A Silk Road Celebration of the Arts in a VIrtual World
CARAVANSERAI 1 - A Virtual Performance for Virtual World MOOC, 2017 and Moodle 4 Teachers, 7am SLT, June 24, 2017
The desert sands lead on, but look around -
at a city of bright tents and green date palms.
Here camel backs can crumple knee bones down.
An oasis waits beneath the desert moon.
- Chris Mooney-Singh
Virtual worlds such as Second Life and online learning portals like MOOCS and MOODLE sites have become oases for writers, poets, musicians, actors and other performing artists. Join us and be transported back in time to the period of the Old Silk Road where way stations or 'Caravanserais' became the crossroads of East and West that contributed to cultural understanding, especially through stories, songs, music and dance. Visit a 3D re-creation of such a place and watch a real time event in the comfort of your own home.
Staged as part of SL MOOC 2017 we will be reaching out to an international community of literature and theatre lovers, as well as teachers and students from Spain, Italy, Canada, USA, Britain, France, Singapore, India, Thailand, Australia, Argentina and other countries. As Caravanserai creative director and spokesperson Chris Mooney-Singh (Singh Albatros in Second Life) says: "Through arts programmes in virtual worlds people from across the globe can meet in a virtual space to enjoy a staged event in the same way as if they were going to the theatre."
The programme comprises dramatised storytelling by a team of professional actors, along with song and an animated film debut of Ulysses By the Merlion, based on a poem by Singaporean poet Edwin Thumboo filmed in Second Life. The event will be followed by a panel discussion about the positioning of the arts in virtual education and may broach geo-political and cultural implications of The New Silk Road. Watch this blog for video excerpts from the show.
Benefiting 'Feed a Smile', (Kenya), a registered charity providing food and education
HOW TO ATTEND THE VIRTUAL EVENT?
How can you attend this event while sitting at home? If you have not experienced a virtual world. click below on the orange link and you will be led seamlessly to the virtual location. First, you will be invited to download a SL browser and to choose a suitable avatar for the occasion. Feel free to pre-set your visit any time before the assigned time so that you will not have problems on the day/night of the show:
SLURL: Caravanserai SL Event (MOOC 17)
And here is an international clock link to check showtime around the globe:
Time and date world clock for Caravanserai
Caravanserai Project Team
Chris Mooney-Singh is the Director of Caravanserai 1, a virtual lit=theatre ars project. He is working in collaboration with Scott Grant (Monash Uni) and Judith Cullen AKA Caledonia Skytower. convenor of the Seachai virtual library project in Second Life.