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.
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.
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.
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.