Best Practices in Banana Time with Doctor Rodenberger

Stephanie Rothenberg
Co-host: Alice Alexandrescu
Assistant Technical Director: Marc Tomko

Best Practices in Banana Time with Doctor Rodenberger (2010) is a mixed reality talk show that takes place in a real life venue and simultaneously in the 3D virtual environment of Second Life. Hosted by artist Stephanie Rothenberg’s virtual doppelganger, the talk show explores new forms of online labor in the global, digital workplace. The show features virtual Second Life guests who work the same job in their real life and in their Second Life – medical practitioners, architects, musicians, sex workers, activists.

 
 
Image courtesy of the artist

Image courtesy of the artist

Image courtesy of the artist.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Image courtesy of the artist.


Through interviews with her guests, Doctor Rodenberger questions the potential of these thriving socially networked virtual environments. Can they really be considered a viable source of job income in a recessed economy? What is the translation of skills, values and ideologies between worlds? A webcam enables the real life audience at 01SJ to participate in a Q&A with the virtual guests.

Also on the show will be a live telematic musical act performed with musicians at the 01SJ Biennial jamming with their virtual band mates.