Stephanie Rothenberg with Alice Alexandrescu and Marc Tomko

Stephanie Rothenberg with Alice Alexandrescu and Marc Tomko

The Sanctuary for Independent Media

November 6, 2010 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

"Best Practices in Banana Time" is a mixed reality talk show that takes place in a real life physical venue and simultaneously in the 3D virtual environment of Second Life – in other words, talk show meets Second Life meets activism!

Hosted by artist Stephanie Rothenberg's virtual doppelganger, Doctor Rodenberger, and real life/Second Life co-hosts Robin Hoof (aka Alice Alexandrescu) and MT Bigboots (aka Marc Tomko), the talk show explores new forms of online labor in the global, digital workplace. Merging Oprah with a Japanese game show, the show questions how behaviors, value systems and ideologies translate between worlds and how online environments impact our physical everyday lives. For the event at the Sanctuary for Independent Media, the talk show will feature real life activists from across the world who are using Second Life in conjunction with other social media as a tool for forming alternative communities, mobilizing and fundraising. Teleporting through the virtual environment of Second Life, each virtual guest activist will give an overview of how they use Second Life followed by a Q&A session in which the Sanctuary audience ask questions via a live streaming webcam into Second Life.

Co-sponsored by The Sanctuary for Independent Media.


Read a review of this event in the Free George.


Video: Best Practices in Banana Time

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The companion Be-The-Media workshop "Re-imagining Your Neighborhood Through Virtual Worlds" is open sourcing urban planning using collaborative virtual environments. This workshop will provide an overview of how to use the 3D social networking environment of Second Life in conjunction with other popular social media such as YouTube, Ustream and blogging as a tool for alternative community building and urban planning. Beginning with a derive – a group tour exploring the city, participants will work with local urban planners to re-imagine a neighborhood in Troy in need of redevelopment. Representatives of local urban planners, such as Joe Fama, from TAP-- Troy Architectural Project, and Pastor Willie from Missing Link Street Ministries will work with on-line architects to talk about rebuilding and reimagining North Troy. Using Second Life's 3D building tools and real time collaborative environment, participants will work as a team to create one or more 3D prototypes based on their findings.

Date & Time:  Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 1pm - 5pm Admission:  Free

Participants will work as a team to create 3D prototypes using Second Life's building tools and real time collaborative environment to re-imagine the direct urban environment of The Sanctuary in North Central Troy.  

Registration: Free -- visit the Sanctuary website or call 518-272-2390 for more details

Co-sponsored by: TAP, Troy Architectural Project

About the Artist:
Stephanie Rothenberg is an acclaimed new media artist living in New York City who creates provocative interactions that question the boundaries and social constructs of our manufactured desires. Through participatory performance, installation and networked media, her work investigates the mediation of the physical body through the digital interfaces of commodity culture. Adopting the role of cultural anthropologist, the medium of the techno-sphere itself becomes a laboratory for the artist to raise critical questions about our interpersonal relationship to technology and its broader socio-political implications.

Rothenberg has exhibited, performed and lectured in the US and internationally at venues including the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, 2004/2009 ISEA, Whitney Museum of Art Internet Art portal, 2008 Zer01/01SJ Global Festival of Art on the Edge, Banff New Media Institute, LABoral Center for Art, Amsterdam International Film Festival, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo), ConFlux Festival, Interaccess Media Arts Center, Bent Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Trampoline Radiator Festival New Technology Art, Knitting Factory (NYC), Studio XX and the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing. Recent awards include a 2009 Creative Capital in Emerging Fields and in 2008 New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Award (NYSCA). She has been an artist resident at Eyebeam Art & Technology Center and Harvestworks Media Art Center in NY, NY and at the free103point9 Wave Farm in upstate NY.

Rothenberg received her MFA in 2003 from The Department of Film, Video and New Media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently Associate Professor of Visual Studies at SUNY Buffalo where she teaches courses in Communication Design and Emerging Practices.

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This event is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties.

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