Graphagos and Deniz Cem Önduygu

I must say that in the 21 years that I have being teaching, for the most part, I have been unusually blessed in my students, both undergraduate and graduate – but especially graduate. I do not have a lot of them, since I have a bit of a reputation for being a hard-ass when it comes to thesis writing: Although...

Alpha Auer / September 12, 2014 / Applications, Teaching, Visual / 2 Comments

The strangely mirrored tale of Volund

Last Spring I did a collaborative project with Heidi Dahlsveen on her LEA granted simulator in Second Life. Heidi is a storyteller, and she wanted to investigate Joseph Campbell’s “Hero with a Thousand Faces,” visualized and re-told through a Nordic Hero, Volund, who goes through an adventure in twelve stages – a concept that hugely excited me as well. I...

Alpha Auer / July 13, 2014 / Applications, Metaverse, Visual / 4 Comments

From Azimuth to Cypher

This year while I was teaching my Theory of Artistic Practice class I tried to make a case for using research as a basis for making stuff, rather than theorizing upon finished output. From last year I already knew that the students would be quite adverse to the course’s contents – to the idea that, as artists and designers it...

Alpha Auer / December 6, 2013 / Applications, Metaverse, Teaching, Visual / 5 Comments

The Tower of Heteronyms

The words that you will read as you fly up and down this tower belong to four individuals – Bernardo Soares, Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis, and Alvaro de Campos, who were the literary extensions of the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa (1888 – 1935). Not only did Pessoa write under over 50 different names (of which the above-mentioned are the most...

Alpha Auer / July 23, 2013 / Metaverse, Visual / 0 Comments

Using Resources

I have been hammering this into my students’ heads to the point where they all look at each other and grin as soon as I get started on the subject. And now, I think I want to also write about it. OK folks – as far as I am concerned, the age for painstakingly crafting stuff by hand is over....

Alpha Auer / May 18, 2013 / Teaching / 0 Comments

Kikas, Marmaduke and Arthur Koestler…

It is already a few years ago now when one day Bettina Tizzy came rushing over, raving about a couple who she said were creating some very cool content in Second Life. Me – I am usually dubious. Obnoxiously picky picky in what I like, to say the very least. However, once I saw them in action I was hooked...

Alpha Auer / April 29, 2013 / Metaverse / 0 Comments

The Lorem Ipsum Travel Agency

This year I have the sort of class that makes me want to go the extra mile for these kids. They are great! Not that there hasn’t always been a sprinkling of really lovely students in every class, of course, but what makes this year’s 3rd year extraordinary is that they are great as a group. And here they are!...

Alpha Auer / March 2, 2013 / Metaverse, Teaching / 1 Comment

Decapoda goes to the forest…

From the very first time that I heard it as a child I have had strong (almost gut) feelings concerning the tale of Little Red Riding Hood: I was horrified by the killing of the wolf. Inconsolable, in fact – to the point where my father had to invent a whole new ending to the story so that I would...

Alpha Auer / February 9, 2013 / Metaverse, Text, Visual / 5 Comments

Alpha Auer / January 26, 2013 / Applications, Metaverse / 4 Comments

The end of the metaverse?

An OpenSim associate, Fritz Meiler, shared this on FB last night, and I have been thinking about it on and off since then. What I think went wrong with the metaverse is simply a colossal marketing failure (targeting a wrong audience) that Linden Labs started and then everyone else took as gospel and continued to follow up on. (Which also...

Alpha Auer / January 13, 2013 / Applications, Metaverse / 9 Comments

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