Tech Museum of Innovation Calls Upon Curators and Artists to Embrace New Open Source Creative Process to Develop Virtual Exhibits within Second Life

SAN JOSE, SILICON VALLEY, Calif., Tuesday December 11 – The Tech Museum of Innovation (The Tech), one of the nation’s premier science and technology museums, today announced the convergence of technology and art in the virtual world with the launch of The Tech in Second Life®. This integration of The Tech in Linden Lab’s® Second Life has the potential to revolutionize the development of new museum exhibitions.

The Tech has built a replica of its San Jose facility in Second Life. The virtual Tech has been left empty to provide space for the development of new, virtual exhibits and educational programming through an exhibit design competition hosted by The Tech Museum. The virtual exhibits, contributed by talented individuals around the world, will be shared under a Creative Commons license and displayed in the virtual Tech.

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The Tech Opens in Second Life

by Wendy Pollock

The Tech in Second Life

On December 11, the Tech Museum of Innovation opened a replica of its San Jose, California, facility in the virtual world of Second Life and announced a design competition on the theme of “Art, Film, and Music.” Curators, artists, craftspeople, and exhibit builders worldwide are invited to participate. An online collaboration platform will enable participants to find and work with others, access tools, participate in forums, and view guidelines and tutorials. Some of the winning exhibits will be replicated in the real-world museum in San Jose.

Tours, general meetings, and “Learn to Build” and “Learn to Script” sessions are being offered on a regular basis. An event schedule can be found on The Tech Virtual. The Tech in Second Life can be found by searching for “The Tech” island from within Second Life.

The Tech’s virtual exhibition creation initiative in Second Life is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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