The "I Am Columbia" simulator is where students, faculty, staff and guests of Columbia College Chicago gather in the 3D virtual world known as Second Life. The simulator (pictured below) contains interesting 3D builds, exhibitions and displays that entertain and educate the guests and denizens of the virtual world. This photo essay is just a sample of some of the projects, spaces and processes developed by virtual world artists, guests, curators and researchers. To visit I Am Columbia in Second Life, log on with a free account and type "I Am Columbia" in your Second Life client.
Night scene on I Am Columbia sim in Second Life near the IAM welcome area.
Janell Baxter’s virtual gallery and artworks feature virtual world generated artworks as well as paintings and drawings. The transreal blend of the real and virtual are extended to other curated installations such as Cold (2010), Transmediations (2010) and Discards (2011).
Patrick Lichty’s various iterations of the BitFactory space, a fine example of virtual architecture, has been used for IAM’s Manifest celebrations.
Andrew Oleksiuk’s 2009 Instant Copies art installation featured working virtual color copy machines.
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