Guide to the Senses Places Hybrid Reality Collection Records M2121

Selena Chau and staff
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Senses Places hybrid reality collection
source: Valverde, Isabel, 1959-
creator: Valverde, Isabel, 1959-
creator: Cochrane, Todd (Lecturer)
creator: Ishimoto, Kae
creator: Solo, Liz
creator: Seppi, Isa
creator: Gomes, Clara
creator: Yoshida, Yukihiko
Identifier/Call Number: M2121
Physical Description: 50 gigabyte(s)
Date (inclusive): 2002-2014
Abstract: Senses Places is a somatics-technological dance collaboration project that creates mixed-reality performance and participatory environments for audiences in physical-world locations and the Second Life virtual reality environment created by Linden Labs. Senses Places is a partnership between Isabel Valverde, a performer, interdisciplinary choreographer, and researcher, and Todd Cochrane, a software developer in research and for art. The two explore dance-technology frameworks for performance in the digital domain in collaboration with additional artists which creates a cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural project group.
Language of Material: Materials are primarily in English.

Content Description

The collection consists of digital objects including websites, images, videos, chats, and scholarly articles divided into 4 series: Series 1. Performances at Metaverse Cultural Series; Series 2. Publications and presentations; Series 3. Writings about Senses Places; and Series 4. Websites related to Senses Places. A listing of the files included in the first three series was created by Selena Chau and is available at:


Senses Places mixed reality performance and participatory environment collection. This collection documents a performance at the 2014 Metaverse Cultural Series including scholarly papers and presentations that provide the background for the group's approach to performance. The performance is created by artists and audience participants in physical world locations and/or Second Life, who interact somatically with each other and/or through avatars, video mediation, flexible screens, and through bio-data tracking technology equipment as well as lights, colors, and sound. Technology tools co-relate physical movements to avatars in Second Life, and the colors and lights produced in SL produce sound in the physical environment. Participatory experience encourages the engagement with embodied improvisational aspects between physical and virtual performance places, either from individuals affecting avatars on computers or interacting within a physical performance exhibit/environment.
The collection documents the research, preparation and performance of Senses Places at Metaverse Cultural Series on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 3-4:00pm SLT (Second Life) / GMT-8 (Portugal); Second Life location:; Physical world location: Artcasa Lisboa, R. Mal. Saldanha 28, Portugal The event included live streaming of collaborators and performers from around the world.
Collaborators: Artistic direction: Isabel Valverde aka Butler2 Evelyn (PT), Technological direction: Todd Cochrane aka Toddles Aeon (NZ), Performers-Avatars: Kae Ishimoto aka Junkaeko (JP), Liz Solo (NFL), Isabel Valverde aka Butler2 Evelyn (PT), Kikas Babenko (PT), Sca Shilova (NL), SaveMe Oh (NL), Isa Seppi aka Janjii Rugani (BR), Clara Gomes aka Lux Nix (PT), Yukihiko Yoshida aka Island Habana (JP) Animations: Isabel Valverde, Kikas Babenko, Sca Shilova, SaveMe Oh, Clara Gomes Environmental Dresses: SaveMe Oh (NL) Color-Sound Interaction: Mick Mengucci (IT) Odyssey Gallery Curator: Liz Solo (NFL) Japan node coordinator: Yukihiko Yoshida (JP) Live Machinima: Joshua Stortz /Avacon
Other collaborators: Ana Moura aka Anisabel (PT), Keiji Mitsubuchi aka In Yan (JP), Nick Rothwell (UK) Neylan Aural (TK), Catarina Carneiro de Sousa aka CapCat Ragu (PT), Joyce Bettencourt aka Rhiannon Chatnoir/Avacon, Sa Cabral

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was given to Stanford University, Special Collections, October 2015.

Conditions Governing Access

Mixed files in Series 1-3 are available on the media cart in the Special Collections reading room; archived copies of websites in Series 4 are available through the Internet Archive (

Publication Rights

While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], Senses Places hybrid reality collection (M2121), Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Computer games
Shared virtual environments
Second Life (Computer game)
Mixed reality
Dance -- Performances
Music -- Performance -- California -- San Francisco
Machinima films
Valverde, Isabel, 1959-
Valverde, Isabel, 1959-
Cochrane, Todd (Lecturer)
Ishimoto, Kae
Solo, Liz
Seppi, Isa
Gomes, Clara
Yoshida, Yukihiko


Series 1. Performances at Metaverse Cultural Series (MCS)

Physical Description: 4.66 gigabyte(s)295 files

Scope and Contents

Images and video files related to performances at the 2013 Metaverse Cultural Series. The performance is created by artists and audience participants in physical worls locations and Second Life.

Series 2. Publications and presentations

Physical Description: 1.5 gigabyte(s)

Scope and Contents

This series contains documents and presentations by the creative team.

Series 3. Writings about Senses Places

Physical Description: 8.5 megabyte(s)

Scope and Contents

This series contains scholarly articles about the performance and project.

Series 4. Websites related to Senses Places

Scope and Contents

This series contains three websites related to the Senses Places mixed reality performance and participatory environment. The sites are currently available through the Internet Archive:

Senses Places [web log] by Isabel Valverde.( 2015


Reais Jogos Viruais / Real Virtual Games [web log] by Dance Improvisations Technologies ( 2010


Weathering In Environments and Reflections [web log post] by Dance Improvisation Technologies (retried September 9, 2015 from htt;:// 2009