Second Life participated in the launch of Streaming Museum on January 29, 2008, and several exhibitions in two locations – Ars Virtua and Greek Citystate of Colonia Nova, curated by Streaming Museum founding collaborator, James Morgan (Rubaiyat Shatner).

Streaming Museum is a partner in the Ars Virtua Artist-in-Residence program (AVAIR) which announced on March 13, 2013, that R Yagiz Mungan has won the competition for an artist residency in the virtual environment / game space of Minecraft. Minecraft is a sandbox where creativity and ludology intersect in a highly social space rich with possibilities due to relative openness of the code and hosting options. The residency will culminate in an exhibition and opening in Minecraft and documentation in Minecraft and on the web. Jurors were: Thomas Asmuth, Nina Colosi (Streaming Museum), G. Craig Hobbs, James Morgan, Helen Thorington. Ars Virtua is sponsored by the CADRE Laboratory for New Media at San Jose State University, New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., Turbulence.org and Streaming Museum.

AVAIR is an extended performance that examines what it means to reside in a place that has no physical location. The purpose of the residency is to reflect on the nature of the game environment and terrestrial world in the context of contemporary art.

Ars Virtua is keenly aware of the power of virtual worlds. The arts continue to shape our understanding of technologies, this residency targets both gamespaces and virtual environments as a place for emergent art, performance art, coded art and social experimentation. It is the purpose of this residency to give direct attention to the interrogation of the space, place, and metaphor. Residents will be encouraged to explore, experiment with and challenge traditional conventions of art making and distribution, value and the art market, artist and audience, space and place, data and reality.

Image above:  Society of the Spectacle (A Digital Remix) 2005, by Mark Amerika

Ars Virtua

Sally and William, concept, author and interactive design by Toni Dove; software design by R. Luke Dubois
in Streaming Museum’s exhibition Artists and Innovators for the Environment, Part 3, February 3 – April 3, 2009
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Ars Virtua curator, James Morgan (Rubaiyat Shatner), presented Streaming Museum’s launch exhibition on January 29, 2008, along with locations on 7 continents symbolically exhibiting at precisely the same time “Good Morning Mr. Orwell” by Nam June Paik.

Ars Virtua is a new media center and gallery located primarily in the synthetic world of Second Life. Located in Dowden and Seventh Eye, Ars Virtua’s 3000 square meter, two story building is divided into a “permanent” exhibition space and a place for rotating exhibits. Ars Virtua facilitates exploratory ventures in synthetic worlds such as the Ars Virtua Artist in Residence which supports artists both in Second Life and World of Warcraft. AV is committed to research and furthering the dialogue around synthetic worlds, the 3D web and the creation of native art in new mediums.


Merce Cunningham performing in Merce by Merce by Paik (1976) courtesy of Merce Cunningham Dance Company, NYC presented in Streaming Museum’s exhibition Artists and Innovators for the Environment, Part 3, February 3 to April 3, 2009

Colonia Nova

Directions…here

HD Traffic (2009) by John Simon