The most recent episode of the show is now available on the Designing Worlds website at the Treet TV archives – and can also be downloaded free of charge from iTunes.
This was a fascinating and very moving show as we visited Better World Island, to talk with its curator, Riversong Garden, and also with Delia Lake, a Water Steward of the Center for Water Studies (and also responsible for many of the stunning features on the island).
We looked at two very different exhibitions – Camp Darfur and The Center for Water Studies.
Camp Darfur is an interactive awareness and education exhibit, created by Jamie Neutra, Zeke Poutine, In Kenzo, Sue Stonebender, and Riversong Garden, and designed to draw attention to the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan, and to give individuals the opportunity to discover their own power to make a difference.
The exhibit explains that the genocide in Darfur has taken the lives of an estimated 400,000 people, and more than 2.5 million are displaced and in grave danger of more violence and starvation. As you move through the exhibition, there’s an opportunity to discover more information, through text, images and video, giving the effect of moving through a burning village. It’s extraordinarily powerful – one of those things that needs to be experienced to be understood, and the horror that is Darfur to be grasped. It is, however, extraordinarily powerful as Riversong takes Elrik Merlin through the exhibit, and they discuss what is portrayed there.
The second area that we visited is the Center for Water Studies. This is a beautiful area that offers a multi-media experience. At any one time, there are at least six different water microhabitat builds at the centre (which is a lot squeezed in to a very small area). The builds at the water centre have plants and animals that could live together in real life, but which may not necessarily do so. The idea is to simulate natural environments, and also the way that species migration has happened in real life – which might sometimes have been because the plant or animal was carried by a migratory human. The areas include a warm water ocean, with coral reefs and fish that like warm water, a mangrove swamp, a north temperate zone beach and a temperate rainforest, for temperate rainforests are areas that are really under studied.
The Center for Water Studies encourages people make use of this Second Life resource. They hold events here where they present on various important environmental issues and then have discussions. There are also notecards about the environment in most habitat areas, as well as a fascinating interactive exhibition on the discussion platform, stationed in the air above the centre.
Saffia and Delia explore it together – including the underwater regions where they encounter hazards both natural and man-made.
And you can see it all at the Treet.TV archives – or download it from iTunes.
What was Saffia wearing on the show?
For this show, Saffia chose Gauthildr, a pale blue sundress from Ivalde – which can be worn either in the simple straight form that Saffia chose, or with a full puffed skirt.
“I wanted something that looked very fresh and clean – in lines and colour,” says Saffia. “And I also wanted something that would complement the Center for Water Studies too – the gorgeous blue of Gauthildr was perfect for that.”
Don’t forget, even though our show is now called Designing Worlds, we are still doing our Meta Makeovers, where we bring in a top designer to make over your virtual home or garden!
So if you would like to have a virtual home or garden given the treatment by a top designer, send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with three or four pictures of your home or garden attached, and stating your reasons why you would like a makeover.
And if you know a special place in Second Life that we should really feature on the show, drop us a line too!