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Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 26th June, for today’s episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we watch again a favourite episode of the show!

Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Guess where? – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

What will it be? Well, there’s a clue in the title to this post – and another clue in the picture here … but to find out which episode we’ve chosen, you’ll have to come and join the viewing party at 2pm!

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All images by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA4 - Poetry of the planets - Mercury

LEA4 – Poetry of the planets – Mercury

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a visit the Linden Endowment for the Arts – is now on the web!

The Linden Endowment for the Arts (known as the LEA) is a group of 29 regions, donated by Linden Lab to the residents for the promotion of the arts on the grid, and managed by residents. There are two groups of regions – the Core Regions, which consist of nine regions that are generally occupied for three months at a time (although people can occupy them for shorter periods or apply for extensions), and twenty AIR Regions (or Artist in Resident Regions) which are granted to residents for a six month period.

Currently, applications are open for Round 13 of the AIR Land Grants (they close on May 3oth). That means that if you would like a full prim region on which you can build an installation, you can find out more and apply here.

LEA15 - Gardens By the Bay

LEA15 – Gardens By the Bay

So, in this episode, Designing Worlds takes a trip to the LEA to see what sort of installations and events people have used their LEA land grants to create.

Firstly, we travelled to the gateway region of LEA3 before exploring The Anthropic Principle, one of two fantastic installations created by Gem Preiz. Then we saw film and photos of a range of other installations (captured, of course, by Wildstar Beaumont!) before visiting the installation the Poetry of the Planets created by Caledonia Skytower.

LEA14 - Fragments of a Forest

LEA14 – Fragments of a Forest

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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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One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 6th March, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be returning to a very special event that happened last month – the 14th February One Biillion Rising in Second Life.

We will be exploring the making of the OBR video. the work of the group 2Lei (a regular partner in OBR), as well as the poetry, the art and the dance events.

Our guests include Samantha Ohrberg, AvaJean Westland, Kess Krystal, Rubin Mayo, Adele Ward, Judi Newall, Aelva, Stevie Basevi, Tea Gupte, Akay Utu, and a whole host of OBR volunteers and attendees!

Join us for a fascinating show at 2pm SLT.

One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist 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, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And please make sure you read about the special initiative to support Elicio Ember – Filling the Cauldron!

 

 

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Casa – the new initiative for homes and gardens – opens today – and you can see the Designing Worlds show about it on the web!

Created by Reven Rosca of PRIME and Meshopotamia, and Kaerri Rae of Kaerri launched Casa today, Friday 1st August 2014, with a collection of high end stores and designs in the Home and Garden market, as well as the work of several artists.

And there will be a Grand Opening Party on Saturday 2nd August at 2pm at Casa.

Casa

Casa

Make sure you watch the show too – where you can see what Cain Maven’s new home on Casa looks like furnished, according to some of the ideas discussed on the show, as we explore how we can define quality in a virtual market. And we learn more about mesh templates and how they can be used in building. And there are some thoughts on the gacha phenomenon too – which will be the subject of an article in the next issue of Prim Perfect – part of our exciting relaunch (of which more soon!).

Casa

Casa

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News from the University of Western Australia:

Transcending Borders Poster UWA 2014 3D Art

Transcending Borders Poster UWA 2014 3D Art

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is happy to announce the launch of MachinimUWA VII and the 5th UWA Grand Art Challenge, with a starting prize pool of L$505,000 each. The theme is ‘TRANSCENDING BORDERS.’ Sponsored by Tom Papas & SciFi Film Festival, LaPiscean Liberty & SL Artist, AviewTV, Taralyn Gravois and Arts Castle Gallery, TheDoveRhode and Peace is a Choice and S&S Gallery of Fine SL Art, Jon Stubbs & UWA Student Services, as well as The UWA Virtual Worlds Project. The prize pool sits at L$1,030,000 (approx USD 4,000). We hope you are inspired by this to create many wondrous works of art and film as you have been through the years! (Please note the major rule & special prize guidelines as well as the Audience Participation Prizes for watching the machinima.)

WHAT:
MachinimUWA VI Film Challenge & 5th UWA Grand Art Challenge. You may enter either the art challenge, the film challenge or both.

WHEN:
Entries Close at Midnight SLT 31st October 2014.  Winner will be announced in December 2014

THEME:
The theme is ‘TRANSCENDING BORDERS.’ Artists & filmmakers can interpret the theme as they see fit. Whether transcending borders between time and space, past and present, one nation and another, one language and another, a culture or civilisation or any other of the innumerable borders that present themselves as we navigate our lives. You the artist… You the machinimatogrpher…You decide.

WHY THIS THEME?
This theme was selected by Professor Ted Snell, Chairman Director of the Cultural Precinct, UWA and who inspired the very first of the UWA art challenges in 2009. This theme is in honour of the ‘Transcending Borders’ exhibition at UWA’s Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery in 2014. This exhibition gave visual form to the developing cross-cultural relationship between South Korea and Western Australia using The Berndt Museum‘s collection of historical objects from Korea as a catalyst for cultural exchanges and collaboration.

MAJOR RULES FOR ART:
Artwork entered should be able to be interpreted by the casual viewer as being representative of the theme. Where the link to the theme is difficult to ascertain, this should be referenced in a notecard accompanying the work.

There is a 150 LI (land impact) limit with a limit of 1 entry per artist.

Copy/Mod/Transfer permissions are not a requirement, however COPY perms are appreciated.

MAJOR RULES FOR MACHINIMA:
There is no limit to the number of entries you may choose to send in.

The theme is ‘Transcending Borders’ and you may interpret this theme as you see fit, however the average viewer would need to be able to appreciate how you fit this theme (alternatively, please indicate in the notes how it fits in the film notes on the web).

Your machinima must be made specifically for this challenge, and this should be indicated in the opening credits ‘For The University of Western Australia’s MachinimUWA VII: Transcending Borders’

You do not have to film on the UWA sims, however this of course will be appreciated, and there is a Special UWA Prize which will be made available to a film which includes either Winthrop Clock Tower, The Somerville Auditorium or The Sunken Gardens.

4 mins 30 seconds is the strongly recommended maximum length, but this is not a hard rule.

PRIZES:
There is a prize pool of L$1.03 Million, with a L$500,000 each for art and machinima and at least 10 prizes in each. For Machinima, there will be a Special UWA Prize for the best machinima that includes Winthrop Clock Tower, The Sunken Gardens or the Sommerville Theatre in the Machinima. There will also be 2 Curators Prizes, one each for art and film. For the Curators machinima prize, this will go to the best film that features one of the artworks from either the current challenge or one of the winning works from previous UWA art challenges.

There are also audience participation awards for just watching the machinimas and submitting a top 10 list.

See full details here.

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – wherein we pay the last of our two visits to the amazing SL11B Community Celebration – is now on the web!

This week we explored some of the resident builds – and also the amazing Welcome Area created by Donpatchy Dagostino – who talked about his fantastic build. We also met Tutsy Narathava, machinima artist and SL11B CC exhibitor and Harper Beresford, Website and Social Media Lead for SL11B CC who talked about their installation, created around the machinima that Tutsy has created for the Homeless propject, to littlepeppergirl and Red krasnirex who spoke about about their beautiful Belljar, to Nber Medici about her fun tugboats, and to DJ Larretronix, about his amazing Fun House.

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And there was a look at the builds produced by the different branches of Prim Perfect – the Happy Hunting! site, the Blackened Mirror and the Prim Perfect build itself, as well as the opportunity to see more of the builds as captured by the camera of Wildstar Beaumont!

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Resident Builds at SL11B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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