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The 1st World War Digital Poetry Archive at Frideswide

The 1st World War Digital Poetry Archive at Frideswide

November 11th marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that brought the First World War to an end. Signed at the eleven hour of the eleventh day, the Armistice silenced the guns that had killed so many over the four years of the War. On November 11th, 2018, Designing Worlds released a special short film to mark the occasion at 11.10am UK time. This film is still available.

Please join us at our usual showtime of 2pm SLT on Monday 12th November, when we will be hosting a showing of the film Remembrance: 1918-2018 in the Designing Worlds studio on Garden of Dreams, followed by the show we made for the opening of the 1st World War Digital Poetry Archive at Frideswide in 2009.

The exhibition simulates aspects of life in the trenches on the Western Front during the 1914-1918 war and presents work by the “War Poets” of the period. As visitors explore the simulation, they can listen to the voices of veterans recounting their experiences of the war, view original film footage and photographs from the time, and learn about life on the Western Front, encountering some of the most powerful poetry in English literature by seeing the original manuscripts, and turning the pages of the poets’ war diaries and letters.

This is a combination of deeply moving films – don’t miss our special viewing party.

If you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel – or on the Prim Perfect or Designing Worlds blogs.

You can still visit the Archive in Second Life here (for the training camp) or here (for the Western Front). You can obtain a hud at the training camp to help you navigate around the region. It’s a moving and powerful recreation of the horrors of the Western Front – and we would strongly recommend people visit it.

You can also see the special film of the song that concludes the show – “Only Remembered”, recorded by leading British folk musicians Coope Boyes & Simpson providing the music in their unique and moving acapella style, as we view aspects of the unique exhibition by the University of Oxford’s First World War Poetry Digital Archive.

DW064A – Only Remembered (from Designing Worlds episode 64, The Western Front) from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

“Only Remembered” (Bonar/Sankey/Tams Voice Publishing) is used by permission and is taken from the album “Private Peaceful – The Concert” (No Masters NMCD24, nomasters.co.uk) by Coope Boyes & Simpson (coopeboyesandsimpson.co.uk) The song – originally a Horatius Bonar / Ira Sankey hymn from the 19th century, arranged by John Tams – also appears in the play “War Horse”, adapted by Nick Stafford from the book by Michael Morpurgo.

If you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Vimeo – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel – or on the Prim Perfect or Designing Worlds blogs.

 

 

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Fireworks, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fireworks, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

To celebrate the British November 5th being celebrated with bonfires, fireworks and the traditional burning of the guy, we have a special show all about fireworks, now on the web!

DW383 – Fireworks in Second Life from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

In Part 1, Saffia and Elrik look at the history behind the Gunpowder Plot – and find some modern resonances in a tale of religious fanaticism and repression, as well as a triumph for (partial) democracy.

Then, in Part 2, the intrepid Toady Nakamura, co-janitor of the wonderful Grendel’s endeavours to teach Saffia to make a firework. Brave toad!

If you’d like to make a firework of your own, you can collect the kit and instructions from the Designing Worlds Studio until Monday 12th November.

Fireworks at The Old Primgraph Press, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fireworks at The Old Primgraph Press, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And finally, in Part 3, we talk to the amazing Racer X Gullwing who shows us some of his amazing fireworks (in addition to telling us about the Giant Snail Races).

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You can visit Grendel’s at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Avaria%20Tor/133/134/302
You can find out about Toady’s classes here on the Grendel’s website: https://grendelschildren.wordpress.com/author/toadynakamura/

You can visit the Giant Snails at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gullwing%20Coast%20Racers/128/133/2386
You can watch Giant Snail Races on their YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIzUNyz8RHrBc–NIXwEAEg or on SLArtist: https://www.slartist.com/user/RacerXGullwing/

Fireworks, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fireworks, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The 1st World War Digital Poetry Archive at Frideswide

The 1st World War Digital Poetry Archive at Frideswide

November 11th marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that brought the First World War to an end. Signed at the eleven hour of the eleventh day, the Armistice silenced the guns that had killed so many over the four years of the War.

On November 11th, 2018, Designing Worlds will release a special short film to mark the occasion. This film will be released on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at 11.10am UK time (3.10am SLT). You can find it here: https://vimeo.com/299871599

At our usual showtime of 2pm SLT on Monday 12th November, we will be hosting a showing of the film Remembrance: 1918-2018 in the Designing Worlds studio on Garden of Dreams, followed by the show we made for the opening of the 1st World War Digital Poetry Archive at Frideswide in 2009.

You can still visit the Archive in Second Life here (for the training camp) or here (for the Western Front). You can obtain a hud at the training camp to help you navigate around the region.

 

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Fireworks, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fireworks, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Please to remember the Fifth of November with gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot!

So runs the rhyme that all British children grow up reciting … and the cause for every British November 5th being celebrated with bonfires, fireworks and the traditional burning of the guy!

Fireworks at Trikassi, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fireworks at Trikassi, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 5th November for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, for a special show all about fireworks.

In Part 1, Saffia and Elrik look at the history behind the Gunpowder Plot – and find some modern resonances in a tale of religious fanaticism and repression, as well as a triumph for (partial) democracy.

Then, in Part 2, the intrepid Toady Nakamura, co-janitor of the wonderful Grendel’s endeavours to teach Saffia to make a firework. Brave toad!

Fireworks at Relay for Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fireworks at Relay for Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And finally, in Part 3, we talk to the amazing Racer X Gullwing who shows us some of his amazing fireworks (in addition to telling us about the Giant Snail Races).

And after the show is over, we’ll be launching fireworks from the roof of the studio!

It all makes for an explosively amazing show, so do come and join us at 2pm!

Fireworks, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fireworks, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

If you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel – or on the Prim Perfect or Designing Worlds blogs.

It seems that the screen glitch is fixed, so we will be able to watch inworld!

Fireworks, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fireworks, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

You can visit Grendel’s at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Avaria%20Tor/133/134/302
You can find out about Toady’s classes here on the Grendel’s website: https://grendelschildren.wordpress.com/author/toadynakamura/

You can visit the Giant Snails at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gullwing%20Coast%20Racers/128/133/2386
You can watch Giant Snail Races on their YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIzUNyz8RHrBc–NIXwEAEg or on SLArtist: https://www.slartist.com/user/RacerXGullwing/

 

 

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The Ghost of The Bridge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Ghost of The Bridge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds, for The Ghost of the Bridge, a special show for Halloween, with a story written by Judith Cullen (known as Caledonia Skytower in Second Life)., is now on the web!

DW382 – Ghost of the Bridge from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Set in Luxembourg (and filmed in the beautiful Luxembourg 1867 regions), we learn about the mishaps of Max, a young man with a loving wife, a storytelling friend, an unfortunate taste for alcohol … and perhaps too vivid an imagination!

Elrik Merlin, Corwyn Allen, Mavromichali Szondi and Caledonia Skytower tell the story, which is illustrated by images created by Wildstar Beaumont under the direction of Aisling Sinclair, and featuring Maxwell Grantly as Max, Dev Vaughn as Thierry, with Conn Munroe as Roland and Eloisa Denimore as Mariette. Other parts were played by the residents of Pfaffenthal (part of Luxembourg 1867), the Second Life Cheerleaders Squad and Designing Worlds fans.

The Ghost of The Bridge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Ghost of The Bridge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Special thanks go to Hauptmann Weydert for his assistance in the Luxembourg 1867 regions. You can also see an earlier Designing Worlds show about Luxembourg 1867 here: https://www.slartist.com/designing-worlds-dw285-luxembourg-1867_de0475776.html

The Ghost of The Bridge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Ghost of The Bridge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Visit the Luxembourg regions here (starting points for explorations):

Pfaffenthal Beenchen: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pfaffenthal%20Beenchen/216/255/33
Pfaffenthal Vauban: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pfaffenthal%20Vauban/187/55/29 or:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pfaffenthal%20Vauban/5/91/28

This could be your last opportunity as they will be going away at the end of this year.

The Ghost of The Bridge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Ghost of The Bridge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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The Ghost of The Bridge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Ghost of The Bridge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 29th October for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, for a special show for Halloween, with a story written by Judith Cullen (known as Caledonia Skytower in Second Life).

Set in Luxembourg (and filmed in the beautiful Luxembourg 1867 regions), we learn about the mishaps of Max, a young man with a loving wife, a storytelling friend, an unfortunate taste for alcohol … and perhaps too vivid an imagination!

The Ghost of The Bridge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Ghost of The Bridge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Elrik Merlin, Corwyn Allen, Mavromichali Szondi and Caledonia Skytower tell the story, which is illustrated by images created by Wildstar Beaumont under the direction of Aisling Sinclair, and featuring Maxwell Grantly as Max, Dev Vaughn as Thierry, with Conn Munroe as Roland and Eloisa Denimore as Mariette. Other parts were played by the residents of Pfaffenthal (part of Luxembourg 1867), the Second Life Cheerleaders Squad and Designing Worlds fans.

Special thanks go to Hauptmann Weydert for his assistance in the Luxembourg 1867 regions. You can also see an earlier Designing Worlds show about Luxembourg 1867 here: https://www.slartist.com/designing-worlds-dw285-luxembourg-1867_de0475776.html

The Ghost of The Bridge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Ghost of The Bridge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

So do come and join us at 2pm for a very haunting tale!

If you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel – or on the Prim Perfect or Designing Worlds blogs.

Please note that due to a Second Life issue, we can no longer watch the show inworld – so we will watch it on a browser.

The Ghost of The Bridge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Ghost of The Bridge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Visit the Luxembourg regions here (starting points for explorations):

Pfaffenthal Beenchen: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pfaffenthal%20Beenchen/216/255/33
Pfaffenthal Vauban: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pfaffenthal%20Vauban/187/55/29 or:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pfaffenthal%20Vauban/5/91/28

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Designing Worlds discusses "original mesh"

Designing Worlds discusses “original mesh”

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds, a very special show as we talk about original mesh, and designers discuss the process and challenges. , is now on the web!

We are joined by Eku Zhong of Culprit Furniture, Kaerri Rae of Kaerri, Isla Gealach of Cheeky Pea and Reven Rosca of Meshopotamia and AlsoKnownAs who share their very different experiences and abilities. There are fascinating displays too – with Eku showing us how materials can be used in creating products,

DW381 – Original Mesh from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We explore basic questions such as what is mesh and how is it different from the early forms of Second Life design – prims and sculpties. We talk about full perm mesh and mesh templates imported from third party sites – and how that can be abused. We look at collaboration in the process of designing, and the art of “assemblage”, drawing elements from different – and legitimate – sources. We’ll be talking about why such a premium is placed on what is called “original mesh” – mesh produced exclusively for specific objects in Second Life.

Designing Worlds discusses "original mesh": Eku Zhong and Reven Rosca

Designing Worlds discusses “original mesh”: Eku Zhong and Reven Rosca

And we’ll be asking our guests why such a premium is placed on “original mesh” when there is not the same pressure on textures or animations.

Stores (or Marketplace) of the designers featured on the show:
Culprit Furniture: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Culprit/192/165/22
Cheeky Pea: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cheeky%20Pea/27/132/21
Kaerri: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Maven%20Homes/209/42/497
Meshopotamia: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/27483
AlsoKnownAs: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/181463

Designing Worlds discusses "original mesh": Kaerri Rae and Isla Gealach

Designing Worlds discusses “original mesh”: Kaerri Rae and Isla Gealach

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