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The Elements exhibition

The Elements exhibition

A message came to us from the LunaMar Performing Arts, The Spirit Light Galleries:

Why did we never see an arts event in Second Life that combines dance with an exhibition of RL paintings, sculptures, poetry, and creations of digital art?

Well the opportunity is now here!

Fire

Fire

 The Spirit Light Dance Company is a Second Life group of dancers with a really outstanding dance repertoire attended by a large audience from all over Second Life and the world. They will give a performance with the theme “The Four Elements:  Fire, Earth, Water and Air”

In collaboration with this, we organized an arts exhibit with the same theme The Four Elements. Specially for that purpose, a beautiful gallery has been created to display artwork and poetry panels by SL creators using this theme. There are 4 pavilions decorated into one of the Elements in which art of 23 artists is displayed. Well known artists as well as new residents who never have exhibited before. Special and not often seen in SL is that a lot of poems are also displayed .We can conclude that art in all it forms are connected in this special exhibition.

Earth

Earth

On Saturday and Sunday March 23rd – 24th, the really breathtaking performance of the Four Elements by the Spirit Light Dance Group under the direction of Caryl Meridith will be performed.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS (in alphabetic order)
Alesia Barbosa
Asmita Duranjaya
Bella Larkspur
Caryl Meridith
Elin Egoyan
JudiLynn India
Jullianna Juliesse
June Faramore
Karli Daviau
Kylie Angel
Luna Branwen
Margaj
Mathilde Vhargon
Mik Frequency
Milly Sharple
Monroe Snook
Rosedrop Rust
Sarafina Destiny
Simonetta Martella2
Treacle Darlandes
Tuatha Tread Softly (rivereden)
Ub Yifu
Una Milena

 

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Junkyard Blues

Junkyard Blues

Today’s jigsaw forms an interesting link between yesterday’s blogpost and today’s Designing Worlds show.

The image is from Junkyard Blues, that great blues venue where you can hear awesome music and dance the night away (whatever timezone you are in). So there’s a link with our plans for a huge dance party to celebrate One Billion Rising.

However, sadly, Junkyard Blues has recently been the target of some particularly vicious griefing attacks, which have been carried out by people who have tried to extort money. A protection racket, in other words. I blogged about that – as did many other fantastic bloggers. Now Kiff Clutterbuck and Dina Perry, owners of Junkyard Blues, will be on today’s Designing Worlds show to talk about their experiences – along with other guests.

There’ll be more details about the show later today, so watch this space!

In the meantime, let’s do a jigsaw!

Click to Mix and Solve

Junkyard Blues, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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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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Circe on her beloved Laurel Arts Isle

Circe on her beloved Laurel Arts Isle

Circe Broom, the owner and creator of the beautiful Egyptian-themed Laurel Arts Isle and a long-time supporter of the Arts in Second Life – especially music and poetry – has died. The woman behind the avatar has passed away after a long illness.

Crap Mariner, who knew her well, has posted a short and beautiful tribute on his blog – and examples of Circe’s own 100 word stories.

Circe in her Temple on Laurel Arts Isle

Circe in her Temple on Laurel Arts Isle

I had visited Laurel Arts Isle for events a few times, but I first met Circe properly at the beginning of this year when we decided to feature the Isle and her work in a Designing Worlds show. She spoke on the show about the struggle to keep music venues open in Second Life in the face of high tier and dwindling returns. She also spoke to us about the difficulties of doing this with failing health.  What came shining through was her love of music, her love of Second Life, and above all her zest for life and her determination.

Sadly, shortly after the show was filmed, she had to give up the Isle. That wasn’t the end of her work and support for the Arts, though. She continued to work with and for poets and musicians in Second Life, even when she was resident in a hospice as the end drew near.

Memorial for Circe at Circe's New Poets Sanctuary, New Brighton

Memorial for Circe at Circe’s New Poets Sanctuary, New Brighton

The last time I saw her in the Pixel was at SL9B. The Egyptian stage there was intended, in part, as a tribute to Circe and her work in promoting Second Life music and musicians.  We hoped she would be around to see it – and she was.  Seeing Circe running up and down the dunes in KT Syakumi’s awesome desert, and her excitement as she found more and more treasures, was one of the real joys of SL9B for me.

The Desert Stage at Sl9B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Desert Stage at Sl9B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We spoke after that, and I knew that the diagnosis was terminal, and that the end would not be long.  And now it has come. For me, as for so many of Circe’s many friends, the news that this vital vibrant woman is no longer with us is profoundly sad.

Here is Circe on Designing Worlds, talking about her beloved Laurel Arts Isle:

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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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This exciting episode of Metaverse Arts is now on the web, as MVA Host, Gwen Carillon, interviews the renowned steampunk musicians of Steam Powered Giraffe and talented steampunk artist Destany Laval of UnZipped.

Not only that, but Steam Powered Giraffe play live in the studio. You can learn more about this amazing steamppunk band here- and buy their DVD!

Steampunk Giraffe perform on Metaverse Arts

Steam Powered Giraffe perform on Metaverse Arts

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Metaverse Arts with Seampunk Giraffe

Metaverse Arts Host Gwen Carillon with Seam Powered Giraffe

Please join us today in the Designing Worlds Studio in Garden of Dreams at 12 noon, Sunday 13th May, for  an exclusive viewing of Metaverse Arts’ latest episode on Treet TV.

Destany Laval

Destany Laval

MVA Host, Gwen Carillon, interviews the renowned steampunk musicians of Steam Powered Giraffe and talented steampunk artist Destany Laval of UnZipped.

The world of Second Life  welcomes Real Life Steampunk! You don’t want to miss this one!

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/metaverse-arts – our very own version of the iPlayer!

Special thanks to Aisling Sinclair, for her contributions to this show!

Steampunk Giraffe perform on Metaverse Arts

Steam Powered Giraffe perform on Metaverse Arts

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Dancing at the Prim Perfect Party

Dancing at the Prim Perfect Party

We had a wonderful party last night – and it was lovely that so many friends and colleagues dropped in.  So today’s jigsaw’s (hey, it’s Sunday, you can have two!) come from last night’s celebrations, and were captured by Petlove Petshop.

The first one shows a group of us dancing – Ceejay Writer, Dellybean North (in the background), Aisling Sinclair, Maxwell Graf and Saffia Widdershins at our Head Offices in Costa Rica.  The second shows some of us again, and other people, listening to the wonderful Voodoo Shilton who played a gorgeous set.

Listening to Voodoo Shilton

Listening to Voodoo Shilton

The other two artists were CECI Dover and Am Quar – both of whom were wonderful; Costa Rica organised the party, and not only found us great musicians, they also arranged a brilliant soundscape of artists, each different, and each supplying a different mood for the hour, which made the party a terrific experience for those who were there for the full three hours.

Oh, you missed it? Well, never mind – we’re doing it all again later today … in a slightly different form.  At 12 noon there will be a rather special beach party on a specially reserved beach – make sure you join us for that!  Details will appear on the blog shortly.

So here is the first jigsaw (it’s a standard 67 piece to get you warmed up):

Dancing at Prim Perfect's Fifth Birthday Party in Costa Rica: photograph by Petlove Petshop

Dancing at Prim Perfect’s Fifth Birthday Party in Costa Rica: photograph by Petlove Petshop

And here is the second (this time a 51 one piece crazy – which I find much tougher!

Listening to Voodoo Shilton at Prim Perfect's Fifth Birthday Party in Costa Rica: photograph by Petlove Petshop

Listening to Voodoo Shilton at Prim Perfect’s Fifth Birthday Party in Costa Rica: photograph by Petlove Petshop

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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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