Virtual Environments: Is one life enough?
Our big night finally arrived and our class eagerly attended the Cape Able gallery with butterfly filled bellies! The exhibition looked amazing thanks to the Cape Able crew, VAI members and our own Fayebubba, Whatya, Burnsey and Freddy! The work they put in over the last few weeks has been incredible. I honestly don't know where our classmates found the time to get everything organised in the midst of our real life assessments. I'm so proud of them and so grateful too.
|The Cape Able gallery with local artist's work displayed outside|
There was a brilliant turn out for the exhibition with lots of familiar faces as well as some new ones.
We were welcomed by Gentle and Treasure and the local artists iSkye, Suellen and Slatan explained to us where the art could be viewed. They invited us dance, to explore and to mingle, it all felt very real! The art looked really well and it was fantastic to have music playing. There was a great party atmosphere and you could feel the electricity in the air that excitement creates even though this was a virtual environment.
DIT student work hanging inside the gallery space
After walking around for a while John called us together, welcomed everyone (like you would expect from someone opening a real life exhibition) and explained how the evening would proceed.....
firstly there would be a presentation of the work by the DIT student teams followed by a crit. This would all be assessed he explained to the guests. He thanked everyone for their hard work in preparation for the exhibition and congratulated us all on a very successful and enjoyable module.
|John's opening speech|
With great excitement we moved into the gallery space for the presentations. One member from each team spoke about the artwork while the other team members answered questions via the chat box. The guests and tutors then gave their feedback to the paintings. Everyone spoke confidently and were supported and encouraged by all in the room. It was a wonderfully positive (though nerve wracking) experience!
Overall I think the exhibition was a great success. I'm proud of my team and all of my classmates.
The entire SL module has been such a positive one for me, it made me think about (and engage in) the virtual world in a way that I never would have imagined. Our class and tutors bonded in a very unique way throughout this semester and as I said on our class fb page I think we laughed and learned in equal measure! I am also so impressed by the SL community that we engaged with throughout this module. Each and everyone of them was welcoming, encouraging and open each time we met. They were always forthcoming with information and ever willing to help in anyway they could. What a pleasure it was to meet them all.
|Our obligatory class photo proved to be a hilarious task as we all struggled to organise ourselves! |
Some things never change!!
Thank you to John and to Glenn for all the hard work they put into this module and for their patience with us as we negotiated our way though this wonderfully bizarre new world! "Is one life enough?", I'm not so sure anymore.....