OpenSim and "Baroque Visions"
The Offce of Continuing Studies at Rutgers has created a virtual campus in OpenSim that offers a full range of activities and opportuinities. We have installed an exhibit called "Looking at Artchitecture" at the Student Center there. On the art history sim, there are two models of the Arena Chapel, one as it looks today and one as it might have looked when Giotto began painting.
For Spring 2013, there is a new Museum fo Baroque Art built for a series of exhibitions as a class project.
Please visit the "getting started" page to help get into OpenSim and visit these projects.
Much of the early virtual activity has taken place in Second Life with four projects:
The Museum of Sacred Art: a museum of architecture exhibits take a critical look, and compare, virtual models in Second Life with their real life counterparts. Students have prepared many of the exhibits. The museum contains examples of seven traditions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism and Shintoism. http://slurl.com/secondlife/Bieup/184/50/106/
Art History Workshop: the workshop meets monthly on the third Sunday at 3 pm eastern time (12 noon SLT). The workshop offers an opportunity to give a presentation in the virtual world to an international interdiscilinary group. A number of graduate students from the Rutgers and University of Delaware art history programs have presented papers at the workshop.
|Field Trip to clothing shop during workshop on "Religious and Ceremonial Clothing|
An exhibition put together by a Byzantine seminar taught by Dr. St.Clair-Harvey called "The Rise of Chrstianity". The exhibition was executed by Lauren kane, a graduate student in art history. The exhibition is still on view at the virtual Rutgers Student Center in Second Life. http://slurl.com/secondlife/RUCE/4/34/207/
A fourth project in Second Life is the building of a virtual Arena Chapel currently under construction.
Rutgers University has moved some of its virtual activity into OpenSim and it is expected there will be new opportunities.
For more information about opportunities contact Don Beetham