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The Playa at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Playa at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In our most recent episode of Designing Worlds, we visited Burn2 2020, the annual Second Life celebration and impromptu art festival that parallels the Burning Man festival usually held in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada every year.

DW425 – Burn2 2020 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Originally begun as “Burning Life” by Linden Lab, several of whom were “Burners” in real life, the community-run festival is now called Burn2 and is a fully authorised regional Burning Man event.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This year Burn2 has been particularly important as the real-life Burning Man festival was cancelled due to Covid-19 and instead has been held virtually, with Burn2 being the most extensive and longest-established. As a result there has been a significant influx of real-life Burners into Burn2, often bringing unique art exhibits and general zaniness with them.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this feature-length episode we talk to organisers and exhibitors at this year’s Burn2, Supersuz, DJ Puddles, Fifi Oh, Holocluck Henley and Freia Guillaume.

We also visit some of the exhibits, and take a look at the philosophy behind the festival.

Lamplighters at the Man at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Lamplighters at the Man at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In addition, Saffia sets out to take a balloon ride – but finds a much more exciting mount! And we catch the Lamplighters, the Burning of the Temple, and the Burning of the Man himself.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The Playa at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Playa at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In our new episode of Designing Worlds, we visit Burn2, the annual Second Life celebration and impromptu art festival that parallels the Burning Man festival usually held in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada every year.

Join us at 2pm today Monday 9th November  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 at 2pm SLT.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Originally begun as “Burning Life” by Linden Lab, several of whom were “Burners” in real life, the community-run festival is now called Burn2 and is a fully authorised regional Burning Man event.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This year Burn2 has been particularly important as the real-life Burning Man festival was cancelled due to Covid-19 and instead has been held virtually, with Burn2 being the most extensive and longest-established. As a result there has been a significant influx of real-life Burners into Burn2, often bringing unique art exhibits and general zaniness with them.

Theatre at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Theatre at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this feature-length episode we talk to organisers and exhibitors at this year’s Burn2, visit some of the exhibits, and take a look at the philosophy behind the festival.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In addition, Saffia sets out to take a balloon ride – but finds a much more exciting mount! And we catch the Lamplighters, the Burning of the Temple, and the Burning of the Man himself.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Burn 2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This week on Monday October 5th, as – in preparation for the annual Burn 2 Festival in Second Life – we look back to 2016 and the amazing festival held then.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo Archive channel at: https://vimeo.com/190066583. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

DW321 – Burn2, 2016 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

The annual Burn2 art festival in Second Life, which is an official representative event approved by the organisers of the annual Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert, following the same principles and with several of the same features and events, including stunning artworks and Man and Temple burns.

We visit some of the installations and follow the Lamplighters to the Burn as they celebrate the life of a valued participant, and we take a Leonardo da Vinci-inspired helicopter ride across the site – da Vinci is this year’s theme.

Burn 2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we take a balloon trip around the site, seeing the famous Burning of the Man and the Burning of the Temple, and talk to Duna Gant and iSkye Silverweb, who were both centrally involved in Burn2 this year.

We also remember Ladyslipper Constantine, a dedicated Burner and a keen Lamplighter at Burn2 events, who died recently. Saffia filmed a special Celebration of her life and work as a volunteer for numerous organisations and events in Second Life; an extract from this is shown in the episode, but you can also watch the full Celebration at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX3c8RVB0iI.

It all makes for a very special show – so do tune in or join our Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams!

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This year’s Burn 2 will take place from 9th – 22nd October, and you can read more about it here: https://www.facebook.com/BURN2BURNERS/ or join the event at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Burning%20Man-%20Deep%20Hole/170/28/24

Burn 2 Poster for 2020

 

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Tansee and Particles, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Tansee and Particles, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Last week, Tansee joined the Designing Worlds’ show to tell us all about the launch of the new Second Life Linden Endowment for the Arts (SLEA). This week, for our archive show, we look back to Tansee’s particle installation at the old Linden Endowment for the Arts.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/12549439. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

DW269 – Tansee’s Particles from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We learned all about how particles can be created, and Tansee showed us work that she had created in collaborations with 2Lei, the Italian group that produces an annual series of installations for the Elimination of Violence Against Woman Day – and also appears at One Billion Rising in Second Life. And we looked a little more at the collaborative project that Tansee is part of currently on the Linden Endowment for the Arts regions – the Starfall Collaborative Group on LEA8.

Tansee makes some very speial particles!

Tansee makes some very special particles!

And Tansee also gave us a sneak preview of the particle displays that she was working on for Fantasy Faire 2015, which were currently in progress when the episode was filmed.

It’s a beautiful show that explores fantastic possibilities in Second Life – so don’t miss it!

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Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We started our new season with a look at the forthcoming launch of the new Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA).

DW423 – Launch of the SLEA from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

The SLEA picks up where the Linden Endowment for the Arts left off, supporting and encouraging the arts in Second Life. We talk to Tansee and Hannington Xeltentat who originally developed the idea, and to Patch and Brett Linden who have been helping to realise the vision under the auspices of Linden Lab.

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This show looks at the structure of the new SLEA and how people can become involved, including how they can apply for grants.

And Patch and Brett also talk about some exciting new packages they are planning to support communities in Second Life!

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In addition, in film and pictures, we look back on the nine years of the original Linden Endowment for the Arts, which closed a year ago.

 

 

 

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Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday 14th September, Designing Worlds is back for its new season – we look at the forthcoming launch of the new Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA), which picks up where the Linden Endowment for the Arts left off, supporting and encouraging the arts in Second Life. We talk to Tansee and Hannington Xeltentat who originally developed the idea, and to Patch and Brett Linden who have been helping to realise the vision under the auspices of Linden Lab.

Join us at 2pm  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 at 2pm SLT. We hope to have Tansee and Hannington join us to be on hand for a post show discussion with our live audience.

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This show looks at the structure of the new SLEA and how people can become involved, including how they can apply for grants.

And Patch and Brett also talk about some exciting new packages they are planning to support communities in Second Life!

In addition, in film and pictures, we look back on the nine years of the original Linden Endowment for the Arts, which closed a year ago.

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Launch of the SLEA on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It all makes for a fascinating show – so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

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New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday June 15th, we are exploring a beautiful – and absolutely fascinating – region within Second Life – New Kadath, which houses (among other delicious treats) the Lighthouse Art Gallery, home of the Museum of Second Life Maps!

Join us at 2pm  when 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.

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

To explore the amazing Museum and the wider region, we’re joined by the Keeper and Custodian of the Lighthouse, Julianna Lethdetter and region creator Dragonia DeCuir.

Julianna shows us around the fabulous map museum, with cartography going back to the earliest days of the Second Life grid, while Dragonia takes us on a tour of the beautiful and exotic region of New Kadath, with its fields, bunnies, dragons and flying whales – and a Cheese Shop – where you can sample the wares!

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It all makes for a beautiful and fascinating show – so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

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Visit New Kadath for yourselves: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/New%20Kadath/34/58/23

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

New Kadath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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From Installations at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Installations at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We’ve been covering the eminent closure of the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) at the end of August, and now the plans to save it in a redeveloped form. Today’s Designing Worlds feature-length episode – the last in our current season – pays a final visit to the LEA in its current form, and looks back at some of the fascinating projects and installations that have appeared there over the years.

The show goes live on Monday 29th July at 2pm SLT on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel, on the Designing Worlds channel at SLArtist – and you can join the special Watch Party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

LEA15 – Failure to Thrive – The Gray Child, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA15 – Failure to Thrive – The Gray Child, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Please note – this show was recorded in the aftermath of the closure announcement. At that point, we did not know about the plans that would emerge to continue the work of the LEA. If you would to learn more about that – please read further here: https://primperfect.net/2019/07/22/saving-the-linden-endowment-for-the-arts-how-you-can-help/

In this episode, we talk to JMB Balogh, before going on to look at work created over the years by Livio Korobase, Xinehop Guisse, Art Oluja, Frankx Lefavre, Ceakay Ballyhoo, Storm Septimus, Tansee, Mario2 Helstein and Jo Williams, Gem Preiz, Kicca Igaly & Nessuno Myoo.

LEA10 – Metamorfaces, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA10 – Metamorfaces, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

As you can see, we have a fascinating and beautiful show for you today – make sure you don’t miss it by tuning in or joining us at 2pm SLT.

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Group to Save the LEA

Group to Save the LEA

Learn more about the closure here: https://primperfect.net/2019/07/18/the-linden-endowment-for-the-arts-announces-its-closure/
Learn more about the plans to re-form the LEA here: https://primperfect.net/2019/07/22/saving-the-linden-endowment-for-the-arts-how-you-can-help/

Join the inworld group by visiting LEA 5: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA5/247/89/21

Save the LEA at the LEA Sandbox on LEA5

Save the LEA at the LEA Sandbox on LEA5

 

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SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode, we pay the second of two visits to the Second Life 16th Community Birthday Celebration, or SL16B for short.

The show goes live on Monday 22nd July at 2pm SLT on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel, on the Designing Worlds channel at SLArtist – and you can join the special Watch Party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

In this show, we visit some of the major Mole-built installations, such as the Welcome Area, the Main Stage and the Tapestry of Time. In addition we check out the latest in Linden Homes – the campers and trailers.

Tapestry of Time at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Tapestry of Time at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

These will be set out as part of the new (and rapidly growing) continent for new Linden Homes, but they have a very different landscape setting from the new houseboats and traditional homes. These have a more rustic, mountainous setting with more of a vacation feel and – on the individual 512 plots, the accommodation itself takes up far less space. Patch Linden told me that the idea was to encourage residents to create more outdoor activities – barbecues and campfires, as well as outdoor sports. And there will be lakes for boating … swimming … maybe fishing?

The new camper and trailer Linden Homes at Sl16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The new camper and trailer Linden Homes at Sl16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It does strike me that these could be ideal Linden Homes for people who already have a nice home elsewhere in Second Life, but who would like to get away for the weekend!

Anyway, we’ll be taking a closer look at Linden Homes next season … let’s get back to the Birthday!

The Four Bridges Project at Sl16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Four Bridges Project at Sl16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Because we also visit some resident builds, including a botanical laboratory in space with a mystery story of its own (yes, it’s another great Loki Eliot build!). Then DNA Café, because of course, following the 1950s theme, the 1950s was the decade when the secrets of DNA were first discovered by Crick, Watson, Franklin and Wilkins. There’s the fascinating Four Bridges Project which, for SL16B, shares the story of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant. And we also visit a miniature replica of the UN Building created for the SL Newser team by Silvia Ametz, which is a very clever optical illusion! Finally, we explore a world of dragons and tinies, and catch up with the latest from the Isle of Wyrms – but sadly no dragon raids on a giant cake this year!

Picnic at Dragon's Glenn at Sl16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Picnic at Dragon’s Glenn at Sl16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

As you can see, we have a fascinating and packed show for you today – make sure you don’t miss it by tuning in or joining us at 2pm SLT.

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See more about SL16B here: https://strawberrysingh.com/2019/06/20/sl16b/
Read the SL Newser here: http://slnewser.blogspot.com/
Learn more about the Four Bridges Project here: http://www.fourbridgesproject.org/
Learn more about the Second Life Virtual Genealogical Society (SLVGS): https://slvirtualgenealogy.org/
Learn more about Loki Eliot, his creations (and Escapades) here: http://www.lokieliot.com
Explore the Isle of Wyrms from here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cathedral/127/7/72

Space Explored by Loki Eliot at Sl16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Space Explored by Loki Eliot at Sl16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

 

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Group to Save the LEA

Group to Save the LEA

Following the recent announcement of the imminent closure of the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA), in the Linden Endowment for the Arts group on Facebook there has been some discussion, some regrets expressed by artists and fans and – because this is the LEA – some acidic criticism.

On the whole, however, there has been a lot of positivity, with ideas emerging for ways in which the LEA can, as the Committee hoped, be restructured and carried forward by a whole new team. Some of the original group who set it up have expressed interest, as have people who have had regions at the LEA and people who simply care passionately about the arts in Second Life.

From Installations at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Installations at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Not everyone has Facebook, of course, and in fact the Facebook group has now been closed to new members ahead of the anticipated shutdown of the shutdown on the LEA regions at the end of August. But Tansee (Resident), the well-known particle artist, and Riannah Avora have started an inworld group called LEA 2.0 The New Future~ SAVE LEA!

This is what they say:

Join Group to SAVE The LEA Sandbox, AIR grants, Core grants and the future of SL Virtual Art and Creativity. Be Proactive . This is an opportunity for “Positive” voices to be heard and be a part of the continuing growth and innovation of virtual art and creativity at LEA with dignified and equal respect to all concerned artists.
Please be specific with your suggestions. Offer reasonable solutions.

From Installations at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Installations at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Tansee has further suggested:

In an effort to organize all the ideas and suggestions, please write them on a notecard and send them to me inworld (tansee.resident) or (rihanna avora). Be Specific with your ideas and the steps it will take to achieve the goals. We have 2 weeks to gather your ideas. After that time I will be sending them to The Lindens. After that the hope is to have a large meeting in The LEA Theater. Join the Group inworld to stay informed and have “productive ~ positive” chat. Here is our chance to put words into actions. PLEASE share this to all!

So … I’m sharing here!

Save the LEA at the LEA Sandbox on LEA5

Save the LEA at the LEA Sandbox on LEA5

In addition, the group has placed information and a green ideas box (where you can drop notecards with your thoughts, suggestions and ideas) at the LEA Sandbox on LEA5.

If you care about the LEA having a future, please join the group and the discussion. Share your ideas – there’ll never be a better time.

From Installations at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

From Installations at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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