Autumn has arrived, along with fresh thoughts on how to make better use of the embassy island and capture theinterest of more virtual citizens.
A photography exhibition by Johannes Pääsuke was put up in October with help from the Estonian National Museum (ENM). Everyone who for some reason hadn't made it to Tartu and the museum had a chance to take a look at scenes and people from the beginning of the last century, captured by a talented photographer. A grand anniversary is coming up for the ENM and a number of events and exhibitions are planned for the celebration. We will try to take part in these events and bring fragments of the nation's history to the virtual space.
(Photo: Pärtel Ribin, a fisherman from Muumasaare, smoking a pipe)
In mid-November we tested live broadcasting of audio and video in Second Life. Since we had no prior experience in live streaming, we were a bit uncertain until the very last minute whether we could pull it off. But we did. On 19 November at 4 pm, visitors of our virtual embassy could partake in the opening of the exhibition "Capture Culture" at the Gallery of Architecture and Design in Tallinn, arranged by the Tallinn 2011 Foundation.
There weren't so many people but the feedback was positive and gave us courage to try out new ideas in the future. The best works of the exhibition were up at the embassy until the end of November.
(Photo: 2nd Prize: "Graphik" by Eduard Zentsik)
(Photo: Exhibition in the embassy)
Another project we are currently working on is called Club Estonia. Apparently there is no meeting place for the Estonians in Second Life, so we decided to spare some land on the embassy island for the Club Estonia group. Hopefully we will soon have a nice venue on the island for events, music and socialising. It will surely be of help to new Second Life users who could do with some advice and tips from the more experienced Secondlifers.