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This week, Saffia & Elrik were guests this week at a traditional turkey dinner party hosted by great friend PJ Trenton, well-known photographer and owner of the Exposure Art Gallery. You can now see the show on the web – here, and available in both standard and high quality. And you can also download the show from the iTunes store (just search on Designing Worlds) to watch at your leisure. You can even put it on your iPod to carry around with you (or watch at the gym!).

They were joined for the dinner party by Aisling Sinclair, the Designing World producer, Pamela Galli of La Galleria, the designer renowned for her special dining room and food delivery creations (and who created the wonderful meal we saw being cooked and eaten on on the show!) and Mavromichali Szondi, designer of Table Service Food Catering Services for Cafes and Restaurants. Mav had created a lovely restaurant in PJ’s walled garden – perhaps a new career as a restaurateur beckons for PJ …

In addition to learning about wining and dining in Second Life, we also had the chance to admire some of the fabulous art that PJ displays in his home, including works by Fuschia Nightfire, Rik Zwiers, Tricia Aferdita, Gracie Kendal, AM Radio, Konrad Jansma, and Terry Woodward.

And we definitely have some turkey sandwiches to finish up.  And turkey vol au vents … turkey soup …

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Dinner is served! Photo by PJ Trenton

Dinner is served! Photo by PJ Trenton

Join us today at 2pm in our studio in Northpoint for a Designing Worlds show with a difference!

We’ve been invited to an early Thanksgiving Dinner at the beautiful home of PJ Trenton (Prim Perfect photographer, designer of The Quest for the Golden Prim, Exposure Art Gallery owner and art collector – amongst much, much more!).  And we’ll be meeting fellow guests who include Pamela Galli of La Galleria, the designer renowned for her special dining room and food delivery creations, and Mavromichali Szondi, designer of Table Service Food Catering Services for Cafes and Restaurants.

Chez Peej: Photo by by PJ Trenton

Chez Peej: Photo by by PJ Trenton

Pamela will be explaining how we can incorporate food into our Second Lives to create opportunities for social gatherings – such as our Thanksgiving Dinner, while Mav will show how a restaurant can work as a shared social area and form an interesting (and beautiful) backdrop for events.  And we think the lovely restaurant he’s created in PJ’s walled garden could become a fashionable trend – perhaps Chez PJ could become the Starbuck’s of the Grid!

Then we adjourn to enjoy our turkey dinner.

Pj Trenton's Island Paradise

Pj Trenton's Island Paradise - Photo by PJ Trenton

The show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be in our Northpoint studios by 1.30pm to make sure of getting a seat.  Or you can watch on the Treet live stream. And there will be gifts for all those who attend in person.  There may even be some Turkey sandwiches.

 

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This week, we visited the stunningly lovely sim of Steelhead Shanghai – and you can now see the show on the web – here, and available in both standard and high quality. And you can also download the show from the iTunes store (just search on Designing Worlds) to watch at your leisure. You can even put it on your iPod to carry around with you (or watch at the gym!).

The Steelhead area is part of those regions popularly known as the Steamlands which combine elements of a vintage lifestyle with a steampunk ethos.  Steelhead, however, has a great deal of diversity and strong fantasy elements (after all, one of the owners and creative forces behind the region is a Moon Elf!).

Based on Oregon of the late nineteenth century, its latest area owes much to the influx of Chinese workers who travelled to Oregon to be part of the teams working on the great transcontinental railroads, and who subequently left their mark in the ‘Chinatowns’ of large American cities.  Perhaps there are elements to of the pulp fiction of the times, where the mysterious Orient came into juxtaposition with the brash new West.

Join Saffia and Elrik as they explore this richly fascinating region, accompanied by the owners of Steelhead, TotalLunar Eclipse and Tensai Hira.  There’s news of an exciting planned expansion for the Steelhead region.  And we also meet Elegia Underwood, proprietress of the Dragonlands hotel, who introduces Elrik to some secrets deep in her cellars …

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Steelhead Shanghai

Steelhead Shanghai

Join us today at 2pm our studio in Northpoint for a Designing Worlds show that takes us to the mysterious and beautiful new sim of Steelhead Shanghai.

The Steelhead area is part of those regions popularly known as the Steamlands – such as Caledon, New Babbage, Steeltopia and Steelhead – which combine elements of a vintage lifestyle with a steampunk ethos.  Steelhead, however, has a great deal of diversity and strong fantasy elements (after all, one of the owners and creative forces behind the region is a Moon Elf!).

Based on Oregon of the late nineteenth century, its latest area owes much to the influx of Chinese workers who travelled to Oregon to be part of the teams working on the great transcontinental railroads, and who subequently left their mark in the ‘Chinatowns’ of large American cities.  Perhaps there are elements to of the pulp fiction of the times, where the mysterious Orient came into juxtaposition with the brash new West.

Inside the Shanghai Pagoda

Inside the Shanghai Pagoda

Join Saffia and Elrik as they explore this richly fascinating region, accompanied by the owners of Steelhead, TotalLunar Eclipse and Tensai Hira.  And they will also meet Elegia Underwood, proprietress of the Dragonlands hotel, who introduces Elrik to some secrets deep in her cellars …

You can join us in our studio in Northpoint to see the show as it happens on the big screen, as we explore this astoundingly beautiful sim – and take a look at its dark and dangerous side too!

Round Houses at Steelhead Shanghai

Round Houses at Steelhead Shanghai

And as usual, there’s an exhibition to see in our Hall outside the studio – showing the work of designers who have featured in the series.

The show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be in our Northpoint studios by 1.30pm to make sure of getting a seat.  Or you can watch on the Treet live stream.

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We’ve had a lot of comments on, and interest in, the powerful and moving end sequence from our Remembrance/Armistice Day programme, which came from the University of Oxford’s First World War Poetry Digital Archive’s special presentation in Second Life.

The piece of music was “Only Remembered”, sung by leading British folk singers Coope Boyes and Simpson, and available on their album Private Peaceful: The Concert, NoMasters Records, NMCD24.

The artists kindly gave us permission to upload the segment to YouTube, where you can find it in High Definition.

Special thanks to Coope, Boyes and Simpson for their permission to use the music, and to Georgina Boyes for working so hard with us to make it possible – at a time when they were all actually in Belgium performing in the vicinity of some of the important First World War sites.

Also many thanks for the tireless editing work of Texas Timtam at Treet who shot and edited the video for this very special sequence. Actually, she edited it twice in advance of the show on November 10th so it could appear just the way we wanted it. Thanks Texas!

And of course you can see the entire 10 November show here.

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This week Designing Worlds featured a very special – and timely – project. The First World War Poetry Digital Archive and the Learning Technologies Group at the University of Oxford have collaborated to bring a wealth of First World War poetry and information together in an environment that allows this powerful material to be explored and experienced in a radically new way.

You can now see the show on the web – here, and available in both standard and high quality. And you can also download the show from the iTunes store (just search on Designing Worlds) to watch at your leisure. You can even put it on your iPod to carry around with you!

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive has imported a range of digitised archival materials from the major poets of the First World War (including poetry manuscripts, letters and diaries) along with contextual primary source materials, into the Second Life environment. These have been located within a presentation modelled to represent areas of the Western Front, 1914 – 1918.

As they say, “This immersive experience attempts to demonstrate how effective it can be to expose items from a research project (the First World War Poetry Digital Archive) in its context. You can see items from the collection, hear interviews with veterans, and watch contemporary film footage as you explore the area – a training camp, communication trench, a casualty clearing station, a front-line trench – as well as listen to readings of the poetry.”

But the simple description of what it is cannot equal the power of visiting for yourself, as Saffia and Elrik do in this programme.  Exploring the sim with Csteph Submariner, the sim designer, they shared the accounts of veterans, listened to the poetry, and added their own thoughts on the impressive environment in a deeply moving programe.

The poignant closing sequence of the show was accompanied by the haunting music of the folk trio Coope, Boyes and Simpson, noted for bringing to life songs associated with the First World War, who very kindly made their recording Only Remembered available for this unusual programme.

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The First World War Poetry Digital Archive in Second Life

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive in Second Life

An unusual worldwide collaboration is taking place to commemorate this Remembrance Day, involving high-tech TV crews in Australia, a production team spread across the United States, and interviewers and folk singers in the UK.

They are coming together to create an internet video production about the launch of an exciting new project from Oxford University’s First World War Poetry Digital Archive (http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/), which draws together the resources and expertise of the University along with the possibilities for immersion and interactivity offered by the virtual world of Second Life.

Designing Worlds is a new type of TV show, created within a ‘virtual world’, and shown to an enthusiastic audience that either watches live “in-world”, or follows the show on the web.  It is one of a number of weekly programmes created by Treet.TV, a production company based in Australia, who are lifting the possibilities of ‘new’ media to remarkable levels.

Designing Worlds will this week be focusing on a very special – and timely – project.  The First World War Poetry Digital Archive and the Learning Technologies Group at the University of Oxford have collaborated to bring a wealth of First World War poetry and information together in an environment that allows this powerful material to be explored and experienced in a radically new way.

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive has imported a range of digitised archival materials from the major poets of the First World War (including poetry manuscripts, letters and diaries) along with contextual primary source materials, into the Second Life environment. These have been located within a presentation modelled to represent areas of the Western Front, 1914 – 1918.

Poppies in the Trenches: Photograph by PJ Trenton

Poppies in the Trenches: Photograph by PJ Trenton

“The aim of the initiative is to place the poetry of the Great War in context,” explains Stuart Lee, Lecturer in English at the University of Oxford. “It allows the visitors to the exhibition to visualise archival materials in an environment that fosters deeper understanding. Visitors also have the opportunity to take advantage of the social and interactive aspects that the environment offers.”

The materials have been supplemented with new interpretative content and a spectrum of interactive tools and tutorials, streaming video and audio effects to create a vivid immersive experience that is, according to visitors, deeply moving.

In the programme, Designing Worlds presenters Saffia Widdershins (in real life Pauline Woolley) and Elrik Merlin (in real life Richard Elen) will trace the route followed by so many soldiers, from the bewildering brutalisation of the training camps through to the grim realities of the trenches and finally to the horror of No Man’s Land.

The poignant closing sequence of the show will be accompanied by the haunting music of the folk trio Coope, Boyes and Simpson, noted for bringing to life songs associated with the First World War, who have been pleased to be involved in this unusual project.

“This is a remarkable environment,” says Pauline Woolley, “with an important story to tell.  We hope that we are able to bring it to people in a unique way.”

“It’s a very powerful presentation,” says Richard Elen. “It really brings home the potential of virtual environments for education. We have only begun to scratch the surface of what this kind of presentation can offer. Involving, immersive experiences like this – in which the visitor can interact with information within the recreation, add their own contributions and experience “accidental learning” – are just a part of the wealth of educational capabilities that virtual worlds can offer. This is perhaps one of the most advanced projects of its kind, and Oxford University is at the forefront of exploring these new worlds.”

The programme on the First World War Poetry Digital Archive’s exhibition in Second Life will be aired live at 22:00 GMT (2pm Second Life Time) on the Treet TV live channel, http://streams.treet.tv/live.mov. Thereafter it will be available on the Treet Archive web site at http://archive.treet.tv/programs/meta-makeover

Entering the Training Camp: Image by PJ Trenton

Entering the Training Camp: Image by PJ Trenton

For more information, contact: designingworlds@gmail.com

About Designing Worlds
Designing Worlds is a TV show featuring design and designers in virtual worlds. It has presented shows on the works of artists in 3-D environments, ranging from the Second Life re-creation of the world-famous Dresden Art Museum to the work of individual artists, such as Glyph Graves’ IBM-sponsored exhibition; designers creating virtual homes and communities – with some stunningly beautiful results; special projects such as a vivid imagining of the Middle Passage – the transportation of Africans to the Americas – and the creation of ‘camp Darfur’, which highlights the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Sudan; and discussion shows that highlight issues of intellectual property rights in these new virtual environments.  And there are also fun shows where the hosts, Saffia Widdershins and Elrik Merlin, explore virtual world phenomena such as fireworks and fishing!
Designing Worlds is a co-production of Prim Perfect Publications and Treet.TV
https://designingworlds.wordpress.com/

About Treet
Treet TV is an entertainment network that serves virtual worlds viewers and producers. Established in March 2007, Treet TV uses a collaborative production model which has resulted in more than 3000 hours of broadcast quality content, all targeting the emerging phenomenon of virtual living.

Shows are broadcast live to audiences inworld on Treet TV-enabled television screens, as well as live on the world wide web. Large-scale live events in the past include the Transformers press event, Philip Rosedale’s Second Life 6th Birthday Opening Ceremony and the Best Practices in Education conference.  Popular shows include Metanomics, The First Question, Fabulous Fashion and Tonight Live! with Paisley Beebe.
http://www.treet.tv

About Prim Perfect Publications
Prim Perfect Publications is the company behind a number of world publications and the Designing Worlds TV programme.  The company also produces Prim Perfect magazine, the virtual worlds magazine for homes and gardens, and The Primgraph, the magazine for steampunk and vintage regions within the Second Life environment, which hosts the popular web comic, The Quest for the Golden Prim.
http://www.primperfect.net/
http://www.primgraph.com/
http://goldenprim.blogspot.com/

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You can now see our show about the Step UP! campaign on the web – available in both standard and hi-def. And you can also download the show from the iTunes store (just search on Designing Worlds) to watch at your leisure. You can even put it on your iPod to carry around with you!

This Designing Worlds show was all about the Step UP! against intellectual property violation and content theft.

Step UP! HQ on Planet Mongo

Step UP! HQ on Planet Mongo

We explored the beautiful sim, created by Lumiere Noir and CaSimone Aquitaine, which was kindly donated by Lumiere for the duration of the campaign, and talked to Toxic Menges who has created two Step UP! videos – one of which shows some of the ways that content theft can happen, and which we saw on the show.

Then we’ talked to Dijodi Dubratt who – with her partner Ironwolf Taurog – loaned the use of their sim Toor to stage an amazing art exhibition by top SL artists, curated by Tricia Afterdita, in support of Step UP!

Step UP! Fireworks at the Step UP! HQ on Planet Mongo

Step UP! Fireworks at the Step UP! HQ on Planet Mongo

And we gave a sneak preview of the awesome Step UP! firework display created by Freddie Bleac (and available for free on XStreetSL).

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Step UP! HQ on Planet Mongo

Step UP! HQ on Planet Mongo

Join us today at 2pm at the Step UP! headquarters on Planet Mongo for a Designing Worlds show all about the Step UP! against intellectual property violation and content theft.

We’ll be exploring the beautiful sim, created by Lumiere Noir and CaSimone Aquitaine, which has been kindly donated by Lumiere for the duration of the campaign, and viewing a special video showing some of the ways that content theft can happen, created by Toxic Menges.  Then we’ll be talking to Dijodi Dubratt who – with her partner Ironwolf Taurog – has loaned the use of their sim Toor to stage an amazing art exhibition by top SL artists, curated by Tricia Afterdita, in support of Step UP!

And we’ll be talking about the Step UP! parties that people are planning for November 5th – as well as giving a sneak preview of the awesome Step UP! firework display created by Freddie Bleac (and available for free on XStreetSL).

Step UP! Fireworks at the Step UP! HQ on Planet Mongo

Step UP! Fireworks at the Step UP! HQ on Planet Mongo

And, so that our live audience can enjoy the spectacular fireworks, we have a special Viewing Party.  We won’t be gathering in the studio today, but at the beautiful headquarters of the Step UP! campaign on Planet Mongo, where the show is being filmed.

And, of course, as usual, there are gifts for everyone who attends the show!

The show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be at our viewing party by 1.30pm to make sure of getting a seat.  Or you can watch on the Treet live stream.

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New Babbage

New Babbage

Our special Hallowe’en Designing Worlds was unlike any other show that we’ve done before – and you can now see below or download it from the Treet Archive web-site –  in both standard and hi-def. And you can also download the show from the iTunes store (just search on Designing Worlds) to watch at your leisure. You can even put it on your iPod to carry around with you!

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The cast for this week’s show were as follows:

Mr Aeolus Cleanslate … Himself
Mrs Bridewell, the housekeeper … Ceejay Writer
Mr Biggins, the sandhog … PJ Trenton
Mr Mosseveno Tenk, Mayor and Clockwinder … Himself
Miss Ceejay Writer … Herself
and the parts of Saffi and Elrik were, of course, played by Themselves.

Thanks to Miss Breezy Carver for hosting an awesome viewing party at Piermont Landing in Wheatstone Waterways, to Mr Victor1 Mornington for the loan of his room in Brunel Hall, and to Mr Aeolus Cleanslate and Mr Rip Wirefly who built the awesome underground sets in an equally awesome short space of time!

And thank you to all the good people of New Babbage for their assistance, curiousity, and sense of adventure!

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