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The Stage at One Billion Rising

The Stage at One Billion Rising

Join us today, Monday 24th February at 2pm at the Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams for a special viewing party of today’s Designing Worlds show as we take a look at the One Billion Rising event, held on Friday 14th February.

We’ll be talking 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’ll be learning more about the individual art installations with artists Mikati Slade, Krystali Rabeni, Reuben Mayo, Finn Lanzius and Betty Tureaud.

Installation at One Billion Rising by Krystali Rabelni

Installation at One Billion Rising by Krystali Rabelni

We’ll also be seeing something more of the live event – both the musical side, and the poetry sessions as well.

So … do join us at 2pm for a very special episode!

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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The Stage at One Billion Rising, photographed by Honour McMillan

The Stage at One Billion Rising, photographed by Honour McMillan

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 4th March, for our new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we take several peeks behind the scenes at how the event One Billion Rising in Second Life was created – and how the music video “Break the Chain” was created in Second Life as well!

We’ll be talking to Victor1st Mornington about how he created the amazing stage, to Judi Newall about how it felt o be there as a volunteer on the day.

The four-region stage at One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The four-region stage at One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And then we’ll be visiting the Dazzlers to talk to Pyper Diollinger and Tatiana Kurri about how they created the amazing dance that formed the core of the video, to Samantha Ohrberg about her wiork with sponsors and pulling the dance together, and to Petlove Petshop who filmed and edited it (with a little assistance!).  Petlove also talks about the challenges of streaming suych an event for a full twenty four hours, as she was the organiser of the Livestream team who made sure the whoile event was broadcast.

 The Dazzler Break the Chain - Image captured by Petlove Petshop

The Dazzler Break the Chain – Image captured by Petlove Petshop from the Second Life Break the Chain video

And we’ll be looking at the stunning art installations that were created for the event, and talking to two of the artists whose work was such a vital part of One Billion Rising – Em Larsson and Solkilde Auer. And we’ll also be taking a tour of many of the installations that were on display.

Solkilde Auer's Respawn at One Billion Rising in Second Life

Solkilde Auer’s Respawn at One Billion Rising in Second Life

It makes for a fascinating show – so do come and join us at 2pm.

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!

One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Tillie Ariantho

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Now available on the web – our latest episode, as we explore a new region with a decidedly Vintage Retro theme.

The name of the region is Old Time Prims (as the owner of the region, Mila Edelman, is also the owner of that well known vintage store), but it is also known as Vintage Retro. It is drawing together a wealth of vintage and retro commercial ventures – and some that actually cross boundaries into real life, as we discover on the show.

Vintage Retro - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Vintage Retro – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Modelled on a bustling vintage European city, with echoes of Munich, Vienna and Budapest, it provides an intriguing home for a number of stores and vintage locations.  Mila will be giving us a guided tour and an insight into how smaller stores with a strong theme can help one another – and themselves too!

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Now available on the web – our Christmas visit to Ballet Pixelle with extracts from their production of The Nut (based on The Nutcracker).

We talk to Inarra Saarinen, Artistic Director ofBallet Pixelle, Vivienne Darcy, Ballet Mistress and Company Coordinator and to members of the company as we learn about the challenges and triumphs of creating a virtual ballet company with dancers from all over the world – and then face the challenges of staging amazing ballets in a virtual world.

Ballet Pixelle - the Theatre

Ballet Pixelle – the Theatre

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Ballet Pixelle - the Theatre

Ballet Pixelle – the Theatre

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 17th December, for the last show in our current season of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams when we’ll be visitng Ballet Pixelle to learn about how they have created a virtual world ballet company in Second Life – and all about their Christmas production.

The Nut is based on The Nutcracker ballet, with music by Tchaikovsky, and is a standard part of Ballet Pixelle’s repertory – but each year something new is added – and this year is no exception!

Poster for The Nut

Poster for The Nut

We talk to Inarra Saarinen, Artistic Director of Ballet Pixelle, Vivienne Darcy, Ballet Mistress and Company Coordinator and to members of the company as we learn about the challenges and triumphs of staging amazing ballets in a virtual world.

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

And find out why Saffia is dressed as a Christmas Tree!

And find out why Saffia is dressed as a Christmas Tree!

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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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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