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Berkeley Big Bang 08

Plenary Talk: Philip Rosedale




June 2, 2008; 30 Minutes; Video

Berkeley Big Bang 08 was three days of new media and art hosted by BAM/PFA and the Berkeley Center for New Media, timed to link with 01SJ: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge, a new media art biennial taking place June 4–8, 2008 in San Jose. Occurring together for the first time, these two events combined to create one of the nation’s largest gatherings of new media art, a virtual “big bang” of innovation and creativity.

The Berkeley Big Bang program included a two-day symposium on new media, art, science, and the body in partnership with Berkeley Center for New Media and Leonardo: The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology; a campus media lab demonstration and open house; and an alternate reality game. Berkeley Big Bang was presented in tandem with BAM/PFA exhibitions of work by media artists Trevor Paglen, Jim Campbell, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Scott Snibbe.


Philip Rosedale, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Linden Lab
Introduced by Jane Metcalfe, Co-Founder of
Wired Magazine and BAM/PFA Board Member

Philip Rosedale founded San Francisco-based Linden Lab in 1999, and has led the creation of the virtual world of Second Life from initial concept to a market-leading virtual world, with a robust economy and a global population. As a pioneer in the virtual world industry, Rosedale is actively involved in the strategy, development, and design of Linden Lab’s products, including the world of Second Life and the Second Life Grid platform. Rosedale holds a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of California at San Diego.