VWBPE Calendar

All sessions of the VWBPE 2019 Conference are held in Second Life®. All times are in SLT (PST).
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Mar
24
Sun
2019
The Design of Virtual Reality Art Galleries
Mar 24 @ 06:00 PM – 06:30 PM

Host: Steve Guynup (SL: SteveG), Hayfield Isovista
Description: This presentation using VRChat covers the design history of online 3D art galleries. Early work in VRML / SL and current efforts in Sansar / VRChat are covered in a design oriented discussion. Game design and early cinema history underpin the ideas presented. The presentation itself is, in a sense, an interactive 3D slideshow. 2D slides, 3D objects, 3D rooms, and 3D landscapes are sequentially dropped in front of the virtual audience who then are guided through the emergent spaces. The presentation method is simple, yet novel and worth seeing. If you would like to bring your class for a visit, let the host know.
Participants will gain a bit of history and design theory regarding the development of virtual space

Access: Participants will need a Steam Account and/or a VRChat account and either Steam or the Oculus Addon. VRChat needs to be installed:  https://vrchat.com/  
VRChat & Steam update often, please provide time to check. You must visit one VRChat world (such as your home) before web URLs will work. You may want to explore the space beforehand. A Steam account or Oculus Rift app may also be needed. The work is best suited to viewing with an Oculus Rift or Vive, but neither is required. PC only, no Mac version. The work exists in Unity and resolution can be adjusted pressing [ESC] while loading.
This art gallery location is open for exploration before and after the session. Additional sessions of the presentation are available by appointment. Contact steve at isovista.org

Location / web URL: http://isovista.org/liveworlds/vrportals   
Choose the Isovista Classroom link

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Apr
4
Thu
2019
KEYNOTE :: Paraethnographic film as mode of education: Lessons from disability in virtual worlds
Apr 4 @ 09:30 AM – 10:20 AM

Keynote Presenter: Dr. Tom Boellstorff, University of California Irvine
https://vwbpe.org/conference/keynotes-and-speakers-2019
Description: What possibilities do virtual worlds hold for film as a mode of education? To explore this question I will discuss Our Digital Selves: My Avatar is Me, a documentary by Bernhard Drax. This film chronicles my research on disability and virtual worlds, but the filmmaker was given creative control: my collaborator (Donna Z. Davis) and I appear in the film and helped guide its themes, but made no decisions regarding the film’s final content. The filmmaker’s extensive work included meeting interlocutors in the physical world that the researchers met only online, as well as crafting a narrative about disability and virtual embodiment that comments on rather than replicates the scholarly narrative. I will discuss specific techniques like “virtual reenactment” and “virtual staging” that Drax used in making Our Digital Selves, and reflect on how what I term “paraethnographic film”—film created through a triple collaboration between community members, ethnographers, and filmmakers—holds great potential for virtual education.
BE SURE TO WATCH Our Digital Selves: My Avatar is Me (Bernhard Drax / Draxtor Despres, 2018).

Accessibility: Voice & Transcriptionist

The need to determine a Trusted Friend
Apr 4 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Presenter: Josain Zsun (avatar), Chilbo
Description: Expedition Central was a location providing links for avatars to travel and explore Second Life.
With Cyrus Hush, (Expedition Central founder), passing, no further maintenance can be done. Had a Trusted Friend been provided with account information, ownership could be transferred and pending projects could be completed. New information will be presented, based on previous discussions.

Participants will be able to designate a Trusted Friend to access and transfer project rights, when a user can no longer login.

Accessibility: Voice & SpeakEasy HUD Tool