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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

Hunt Reporter and Host Cinders Vale festoons the Happy Hunting set with blooms on this week’s show, bringing gifts from sin original’s Spring Has Sprung 2 Hunt and the A Mazing Easter Egg Hunt at Botanica.

The Hunt Buzz reminds hunters to remember the smaller store and sim hunts that will keep popping up unexpectedly right up until the next holiday has passed.

You can catch all of the past Happy Hunting shows in our archives. The 50th Anniversary gift is still awaiting your touch at the Garden of Dreams studio.

Cinder & rosa 51

 

There will be a meeting today, Tuesday 8th April at 2pm SLT, to plan our Designing Worlds special tribute to Dirk Talamasca, who passed away at the end of March. We’ll be holding it in the Designing Worlds studio on Garden of Dreams.

Remembering Dirk

Remembering Dirk

We hope to pull together footage of Dirk from various shows, not just Designing Worlds.  If you have any photos of Dirk you’d be willing to share for the show, please send them to Saffia Widdershins either in-world or by email.

And we’d also like to hear from people who knew him and who would like to take part in the show.  Our hope is that we can make this a lasting tribute to someone who was very special to a lot of people.

If you would like to be part of the show but can’t make the meeting, contact Saffia inworld or by email.

Filming for the show itself will be on Thursday 10th April, starting at 1pm, and the show will be broadcast on April 21st.

 

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!

Designing Worlds’ visit to the fascinating project at the University of Arkansas region that recreates Johnny Cash‘s boyhood home, as part of a broader look at the effects of the Depression in the state, and some of the routes from the rural poverty that began there.

Painter Merriman, the well-known designer, has created many of the builds here, and he takes us through many of these as we explore a really fascinating social history project, learning not only about Johnny Cash’s boyhood home, but also about the New Deal community of Dyess and the Southern Tenant Farmers Union (which now houses the Southern Tenant Famers Museum).

Johnny Cash' boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Johnny Cash’s boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

You can read more about it on Painter’s own website.

The Sourthern Tenant Farmers Museum, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Dirk Talamasca

Dirk Talamasca

In the recent discussion about preserving much loved sims, people have spoken about tier, about sponsors withdrawing, about artists who really want to move on to the next project, or who face problems maintaining or reviving old favourites in the face of necessary upgrades by Linden Lab … but surely the saddest loss of all is that occasioned by the death of the sim owner.

This has happened recently in the case of Dirk Talamasca who as well as being a tremendous grid evangelist, provided practical help to many artists by maintaining their work on the grid. Now, with his passing, this too shall pass – and, I believe, has passed.

But the memory of Dirk will be celebrated today with a memorial at at the Linden Memorial Park this Saturday, April 5 at 4:00 PM to remember the wonderful times, help, and laughter that Dirk so freely gave to all who had the good fortune to meet him in his nine years in Second Life.

Please spread the word in SL and via social media. Everyone is welcome.

Memorial Gathering for Dirk Talamasca
Saturday, April 5
4:00 PM SLT
Linden Memorial Park
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pinechapel/126/75/28

We are also planning a special Designing Worlds show as a tribute to Dirk. He appeared on the show several times, talking about issues that affected the grid.  Indeed, the last time I saw him inworld was when he came to the viewing party for a show on Materials and Server Side Baking.

If you would like to take part in the show, perhaps contributing your memories of Dirk and what he meant to you, please contact us through the comments here, or directly to Saffia Widdershins inworld or by email.

The show will be recorded on Thursday April 10th, and shown on Monday 21st April.

We will be holding a planning meeting at 2pm on Tuesday, April 8th in the Designing Worlds studio on Garden Of Dreams.

 

International Tabletop Day

International Tabletop Day

Today, April 5th is International Tabletop Day – the day to dig out those old boards games (snakes and ladders, monopoly, clue/cluedo, risk – or whatever you love best) and settle down to a good game with friends. Or maybe you’d rather play cards, dice or dominoes … they’re all tabletop.

And, of course, you can play many of these in Second Life with friends from around the world too. So why not set up a game with friends today, or find a cafe with a Greedy Greedy table?

Let’s all enjoy tabletop gaming today!

And, to get you started, here’s a very traditional tabletop game that can be enjoyed by one mor more players – a jigsaw!

Click to Mix and Solve

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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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