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SS Galaxy, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SS Galaxy, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – an important and timely discussion on preserving Second Life – is now on the web!

We’ll talk with guests Patch Linden, of Linden Lab; Ran Heinrichs of the University of Washington’s iSchool; Arik Metzger, the owner of Innsmouth; and Tymus Tenk, the co-owner of Calas Galadhon.

And we’ll be discussing the how and why of preserving iconic Second Life builds – and what, indeed, makes an iconic Second Life build.

Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Innsmouth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

What is Linden Lab’s role in this? Should they have a role? And what can residents on the grid do to preserve the places they love? Just how hard is it to preserve a beloved build?

Our guests discuss these issues and more, sharing their own experiences and their hopes too.

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It makes for a fastening show – make sure you take a look!

Designing Worlds is now on a break until the end of April when we’ll be returning with a show all about Fantasy Faire!

Svarga, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Svarga, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Our visit to the homage to the post World War Case Study Houses, with two of them being recreated in Second Life by the talented designer Painter Meriman is now on the web!

The Case Study Houses were experiments in American residential architecture sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, which commissioned major architects of the day to design and build inexpensive and efficient model homes for the United States residential housing boom caused by the end of World War II and the return of millions of soldiers. The core idea of a Case Study house was to hypothesize a modern household, elaborate its functional requirements, have an esteemed architect develop a design that met those requirements using modern materials and construction processes, and then to actually build the home. The houses were documented before, during and after construction for publication in Arts & Architecture.

Case Study House no 8 - The Eames House - interior

Case Study House no 8 – The Eames House – interior

Painter has created homages to two of these houses (both of which still exist in Pacific Palisades), the Entenza House (Case Study House No. 9) and the Eames House (Case Study House No.8). We will be looking at the buildings, and talking about the background to the Case Study Houses project – as well as taking a look at how this has inspired Painter’s latest home.

If you wpould like to learn more, you can see a short film made by the Eames family here.

Case Study House No 9 - The Entenza House

Case Study House No 9 – The Entenza House

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Case Study House no 8 - The Eames House

Case Study House no 8 – The Eames House

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 16th September for another episode of our new season of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, as we visit the homage to the post World War Case Study Houses, with two of them being recreated in Second Life by the talented designer Painter Meriman.

Case Study House no 8 - The Eames House - interior

Case Study House no 8 – The Eames House – interior

The Case Study Houses were experiments in American residential architecture sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, which commissioned major architects of the day to design and build inexpensive and efficient model homes for the United States residential housing boom caused by the end of World War II and the return of millions of soldiers. The core idea of a Case Study house was to hypothesize a modern household, elaborate its functional requirements, have an esteemed architect develop a design that met those requirements using modern materials and construction processes, and then to actually build the home. The houses were documented before, during and after construction for publication in Arts & Architecture.

Case Study House No 9 - The Entenza House

Case Study House No 9 – The Entenza House

Painter has created homages to two of these houses (both of which still exist in Pacific Palisades), the Entenza House (Case Study House No. 9, which can be seen here) and the Eames House (Case Study House No.8). We will be looking at the buildings, and talking about the background to the Case Study Houses project – as well as taking a look at how this has inspired Painter’s latest home.

It makes for a really fascinating show – so do come and watch it at 2pm!

Painter's new Case Study House-inspired Home

Painter’s new Case Study House-inspired Home

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – 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!

All images photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Post Architecture by Troy Vogel

Post Architecture by Troy Vogel

One of the builds that I have found most fascinating at this year’s Home and Garden Expo isTroy’s Vogel’s collapsed house. He calls it “post architecture”, and he’ll actually be talking about it on an upcoming Designing Worlds show.

Troy is most renowned for his Mission Style Furniture, and his design of elegant Mission-Style inspired homes, including the fabulous Odaesan House. But he has produced some stunning statement builds – his sim design won the Designer Award at last year’s Relay For Life Weekend, and there was also his beautiful 1930s design for Fashion for Life 2012 (Dreamseeker Volta).

On the outside the house is dramatically collapsed, folding into itself. But on the inside, it’s actually not just a plausible living space, it’s actually a beautiful and harmonious one too – as you can see.

Inside Post Architecture by Troy Vogel

Inside Post Architecture by Troy Vogel

It’s well worth a visit to Home Expo 6 to see.

But first, let’s do a jigsaw!

Click to Mix and Solve

Post Architecture by Troy Vogel

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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.

Check out our talks at the Home and Garden Expo – and don’t forget the beautiful lantern ceremony, every day at 4pm.

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Now available on the web – our latest episode, as we explore the architectural beauties and the seamy underbelly of 1020s Berlin.

While Saffia browses the high class shops in Unter den Linden and muses on the wealth of art, architecture and cinema, Elrik explores the alleys and shabby apartments that show vividly what life was like for ordinary people in the Weimar Republic, and in a city that was open to experimentation and innovation like no other. And, hand in hand with that, went the famed decadence of Berlin’s clubs …

1920s Berlin - looking down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate

1920s Berlin – looking down Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

It was a time of political upheaval too, and we catch glimpses of that – although the Nazis were still a comparatively small and disregarded faction, engaging in street fights with the Communists. But this was a society dancing on the edge …

Jo Yardley, the creator of 1920s Berlin, talks about all this and more as she gives them a fascinating guided tour of the region with a soundtrack of authentic music of the era. It’s an amazing show – don’t miss it!

Berlin, the Alexanderplatz - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Berlin, the Alexanderplatz – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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Invention/Reinvention
New work by emerging artists Jessica Belmer, Isla Gealach, Rikku Yalin
Private View today, 23 September 2010, 2-4pm
Avalon Arts Initiative
Music by DJ Walt Vieria

At long last, the Avalon Arts Initiative will reopen today in a new building designed by our competition winner, Winter Nightfire, with an aptly named exhibit Invention/Reinvention.

Avalon resident artist Winter Nightfire won the competition to build the new space earlier this year with this gorgeous open plan build that takes advantage of both virtual and virtuo-physical considerations of art viewing.

‘Woody Robot’ by Rikku Yalin. Image courtesy of FreeWee Ling, UWA.

The AAI continues its mission of giving exhibition space to emerging artists whose work shows considerable promise in using virtual media. While the three artists in this show are not new to SL, they are relatively fresh in using it to make works of art.

Those who have visited the LEA art sandbox might be familiar with the work of French artist Rikku Yalin, who has been leaving her rather delightful robots on view in the self-curating gallery. Yalin has been a sim designer for three years, creating atmospheric spaces such Amancio, Hope, and Cocoon. Yalin states that with her landscapes she likes to ‘create special and poetic atmosphere’, and that with her new venture into sculpture, she hopes to give a sense of life and emotion to her beautifully crafted automata.

Just off from her first exhibition, Jessica Belmer was originally showing her strangely beautiful images via flickr only. I stumbled across her work there, some of which subtly evoke the work of her German Surrealist namesake, Hans Bellmer (although in a decidedly less disturbing fashion).

‘Ghost Bride’ by Jessica Belmer.

The title for this exhibit was in fact inspired by the name Jessica chose for her own selections, ‘Reinvention’:

Reinvention.

During a conversation with a friend, she made the chance comment that she would rather be a character in a novel than a real person. I got to wondering just what the difference was.

Who do we think we are. In Second Life, The Self, that cherished idea of a unique personal identity, is also a blank page for truth and fiction. This creates an open-ended opportunity for intrigue and narrative that I try to exploit by making images. I hope my pictures blend and coalesce beauty and mystery with a dash of uneasiness, and serve as a nice reminder that appearances and narratives are deceiving and regardless of the virtual world we all participate in, we only have dominion over things of which we have direct sensual knowledge.

All my work functions and is steered within this narrative architecture.

jessica belmer

Finally, in perhaps what might be a surprising addition, I asked the incredibly talented Isla Gealach of Cheeky Pea to contribute a small selection of her virtual photography.

‘Self-portrait [A Rusted Development]’, by Isla Gealach.

While many Prim Perfect readers know Cheeky Pea (and Isla) for incredibly high-quality and beautiful virtual home and garden furnishings, creating images that reside more in the realm of art than design is a new foray for her. In fact, to me, there are many incredible designers who may not be considered to be ‘artists’ by the wider community (or even by themselves), but which to my eye make some truly stunning images and objects which certainly fall into that category. I hope that we can feature more of these creators in the future, to perhaps see them in a new light.

So please do join us today at 2pm for the opening of this strangely beautiful new exhibit, and an equally stunning new gallery.

Poster by PJ Trenton, with art by Jessica Belmer, Isla Gealach and Rikku Yalin.

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Nexus Prime

Nexus Prime

On Sunday night I went exploring a piece of Second Life’s ancient history.

Located on the region of Gibson, it towers into the sky, a style or architecture favoured by Mussolini (and grandiose dictators everywhere) like a cross between the film Brazil, the novel 1984 and the famous Apple Mac television commercial.  A little reading suggested that there were once dystopian slum quarters – those now seem to have been swept away, and Art Deco totalitarian chic remains.  And sewers.

Nexus Prim - exploring Windlight settings

Nexus Prime – exploring Windlight settings

Nexus Prime – for such is its name – seems to invite you to test out the most arcane and bizarre windlight settings. And then makes them look good. Or at least interesting.

Nexus Prim - exploring more Windlight settings

Nexus Prime – exploring more Windlight settings

The region has a long and tangled history (as many places devoted to role play seem to do).  But its origins seem to lie back in March 2003 and certainly its position and proximity to the most notorious of the much-griefed InfoHubs, Ahern, would suggest this.  In fact, there’s a draft plan for a Cyberpunk City by Bel Muse, dated March 2003 in the old archived Forums, and this would seem to have eolved into Nexus Prime.

Nexus Prime

Nexus Prime

Lal0 Telling has a fascinating post covering its history until November 2010, including the devastation that overtook it in 2008, which led to the rebuilding in what appears to be its cuurrent incarnation.

But since then, nothing.  The city stands quiet and open to explorers, mysterious, a little forbidding and very impressive.

Nexus Prime

Nexus Prime

Let’s do a jigsaw.

Nexus Prime

Nexus Prime

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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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