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

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

Today, a notice has been issued by the Linden Endowment for the Arts (the LEA), announcing the closure of the regions.

As you can see from the notice, the Committee has decided that by stepping down, it opens the way for Linden Lab and the arts community to evaluate what they want from the LEA, and hopefully to move forward with the program.

Designing Worlds will be broadcasting a show on July 29th, looking at the work of some of the artists who have hosted installations there.

Art at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Art at the LEA, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This was today’s release:

The Committee of the Linden Endowment for the Arts regrets to inform residents of Second Life that the LEA regions will be closing at the end of August 2019.

In November 2018, the Committee decided that the best way forward was for the members to step down, and allow Linden Lab to revamp or re-organise the program, with new members if they wished. At that time, the bi-annual Land Grant (the AIR regions) were shuttered. A small number of the Committee stayed on to administer the Core regions until the remaining grant commitments ran their course. Those grants are now coming to an end, and therefore the LEA will be closed at the end of August 2019

The Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) was established to help create a center of arts activity in Second Life. It was founded in 2010 and launched its first events in 2011. For the last eight years, it has been a collaborative venture between Linden Lab and the arts community. Guided initially by a board of renowned Second Life artists and more latterly also bringing in people with a strong interest in promoting the Arts in Second Life, the LEA has been committed to providing access to engaging experiences in the arts for the Second Life community. Over the last eight years, through its exhibitions, programs, and events, the LEA has fostered awareness of artists’ contributions to our virtual world and encouraged others to get involved and be inspired.

It has long been divided into two parts; The Core Regions and the Artists in Resident Regions.

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

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

The LEA Land Grant (the AIR Regions) was a program to distribute 20 regions (LEA10 – LEA29) generously donated by Linden Lab. These regions were used to promote art and artistic endeavors in Second Life. Full regions of virtual land were made available to in-world artists through an application process. The AiR Land Grant was a 6 month grant.

The LEA Land Grant was shuttered by Linden Lab in January 2019 at the request of the LEA Committee, pending decisions on the future of the LEA.

The Dickens Project at the LEA

The Core regions (LEA1- LEA9) hosted a variety of artistic events and installations for a three month period. The Core regions included a Welcome Area, a four region theatre, a sandbox for artists, and partial and full regions that could be used for the three month period, with a great emphasis on community art events.

This program will be closing at the end of August when all the regions will be shuttered by Linden Lab at the request of the Committee.

The Committee wishes to express its gratitude and deep respect for the artists of Second Life, whose work they have been privileged to support over the last eight years. We hope that in time Linden Lab will be able to create a new program that will continue their support of the arts in Second Life.

Any questions concerning the Linden Endowment for the Arts should be addressed to PatriciaAnne Daviau or JMB Balogh.

The Linden Endowment for the Arts Committee

A Watercolour Wander, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

A Watercolour Wander, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The Light of Va'loth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Light of Va’loth, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode of Designing Worlds we paid the first of three special visits to the stunning Fantasy Faire (held in April and May this year).

DW399 – Fantasy Faire 2019 Part I from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

In this episode we talk to one of the main organisers of the Faire, Elizabeth Tinsley, as well as creators and designers, some of the organisers of events within the Fire, and some of the people behind the scenes who together with vendors and sponsors make up one of the biggest fundraisers in the virtual world, this year raising over $68,000US for the American Cancer Society’s Hope Hostel in Kenya.

Tensor's Flying Market, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Tensor’s Flying Market, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And, of course, there will be plenty of footage and photos of this years beautiful and stunning regions, filmed by Elrik Merlin, Saffia Widdershins and Beq Janus, and photographed by Wildstar Beaumont.

Trollhaugen, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Trollhaugen, 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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The LEA

The LEA

Come January 1st 2019, the Linden Endowment for the Arts, known as the LEA, will be temporarily closing its Artists in Residence regions (LEA 10 – 29) to allow for a major restructuring.

Over the last seven years, these regions have been open for artists who apply to build their dreams, each for a six month grant. We have seen many great installations here – and some that have attracted controversy.

The LEA

The LEA

The nine Core regions (which include the Theatre, the Sandbox and Photohunt) will remain for the present, and short-term grants will still be available in these regions for community-inspired arts projects.

Applications for Core regions can be made here:
https://sites.google.com/view/linden-endowment-for-the-arts-/home

The LEA

The LEA

Discussions between the present Committee and Linden Lab about the future form of the LEA are ongoing, but it is anticipated that there will be a new organising committee when the AiR regions re-open.

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The Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) was established to help create a center of arts activity in Second Life. It is a collaborative venture between Linden Lab and the arts community. Guided by a dedicated board of renowned Second Life artists, the LEA is committed to providing access to engaging experiences in the arts for the Second Life community. Through its exhibitions, programs, and events, the LEA fosters awareness of artists’ contributions to our virtual world and encourages others to get involved and be inspired.
See more at: http://lea-sl.org/

For more information, contact Saffia Widdershins and JMB Balogh.

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The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode we return to one of the most beautiful regions in Second Life, the home of His Majesty Brick Masters. And you can judge its beauties for yourself when the show goes live on Monday 26th November at 2pm SLT on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel and on the Designing Worlds channel at SLArtist – and you can join the special viewing party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We visited the estate a little while ago, but since then His Majesty has totally overhauled this and has had a fantastic new mansion built for him by the renowned Second Life architect Patch Thibaud – and the result is spectacular!

Not only is the building is a fine example of virtual world architecture and design at its best, but the interiors form a beautiful synergy with the architecture, building to a holistic design triumph – which is also a beautiful home.

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Saffia’s tip – make sure you don’t miss the ceilings!

His Majesty welcomes visitors – you’ll find the gates of his Estate here.
and at the pier, the gondola will be waiting to carry you across to the island, if you want to arrive in style (and who doesn’t?) Certain areas of the house are private. The are roped off and marked – please respect this.

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And there’s something else not to be missed – hiding away in the sky above the house is an amazing funfair with a great many attractions!

It all makes for a fascinating show – make sure you don’t miss it. And, if you can, join the special viewing party (also at 2pm SLT) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

 

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Once or twice a year, at various charity events, we auction Designing Worlds shows to raise money for the charity in question, and this year, His Majesty was one of the winners of the auction at Fantasy Faire – and this is his very special show. Two more will be coming next season.

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Majesterium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Erstwhile Station ships, photographed by Elrik Merlin

Erstwhile Station ships, photographed by Elrik Merlin

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – the first episode of our autumn/fall season, where we take a look at the story behind ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES, the 15-minute machinima produced by Caledonia Skytower, Honey Heart and our very own Elrik Merlin, is now on the web!

DW379 – The Making of ‘Arrivals & Departures’ from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Saffia Widdershins and guest co-host Corwyn Allen talk to the film-makers about how the production came about and how it was made, in the special theatre created by Honey Heart for the premiere; and we talk to Marcus Inkpen of in-world creators The Looking Glass who produced the build, Erstwhile Station, in which the story is set.

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES is a 15-minute machinima shot in Second Life®, based on a short story written as part of Fantasy Faire 2018, the tenth annual virtual world-based fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society.

Arrivals and Departures poster

Arrivals and Departures poster

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES presents a glimpse into two individual journeys that are brought together and shared one last time, in a story set in a vibrant, steampunk-inspired, fantasy environment. As the action transitions from a public encounter into a more personal, private exchange, the film highlights the vital importance of storytelling, harking back to an earlier time when tales were woven into a verbal tradition that was handed down by word of mouth.

Though the word is never uttered in the film, it addresses aspects of our attitudes towards death. Interwoven within is a reminder that while those who leave us pass beyond our reach, we may continue to carry them within us, breathing life into their passions and ideals, by teaching what we have learned from them, and inspiring others.

Erstwhile Lounge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Erstwhile Lounge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The programme includes the complete film, and a slideshow of production shots plus images from the premiere, taken by Wildstar Beaumont.

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Arrivals and Departures poster

Arrivals and Departures poster

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 24 September for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, for the new episode of our autumn/fall season, we take a look at the story behind the 15-minute machinima produced by Caledonia Skytower, Honey Heart and our very own Elrik Merlin: ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES.

Saffia Widdershins and guest co-host Corwyn Allen talk to the film-makers about how the production came about and how it was made, in the special theatre created by Honey Heart for the premiere; and we talk to Marcus Inkpen of in-world creators The Looking Glass who produced the build, Erstwhile Station, in which the story is set.

Arrivals & Departures – Trailer from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES is a 15-minute machinima shot in Second Life®, based on a short story written as part of Fantasy Faire 2018, the tenth annual virtual world-based fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society.

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES presents a glimpse into two individual journeys that are brought together and shared one last time, in a story set in a vibrant, steampunk-inspired, fantasy environment. As the action transitions from a public encounter into a more personal, private exchange, the film highlights the vital importance of storytelling, harking back to an earlier time when tales were woven into a verbal tradition that was handed down by word of mouth.

Erstwhile Station, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Erstwhile Station, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Though the word is never uttered in the film, it addresses aspects of our attitudes towards death. Interwoven within is a reminder that while those who leave us pass beyond our reach, we may continue to carry them within us, breathing life into their passions and ideals, by teaching what we have learned from them, and inspiring others.

The programme includes the complete film, and a slideshow of production shots plus images from the premiere, taken by Wildstar Beaumont.

Erstwhile Lounge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Erstwhile Lounge, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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.

More information on the film and the producers is available from the CEH Productions website, cehproductions.com

 

Erstwhile Station ships, photographed by Elrik Merlin

Erstwhile Station ships, photographed by Elrik Merlin

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From ColeMarie's particle performance

From ColeMarie’s particle performance

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 2 July for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, as we revisit a show from 2015 where we looked at the career and particle magic of the well-known creator, muscian and machinima-maker, ColeMarie Soliel..

ColeMarie has had a fascinating career, both inworld and on the wider web, and she talks to us about this, as well as demonstrating some of her beautiful particle effects – and explaining why the development of particle scripting in Second Life made her enthusiastic to return and start creating again.

From ColeMarie's particle performance

From ColeMarie’s particle performance

Then she treats us to a full musical performance with stunning particle effects.

It’s a beautiful show so … do join us 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 Prim Perfect or Designing Worlds blogs.

From ColeMarie's particle performance

From ColeMarie’s particle performance

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