FW: Michael Wright (aka. Mrags Writer) presents at the New Media Consortium Conference 09

June 2009

Michael Wright (aka. Mrags Writer) is presenting his “Virtual World Project 08” at The New Media Consortium Summer Conference Interactive Sessions hosted by California State University Monterey Bay June 9 - June 13, 2009. This is the second year in a row that Wright’s project was chosen to be featured as part of the interactive showcase presented Thursday, June 11.The NMC Interactive sessions are designed to showcase online materials, including software, tools, research, and more.

The New Media Consortium (NMC) is an international 501(c)3 not-for-profit consortium of over 260 learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. NMC Brochure preview NMC member institutions are found in almost every state in the United States, across Canada, and in Europe, Asia and Australia. Among the membership are an elite list of the most highly regarded colleges and universities in the world, as well as a growing list of innovative museums, research centers, foundations, and forward-thinking companies. The consortium serves as a catalyst for the development of new applications of technology to support learning and creative expression, and sponsors programs and activities designed to stimulate innovation, encourage collaboration, and recognize excellence among its member institutions. Through its many projects, its comprehensive website, and its series of international conferences, the NMC stimulates dialog and understanding through the exploration of promising ideas, technologies, and applications.

Wrights virtual world project 08 involved 69 Otis Digital Media sophomore students who developed and created content for an environment based on a class-developed themes on the Otis Island in Second Life. The project required students to use team building, out-of-the-box creative thinking, 3D and 2D virtual tools as well as to work with a budget (3000 lindens per class), and with a limited amount of building blocks (3100 primitives per class). Each team/class proceeded to develop a production pipeline and a theme for their area. The themes consisted of a dilapidated carnival, the palace of the gods, and Alice in Wonderland. Three hours of in-class time and ten hours of outside of class time were devoted to this project. 98% of the 69 students had not had previous Second Life experience.


Michael Wright is a painter who began to explore Digital Media in the mid 1980s on an Amiga computer. He exhibited his first Digital Prints in 1989. He has exhibited digital and traditional works on a national & international level over the past 39 years. Wright is currently exploring art and art education in virtual worlds.

Wright, a professor in the Digital Media and Liberal Studies Programs at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, is one of the pioneer artists mentioned in an article by new media art historian Patric D Prince in the spring 09 issue of the ”Art Journal” published by the College Art Association. The Prince article “Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of Digital Printmaking in America” is one of three features dealing with early digital art making covered in the spring issue of the “Art Journal”. Wright is also a member of NMC, ACM, SIGGRAPH, Ylem, ASCI, and the Los Angeles Printmaking Society. Wright's digital work is represented in “The Art of the Digital Age” by Bruce Wands, “Going Digital” by Joseph Nalven and JD Jarvis, "Computer Graphics World" '25 year Retrospective of Digital Art" in its January 2002 issue and in the magazine’s "Portfolio" section of the November, 2001, issue. Wright is profiled in "Computer Graphics Companion" edited by Jeffrey McConnell Anthony Ralston and Edwin Reilly. His work also appears in "The Computer in the Visual Arts" by Anne Morgan Spalter of Brown University, published by Addison Wesley and is also published in Linda Jacob's seminal book, "CyberArts: Exploring Art & Technology". He and his work have been featured in Wired, Micro Publishing News, Computer Graphics & Applications and Agent X, Television Tokyo. Wright's digital prints are in the collection of the State Museum in Novorsibirsk, Russia and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London UK, the repository for British art book & print collections. Wright was one of six resident artists invited to SIGGRAPH’S first Artists in Residence Program at SIGGRAPH 2007, in San Diego California.

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