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The event will be held from Sunday June 22nd – Sunday June 29th—seven days of amazing exhibits, music, conversation, debate, firework displays, games, puzzles, sports and everything else the wonderfully inventive communities of Second Life™ can pack into seven days and 11 sims.

Actually, even that won’t be the end of it, as the sims will be open for a further seven days for everyone to explore.

 

What’s our theme?

The theme this year takes inspiration from a quote by the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill:

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.

Last year’s theme was “Looking Forward, Looking Back,” but we focused mostly on looking back, and rightly so, as 10 years was an important milestone and a perfect opportunity to reflect back on where we came from.

This year it’s time to look forward; to imagine where we are headed.

When Winston Churchill said this in 1943, he could not have imagined a virtual world like Second Life, but now, more than seventy years later, his words have come true in this new world that we have created.

If there’s one thing that makes SL unique, it’s our community of users. Users from all corners of the globe come together under a single umbrella to build a community that comes from our minds and our imaginations. Everything we see, touch and use in Second Life is a product of our imaginations, our minds, and our community.

And this year, at the SL11B Community Celebration, we want to celebrate precisely that!

Get thinking. Get imagining. Get creative!

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How do I get involved?

Applications are now open for Performers, Volunteers and speakers and performers  in the Auditorium. We will need lots of volunteers to make this a success, so please consider whether you can give some time to helping out. We can promise you a lot of fun!

Applications for Exhibitors (i.e. people who want a plot to build on) will open on April 27th.

The closing date for Exhibitor, Performer and Auditorium applications is May 26th.

 

How do I find out more?

You can find out more by following this blog, and by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

We also have a Flickr page where you can paste your own images when the sims open. You make see some sneak images from the team before that so keep watching!

Main site: http://slcommunitycelebration.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SLBCommunity
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SLBCommunityCelebration
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/slcommunitycelebration/pool/

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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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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.

 

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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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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.

 

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Prim Perfect: Issue 51 - April 2014 - Cover

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 – April 2014 – Cover

The new issue of Prim Perfect is out now!

They say that only February is the romantic month, what with Valentine’s Day and all that … but surely it’s “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love” as Alfred, Lord Tennyson says … and that goes for men not so young – and women of all ages too!

So in this issue we are celebrating the disappearance of winter and the coming of spring with an issue all about romance … you may even find a few stray (and unusual) Valentine thoughts have crept in too!

We’ve looked at romantic venues this month, with the lovely region of Oubliette being our Region of the Month.

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 - April 2014 - Region of the Month

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 – April 2014 – Region of the Month

I explored Oubliette – and Ode – and talked to its creator, Saiyge Lotus. Carissa Starfall has picked out ten wonderfully romantic places, while Ceejay Writer’s poem chooses ten … er … unlikely venues!

The Designer of the Month has a distinctly romantic flair too, for it is Elicio Ember of Cerridwen’s Cauldron, who is interviewed by Joonie Jatho.

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 - April 2014 - Designer of the Month

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 – April 2014 – Designer of the Month

In her Spotlight on Business this month, Qwis Greenwood looks at two stores that have a decidedly romantic bent.

We have three new series for 2014. Firstly, we are producing a series of room decoration articles. Each issue, Samantha Ohrberg will design a different room with items from the very best creators in Second Life – and tell you where you can get the items displayed!

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 - April 2014 - Furnishing a Show House

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 – April 2014 – Furnishing a Show House

Secondly, we are reflecting a popular activity in Second Life by starting a regular restaurant review column. Each month our dinners will go out to dinner at a Second Life restaurant and discuss the ambience, the food, the service – and the cost! Join us for the first of our restaurant visits.

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 - April 2014 - Restaurant Review

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 – April 2014 – Restaurant Review

Thirdly, we’ll be taking a look at popular games in Second Life, starting with the perennial Tiny Empires. What is this game – and why do people play? Ethan Westland finds out for us!

In our nonprofit news section, Beq Janus tells us about the launch of Relay for Life and the plans for the 2014 season – and beyond – and there’s an article on our One Billion Rising event.

In our regular features, Rosamoo Mendelsohn tells us all about those very special new awards – the Hunties! There’s exciting news from our TV shows Designing Worlds and Happy Hunting!, available on Treet TV.

There’s more in our series on working with mesh from Beq Janus, too – and a special gift for you!

Our team of talented photographers, led by Wildstar Beaumont, Samantha Ohrberg, Winona Wiefel, Judith LeFevre, and Honour McMillan, bring you some of the most artistic eye candy from across the metaverse.

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 - April 2014 - Introduction to Romance

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 – April 2014 – Introduction to Romance

All this with News From the Grid and more!

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So how can I get Prim Perfect?
If you prefer to read the magazine online but not inworld, there are choices. Firstly, there’s the wonderful Calaméo system, which allows you to moves smoothly through the pages, giving you the feeling of reading a real magazine. You’ll find Issue 51 here – and please do leave a comment!

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 - April 2014 - Games People Play

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 – April 2014 – Games People Play

But, if you like to download your magazines to read as you commute to work, or in the bath, or wherever, you can also download a pdf of the magazine from Calameo – or print it out!.

You can get the latest issue inworld – and copies of all our earlier issues too – at our head offices at Sund in Second Norway.  It has a great cafe to relax in while you’re reading the latest issue too!

We also have subscribe-o-matic kiosks throughout Second Life – so you can just click to subscribe. You’ll be sent a copy of the latest issue, and then you’ll receive your issues regularly!

Or you can have it delivered to you each month as an IntelliBook, by joining the Prim Perfect Readers group inworld. It costs nothing to join and, apart from delivering the magazine each month, we won’t overload you with chat or messages!

In addition to delivering the Intellibook version of the magazine, you’ll also get a link to the online Calaméo version of the magazine, so you’ll be able to access that too.

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 - April 2014 - Romantic Places

Prim Perfect: Issue 51 – April 2014 – Romantic Places

How to Join Prim Perfect Readers

  • Inworld, open Search.
  • Search Groups for Prim Perfect Readers.
  • Click to join

So … enjoy! And let us know what you think of our new edition!

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A Petrovsky Flux

A Petrovsky Flux

  A Petrovsky Flux is gorgeous and the work of two great artists – Cutea Benelli and blotto Epsilon.  Definitely one of the highlights of Second Life.

I love Cutea’s work and own many of her weird and wonderful creations. I wore one of her spooky dresses recently in a short film I made (as part of an ongoing film course). I particularly love the way she combined elegance with … skulls. It’s very Cutea.

I’m delighted that A Petrovsky Flux provides a platform for her work (and I hope that people who see it will also go on to explore – and shop from – the remarkable emporium that is Grim Bros.

A Petrovsky Flux

A Petrovsky Flux

Ziki Questi has written about the sim before, and has revisited it recently, and shares the sad news that it may be about to close very shortly. Do read her posts – she highlights some of the cool things you can do there.

However …

It’s harsh but true. Linden Lab are our platform providers, not our archivists. They cannot save every sim that has outstanding beauty or artistic interest. If A Petrovsky Flux is to be saved, then, if the University of Kansas needs to step back, it must be the community who judges it worth saving – and pays to sponsor it.

A Petrovsky Flux

A Petrovsky Flux

It would not be impossible for a group of concerned residents to form a trust, perhaps each paying 5 dollars a month towards the cost of the sim. Or donating an article to be sold on Marketplace in support of the sim. Or organising an event once a month that would raise money towards keeping the sim going.

Keeping sims like A Petrovsky Flux alive is NOT Linden Lab’s’ responsibility. It is ours.

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Passage by Ama Avro

Passage by Ama Avro

The Freedom Project is a 2D/3D Art & Film Event organized jointly by the University of Western Australia, along with members of the Virtual Ability Group, and the Centre for ME/CFS and Other Invisible Illnesses Group in Second Life.  Residents have created an artwork or a film/machinima or in fact a personal story on the theme of ‘Freedom’, showing how virtual worlds have in some way helped them or those around them.

Freedom of Creativity by Barry Richez

Freedom of Creativity by Barry Richez

The organisers invite you to feel free to come visit and take in all the wonderful creations anytime at the UWA Virtual Gallery.

FREEDOM PROJECT CREATIONS (Name, Artist Location, Artwork, SLURL for artwork)
Alysabelle Resident  (Eastern USA) -    My story (text)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/67/71/248

Ama Avro (Strasbourg, France) -  Passage

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/100/71/248

Bamboo Barnes (Osaka, Japan) -  Cold lights

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/80/47/248

Bamboo Barnes (Osaka, Japan) – Show me the place

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/73/46/248

Barbie Alchemi/Fran Serenade/Draxtor Despres  (USA) -  We Can Learn & Grow & Heal Together  (Machinima/Film)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/229/45/234

http://uwainsl.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/freedom-project-submission-we-can-learn.html?showComment=1390661852530

Barry Richez (Toulouse, France) – Freedom of Creativity

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/194/113/248

iSkye Silverweb (Green Bay, Wisconsin,  USA) – Speechless Freedom

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/186/29/248

Jesse Keyes  (Dawsonville, Georgia, USA) -   The Time Machine

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/35/46/248

The Time Machine - Jesse Keyes

The Time Machine – Jesse Keyes

Johnny Lane (Salem, Missouri, USA)  -   Eat Soon

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/99/103/248

Johnny Lane   (Salem, Missouri, USA)  – Japanese Macaque

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/98/91/248

Johnny Lane (Salem, Missouri, USA)  – The Calm Dreamer

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/110/93/248

Johnny Lane (Salem, Missouri, USA)  – Vincent’s Mountains

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/109/104/248

Krystali Rabeni (Blackpool, England) -  A Helping Hand

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/24/84/248

Mathilde Vhargon (England) – Dancing With Impediments

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/52/58/248

Megadeus  (Tampa Bay Area, Florida, USA) – Mental Prison

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/15/59/248

Miranda [p3n3lop3] (Perth, AUstralia) -  Dance in Stasis

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/38/59/248

Miso Susanowa  (Ohio, USA) – Big Winter

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/166/111/248

Misprint Thursday (USA) – Goodnight Lights

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/210/73/248

Pale Illusion  (Berlin, Germany) – GID (Gender identity disorder)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/125/79/248

ParkArt Collaborative (Multiple Locations) – ParkArt Gallery (Multimedia)
- DB Bailey (Tennessee, USA)
- SolasNaGealai
- Brenda Brody
-Tray Rivera
- Barbie Alchemi/Fran Serenade (USA)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/205/41/248

Roc Furse (Den Bosch,  Netherlands)   – Escape

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/143/114/248

Roiben Sweetwater  (North Georgia, USA) – Alice

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/152/76/248

Roiben Sweetwater  (North Georgia, USA) – The Many Sides Of Me

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/145/76/248

Roman Godde (Canada/North Carolina, USA) -  Beauty In Darkness

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/78/56/248

Roman Godde  (Canada/North Carolina, USA) – Silent Night

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/69/57/248

Ronin1 Shippe (New Mexico, USA) – Elephant With Flower

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/178/89/248

Ronin1 Shippe (Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA) – Coyote

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/189/89/248

Ronin1 Shippe (Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA) – Orange Planes

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/191/77/248

Ronin1 Shippe (Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA) – Three Musicians

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/180/76/248

Cyberwings by Willothewisp

Cyberwings by Willothewisp

Roxie Marten (Detroit, Michigan, USA) – Gaze Upon The World

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/222/32/248

Secret Rage (Dallas, Texas, USA) – I Choose Freedom

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/133/51/248

Sheba Blitz (Northern Rivers, NSW) – Circle of Freedom

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/45/17/248

Slatan Dryke (Milan, Italy) – Yonder

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/71/24/248

Starheart Erdhein (Kaua’i, Hawaii, USA) -  Mandala Dance (machinima)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/64/80/248

http://uwainsl.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/freedom-project-machinima-submission.html

Talia Sunsong  (Berkeley, California, USA) – Freedom Flight

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/173/53/248

Tarquin Evermore (Kansas, USA) – Lotus of Enlightenment

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/143/103/248

Traskin Snakeankle (Northern California, USA) – Lifeline

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/14/104/248

Wally (Souteast USA)  -  Sky Populus

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/53/49/248

Willo (Tasmania, Australia)  – Cyberwings

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/19/26/248

Xia  Firethorn (Warwickshire, UK) – My Body is a Cage

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UWA/43/81/248

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Designing Worlds’ visit to the beautiful Dreamscenes is now on the web.

In this latest episode, we explore the Dreamscenes. Kayle Matzerath of Garden of Dreams has been creating his amazing Dreamscenes – a portable and expandable system of stunningly designed skyboxes – and landscapes for a number of years, and we have featured some of these as settings for shows.

In the Atelier, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In the Atelier, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

His ability to move with the times and incorporate new ideas and developments in the platform has led to his latest creation (which I wrote about earlier in the year) the Atelier. And there’s a special surprise to be glimpsed through the windows here for all steampunk fans!

We also look at Kayle’s stunning work for Fantasy Faire.

The Library - another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Library – another Dreamscene created by Kayle Matzerath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Pallina60 Loon has produced a beautiful video about One Billion Rising for Justice in Second Life.

The first half features some of the stunning art installations, while the second half looks at people joining the event.

It’s a great tribute to the event – don’t miss it!

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