I was torn at school (and made timetables difficult) by wanting to study both arts and science. I compromised by studying Physics with Electronics at Leicester University and followed this by completing a degree with the Open University where I could study Science, Mathematics, Technology, IT, Art, and Social Science in one degree. In my spare time I painted, experimenting in Photography and film and helped produce a number of Pub Theatre shows. I worked for 15 yrs in Commercial IT as a Systems Programmer and then IT manager. Growing bored with this I began lecturing in IT at various London Universities and opened my stained glass business.
Subsequently I moved into lecturing in multi media which enables wonderful combinations of Art and IT to be created. Much of my work was centred around 3D worlds such as Second Life. I ran a Masters course in e-learning and ran summer schools within Second Life. This was a highly imaginative environment where students could build fantastic 3D environments and learn coding at the same time. Workshops which ran on campus would begin noisy, but as students logged into Second Life the room would go silent. The students were totally immersed in the 3D environment only communicating with me and their classmates via text in Second Life.
I used Second Life to help training and communications in the international EU Funded project GLADNET. This was a European wide project involving teams researching in spectrometry. Members of the project used Second Life for demonstrations and training in the use of Spectrometers.
Collaborating with Maureen Kendal in an educational project, I created 'On the Beach'. This encouraged students to use their imagination and begin to use the tools within Second Life to tell stories.
I also built an industry sponsored warehouse in Second Life for warehouse Health and Safety training.
Following University lecturing I developed New Synthetic Theatre (NST) 1 and 2. These were theatre shows within Second Life in which the audience's avatars were the actors on stage. NST 1 was based on the 99% protests around St Paul's Cathedral in London, NST 2 told three stories, The Wise Me of Gotham (who try to capture the reflection of the moon in their nets) Kubla Khan (where the audience visits Xanadu) and Jabberwocky (where the audience slaughter the Jabberwocky with their Vorpal sword). NST 1 and 2 ran for approximately 10 years 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
NST 1: https://youtu.be/LiKO3ta6InE
NST 2: https://youtu.be/yTZnNKmorDw
Currently I'm working on NST 3. This will be a real life model theatre accessed online via Web pages and video streaming. The audience will be able to react and change the theatre environment (changing lighting, mood and music etc). The theatre will be fully automatic using small programmable microprocessors such as Raspberry Pis and ESP8266. The first show will depict the cumulative story The House that Jack Built.
Alongside NST 3 I am working with solar power and wind turbines using microprocessors for domestic applications. NST 3 could be solar and wind powered.
Having completed the London Marathon twice, I would have walked from Turin to Santiago de Compestella in 2020 had COVID not hit. I have always loved music and am the drummer in the ZZ Birmingham Band.
Alan Hudson Glass: alanhudsonglass.co.uk
London Metropolitan University Projects: http://londonmetsl.blogspot.com/
On the Beach: http://slonthebeach.blogspot.com/
On the Beach: https://www.slideshare.net/AlanHudson/london-metropolitan-university-in-second-life-june-2011
3D Warehouse: https://youtu.be/1KmaOS4ktyU