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The Streets of Sanctuary

The Streets of Sanctuary

Designing Worlds will be back for a whole new season, starting on Monday 11th February!

In this episode of Designing Worlds we’ll be visiting a fascinating desert location: the setting for Sanctuary, a very successful roleplay community that has been running for eleven years.

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The LEA

The LEA

Come January 1st 2019, the Linden Endowment for the Arts, known as the LEA, will be temporarily closing its Artists in Residence regions (LEA 10 – 29) to allow for a major restructuring.

Over the last seven years, these regions have been open for artists who apply to build their dreams, each for a six month grant. We have seen many great installations here – and some that have attracted controversy.

The LEA

The LEA

The nine Core regions (which include the Theatre, the Sandbox and Photohunt) will remain for the present, and short-term grants will still be available in these regions for community-inspired arts projects.

Applications for Core regions can be made here:
https://sites.google.com/view/linden-endowment-for-the-arts-/home

The LEA

The LEA

Discussions between the present Committee and Linden Lab about the future form of the LEA are ongoing, but it is anticipated that there will be a new organising committee when the AiR regions re-open.

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The Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) was established to help create a center of arts activity in Second Life. It is a collaborative venture between Linden Lab and the arts community. Guided by a dedicated board of renowned Second Life artists, the LEA is committed to providing access to engaging experiences in the arts for the Second Life community. Through its exhibitions, programs, and events, the LEA fosters awareness of artists’ contributions to our virtual world and encourages others to get involved and be inspired.
See more at: http://lea-sl.org/

For more information, contact Saffia Widdershins and JMB Balogh.

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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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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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Calas Galadhon Maze, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Calas Galadhon Maze, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds, as we visit some popular Halloween locations – and learn about a popular Halloween event, is now on the web!

DW380 – Halloween Places SL 2018 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Firstly we visit the Linden Portal Park, all decked out for Halloween, to take a look at the always popular Halloween ride created by Linden Lab. And Saffia met Vee Tammas, one of the 2018-2019 Team Diabetes Coordinators, to talk about their special Scare Me Silly event, running from 19th till 27th October.

Octoberville, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Octoberville, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then it’s off to the fantastic Octoberville, which has a very special introduction this year, and loads of scary stuff to explore – and an amazing hunt to learn about.

And finally, we visit the beautiful and very scary Maze which is this year’s Halloween location at Calas Galadhon.

Calas Galadhon Maze, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Calas Galadhon Maze, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

To travel to the Linden Halloween Ride, visit the Linden Portal Park and find the right door!
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal%20Park%202/118/75/53

Octoberville, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Octoberville, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

To visit Octoberville, go to: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pixeltrix/188/7/3816
and visit their website to learn more: http://octoberville.com/

Calas Galadhon Maze, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Calas Galadhon Maze, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

To visit the Maze at Calas Galadhon, go to: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ERIADOR/221/76/1
And visit their website to learn more: https://calasgaladhon.com/
https://calasgaladhon.com/maze-2018-calas-halloween-sims/

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Scare me Silly!

The 3rd Annual Scare Me Silly event returns in support of Team Diabetes of Second Life! This event is the first fundraising event for Team Diabetes of Second Life 2018 and features two hunts, live performers, dj’s, an art show, shopping, and lots of tricks and treats!

Team Diabetes of Second Life is an official and authorized team of The American Diabetes Association. The mission of Team Diabetes of Second Life is to raise awareness, tolerance, and funds for diabetes in the virtual world of Second Life. According to the World Health Organization (2016): 422 million adults in the world have diabetes and 1.5 million deaths are directly attributed to diabetes each year.

Scare Me Silly event

Scare Me Silly event

About The American Diabetes Association:
The American Diabetes Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fights for those affected by diabetes by funding research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association delivers services to hundreds of communities and provides objective and credible information and resources about diabetes.

Free resources are available in English and Spanish at http://www.diabetes.org and 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2382).

For more information on Scare Me Silly and Team Diabetes, visit their website: https://www.teamdiabetessl.org/home and
https://www.teamdiabetessl.org/scare-me-silly

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New Deal community of Dyess, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

New Deal community of Dyess, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 8th October for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, as we revisit a popular show from the past.

This wasn’t meant to happen … but unfortunately, we had a major technical issue (Saffia’s headset died) and we weren’t able to film.

But we have a great few shows coming up …

October 15th – Halloween Places
October 22nd – Is Original Mesh a Big Deal?
October 29th – A Ghostly Halloween Tale – with a special story by Judith Cullen

So for today … we invite you to explore Arkansas Heritage – a show from back in 2011 which explored a fascinating series of builds created by Painter Meriman for Arkansas State University.

Southern Tenant Famers Museum, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Southern Tenant Famers Museum, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We explored a really fascinating social history project, learning not only about Johnny Cash’s boyhood home, but also about the New Deal community of Dyess and the Southern Tenant Farmers Union (which now houses the Southern Tenant Famers Museum).

You can join our viewing party in our studio on Garden of Dreams, or watch it at home!

Johnny Cash’s boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Johnny Cash’s boyhood home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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Arrivals and Departures poster

Arrivals and Departures poster

Arrivals & Departures is a new machinima from CEH Productions – Caledonia Skytower of the Seanchai Library, Elrik Merlin of Radio Riel and Designing Worlds, and Honey Heart of Elite Equestrian. The 15-minute film, shot in Second Life, is based on a short story written by Caledonia as part of the Fantasy Faire LitFest Tour (at the 10th Fantasy Faire, the annual SL-based fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society), and originally recorded for Fantasy Faire Radio.

Arrivals & Departures from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Arrivals & Departures presents a glimpse into two individual journeys that are brought together and shared for the last time. It is about the one who leaves, the one left behind, and the essential role of each. Though the word is never uttered in the film, it essentially addresses aspects of our attitude to death.

“He has accepted the journey on which he must now embark,” says real-life professional storyteller and theatrical designer Caledonia Skytower. “His last act is to pass along that which has been most important in his life to someone who is remaining behind – requesting their commitment to carry on the work.”

“She is dropped without warning into loss, grief, and accepting his legacy with no warning or time to become accustomed to its inevitability. She must choose to be present for him in this moment, accept the commitment with which he tasks her, and be prepared to continue on – while at the same time dealing with the shock and weight of it.”

Erstwhile Lounge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Erstwhile Lounge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Arrivals & Departures also highlights the vital importance of storytelling, harking back to an earlier time when tales were woven into a verbal tradition that was handed down by word of mouth from one generation to the next.

The story was inspired by, and performed in, Erstwhile, a superbly-imagined Steampunk-inspired spaceport created by leading virtual world creators The Looking Glass – Sharni Azalee and Marcus Inkpen – for Fantasy Faire 2018. At the end of the event, the region in its entirety was put up for auction in aid of the special project supported by Fantasy Faire and Relay for Life, the construction of a Hope Lodge in Kenya. You can read more about the project here. It was (after bidding) purchased by Carmella Santana, who, upon learning of the plan to create the machinima, generously loaned the entire build to CEH productions, and it was reconstructed as a film set on an Elite Equestrian region with the help of Marcus and Sharni.

Erstwhile Station, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Erstwhile Station, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The story was originally written for the LitFest Tour at Fantasy Faire, a special event that included a daily visit to each one of the Fantasy Faire regions in turn, offering inspirations for stories and poems to those taking part. You can read the original version of Arrivals & Departures here (on the page for Erstwhile). Other stories for the other regions can be found here – many of these will be broadcast by Fantasy Faire Radio.

Arrivals and Departures is actually one of a number of Tales written by Caledonia in celebration of friends of hers who have been lost to cancer. You can explore them all (and other stories and poems too) through the LitFest Tour pages for the individual regions.

Erstwhile Station ships, photographed by Elrik Merlin

Erstwhile Station ships, photographed by Elrik Merlin

For the machinima, Technical Director Honey Heart re-erected the spaceport as a film set, and used a range of in-world animations and path-scripting techniques to realise the action, which was shot by Caledonia and Elrik, who also performed the two lead roles. The footage was then edited conventionally by Elrik.

The project was a transatlantic collaboration, with Caledonia in Washington State, Honey in Michigan and Elrik in Scotland. The soundtrack recording and production co-ordination was carried out in Skype, sharing screens while shooting, and ‘dailies’ were viewed via the cloud.

Arrivals and Departures is available on YouTube, Vimeo, SLArtist.com and AviewTV.

 

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