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Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 29th February, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams when we will be visiting the festival for One Billion Rising in Second Life, which took place on 14th February.

 

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One Billion Rising in Second Life is a twenty-four hour one day event in support of the international event One Billion Rising, which aims to build awareness of the violence that women and girls across the globe are subjected to.  In Second Life, across four regions there were art installations and exhibitions,  poetry sessions, storytelling events,  live dance  performances, twenty four hours of music – and also information kiosks that shared information about organisations devoted to promoting justice for women across the globe, and stories of events that were happening around the world.

Filming the video for One Billion Rising

Filming the video for One Billion Rising

In today’s show, we look at some of the elements that went into the event – the amazing video that was shot ahead of the event, part of the particle display by Tansee that was given at the event, one of the dances that were performed in the beautiful Sunflower Theatre, and a full performance of a special play by Bhelanna Blaze, performed by the Cold Shot Ensemble – and, of course, the beautiful and thought provoking art installations that were located all around the perimeter of the event.

The Lost Pleiads cast

The Lost Pleiads cast

It makes for a fascinating show, so do join us, at 2pm today.

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.

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Find out more about One Billion Rising in Second Life:
Website: https://onebillionrisingsl.wordpress.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Billion-Rising/493344827375934
Second Life Group: One Billion Rising
Twitter Stream: https://twitter.com/OBRinSL
Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/2169739@N23/
Main One Billion Rising for Justice page: http://www.onebillionrising.org/

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we discover more about MadPea, the long established Second Life group behind some of the best and most memorable games in Second Life – is now on the web.

MadPea Logo

MadPea Logo

We talk to Kiana Writer, the founder of Mad Pea, and Kess Crystal, the marketing director (and even sneak a peek at a planning meeting – but no spoilers!).

And we learn about the remarkable results of the Celebrity Auction held last September in support of Feed a Smile / Live and Learn in Kenya, a nonprofit which supports children in Kenya to help them gain an education. They are currently building a new school, and the money raised at the MadPea auction paid for a classroom – which has already been built – and children started lessons in it this January! We share a film about this work.

And we also see some of the process that goes into creating a game almost entirely within Second Life, and look at this in relation to their upcoming game – The Interview. And we learn the secret of the dreaded pink prim!

Then we head off to explore the game of The Ghost Town, part of the Firestorm Community Gateway – which is open to all!

The Ghost Town, a game by MadPea at the Firestorm Community Gateway

The Ghost Town, a game by MadPea at the Firestorm Community Gateway

 

The Ghost Town, a game by MadPea at the Firestorm Community Gateway

The Ghost Town, a game by MadPea at the Firestorm Community Gateway

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 22nd February, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams when we will be discovering more about MadPea, the long established Second Life group behind some of the best and most memorable games in Second Life.

MadPea Logo

MadPea Logo

In our first show, we explored what Mad Pea does – including a look at their fantastic Unia game (two years in the creation).

Now we’re back to explore just how they create their games!

We talk to Kiana Writer, the founder of Mad Pea, and Kess Crystal, the marketing director (and even sneak a peek at a planning meeting – but no spoilers!). We see some of the process that goes into creating a game almost entirely within Second Life, and look at this in relation to their upcoming game – The Interview. And we learn the secret of the dreaded pink prim!

Then we head off to explore the game of The Ghost Town, part of the Firestorm Community Gateway – which is open to all!

So do join us, at 2pm today.

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.

Find out more about MadPea here: www.madpeagames.com/
Visit Peatonville at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Neogene/128/214/23
Visit Unia here: maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MadPea%20Base/215/90/22
Visit The Ghost Town here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Firestorm%20HS2/166/223/22

 

The Ghost Town, a game by MadPea at the Firestorm Community Gateway

The Ghost Town, a game by MadPea at the Firestorm Community Gateway

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – 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 – is now on the web.

 

 

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.

Romance at Rustica

Romance at Rustica

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

Romance at Rustica

Romance at Rustica

It’s Valentine’s Day – well, it was yesterday – and we’re inviting you to join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 8th February, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams when we’ll be meeting 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

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we visit the  iLearn Lab, the immersive world of the iSchool at the University of Washington – is now on the web.

 

 

We’re given a guided tour by Ran Hinrichs, specialist in immersive information environments at the iSchool Faculty, University of Washington, who takes us on a guided tour to meet fellow faculty, teaching assistants, avalumni and students who take the course offered in Second Life as we learn about the history and content of the fascinating inworld course of which they are all a part.

We see the students at work and discover some of the projects they have created, and also learn about the theory of information that underlies the work they do.

iLab, University of Washing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

iLab, University of Washing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One of the most fascinating aspects of this show is that it was produced in association with the iLearn Lab to an unusual degree!  After discussions, and reading earlier scripts, the students worked to create the script for this episode (with guidance from the Designing Worlds team); they not only appear in the show but also undertook production tasks including set design and costume.

Guests:
Ran Hinrichs, iSchool Faculty, University of Washington
Mano Barkovics, Student iSchool, University of Washington
Nicole Tilly, Student at iSchool, University of Washington
Shannon Garcia, TA, University of Washington
Bob Boiko, iSchool Faculty, University of Washington
Raven Luna, Avalumni, Certificate in Virtual Worlds, University of Washington

UW Production Team:
Juan Cai, Student at iSchool, University of Washington
Sang-Tse Wu, Student at iSchool, University of Washington
Shannon Garcia, TA, University of Washington
Mano Barkovics, Student iSchool, University of Washington

iLab, University of Washing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

iLab, University of Washing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

iLab, University of Washing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

iLearn Lab, University of Washington, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 8th February, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams when we will be visiting iLearn Lab, the immersive world of the iSchool at the University of Washington.

We’re given a guided tour by Ran Hinrichs, specialist in immersive information environments at the iSchool Faculty, University of Washington, who takes us on a guided tour to meet fellow faculty, teaching assistants, avalumni and students who take the course offered in Second Life as we learn about the history and content of the fascinating inworld course of which they are all a part.

We see the students at work and discover some of the projects they have created, and also learn about the theory of information that underlies the work they do.

iLab, University of Washing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

iLearn Lab, University of Washington, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One of the most fascinating aspects of this show is that it was produced in association with the iLearn Lab to an unusual degree!  After discussions, and reading earlier scripts, the students worked to create the script for this episode (with guidance from the Designing Worlds team); they not only appear in the show but also undertook production tasks including set design and costume.

Guests:
Ran Hinrichs, iSchool Faculty, University of Washington
Mano Barkovics, Student iSchool, University of Washington
Nicole Tilly, Student at iSchool, University of Washington
Shannon Garcia, TA, University of Washington
Bob Boiko, iSchool Faculty, University of Washington
Raven Luna, Avalumni, Certificate in Virtual Worlds, University of Washington

UW Production Team:
Juan Cai, Student at iSchool, University of Washington
Sang-Tse Wu, Student at iSchool, University of Washington
Shannon Garcia, TA, University of Washington
Mano Barkovics, Student iSchool, University of Washington

iLab, University of Washing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

iLearn Lab, University of Washington, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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.

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

To find out more visit the University of Washington campus at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/UW%20Avalumni/145/117/25

iLab, University of Washing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

iLearn Lab, University of Washington, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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