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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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Designing Worlds’ visit to the fascinating project at the University of Arkansas region that recreates Johnny Cash‘s boyhood home, as part of a broader look at the effects of the Depression in the state, and some of the routes from the rural poverty that began there.

Painter Merriman, the well-known designer, has created many of the builds here, and he takes us through many of these as we explore a really fascinating social history project, learning not only about Johnny Cash’s boyhood home, but also about the New Deal community of Dyess and the Southern Tenant Farmers Union (which now houses the Southern Tenant Famers Museum).

Johnny Cash' boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Johnny Cash’s boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

You can read more about it on Painter’s own website.

The Sourthern Tenant Farmers Museum, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Designing Worlds’ visit to the amazing Trade Winds – and its crew of rascally pirates – in now on the web!

Join us as we sail the seas (and drink in the taverns) with the magnificent pirates of the Trade Winds!

We talk to some of the pirates and boat-builders active in the Trade Winds, including Blithe Binder, Kirsten Blackheart, MizLucie Winterwolf, Karnac Binder, GM Nikolaidis, Evvva Viper, Amber Murfin, Flops, Paddy SaltyDog Goldsworthy and tessa Vespucciano, and are entertained by the fantastic Deelah Halostar.

Trade Winds - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Trade Winds – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

We learn about the pirates, the Trade Winds, the history of pirates in the Caribbean, the wonderful craft they sail in – and we get to take part in a battle too!

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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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Designing Worlds’ show about SL Go is now on the web!

This show comes in two parts. In the segment listed above (the regular Designing Worlds show), we talk to Nate Barsetti, Senior Manager, Customer Relations, OnLive, and also Danger Linden, aka Don Laabs, Senior Director of Product at Linden Lab. We’ll also be showing how SL Go works in different formats.

Then you can see the live discussion that followed the main part of the show, where Nate answered questions from the audience about issues such as pricing, and how using SL Go would affect issues with lag at popular events such as Relay for Life or Burn 2.

Nate Barsetti and Danger Linden will be discussing SL Go on today's special Designing Worlds show

Nate Barsetti and Danger Linden will be discussing SL Go on today’s special Designing Worlds show

It’s important to remember that this is an OnLive initiative, developed in co-operation with Linden Lab, but not a Linden Lab product. When I spoke to Danger Linden, Head of Product at the Lab, he said he saw it as more analogous to Linden Lab working with a third party viewer. Watch the show – and the discussion – to find out more!

This show will be shown again at our regular time of 2pm on Monday 10th March, with a viewing party in our Garden of Dreams studio.

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Designing Worlds’ final visit to the wonderful dieselpunk Seraph City is now on the web!

This, sadly, really is the last chance to see the city as it closes on March 16th, and many of the iconic buildings have already closed.

We toured some of these beautiful buildings– and also talked about how episodes of The Blackened Mirror were filmed there – and were the basis of some popular games during the first season of the show.

The Streets of Seraph City - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Streets of Seraph City – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Zander Greene (in real life Scott Simpson) who plays Harland Quinn in the popular series said of the closure:

Worlds come and go. Occasionally they endure long enough and embody a meaning deep enough that they leave indelible marks on those who are fortunate enough to have known them. Seraph City is such a realm. To have been a part of its lore, if only briefly, is a great honor. And on behalf of Harland Quinn I must add this: “Thanks, Seraph. For a safe haven. For the closest thing I’ll ever have to a home.”

This is a show you won’t want to miss!

Seraph City - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Seraph City – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Designing Worlds show about the wonderful One Billion Rising event is now on the web!

We talk to Victor Mornington, who created the fabulous stage, to Taralyn Gravois, who curated the fantastic art installations, to Samantha Ohrberg, who organised the amazing music programme, to JuJu Apollo Starr, the stage manager lead, and to Jilly Kidd, who organised the poetry sessions. And we learn more about some of the individual art installations with artists Mikati Slade, Krystali Rabeni, Reuben Mayo, Finn Lanzius and Betty Tureaud.

The Stage at One Billion Rising

The Stage at One Billion Rising

We also something more of the live event – both the musical side, and the poetry sessions as well. It’s a great show – don’t miss it!

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Waterfall on Oubliette

Waterfall on Oubliette

Join us today, Monday 17th February at 2pm at the Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party for a belated Valentine’s Day treat as Designing Worlds takes a trip to the stunningly lovely regions of Oubliette and Ode.

We’ll be talking to Saiyge Lotus as we explore the  gorgeous regions she has created, with Elizabeth Tinsley and other friends, and we’ll be seeing the Oubliette in different seasons too.  There will even be the opportunity for Saffia to indulge her inner mermaid!

Beautiful Oubliette

Beautiful Oubliette

Or you can watch the show here on the web.

You can also see this episode on Treet.TV and on Aview.TV as part of their Designing Worlds pages.

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Designing Worlds visits New Babbage – and what can possibly go wrong with that?

Well, quite a lot – as Saffia and Elrik discover when Mr Merlin takes tea with a certain Dr Jekyll …

The aftermath of tea with Dr Jekyll

The aftermath of tea with Dr Jekyll

But not to worry, for Miss Widdershins and Mr Mornington are on the trail with the aid of a trusty (if somewhat reluctant) Mr Biggins*.

But all is not quite what it appears …

It’s a Christmas special with the addition of Mr Biggins, Mr Victor1st Mornington (as themselves) and Mr Da5id Abbot as Dr Jekyll.  Plus some rather wonderful horses … Kalypso Whitesong, Betta Zapp. Dancer Inglewood and Chaerry Lastchance, trained by Miss H0neyheart Resident.

A Winter Journey to New Babbage!

A Winter Journey to New Babbage!

This show can also be viewed on Treet TV at: http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds/episodes/dr-jekyll-mr-merlin

and on Aview TV at:http://aviewtv.com/videos/51902/dr-jekyll-and-mr-merlin-hd-by-elrik-merlin

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* This is believed to be Mr Jebediah Biggins as his brother Odadiah has got himself mixed up with some very strange types, currently to be seen in the series The Blackened Mirror!

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Designing Worlds’ recent show with our visit to the world of dinosaurs is now on the web!

Join us as we explore a world given over to these amazing creatures and talking to their creator, Wanders Nowhere, who gives us a tour of the landscape and of the fantastic avatars he has created – including a new range in mesh.

A primeval landscape

A primeval landscape

But the construction of these creatures isn’t the only remarkable thing about them – as we discovered when we explored the potential of the fantastic HUD that drives them.

One of the dinosaurs of Fort Nowhere

One of the dinosaurs of Fort Nowhere

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