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This first show of our new season is one we’ve been looking forward to for quite some time.

We’re visiting the brand-new, just-opened regions of the Second Life Endowment for the Arts – the SLEA. It’s the new initiative by Linden Lab and Second Life residents to give artists a place to create, display, share, learn, and teach.

We have a good look round at some of the current installations, and talk to some of the movers and shakers behind the project, including SLEA Coordinator Tansee, SL Liaison Safar Fiertze, and artist Regi Yifu. We visit Viktor Savior’s fascinating presentations of Slavic history and folklore, and we talk Machinima with SLEA Media Curator Wizardoz Chrome; and we go under the sea to learn about Nellie the turtle and our relation to the oceans with Briony Writer and Jaz. There’s a stunning slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont, and much more.

Join us for the premiere on Monday February 8th at 2pm Pacific/22:00 GMT at our Watch Party in the Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams at 2pm SLT. Or see the show afterwards on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds.

Learn more about the SLEA by checking out their blog at https://slendowmentforthearts.wordpress.com/

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Designing Worlds episode DW428 is now on the web. In it, we take a look back at a few of the seasonal tales from the city-state of New Babbage that we’ve presented on Designing Worlds over the past few years.

We start with DW357 – Murder at the Muirsheen Dirkin! in suitably noir monochrome, followed by A Gift from Steam Santa, one of the stories presented in DW326 – Christmas Tales from New Babbage.

Then it’s DW293 – The Cats That Ate New Babbage, followed by a brand new slideshow by Wildstar Beaumont of New Babbage in 2020.

And finally we round off the show with DW183 – The Miracle of the Bells.

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In the episode of Designing Worlds that premieres on Monday 28th December 2020 at 2pm Pacific Time – DW428 – we take a look back at a few of the seasonal tales from the city-state of New Babbage that we’ve presented on Designing Worlds over the past few years.

We start with DW357 – Murder at the Muirsheen Dirkin! in suitably noir monochrome, followed by A Gift from Steam Santa, one of the stories presented in DW326 – Christmas Tales from New Babbage.

Then it’s DW293 – The Cats That Ate New Babbage, followed by a brand new slideshow by Wildstar Beaumont of New Babbage in 2020.

And finally we round off the show with DW183 – The Miracle of the Bells.

Join us at 2pm today Monday 28th December  when you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or join us for our Watch Party in the Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams at 2pm SLT.

We’ve recently discovered some “lost episodes” of Designing Worlds, including some Tales From New Babbage, so keep an eye open for them over the next while over on the Designing Worlds Archives channel on Vimeo.

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In our Winter Places episode of Designing Worlds, DW247, Elrik and Saffia set out to explore some of the wonderful winter regions that you can find on the Second Life grid.

Watch the show above, or you can see it on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds.

We talk to Kaya Angel of Angel Manor about the special winter landscapes he has created for his region, with a host of activities and events, and Saffia visits the special winter region created by Tymus Tenk and Truck Meredith of Calas Galadhon, which has a gorgeous pavilion, activities and events – and a whole fantasy wonderland in the sky!

We also travel around the grid to encounter The Land of Snowflakes, created by Xanthe Firehawk, a traditional Christmas environment; the very wintery and beautiful Distant Edge, landscaped by Bridget Twig and Remuera Seetan. We explore A Wizard’s Winter, where you can ride on broomsticks and explore a stunning beautiful village, and we explore a stunning four-region winter Mountain complex, created by Conte Alchemi – and even try to come back down again …

And Wildstar Beaumont has some beautiful images to share of the Christmas Expo, now sadly finished.

It’s a fabulous show, so do check it out!

Here are the places we visited – note that not all these locations may remain available after Christmas:
The Land of Snowflakes: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Haven%20Woods/59/211/2001
Distant Edge: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dreamworld%20Mermaid/158/71/22/
A Wizard’s Winter: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Coral%20Cape/25/50/28
Angel Manor: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Angel%20Manor/9/184/21
The Mountain: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Homewood/42/203/32
Callas Galadhon’s Winter Region: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sincere%20Estates/117/117/27

Distant Edge
Distant Edge

And don’t forget …
Linden Labs Winter Wonderland (which we visited on our last show): https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Winter Wonderland 5/113/7/30/
and
The Dickens Project, featured here on the Prom Perfect blog: https://primperfect.net/2020/12/14/explore-the-world-of-the-christmas-carol-with-the-dickens-project/

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All photos by Wildstar Beaumont

Calas Galadhon

Calas Galadhon

In this, our final new episode for 2019, we explore Winter Wonderlands around the grid with a special trip to the Christmas Expo for Relay for Life!

From 2pm today, Monday 16th December, you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds and on the Designing Worlds channel at SLArtist at: https://www.slartist.com/browse-dw-videos-1-date.html. And you can join the special Watch Party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Cherishville

Cherishville

We visit the Christmas Expo to see the stores and designs there, and take a sleigh ride with Trader Whiplash and Nuala Maracas to see the Lights of Hope – houses decorated for Christmas by the designers – and also tour the Linden Lights of Hope – which were houses decorated by the Lindens and the Moles (tinies – look out for the waffle mountain and syrup lake at 25.37).

Author's Point

Author’s Point

We also visit some of the fabulous Winter Places on show in Second Life, including Russian fairytale-like Warm Angel and the recreation of the Austrian town of Gosau created by two real-life farmers who live in the area, and the Bells of Rhymney which mixes a Rivendell-like atmosphere with Baroque architecture.

New Babbage

New Babbage

And we include two extensive slideshows by Wildstar Beaumont which cover some locations we weren’t able to visit in person.

It’s a very beautiful show, so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

The Dickens Project

The Dickens Project

Places to visit:
Unfortunately the Christmas Expo is now closed. But you can visit the other locations visited on the show:

Warm Angel: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wildflower%20Mountain/20/204/46
The Village of Gossau: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gosau%20Dachstein%20West/55/142/3
The Bells of Rhymney: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hillview/145/128/44

Winter's Hollow

Winter’s Hollow

Linden’s Winter Wonderland (access through the Portal Park: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal%20Park%201/177/120/53)The Dickens Project: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Dickens%20Project/125/118/22
Callas Galadhon at Christmas: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sea%20Myst/184/211/2998

Next week, there’ll be a special showing at our usual scheduled time of Murder at the Muirsheen Durkin, our special Christmas drama for 2017 – stay tuned for further information!

Santa Town

Santa Town

 

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Nonprofit Commons: the ampitheatre, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Nonprofit Commons: the ampitheatre, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode we visited Nonprofit Commons, the location for a number of not-for-profit organisations in Second Life, and learnt about how Nonprofit Commons works, and also looked at the projects being undertaken by the individual organisations.

DW409 – Non-Profit Commons from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We talked to Buffy Beale who, together with Rhiannon Chatnoir, is one of the people behind Nonprofit Commons, and about her own organisation – Bridges for Women Society, based in British Columbia, which has a location on the Nonprofit Commons estate.

Bridges for Women, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Bridges for Women, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we talked to the Co-Chair of Nonprofit Commons, Zinnia Zauber of Peninsula College, about the courses she runs for her real life students in her area on Nonprofit Commons and to Namaara MacMoragh, of the Brain Energy Support Team and also the Treasurer of Nonprofit Commons, who shared information about their work – and also her thoughts on nonprofit fundraising in virtual worlds. We also met up with talkswithmarie (also known as Red!) to talk about her G.I.R.L.S projects, and Dancers Yao who talked about the Elder Voices project and the work they are doing with the United Nations on Lyme Disease.

Peninsula College, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Peninsula College, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Finally, we left the Nonprofit Commons estate to visit Virtual Ability, and spoke with Gentle Heron. Gentle shared with us the benefits the wider not-for-profit community draw from Nonprofit Commons – they good that they do spreads far and wide not just across the grid, but into real life too.

The G.I.R.L.S Project, Nonprofit Commons, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The G.I.R.L.S Project, Nonprofit Commons, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

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Misfits Dance: DeNile

Misfits Dance: DeNile

In this episode of Designing Worlds, we visit the home of Misfits Dance and Performing Arts and talk to their founder, JenzZa Misfit.

DW394 – Misfit Dance & Performance Art from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Over the past years JenzZa and her troupe have produced consistently impressive dance performances at major events such as One Billion Rising and Fantasy Faire.

Misfits Dance: Harry End

Misfits Dance: Harry End

We discover what inspires JenzZa and how she brings her inspiration to life, with some in-depth looks at how she creates the dances, alongside plenty of examples of finished shows – although sadly, due to copyright reasons, we’re not able to include the original music.

Misfits Dance: RusBluez

Misfits Dance: RusBluez

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Demiurge & Sapiens by Gem Priez on LEA29, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Demiurge & Sapiens by Gem Priez on LEA29, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 21st May, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, as we visit a really stunning range of installations at the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA).

We talk to Fakey Jewell and Dorian Cao of the Jewell Theatre, who take us on a guided tour of their installation, Snow, on LEA 25, who don’t just tell us about the production they will be hosting and the real life issues that lie behind the play, but also take us to see various projects about Second Life Theatre that they are running here – and introduce us the the world of the story of Snow!

Entropy V - Diabolus Juvante by NaTaS Janus on LEA 21, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Entropy V – Diabolus Juvante by NaTaS Janus on LEA 21, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then Saffia meets Solkide Auer at his installation, The Cave on on LEA19, while Elrik explores The Philosophy of Furniture by Daark Gothly, Mazie Halpern and Cienega Soon on LEA 18. And Saffia takes a stroll through Ediola on LEA24, created by Livio Korobase with Footnotes by Arts Oluja – a really fascinating study of visions and ways of seeing. Finally, they visit Unititled on LEA28, created by Storm Septimus, another monumental and stunning installation, this time about the nature of pain.

In addition, Wildstar Beaumont explored three further installations to create a truly wonderful slideshow for this episode: Demiurge & Sapiens by Gem Priez on LEA29; Seductions by Lorys & Alo on LEA 23; and Entropy V – Diabolus Juvante by NaTaS Janus on LEA 21.

Seductions by Lorys & Alo on LEA 23, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Seductions by Lorys & Alo on LEA 23, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This really is a show not to be missed! So please join us at 2pm SLT.

You’ll be able to see all these installations until the end of June when a new round of Artists in Residence begins. And if you have been inspired by what you have seen at the LEA and would like to apply for a six month grant of a region of your own, check out the application form here: http://lea-sl.org/form/lea-air-land-grant-application-round-fifteen

Demiurge & Sapiens by Gem Priez on LEA29, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Demiurge & Sapiens by Gem Priez on LEA29, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The LEA welcomes established and first time artists.

Or – 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, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Prim Perfect or Designing Worlds blogs.

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Entropy V - Diabolus Juvante by NaTaS Janus on LEA 21, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Entropy V – Diabolus Juvante by NaTaS Janus on LEA 21, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Places to visit from today’s show:

Snow, by Fakey Jewell and Dorian Cao of the Jewell Theatre on LEA 25 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA25/45/206/26

The Cave by Solkide Aueron on LEA19 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA19/136/167/983

The Philosophy of Furniture by Daark Gothly, Mazie Halpern and Cienega Soon on LEA 18 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA18/171/199/2

Ediola by Livio Korobase with Footnotes by Arts Oluja on LEA24 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA24/87/125/21

Unititled by Storm Septimus on LEA28 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA28/58/155/1990

Demiurge & Sapiens by Gem Priez on LEA29 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA29/132/131/22

Seductions by Lorys & Alo on LEA 23 – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA23/36/202/3501

Entropy V – Diabolus Juvante by NaTaS Janus on LEA 21 -http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA21/136/116/664

Seductions by Lorys & Alo on LEA 23, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Seductions by Lorys & Alo on LEA 23, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Starry Stars and Stuff in Sansar

Starry Stars and Stuff in Sansar

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 4th December, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, for a very special show as we pay our first ever visit to the new Linden Lab platform – Sansar.

Garden of Dreams in Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Garden of Dreams in Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

In this first (or two) episodes, we explore the studio that Kayle Matzerath has created for us in Garden of Worlds in Sansar. Then Saffia talks to Jenn, Lead Community Manager for Linden Lab on Sansar, who talks about the way that the grid is developing, and shows her own Experience, Starry Stars & Stuff (a work in progress), built with items already available on the Sansar marketplace.  And we also take a look at two more of the Sansar Experiences – the Diner, created by C3rb3rus and Stasis Interrupted Chapter 1 by Tyler Scarborough, which is a game (where Saffia, inevitably, dies).

The Diner in Sansar

The Diner in Sansar

Sansar is fascinating, but still very clearly a creator beta with a long way to go yet. In some ways, it is awesome – the quality of the design, for example. In other ways, it’s primitive – there are no animations that let us sit down, for example, and although we could stand on Jenn’s carousel and be whirled around, we couldn’t ride the horses. Jenn’s facial expressions as she talked were as good as any I’ve seen in Second Life and needed no HUD to drive them. But I couldn’t capture my own lip movements as I filmed.

Stasis Interrupted - Chapter 1 in Sansar

Stasis Interrupted – Chapter 1 in Sansar

You’ll also notice some other hic-cups in filming. For example, at one point you’ll see the very simple interface on the screen. That’s because Sansar doesn’t automatically set screen size to a filming friendly ratio (that’s on the Advanced menu in Second Life), so setting screen size up was a bit hit and miss. And the avatars are a little crude – although they are to some extent customisable and – in the next major Sansar update, scheduled for mid-December, fashion related elements will be introduced (and will be available for sale). You can see the details on Inara’s Pey’s blog here.

We’re planning to start covering Sansar on a regular process, so you’ll be able follow its development through our shows over the coming seasons.

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

So do come and join us for a fascinating show at 2pm SLT.

Or – 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, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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Learn More:
Main Sansar site:
https://www.sansar.com/
Garden of Dreams in Sansar: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/kaylematzerath/garden-of-dreams
The Diner: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/c3rb3rus/the-diner
Stasis Interrupted Chapter 1: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/tylerscarborough/stasis-interrupted-chapter-1
Starry Stars & Stuff: https://atlas.sansar.com/experiences/jennifer/starry-stars-stuff-wip

Blogs about Sansar:
Living in a Modem World by Inara Pey (Sansar section): https://modemworld.me/category/sansar/
Sansar Newsblog: https://sansarnewsblog.wordpress.com/

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Views of Sansar, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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Rustica

Rustica

Hello everyone. Today I received a message – and a plea – from long term friend and awesome designer – Maxwell Graf.

Please read and share:

Max's Message

Max’s Message

You can visit Max’s store Rustica inworld at: maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rustica/130/116/58
You can shop on the Marketplace at: marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/7300

Please go and shop – and pass this message on to friends.

 

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