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Designing Worlds’ visit to the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) to learn about the new volunteer program to help visitors, find out about the structure of the LEA – and visit a few art installations as well!

Firstly we meet up with Oberon Onmura, Artist and LEA Committee Member, Honour McMillan, LEA Committee Member and leader of the volunteer program, and JMB (Jo) Balogh, an LEA Volunteer in the newly re-designed Welcome Area on LEA 3. They tell us about the LEA, and the new program – and what being a volunteer really means! There’s an explanation of how the regions work – and we learn about ambitious plans to expand the nature of Arts covered.

The Gateway at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Gateway at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And then we visit three remarkable installations created by artists who are near the beginning of their five month residencies. At The Creature from the Black Lagoon on LEA 11, we talk to the artist Livio Korobase, with Slatan Dryke translating from the Italian for us. Then we visit a work in progress – The Garden of Earthly Delights on LEA 12, inspired by the painting by Hieronymous Bosch, and created in Second Life by Tomm Pye. It’s a great chance to see an evolving work – something that the artists at the LEA often choose to share. And finally we visit an installation that is evolving in a different way, in a series of chapters, as we look in on The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari on LEA 13 and talk to the artist Xineohp Guisse (who tells us how and why he got his remarkable name!).

The Creature from the Black Lagoon at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Creature from the Black Lagoon at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 7th April at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s show as we visit the Linden Endowment for the Arts to learn about the new volunteer program to help visitors, find out about the structure of the LEA – and visit a few art installations as well!

The Gateway at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Gateway at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Firstly we meet up with Oberon Onmura, Artist and LEA Committee Member, Honour McMillan, LEA Committee Member and leader of the volunteer program, and JMB (Jo) Balogh, a LEA Volunteer. They tell us about the LEA, and the new program – and what being a volunteer really means! There’s an explanation of how the regions work – and we learn about ambitious plans to expand the nature of Arts covered.

And then we visit three remarkable installations created by artists who are near the beginning of their five month residencies.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Creature from the Black Lagoon at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

At The Creature from the Black Lagoon, we talk to the artist Livio Korobase, with Slatan Dryke translating from the Italian for us.

Then we visit a work in progress – The Garden of Earthly Delights, inspired by the painting by Hieronymous Bosch, and created in Second Life by Tomm Pye. It’s a great chance to see an evolving work – something that the artists at the LEA often choose to share.

The Garden of Earthly Delights at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Garden of Earthly Delights at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And finally we visit an installation that is evolving in a different way, in a series of chapters, as we look in on The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari and talk to the artist Xineohp Guisse (who tells us how and why he got his remarkable name!).

The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari at the Linden Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm for a fascinating – and beautiful – show.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari

The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari

The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari is a stunning new installation at LEA 13, one of their new round of art intsllations. I read about it on Quan Lavender’s blog, and went to see if it was really as spectacular as her images suggested.

It is.

The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari

The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari

Created by the artist Xineohp Guisse, there is a story behind it (and a book to collect too, filled with gorgeous images):

According to myths, the Ancients discovered a botanical species; a kind of reed that was capable of resonating a sound frequency when touched. The Ancients harvested these reeds and created a meditative and spiritual garden.

Quite by accident, the Ancients also discovered a symbiotic creature to the reeds; which they named the Pentapuss. The Pentapuss has the same form and biological structure as the reeds, and fed off the soundwaves made by the reeds. In doing so, their movements amongst the reeds nurtured the growth of the reeds to maturity.

The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari: A Pentapuss among the reeds

The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari: A Pentapuss among the reeds

The Ancients built BioPods and BioSpheres; to nurture these reeds and the young, juvenile pentapussies. They built contemplative Elemental pods at the Chamber of the Ancients, to observe these creatures and plants. They built a music chamber, where they can physically interact with the reeds……

In time, the garden grew to become a beautiful space – to contemplate and be as one with the beings that surrounds them.

Do go and visit but – in the meantime – here is a jigsaw.

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The {Lost} Garden Of Sundarya Lahari

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

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Yooma Mayo’s previous LEA work ‘Dreaming Machine’. Yooma is one of a handful of returning artists this round.

The LEA is pleased to announce the fourth round of Artists-in-Residence, who will receive a full sim for six months on which to create and display their proposed projects:

Aequitas (Artist Collective)
Ambi bimbogami

Betty Turead
Cica Ghost
Ginger Lorakeet
Jack Mondegreen
Johnas Merlin
Mac Kanashimi
Mantis Oh
Marx Catteneo/Krakassus Jigsaw
Morlita Quan and Noke Yuitza
Newbab Zsigmond
Ole Etzel
Seraph Kegel
Sniper Siemens
Solkide Auer
thingiwishihadsaid
uan ceriaptrix
Vaneeesa Blaylock
Yooma Mayo

The LEA received nearly 50 high-quality applications, and it was a difficult decision, but those selected submitted truly outstanding proposals that represent a diverse range of virtual art. While a handful are artists returning for a second round, the majority will be exhibiting at the LEA for the first time. Projects range from full-sim immersions, to innovative builds geared specifically for multimedia works such as sound and machinima projects.

Artists will have up to four months to build their projects (though many have suggested they will be completed sooner), with all exhibits set to be open by mid-June. Many will likely open sooner, though, so keep an eye on this blog for announcements of exhibit openings and related special events.

The previous three rounds of LEA land grant artists-in-residence have resulted in some truly exceptional works, and we anticipate this next group to be just as fantastic. Congratulations to all the artists, we can’t wait to see your vision!

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LEA Talks this weekend

As part of the LEA Arts Festival, I’ll be chatting with six artists about their work as Artists-in-Residenes and beyond. Todays talks:

Saturday the 23rd:

Sunday the 24th:

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LEA AIRS DEADLINE EXTENDED

The LEA has decided to extend the artist-in-residence application deadline to this Sunday, the 24th, at midnight.  Complete details and information, timeframe and how to apply are available here.

Poster by PJ Trenton

The LEA AIR programme seeks to promote and nurture the arts in Second Life, through providing limited term full-sim land grants to be used for creative projects and art installations over the course of a few months. Recipients can be individuals or groups interested in creating or curating art, or proposing cultural projects which would require/utilise a full-sim build and can be completed within the allotted time frame (5 months). The LEA is able to offer land grants through the generosity of Linden Lab.

While many well-known virtual artists have received grants, the LEA has also had the pleasure of hosting ‘younger’ AIRs and hopes to continue in that tradition. You need not have a great deal of experience, just some good ideas. The application is a bit more detailed to help guide you in thinking through your project, which we do expect at this point to be an idea in progress and not necessarily a portrait of the final result – more like a loose sketch! We also welcome applications from across the spectrum of the arts, for example performance groups that might want to embark on a bigger/longer term project than we can support at our performing arts space!

If you still need a little more inspiration, take some time to visit the current artists-in-residence, which will be open until the end of the month.

Good luck!

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Gracie's installation

Gracie’s installation

At One Billion Rising in Second Life

At One Billion Rising in Second Life

You have all been very patient about Prim Perfect Jigsaws while I have been a tad busy with a certain event known as One Billion Rising in Second Life. So here today are not one but two jigsaws (yes, count ‘em – two!). Admittedly they both come from One Billion Rising in Second Life but … I’ve been a little tunnel vision for some reason, you know?

And one is tough because it’s a complex abstract image, and the other is … well, I went a little crazy, you know?

The first jigsaw is a glorious, colourful abstract, taken from Gracie Kendal’s joyous mini-version of her installation Ce n’est pas une peinture, the large size version of which is on display at LEA15 – it was one of the locations used in the One Billion Rising in Second Life video.

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Gracie Kendal’s Installation at One Billion Rising in Second Life

Gracie will be in conversation with Rowan Derryth today at The Linden Endowment for the Arts Festival – you can read about the Talks here. But first – do the jigsaw!

Secondly, we have a jigsaw taken from a photograph taken on the One Billion Rising in Second Life regions – and here, as you will see, I decided to go a little crazy!

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One Billion Rising in Second Life region

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

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