Bill “Wabbs” Cruickshank
MineOpticon II is a real time, one hour long “Equine Ballet”, a theatrical horse dancing intervention into the virtual world of Minecraft staged at the CADRE Laboratory for New Media “Orwell” Server.
Imagine 8 riders performing intricate choreography based on Austrian Lipizzaner Stalions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipizzan to an original score in an exquisitely designed stage set and surrounding landscape.
Appearing before the performance will be James Morgan a curator to make a presentation on Minecraft as an art medium.
After the MineOpticon II performance will be an exciting Minecraft horse race!
One Diamond Boots rider demonstrates the new MineOpticon II stage set which is based on the Catillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine Florida http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castillo_de_San_Marcos .
The new set is scaled up and explicitly designed to exploit the increased speed and footprint of horses in Minecraft. This all new stage features never before seen uses of the game’s internal logic and materials and capabilities to pull off compelling stage craft in a game better known to 8-12 year olds.
MineOpticon II is a one hour long Equine Ballet performed live on a Minecraft server set to survival mode. All members of the troupe need to constantly eat to stay alive and perform under the constant threat of zombies, skeletons and spiders who can be lethal to the cast and horses.
Now imagine 8 riders performing intricate choreography based on Austrian Lipizzaner Stalions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipizzan to an original score in an exquisitely designed stage set and surrounding landscape.
Talk about awesome.
The Diamond Boots Ensemble
presents MineOpticon II
Eugene from Singapore made a gallery for internet art using SG gallery, which looks to be a distributable stand alone client for a specific virtual world.
The ultimate walled garden and where art gallery and software product meet. When I joined, Hayden and Laturbo were there, Eugene and a few others came by to check out the space.
After a few clicks it was clear that while this looks like SL and Cloud Party it is a read only model of delivery, imagine emailing somebody a custom client that leads only to your specific 3D world.
This is documentation of us dancing (Hayden and Eugene and me on camera) to the tasty but unusual local audio vibrations. The real gem here is Eugene’s curated collection of internet graphics and his choice of music. Sounds and looks homemade.