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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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.”


Saint-Gobain presents first showroom in Second Life

Sustainable development and technological innovation are, for Saint-Gobain, powerful handles for improving its operations and its results. For several years, the company initiated a pro-active policy in this area. The establishment of Saint-Gobain Glass in the virtual world of Second Life, orchestrated by experts of Stonfield InWorld, is a new step to encourage exchanges between scholars and performers of glazing residents with high environmental sensitivity.

A strong agreement to the protection of the environment in Second Life

The new showroom of St. Gobain in Second Life

The new showroom of St. Gobain in Second Life

To initiate a constructive discussion on the role of glazing in environmental protection and energy saving, Saint-Gobain Glass organizes conferences and debates between marketing and development and residents whose sensitivity and Culture Sustainable development is high. This is to present innovative solutions developed by Saint-Gobain Glass to build the ecological house of the future and talk with residents. Continue reading

Proust: The Kiss of the Matrix

With “The Kiss of the Matrix” Véronique Aubouy proposes to more than 3000 people worldwide to read in front of their web-camera a page of “A la Recherche du temps perdu” by Marcel Proust. After this experience, all of the words have been read in french, by people of all backgrounds, what will provide a film of approximately 170 hours.

The web-shooting will take place live on the Internet from September 27, 2008 twelve o’clock GMT. It is open to all. Véronique Aubouy invites you today to register on her blog and you are free to  invite friends to build a network of “Kiss of the Matrix.”

On 8 October 2008, the Bibliothèque Francophone in Second Life will join the reading by inviting 30 avatars who will all read a part of the text in the grounds of Ebeoplex, while they have taken place on a giant mandala.

Of course, as curious as we are, Véronique Aubouy is willing to tell all who is interested about her project on Friday 4 September at the Bibliothèque Francophone.

The website, in french, of Véronique Aubouy: http://www.lebaiserdelamatrice.fr/

Article in french on sldirect.com (Bibliothèque Francophone Blogspot): http://sldirect…

3 Espaces / 3 Spaces

An interesting and very innovative project of arts is now taking place in both Second Life and in Real Life, in Paris, France. The event started on the 12th of March and will continue until the 18th of March.

3espaces_1 At this time when I write this, it’s not that far yet. A visit in the Bibliotheque Francophone, located in Second Life on the land of Ebeoplex feels like visiting a hive, where everyone is very excited to make all preparations for the event. Still, the man behind this project and in Second Life the manager of the Bibliotheque Francophone – Hugobiwan Zolnir – finds time to tell a lot about the project. Though the project in Second Life is developped by La Bibliothèque Francophone, the whole event is developped by Adreva and created by Carole Lipsyc. So are the texts used for both the exhibition in Paris and in Second Life.

This project of arts is a constellation called ‘3 Espaces’ (3 Spaces). The project concerns a new vision, a new way of telling stories. The “Story of the 3 Spaces” is an interactive story which is broadcast for one week on all media, such as poetic journey, projections, flashcodes, interactive terminals, Bluetooth terminals, audio messages, street theatre, film, Internet, luminous panels of the city of Paris, Second Life, sms and emails.

The new genre that these stories introduce, can be called “virtual literature”. The virtual literature does not refer to books that are read on screens, but it refers to virtual stories designed to exist in different forms. The forms can be in any sort, both traditional like printed books, but also in new forms like ebooks, installations, games and such. The texts of a virtual book can be read in any order. There is no beginning, no end, no timeline. At the same time, it can be combinated with any kind of other media, as listed above. The stories change and go depending on the point of view of the viewer or reader.

This idea is also visualized in an installation in the Bibliotheque Francophone in Second Life. As shown in the photo, there are different text lines on each screen. These lines are the products of writing by about 10 autors in a blog on the internet during 2 years, in which each author has his or her own character. Depending on the place where the viewer stands (litterally) he can read the lines in any order fom the center of the installation to the border and in any direction. The story changes in any direction.

Still any visitor (who understands and writes French) can contribute to the stories. This can be done on the website of the project: http://www.3espaces.com/accueil.htm In this way, new interactive and virtual stories can be written by anyone. The story can continu and change with every adding of lines. The number of combinations and possibilities is endless.

Anyone who is in the opportunity to visit the “Forum des Halles” in Paris and is eager to explore new media and possibilities, should not avoid the chanche. For those who are not that lucky as to be able to visit the Real Life installation, should at least visit both the Bibliotheque Francophone in Second Life and the according websites of “3 espaces”.

Sources: http://www.3espaces.org | http://www.3espaces.com | http://www.3espaces.net