‘World of curation craft’
January 31, 2019 12:43 PM   Subscribe

Occupy White Walls [YouTube][Game Trailer] “ Occupy White Walls [oww.io] is an upcoming MMO where you can build your own architecturally ambitious art gallery and showcase it to the world. [...] The idea is that every player curates their own gallery, and earns in-game money to expand their collection based on how many visitors they get. There are 800 architectural assets in at the moment, with plans to add thousands more. Once your white walls or otherwise are in place, you can adorn them with “hundreds of thousands” of artworks, which are currently limited to works from the 18th and 19th centuries.” [via: Rock Papers Shotgun]
posted by Fizz (15 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
 
I think this will produce something like 97% raw shit and 3% pure gold and maybe that might be enough.

I'll be curious to see if this makes any waves in my little art history bubble.
posted by the phlegmatic king at 12:58 PM on January 31 [1 favorite]


97% raw shit and 3% pure gold

I mean every artist thinks their own work is worth something right? Even if I hate the majority of what I see, I'm going to enjoy the tiny museum I've created and the artwork/gallery I've exclusively curated in my corner of the world.

It makes me think of back in the day when I played The Sims and I used a cheat code to give myself infinite money so I can max out on building/designing my house with the fanciest materials, objects, products. I'd almost always create a separate floor that was just an art gallery. This is that art gallery on crack, only with updated graphics and real world representations of 17th and 18th C art. And I'm totally down for that.
posted by Fizz at 1:03 PM on January 31 [3 favorites]


Seems like something that will have a problem of too many creators and not enough consumers.
posted by OwlBoy at 1:10 PM on January 31 [2 favorites]


I can imagine a 3D version of a Toast article [moment of silence] or a classical art meme gallery, and that would actually entertain me for longer than it should.
posted by cage and aquarium at 1:12 PM on January 31


They are working to allow people to upload their own creative works of art, which I think is really cool.
posted by Fizz at 1:18 PM on January 31 [4 favorites]


Well, we're about to find out how much porn was produced in the 18th and 19th centuries.

I mean, if the goal is to get people in the door, I know what's gonna sell.
posted by Kadin2048 at 1:31 PM on January 31 [2 favorites]


I think I just found the one MMO I might actually play.

I appreciate the "art is for everybody" spirit it seems to be promoting. Hoping (expecting or even assuming) there's a cohort of players that go kind of in a dada direction with it. I mean. I guess that's what some of the 97% raw shit is. Dada. It's just more fun to say it's dada.
posted by nightrecordings at 3:01 PM on January 31 [2 favorites]


Seems like something that will have a problem of too many creators and not enough consumers.

Does that matter? I am more and more of the perspective that Mr. Vonnegut was right - art is good for the soul, even if all you do is write a poem, shred it, and put it in the garbage.
posted by nubs at 3:12 PM on January 31 [1 favorite]


This is pretty much the only aspect of Second Life that was worth bringing back.
posted by blnkfrnk at 3:37 PM on January 31 [1 favorite]


So... how do raids work in this? Is it like a can-you-spot-the-forgery contest? or Art Heist? Do I get to assemble a group of seasoned professionals?
posted by Nanukthedog at 5:55 PM on January 31


This is pretty much the only aspect of Second Life that was worth bringing back.

I never got into Second Life, but I did mess around with one of its predecessors, ActiveWorlds. (Which was more or less directly inspired by Snow Crash's Metaverse, going so far as to include its own version of The Street, if I recall correctly.) The vast majority of its buildings were essentially art galleries like the ones in OWW, where the weird architecture was as much of a draw as the random Bjork gifs and such.
posted by tobascodagama at 5:56 PM on January 31


Tumblr 3D.
posted by Leon at 4:55 AM on February 1


I wish it was a Sims-like game so I could manage the museum by hiring a director and curators.
posted by missmerrymack at 5:35 AM on February 1 [1 favorite]


I wish it was a Sims-like game so I could manage the museum by hiring a director and curators.

There's probably a mod for this in Minecraft.
posted by Fizz at 6:39 AM on February 1


I really wanted to like Second Life, but it was so open-ended that there wound up being no point to it. It was sort of fun to make an avatar and sort of fun to go be a tourist in all those weirdo places that people made just because. I like it when people make things just because, they turn out unique and awesome.

They tried to sell it in library school as this thing that would Bring Libraries Into The Future because people could look at library exhibits from their computer? But they never worked out because since when is a piece of resource-heavy specialized software that everyone has to learn ever going to be better than, like, a basic website with embedded pictures and video? And thus it collapsed like a flan in a cupboard.
posted by blnkfrnk at 11:01 AM on February 1 [1 favorite]


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