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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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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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Dancing at LEA 15

Dancing at LEA 15

Today we are releasing the video for One Billion Rising in Second Life, and when you watch it, you’ll see that we visited some pretty amazing locations!

One that got all the participants excited was the Art installation we chose – which was Gracie Kendal’s Ce n’est pas une peinture on LEA15. The dancers changed into the skins that Gracie provided, and the special hair designed by Fuschia Nightfire – and danced on the water level. It made for a fantastic segment!

Here’s some background information:

GRACIE KENDAL also know as Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles, California. For over 14 years, she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world.

Gracie Kendal's Ce n'est pas une peinture at LEA 15

Gracie Kendal’s Ce n’est pas une peinture at LEA 15

Whether virtual or physical, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence.Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal. She documents this experience on her blog.

Gracie Kendal's Ce n'est pas une peinture at LEA 15

Gracie Kendal’s Ce n’est pas une peinture at LEA 15

http://www.kristineschomaker.net/http://1000avatars.wordpress.com/

http://graciekendal.wordpress.com/

kristinelschomaker@yahoo.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KristineSchomaker
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/GracieKendal

And now … let’s do a jigsaw, taken from the video One Billion Rising in Second Life!

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Dancing in Gracie Kendal’s Ce n’est pas une peinture at LEA 15

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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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Just when you think you’ve heard it all… Hosts Saffia and Elrik explore an amazing new region created to demonstrate the potential and possibilities of sound in Second Life.

Of Sound Mind is an installation – more properly a series of installations – that references primarily sounds. It’s the creation of Lorin Tone and Friends (said friends including Glyph Graves, Madcow Cosmos, emSynth, Mia Anais, Meriadne Merlin, P4ndor4 Quintessa, Marcus Parrott, Judi Newall, Chantal Harvey and Cube Republic). There’s a wealth of different environments and sounds to explore – instruments to interact with … and, actually, some stunning things to see, ranging from a spooky cave to a giant musical castle in the air, from a Hindu temple with a wealth of musical instruments to an amazing total windsculpture by Glyph Graves.

Of Sound Mind - there's a wealth of sounds here!

Of Sound Mind – there’s a wealth of sounds here!

Designing Worlds explores as many of these as we can fit into the show, as well as talking to Lorin Tone and some of the creators such as Glyph Graves, emSynth, and Meriadne Merlin and – hopefully – inspiring you to pay a visit yourselves!

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A chance to try out a range of instruments ...

A chance to try out a range of instruments …

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 3rd December, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams where we’ll be exploring the an amazing new region, created to demonstrate the potential and possibilities of sound in Second Life. And it’s a huge amount of fun too!

Of Sound Mind - there's a wealth of sounds here!

Of Sound Mind – there’s a wealth of sounds here!

Usually one goes to LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts) sims to see the creations of Second Life’s best known (and sometimes newly discovered) artists. Many will offer a high level of interactivity in their creations – some will offer sound as part of this.But Of Sound Mind goes further. It’s an installation – more properly a series of installations – that references primarily sounds. It’s the creation of Lorin Tone and Friends (said friends including Glyph Graves, Madcow Cosmos, Inventor Alchemi, Mia Anais, Meriadne Merlin, P4ndor4 Quintessa, Marcus Parrott, Judi Newall, Chantal Harvey and Cube Republic). There’s a wealth of different environments and sounds to explore – instruments to interact with … and, actually, some stunning things to see, ranging from a spooky cave to a giant musical castle in the air, from a Hindu temple with a wealth of musical instruments to an amazing total windsculpture by Glyph Graves.

Sculpture by Glyph Graves at Of Sound Mind

Sculpture by Glyph Graves at Of Sound Mind

We’ll be exploring as many of these as we can fit into the show, talking to Lorin Tone and some of the creators such as Glyph Graves, emSynth, and Meriadne Merlin and – hopefully – inspiring you to pay a visit yourselves!

All this makes for a fascinating show – so make sure that you don’t miss it! Do come and join us at 2pm!

A cave full of spooky sounds ...

A cave full of spooky sounds …

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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Of Sound Mind

Of Sound Mind

Today Designing Worlds is paying a visit to the new LEA sim created by Lorin Tone and (a very impressive bunch of) Friends, and so it seemed appropriate that our jigsaw should be drawn from that.

And, with all the amazing quirks and surprises – the weird and the wonderful and the just plain bonkers, it also seemed entirely appropriate that this jigsaw should be a crazy cut.

The show will be going out at 2pm and I’ll be saying more about it in a separate post later. But for now – enjoy the jigsaw!

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Of Sound Mind

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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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Sculpture by Glyph Graves at Of Sound Mind

Sculpture by Glyph Graves at Of Sound Mind

Usually one goes to LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts) sims to see the creations of Second Life’s best known (and sometimes newly discovered) artists.  Many will offer a high level of interactivity in their creations – some will offer sound as part of this.

Of Sound Mind - there's a wealth of sounds here!

Of Sound Mind – there’s a wealth of sounds here!

Now there comes an installation – more properly a series of installations – that references primarily sounds.  It’s called Of Sound Mind, and it’s the creation of Lorin Tone and friends (said friends including Glyph Graves, Madcow Cosmos, Inventor Alchemi, Mia Anais, Meriadne Merlin, P4ndor4 Quintessa, Marcus Parrott, Judi Newall, Chantal Harvey and Cube Republic).  There’s a wealth of different environments and sounds to explore – instruments to interact with … and, actually, some stunning things to see, ranging from a spooky cave to a giant musical castle in the air, from a Hindu te,ple with a wealth of musical instruments to an amazing total windsculpture by Glyph Graves.

Sculpture by Glyph Graves at Of Sound Mind

Sculpture by Glyph Graves at Of Sound Mind

And the whole environment has notecards and signs that explain what is going on – and who the people are who have created this.  It makes for a fascinating an informative visit.

The installation kicks off with a performance by the Second Life performance group DRUM on Saturday, 17 November at 2 PM SLT for the Sim opening party. A very exhausted Lorin Tone will be happy to show you around the builds and answer questions after the show.  Free beer and waffles.

On Monday, 19 November at Noon SLT:  Discussion on environmental sound effects in SL, hosted by the likely still exhausted Lorin Tone.

A chance to try out a range of instruments ...

A chance to try out a range of instruments …

And there will be more events to come. Lorin Tone says, “We’ve got a lot of time on our hands with this sim, and things will change as it goes along.  Expect other classroom discussions with well known builders, scripters, composers and musicians as well as numerous live performances.”

If you want to learn more about sound and music in Second Life, this is for you … or if you just want to explore a stunning land/soundscape.

A cave full of spooky sounds ...

A cave full of spooky sounds …

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Mary Wickentower has sent us the following information:

Thanks to a generous grant from the LEA Endowment for the Arts, Mary Wickentower, of  Polished Puppet Productions  launched  “Cinema!”  for the LEA Full SIM Art Series, running through the month of September.   “Cinema!”  is a  tribute to Machinima, and the talented movie makers, designers, creators and performers in SL. Hurry over and have a look before it comes to an end.

The Empire Cinema - a part of the !Cinema!" installation for the LEA

The Empire Cinema – a part of the “Cinema!” installation for the LEA

You can see a review of the show by Victoria Lenoirre  of the University of Western Australia here.

Mark your calendar for 12 o’clock NOON SLT on Sunday, September 30, 2012 when the master of Particle Performances, Spectr3 Belfire will headline the closing ceremonies for “Cinema!”  with his spectacular particle show.

About “Cinema!”
Take a trip down memory lane and take back the ambiance of an earlier time – a time of elegance, when going to the cinema was luxurious, and the theatres were grand places; huge and ornate with immense balconies, high domed ceilings, massive red carpeted staircases and décor that rivaled the Vatican. Their equally impressive facades dominated that landscape.  Even the cozy, smaller theatres had a rich character, where you could ease back in splendid surroundings and suspend all worries, leave you tribulations behind and enter a world of imagination.  And then there was the drive in movie – a culture all to itself.  The mammoth screen filled the sky, and you could hunker down with friends or family, cuddle in a fluffy blanket, and bury your head in a soft pillow, all in the comfort of your own car.

The real life movie cinemas of today are colorless and sterile places, much like the work cubical that we spend our lives in. They leave us hungering for a touch of class, a bit of chic. Come take back the ambiance.

La Paloma  - a part of the "Cinema!" installation for the LEA

La Paloma – a part of the “Cinema!” installation for the LEA

But there’s more.  Each of the spectacular theatres featured in “Cinema!” also showcases films from the best machinima in Second Life.  Relax in fabulous surroundings and watch films from LEA MOM; the 48 hour Machinima Film Fest; and the University of Western Australia’s MACHINIMUWA contests.

The panorama of “Cinema!” also features a cozy home-style dinner and vintage gas station, all set in a 1940-1950′s California landscape. Bring a bike, brig a car, bring your honey or best friend and share in the experience of “Cinema!” and take back the ambiance!

Theatres featured in “Cinema!”
Empire Movie Palace by Khan Omizu / [K.O.]

https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/KO-Empire-Movie-Palace-Boxed-Rezzer/3819139

Walk through the ticket office and enter the main lobby, and you will catch your breath as the beauty of this grand palace style theatre unfolds.  Rich marble, red and cream interior gives way to the grand carpeted, black marble and mahogany staircases which lead up to the highest tiers of private smoking rooms and elegant period bars.  Ease back in elegant surroundings of the tiered main floor, the balcony or private boxes and enjoy some of the finest films in second life. The experience is everything you hoped it would be and more.

La Paloma Theatre  by Hideo Inaka / E&D Designs

https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/ED-Designs-La-Paloma-Theatre/3384898

Richly art deco, this smaller scale, but still magnificent theatre is an invitation to chic ambiance. Loving attention to detail makes this award winning gem shine.  An animated ticket booth and a pair of sculpted, animated streetlights complete with moths add to the atmosphere. Custom textures add a note of elegance.  This design was awarded Second Place in the Fall 2011 Virtual Museum of Architecture Build-Off.

Drive-in Screen by Ethos Erlanger
The impressive Drive-in screen is a generous donation by Ethos Erlanger, “passionate” builder and resident of SL since 9/12/2006.

Mary Wickentower has been a Second Life resident since 2008, located in the snowlands of Sansara, mainland.  Mary is a poet/writer songwriter, artist, SL builder and machinimatographer, and owner of Wickentower Art and owner of the film production company, Polished Puppet Productions.  “Cinema!”  represents a collaboration of some of the finest designers, creators, builders, machinimatographers  in Second Life and is a tribute to their amazing talent.

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The second round of the LEA artist-in-residence programme will be closing this Wednesday, August 15, so there are just a few days left to see the fantastic builds this group of artists have created. And really, there is something for everyone here from dreamlike beauty to surreal landscapes. You might wish to simply explore on your own, or work your way through the list of all the open exhibits, with slurls, at the end of this post.

Wednesday is also the deadline for applications for the next round of land grants, and all levels of experience are invited to apply to be an LEA artist-in-residence. The application and guidelines can be found here.

Finally, there will be a closing party for the artists – and anyone else who would like to join – this Sunday at 10am SLT at LEA 4 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA4/82/113/20, with the “Ultimate Pink Floyd Virtual Reunion Concert”. The effects planned for this visual and aural masterpiece will blow you away and inundate your eyes and ears with entertainment candy.

So do plan to catch these exhibits before they disappear, and join in to celebrate the success of these fantastic artists!

CURRENT LEA ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE, CLOSING AUGUST 15TH
Photos Courtesy of PJ Trenton

Art Screamer: Markus Inkpen, ‘The Returning’
LEA17: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA17/229/33/23

Alana Pyara, ‘Mail Art’
LEA21: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA18/85/124/20

Arrehn Oberlander, ‘The Inspiring Orientation’
LEA26: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA26/125/132/21

Artistide Despres, ‘Huxley, Orwell & Ivory Towers’
LEA22: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA22/183/117/21

Pol Jarvinen, ‘Passages’
LEA25: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA25/134/125/26

Eupalinos Ugajin. ‘[Kou!]’
LEA23: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA23/131/121/110

Maya Paris, ‘Celebrity Blow Your Tits Off!’
LEA10: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA10/74/133/3407

mcarp Mavendorf/Aley Resident, ‘MCarp Land & Sea of Aley’
LEA11:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA11/134/179/44 – mcarp
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA11/117/101/22- Aley

Mikati Slade, ‘Pico Pico Life’
LEA19: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA19/79/181/21

Pirats Art Gallery
LEA28: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA28/134/175/22

Oberon Onmura, ‘Kinesis’
LEA20: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA20/24/244/24

Caerleon Isle at LEA 24
LEA24: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA24/215/132/52

Rod Mandel, ‘Variations of Incomplete Open Cubes’
LEA16: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA16/224/146/22

Sea Mizin, ‘Symbiont Host’
LEA27: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA27/150/236/54

Tony Resident/Xineohp Guisse, ‘Limina’
LEA18: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA18/85/124/20

typote Beck
LEA29: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA29/72/172/22

Tyrehl Byk, ‘Almost Flat Land’
LEA13: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA13/100/130/650

Yooma Mayo, ‘Dreaming Machine #1’
LEA15: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA15/223/20/22

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