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Dancing at Garden of Dreams

Dancing at Garden of Dreams

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we host one of our periodic episodes to look into the past at some of our previous shows – is now on the web!

You can see clips from our shows over the last year, some funny, some poignant, some informative and some, we think, very important in showing the potentials of virtual worlds. Aisling, Elrik, Saffia and Wildstar chose their individual favourites – and there were some that we all agreed had to be included!

And Wildstar has created a very special slideshow to accompany the show!

The recently redesigned Garden of Dreams

The recently redesigned Garden of Dreams

And we also took the opportunity of exploring the grounds of the recently redesigned Garden of Dreams, where, of course, our studio is located!

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Romance at Rustica

Romance at Rustica

It’s Valentine’s Day next week and we’re inviting you to join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 6th February, for a special repeat of last year’s Valentine’s episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams when we meet three couples who are behind some of the best loved brands in Second Life – and who have taken their Second Life partnerships into real life.

Each of the three couples have crossed continents or oceans to be with each other in real life, and they’ve all been together since around 2007 – that’s getting on for ten years!

We talk to Shai Delacroix of Casa del Shai and Kris Lehmann of Botanical, to Lyyric Fei and Maxwell Graf of Ristica, and to Bastchild Lotus and Paul Lapointe of Lapointe and Bastchild. They share their stories with us – funny, moving and exciting by turns – and sometimes with touches of frustration with officialdom too!

It’s a show that reveals the real people behind the avatars, and it’s also a powerful demonstration of how our virtual world impacts on our lives away from the screen.

It makes for a fascinating show that you won’t want to miss!

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.

Casa del Shai: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Straylight/127/213/30
Botanicals: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Straylight/125/187/28Rustica: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rustica/128/128/2
Lapointe and Bastchild: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Evocative/176/125/79

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ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a visit to the fascinating state of ROMA – and a taste of Roman life – is now on the web!

With the help of Melanippe of Themiscyra and Gaius Tiberius Curio (added, behind the scenes by Maali Beck), we explore this three region combination of roleplaying, education, residential accommodation and fabulous events – including chariot racing in the Hippodrome. Elrik gets to try that for himself, while Saffia joins the aristocrats to cheer him on!

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Starting at the entry point of the Customs House, we explore how people are introduced to this world with the add of specially created characters, and find out about a game that helps people to begin exploring ROMA. From there we pass on to the market, and take a hair-raising ride across the estate to the port where we learn about the navy, the army, and various educational exhibitions, including a fascinating reconstruction of a house at different periods of its existence, for part of ROMA was created by the University of Durham as part of the online component of a real life archaeological dig in Northern England.

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

ROMA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

After all this, there’s time to explore the Roman tombs before we finish at the aforesaid Hippodrome for a spectacular chariot race!

 

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Audience at last week's discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Audience at last week’s discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Last week Designing Worlds had a show on Monday and a live recording on Tuesday (and our discussion panel show on the subject of The Future of Second Life will be broadcast next week).

This week, at 2pm SLT today, Monday 28th November, the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams will be a repeat of a favourite episode. Which one?

You’ll have to join us in the studio to find out which!

 

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we visit some of the regions of the LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts) – is now on the web!

We take the opportunity to explore the work that some of the artists have produced as a result of the six month grant of an entire region.

Monochrome, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Monochrome, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And there’s real diversity on offer, from the beautiful Monochrome installation created by Giovanna Cerise, to the fascinating watercolors that you can wander in, created by Ceakay Ballyhoo. Then we look at another form of art as we explore the region designed for dance performances by Royal Shippe and Diiar Vader, before we slip through the fun of Snarl by Kanashimi Mac, and finally visit an installation that blends poetry and art in Invictus, created by Storm Septimus.

The range we see is awesome, and we also be talk about the next round of grants for LEA regions. You too could have an opportunity to follow your dream of creating a region wide installation (and probably with the full 30,000 li/prim limit we are promised soon). To do this, go to: http://lea-sl.org/form/lea-air-land-grant-application-round-twelve and complete the form.

A Watercolour Wander, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

A Watercolour Wander, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And, because we are sure you’d like to vist the locations mentioned in the show – here they are:

Monochrome by Giovanna Cerise: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA21/16/119/31
A Water Colour Wander by Ceakay Ballyhoo: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA12/157/156/24
Imagine Too by Royal Shippe and Diiar Vader: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA17/135/169/21
Snarl by Kanashimi Mac: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA13/60/196/4065
Invictus by Storm Septimus: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA25/38/198/81

Invictus, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Invictus, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The new episode of Designing Worlds –a very special story for Halloween – is now on the web!

Written by Judith Cullen (in Second Life Caledonia Skytower of the Seanchai Library), it’s read by Caledonia herself and Corwyn Allen, together with Saffia and Elrik. With haunting photographs by Wildstar Beaumont, this is a real Halloween treat from us to all our viewers.

A Special Story for Halloween, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

A Special Story for Halloween, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

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Join us today, Thursday 3rd November at 2pm SLT for a special episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams.

Patch Linden will be joining us, and there’ll be an opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the show with him afterwards.

And if you’re wondering what it’s about … you may find a clue here

If you can’t get to the studio (and we are expecting a large audience so try to get there early), you will be able to see the show from 2pm onwards on the following channels:

SLArtist.com: http://bit.ly/2e4SXWC
AviewTV: http://bit.ly/2fIDw6T
Designing Worlds on Vimeo: http://bit.ly/2ffmA58
Second Life YouTube: http://bit.ly/2fycuzP

 

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