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Remixing Catalhoyuk Day

Posted by Ruth Tringham

Remixing Çatalhöyük Day
9am - 5pm PST
November 28, 2007

Join us for Remixing Çatalhöyük Day, a public program sponsored by OKAPI
and the Berkeley Archaeologists at Çatalhöyük. Visit OKAPI Island in the
3-D virtual environment of Second Life (see Getting Started below) and
explore the past and present of Çatalhöyük, a 9000-year-old village
located in present-day Turkey. OKAPI Island features virtual
reconstructions of the excavation site and multimedia exhibits of research
data. The Island was constructed by a team of undegraduate research
apprentices during the Spring and Fall 2007 semester. The Remixing
Çatalhöyük program includes lectures, guided tours, games, and much more.
Mark your calendars!


Activities Include:

(10-10:30 AM, 3-3:30 PM PST)
Guided Tours of OKAPI Island. Tours will be conducted by Ruth Tringham
(Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley, and Principal Investigator of
Berkeley Archaeologists at Çatalhöyük) and the Remixing Çatalhöyük team.

(1 - 2 PM PST)
Lecture: ³Cultural Heritage Interpretive Videowalks: Moving Through
Present Past Places Physically and Virtually² Presented by Ruth Tringham
to the UC Berkeley Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
Colloquium and simulcast in Second Life.

(2 - 4 PM PST)
Turkish Music Mix. Visit OKAPI Island, learn about Çatalhöyük and build
your own remixes in the OKAPI Island Sandbox while listening to DJ (and
UCB Anthro grad) Burcu¹s eclectic mix of classical and contemporary
Turkish music.

(4-5 PM PST)
Remixing Çatalhöyük Video Festival. Nine video producers will share videos
about Çatalhöyük. The Video Festival will be hosted by VJ (and UCB Anthro
grad) Colleen Morgan.

(5 - 5:30 PM PST)
Remix Competition. The public is invited to use the OKAPI Island Sandbox
or Graffiti Cube to build and share reconstructions of Çatalhöyük or
³remixes² of archaeological research data. At 5pm PST, the Berkeley
Archaeologists at Çatalhöyük team will review and select top entries for
virtual awards and exhibition on OKAPI Island.

For more information on the event and how to enter Second Life, visit:

If you are already a resident of Second Life you can go straight to Okapi
Island by pasting this SLURL into your browser:

We hope to see you there!


A little more on Remixing Catalhoyuk Day and How to get there

What is Second Life?
Second Life is a 3-D virtual world created entirely by its residents. Okapi Island is owned and build by the OKAPI team (that’s us below!) and the Berkeley Archaeologists at Catalhoyuk.

Getting Started
To visit Okapi Island, you will need to create a user account and download the client software–both free.

To create an account, visit www.secondlife.com, click on Join (in the upper right corner) and follow the instructions. Note: You do not need a premium account to use Second Life or visit Okapi Island.

Next, download and install the Second Life client for your computer:

Launch the Second Life client and enter your password. You will likely begin in Orientation Island. To visit Okapi Island, click Map, enter “Okapi” in search field and click Search. Alternatively, you can click on the following slurl (second life url) in your browser, and you will be transported there:

See you there!

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