Imparafacile is back from holidays and presented last Wednesday, September 26 at the Auditorium of the literary district of the homonymous island in Second Life, the new 2012-2013 season. A lot of news presented by Imparafacile Runo (aka Giovanni Dalla Bona), along with some confirmations from the new season of Libriamo Tutti, which this year will see the readers as protagonists to tell their favorite books, recommending readings to friends who will come to listen. Even Libriamo Tutti presents a couple of new features: the first is Imparafacile Runo as conductor, who will present the readers and lead discussions that will arise during the evenings; the second is that it will be announced in advance some titles of books which will be discussed in order to facilitate the discussion (if you want to submit a book to the upcoming events fill in the form on this page).
News (and confirmations) also with regard to partnerships and sponsorships with TV2000 (La Compagnia del libro) and Whipart Onlus as regards the first, the Sistema Bibliotecario Cremasco-Sorinese, the Consorzio Sistema Bibliotecario Nord Ovest and Informatici Senza Frontiere as regards the latter. Among the courses on the calendar, is sure that regarding building, held by Solkide Auer, who has had so much success last year, aimed at those who want to learn how to build in Second Life from scratch (yo will start by creating a simple form to switch to modeling its coming up to the choice of the texture) but also to those who want to improve their technique or knowledge held. At the end everyone should be able to build forms, even complex ones, using the tools Second Life’s graphic editor provide.
Andrej Nansen and Samaya Silberman will lead instead the three evenings devoted to music and in particular the gesture with which some great musicians express their musical ideas through the piano. During the evenings “Dita sull’avorio, il gesto dei grandi pianisti” (Fingers on ivory, the gesture of the great pianists), in the music room of Imparafacile island, will be proposed videos concerning the performances of three great performers as Keith Jarret, Philip Glass and Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. From music to publishing, Livio Korobase will explain how to “Realizzare eBook in formato ePub” (realize eBook in ePub format) through eight events dedicated to who is planning to build an eBook even from scratch (a basic knowledge of XHTML and CSS, however, can help). If the idea appeals to you, please note that you will need a text editor, a bitmap editor and the Sigil page layout software and that will be used some readers and an online validation service to check the work.
Last but not least project of the new season, “Libri dall’altro mondo” (Books from the other world) propose events in “mixed-reality” mode that will be host (in RL) at Biblioteca Chiesa Rossa, one of the most beautiful and innovative libraries in the library system of Milan city and (in SL) at Imparafacile island. Virtual environments, interaction between the audience in RL and SL avatars, literary games, interviews with authors, reading and sharing are the ingredients that will be used to actively involve all the participants. The first three events will be dedicated to social reading, to the presentation of the book “La dona dal cagnin ros” (The woman with the cagnin ros) by Laura Sanchioni, published by Rayuela Edizioni and to Sergio Bonelli and the history of Italian comics. A project that seems to be particularly ambitious, because as Imparafacile Runo mentioned during the opening ceremony, arrange events in this mode is much less simple than you think, one having to deal with microphones, lights, streaming, coordination of interventions by study and by SL, preparation of real and virtual locations. This is why atpresent there are no events “out of Milan”, even if in case of success it is possible that Libri dall’altro mondo can make a stop in other cities such as Rome (or, why not, Naples).
In any case the new season prepared by Giovanni Dalla Bona and his stuff (whom in the meantime have created the cultural association Libriamo Tutti) seems to have what it takes to reach the target and disseminate greater knowledge of the potentiality of virtual worlds as a cultural environment and channel for the dissemination of culture. Therefore we invite you to keep an eye on the activities of Imparafacile, by checking the programs available on its Ning on Libriamo Tutti site, and on its Facebook fanpage. But of course follow even Mondivirtuali.it fanpage on Facebook, where we shall have the chance to speak again of the activities of Giovanni and his staff and partners.