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Learning Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Learning Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 30th May, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we explore the new user experience created by Linden Lab.

We’re accompanied by Patch Linden and a large group of Moles (Second Life residents who work from the Linden Department of Public Works) and Lindens responsible for developing and testing areas of Second Life like this. They gave us special access to Learning Island – something that you would normally need to be a new resident to visit. We see the track that has been created for new residents to follow and discuss with Patch and the Moles how this has been developed.

Learning Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Learning Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we visit Social Island, created as part of the pathway for new residents. This is open to old as well as new residents, and we explore some of the elements on offer, such as a game to test camera skills, stores to buy items (with special currency earned by completing the games). And we discuss some of the problems that have arisen with previous iterations of the process, and how they might be avoided this time.

Social Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Social Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It makes for an interesting show for anyone who cares about developing retention in Second Life – or who wants to see how the new user experience is developing, so come and join us at 2pm!

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.

Social Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Social Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we visit the LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts) – is now on the web. Currently, applications are open for Round 11 of the AIR Land Grants (they close on May 30th). 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.

In this show, 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 travel to the gateway region of LEA3 talk to one of the committee members behind the LEA, Secret Rage, who tells us some of the background to the LEA estate, including the difference between the Core regions (which are aimed at more community projects) and the AIR regions, which give individual artists or small groups of artists the chance to express themselves.

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.

LEA3 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA3 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In our exploration, we travel to the gateway region of LEA3 talk to one of the committee members behind the LEA, Secret Rage, who tells us some of the background to the LEA estate, including the difference between the Core regions (which are aimed at more community projects) and the AIR regions, which give individual artists or small groups of artists the chance to express themselves.

Then we meet someone who is currently occupying a Core region – Caledonia Skytower of the Seanchai Library – who tells us how bringing this well-known library for the spoken word to the LEA has worked. You can find the Seanchai Library on LEA9 until the end of May – and they are hosting a fantastic number of events there.

After this, we explore four very different regions created by artists to show just some of the possibilities for creation that a six month tenure of an LEA AIR region offers. Firstly we look at Gravity is a Mistake on LEA21, created by Eupalinos Ugajin – and here we meet TheDove Rhode who tells us a little about being a mentor for artists who are awarded LEA AIR Grants.

LEA21 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA21 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we travel to Serontonin Reuptake Inhibitor on LEA23, where Frankx Lefavre, the artist, tells us some of the inspiration for this beautiful and moving work. Following this we take a look at the fascinating Game of Second Life, based on John Conway’s algorithm and created in Second Life by , created by Tangle Giano on LEA18.

Next, and in strong contrast, we visit the fun and chaotic world of Funky Junk on LEA22, created by a group of artists – Carmsie Melodie, ElizabethWallington, Dusty Canning and Freewee Ling – an installation that reaches out from Second Life into social media – it is, for example, supported by a fascinating blog.

LEA20 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA20 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And finally we explore Light Thoughts on LEA20, created by Mario2 Helstein and Jo Williams – a stunning exhibition that draws together mesh and particles and light in a stunning combination.

All of this is really just a taste of what is possible at the LEA – if you want to see more for yourselves, head for the gateway on LEA3, choose one of the destination boards that looks interesting, jump over there and start to explore.

LEA23 - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA23 – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And don’t forget to apply for your own region too if you have the creative itch!

 

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