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Mixed Reality talk show: Best Practices in Banana Time with Dr. Rodenberger

November 17, 2009  by: Dom

Best Practices in Banana Time with Dr. Rodenberger

Best Practices in Banana Time with Dr. Rodenberger

Can a doctor perform the same job in the real world and in the virtual? What about a minister? Or a classical musician? What happens when the real life workplace and the virtual collide?

Find out this Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at the pilot launch of the mixed reality talk show “Best Practices in Banana Time with Dr. Rodenberger”. The talk show will take place in real life (Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center) and in the Soviet-style TV tower on Eyebeam Island in Second Life (3D social networking virtual world) with both a real life audience (you) and virtual audience.

Inspired by oral historian and broadcaster Studs Terkel’s acclaimed book “Working” written in 1974 exploring what makes work meaningful to people from all walks of life, Doctor Rodenberger (aka guess who) will interview her virtual guests about how they do their jobs in both worlds and how the virtualization of their labor affects the value of the their work.

The evening’s guests will include real life conversationalist Alexis Bhagat and our avatar guests including Pastor Garret Mehrtens, classical pianist Clarissima Schumann and physician Ren Stonecutter. Ms. Schumann will hopefully perform live on her virtual piano.

“Best Practices in Banana Time” is part of the exhibition Conversation Pieces currently on view at CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Special thanks to Hallwalls for hosting the event!

So please join us this Saturday night, Nov 21 at 8:00 PM at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center for a thought provoking and rather insane evening!

Best wishes from yours truly,
Doctor Rodenberger

Performance details:

More info on the exhibition:

And for more info on the wacky world of Second Life:

202 Center for the Arts, North Campus
Buffalo, New York 14260-6010
(716) 645-6878
(716) 645-6970 fax
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