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The latest episode of Designing Worlds –  re-visiting the amazing event that was One Billion Rising in Second Life – is now on the web!

DW264 – One Billion Rising in SL 2015 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

One Billion Rising was a Second Life event featuring a four-region stage where 200 people could dance together, surrounded by an area of art installations, an arena for poetry and dance productions, and informational exhibits. A variety of performers played over the 24-hour period and poetry and dance events were held at different times, enabling people all over the world to attend this virtual event no matter their timezone. The objective of the event was to raise awareness, not to raise funds; however, information about real-world organisations was be available in kiosks for those wishing to donate.

Audio installation by Lorin Tone on OBR Change

Audio installation by Lorin Tone on OBR Change – drumming was a theme of this year’s event

The day after, we took our cameras to explore the four regions and talk to some of the people behind the event including Victor Mornington, Samantha Ohrberg, Drew Slate, Garnet Psaltery, Taralyn Gravois, AvaJean Westland, Adele Ward and our own director, Aisling Sinclair, who created the landscaping and infrastructure.

It makes for a fascinating “Behind the Scenes show” for One Billion Rising in Second Life 2015!

One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 2nd March for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be re-visiting the amazing event that was One Billion Rising in Second Life.

ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On February 14, 2015, men and women in all over the world joined with activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and people across the world to Drum, Dance, and Rise as a show of unity, individual strength, and the need for change.

One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And since 2013, one of those places where we come together for One Billion Rising as a Second Life event featuring a four-region stage where 200 people can dance together, surrounded by an area of art installations, an arena for poetry and dance productions, and informational exhibits. A variety of performers played over the 24-hour period and poetry and dance events were held at different times, enabling people all over the world to attend this virtual event no matter their timezone. The objective of the event was to raise awareness, not to raise funds; however, information about real-world organisations was be available in kiosks for those wishing to donate.

The day after, we took our cameras to explore the four regions and talk to some of the people behind the event including Victor Mornington, Samantha Ohrberg, Drew Slate, Garnet Psaltery, Taralyn Gravois, AvaJean Westland, Adele Ward and our own director, Aisling Sinclair, who created the landscaping and infrastructure.

Audio installation by Lorin Tone on OBR Change

Audio installation by Lorin Tone on OBR Change

So join us, at 2pm today for a wonderful way to remember this very special event!

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.

Bear at OBR

Bear at OBR

One Billion Rising in Second Life website and blog: https://onebillionrisingsl2015.wordpress.com/
Our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Billion-Rising/493344827375934
Our Second Life Group: One Billion Rising
Our Twitter Stream: https://twitter.com/OBRinSL
Our Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/2169739@N23/

Main One Billion Rising for Justice page: http://www.onebillionrising.org/

One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

The latest episode of Designing Worlds –  tracing the history of virtual world jewellery making with Abraxxa Anatine of Earthstones – is now on the web!

Designing Worlds Episode 263 – The Ages of Second Life Jewellery from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Abraxxa has been creating jewellery in Second Life for a very long time, and she takes us back to the days of prim torture as she demonstrates how jewellery was made before the advent of the sculptie (and why it was possible to crash a region with your ear-rings!). Then we look at the refinements possible with the development of sculptie prims, and finally to the amazing possibilities of mesh.

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And along the way we discuss issues such as the use of bling (Second Life’s very own version of the Blink! tag), the pleasures and pitfalls of maintaining jewellery stores across virtual worlds (Abraxxa has a strong presence in Inworldz), the problems posed by the advent of mesh body parts, and the difficulties the use of display names has caused. In fact, some of the issues Abraxxa faces provide a fascinating microcosm of residents working with the changing face of virtual world economies, as we learn in a fascinating discussion with her.

Butterfly rings by Earthstones

Butterfly rings by Earthstones

Visit Earthstones at: maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/EarthBound/124/139/25

The Avi Choice Award 2015

The Avi Choice Award 2015

At Designing Worlds, we take enormous pride and pleasure in sharing the beauties of the grid with you, discussing new innovations, and highlighting issues of concern to residents.  It means we get to visit the most amazing places and meet the most creative and ingenious people. Making the show is a treat every episode, and to be rewarded for doing what we love so much is a particularly fine cherry on on cake.

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us in the Avi Choice Art Awards 2015 for Favourite Television Programme. Your support for Designing Worlds makes this very, very special for us.

 

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 23rd February for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be tracing the history of virtual world jewellery making with Abraxxa Anatine of Earthstones.

Butterfly rings by Earthstones

Butterfly rings by Earthstones

Abraxxa has been creating jewellery in Second Life for a very long time, and she takes us back to the days of prim torture as she demonstrates how jewellery was made before the advent of the sculptie (and why it was possible to crash a region with your ear-rings!). Theyn we look at the refinements possible with the development of sculptie prims, and finally to the amazing possibilities of mesh.

The Earthstones Gypsy set

The Earthstones Gypsy set

And along the way we discuss issues such as the use of bling (Second Life’s very own version of the Blink! tag), the pleasures and pitfalls of maintaining jewellery stores across virtual worlds (Abraxxa has a strong presence in Inworldz), the problems posed by the advent of mesh body parts, and the difficulties the use of display names has caused. In fact, some of the issues Abraxxa faces provide a fascinating microcosm of residents working with the changing face of virtual world economies, as we learn in a fascinating discussion with her.

So join us, at 2pm today for a fascinating show!

And visit Earthstones at: maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/EarthBound/124/139/25

The Earthstones store, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Earthstones store, 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.

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – part two of an exploration of the art and techniques of Second Life photography, featuring three leading Second Life photographers – is now on the web!

We talk to three different photographers about their work: Strawberry Singh, the well-kown fashion and portrait photographer, Honour McMillan, whose landscape pictures feature regularly on her popular blog, and Wildstar Beaumont, our team photographer who is also well known for event photos and seascapes.

In this show we talk to our three photographers about post processing techniques and also ways of sharing your photographs with a wide audience.

Ships and Boats Exhibit at the Tradewinds Yacht Club by Wildstar Beaumont

Ships and Boats Exhibit at the Tradewinds Yacht Club by Wildstar Beaumont

For more on our guests, see:
Strawberry Singh: http://strawberrysingh.com/
Honour McMillan: https://honourmcmillan.wordpress.com/
Wildstar Beaumont: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildstar_b/

If you missed the first show (which has some awesome advice about taking great photographs and adjusting windlight settings) you can see it here or here.

The Forgotten City by Honour McMillan

The Forgotten City by Honour McMillan

Together these shows are a fascinating exploration of Second Life photography with some of the leading photographers in virtual worlds … and a valuable repository of tips and tricks for photographers and machinima makers!

Exploring Second Life by Strawberry Singh

Exploring Second Life by Strawberry Singh

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 16th February for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be exploring Second Life photography in the second of two programmes on this topic!

Once again, we are talking to three different photographers about their work: Strawberry Singh, the well-kown fashion and portrait photographer, Honour McMillan, whose landscape pictures feature regularly on her popular blog, and Wildstar Beaumont, our team photographer who is also well known for event photos and seascapes.

Ships and Boats Exhibit at the Tradewinds Yacht Club by Wildstar Beaumont

Ships and Boats Exhibit at the Tradewinds Yacht Club by Wildstar Beaumont

In this show we talk to our three photographers about look at post processing techniques and also ways of sharing your photographs with a wide audience.

For more on our guests, see:
Strawberry Singh: http://strawberrysingh.com/
Honour McMillan: https://honourmcmillan.wordpress.com/
Wildstar Beaumont: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildstar_b/

If you missed the first show (which has some awesome advice about taking great photographs and adjusting windlight settings) you can see it here or here.

The Forgotten City by Honour McMillan

The Forgotten City by Honour McMillan

This is a show for everyone who loves Second Life photography, whether to look at the pictures or even taking them! So 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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