The World Culture Hub was initially started as a project in the 3D Internet world of Second Life, launched by Philip Rosedale’s company Linden Lab in 2002 and inspired by the concept of the metaverse in Neal Stephenson’s classic science fiction novel Snow Crash (1992). Although more advanced systems such as Sansar or High Fidelity are curently developed, Second Life is still the largest and most popular general virtual world of its kind, with thousands of regions and 40.000 to 50.000 users online at any given time.
Linden Lab has significantly reduced the land prices a while ago which has made it possible for us to rebuild a comprehensive museum, library and event location in Second Life that is currently composed of four major sections:
The new Reception Area provides easy teleport access to all sections of the World Culture Hub. The exhibitions about China, Japan, India, the Islamic World, Precolumbian and Latin America are on the same level, as well as the Library with an extensive landmark collection to the best cultural and educational sites in Second Life. The landing point is here.
The Contemporary Art Gallery features works of well-known artists active in Second Life as well as artists for the first time featured in virtual worlds. Among the highlights is an exclusive selection of paintings by renowned German surrealist Helmut Wenske. The landing point is here.
Embedded into the Landscape Garden on the ground level are exhibitions about Native America, Polynesia and the Celtic area. The landing point is here.
Our installation also includes a Second Life branch of The Turing Galaxy, a WCH subproject that is concerned with the history of computing and artificial intellegence and the ways they have inspired literature and art. It features, among others, exhibitions about the history of computing and artificial intelligence and about pioneers such as Ada Lovelace and Alan Turing. When you visit turn up the volume and you may hear the steady hum of a Cray XMP supercomputer recreation. The landing point is here.