecture. And that is the problem.

MD: Markus Novak, who is he?
XaNaDu Watkin: People like Markus Novak create new theories about architecture but this architecture has no existence. It’s more than art, because his work is not only a picture, but the only thing for us that we can see is a picture.

Dia4 Markos Novak designed an organic building, without concrete nor wood. He called it echinoderme, sea star. And this sort of architecture could be build in places like Second Life. It is the kind of thing that I would wish to build in the future. Not that I want to copy his work, but he sure is a source of my inspiration, and he was the first architect skilled on virtuality who I have met.

Another innovative architect is Kas Oosterhuis, from the Netherlands. Oosterhuis works about links between people and the building, and moreover: he imagines an evolutive and living architecture. He considers a building like an entity who can do more, or breathe, something very living. I like this architect, as it was the first who surprised me on his reflexions and his work. In French schools we have a problem I think, as a lot of teachers give a great consideration about the work by Le Corbusier. But damn It so old, he’s dead! We must give the place to other architectural orders. And Rem Koolhaas -also Dutch- has given a new order.

Conference2 MD: What is the role of Second Life in the future of architecture?
XaNaDu Watkin: Second Life architecture could interact too on our world, as it ‘s a great program to diffuse and peer architecture visions.
MD: Yes it can, as long as it can be done technically…
XaNaDu Watkin: With domotic links you could interact on your own place directly on Second Life. Domotique is a science about home AI, Artificial Intelligence. For example the nabaztag, do you know it?
A nabaztag is a little object who can search informations on the web and can give some too, throught internet. For example: You are at your desk, but not online. The nabaztag can have a program on Second Life, that detects if somebody enters your shop. The nabaztag will speak to you or in a way inform you about who is waiting for you in your shop in Second Life.
Rfid MD: And this is really working? or in beta stage?
XaNaDu Watkin: This link already exist, you can buy a virtual Second Life nabaztag that makes the link between Second Life and real life.
MD: So if this is reallity now, what will be next?
XaNaDu Watkin: Maybe tomorow “domotic” could create a specific atmosphere in your room, like change the color of the light to create a “extended reality”. A “domotic” can read RFID. RFID are these little metal processors which are hidden in objects so that they won’t be stolen. Like in books, shoes… etcetera.
RFID processors can do much more tah be used as an alarm. They can inform about your shopping, for example. When you buy a book with an RFID, it informs the company that you have bought it.
And a nabaztag is using this link in the other way. You can buy some specifics books with RFID and when the nabaztag detect it. It could make a device reading the book, for a child for example. And these links could exist in Second Life too! Why not?

XaNaDu Watkin: Do you know Louis Khan? He has said: “If you can think it, you can build it.”

Markos Novak:
Kas Oosterhuis:

Babel Tower, Gutenberg Library Project

Finally we meet. I must say ‘finally’ as Ange Zanetti is a very busy man and even more a very brilliant script writer. With twinklings in his eyes, he tells me all about the huge tower, that is surrounded by all characters in alphabetical order. The tower reminds a lot of the legendary Tower of Babel.

Angeandcoulautmenges Ange Zanetti: So one of the three versions of Project Gutenberg Library is here, but actually only this one is completly done. This is the Babel Tower. I don’t know the exact number of books that are in this one, to be honest, but something like 10,000 at least and in six languages till now. But the plan is to have 18 languages. At the moment you can choose between French, Spanish, English, German, Dutch and Finnish. The script can do it allready, we just have to modify the language selector.

All books in this library here link to the library in Project Gutenberg and with this new release, you’ll have your browser directly into Second Life, so it is really user friendly. This way the user will get an integral copy of the book on pdf-format, directly from the Gutemburg Library.
Ofcourse these are books that don’t carry copyrights anymore.

Babeltower MD: I think it can be revolutionary as everyone can read all books, no restrictions from any government, no censorship. Was that your intention?
Ange Zanetti: Anyway that’s a good way to expand free culture yes! Hugo (Hugobiwan Zolnir) and I are thinking about a way to download the books directly on cell phones. There are allready cell phones with a storage of 1 gigabite, so it could be done. Well, thats all geek stuff but that’s the future.

MD: How is this project organised in Real Life, I mean in the Real Life library where these texts come from? Or isn’t there any actually?
Ange Zanetti: There is no Real Life physical structure of Project Gutenberg, only a web site: This webside and database run only on volunteers and donations of users. It is an no-profit organisation.