Second Life "walkie talkie walks" project connects real / virtual worlds

Multimedia artist Sander Veenhof looks to be doing his part to bridge the gap between Second Life and the real world with his latest project, which is set to offer simultaneous walking tours between avatars in the virtual world and folks out in the open. To get things going, a person with an Internet-connected cellphone simply dials up a virtual walkie talkie in the game, and the two then set out on a journey through their respective environs, chatting it up along the way. This being an art project, the two will also be required to participate in some photo assignments documenting their trek, which then get posted on a website. While anyone in Second Life can participate, only those attending the Conflux Festival in New York City can take part in the real-world component, where the event is set to kick off on September 13th.