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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

 

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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.

 

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a special Valentine episode that  show sees us returning to New Babbage – is now on the web!

Designing Worlds Episode 261 – Biggins In Love from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

It all begins with the annual delivery of presents for the urchins of New Babbage from The Primgraph magazine. Miss Widdershins delivers the presents while Mr Merlin decides to visit Mr Jon Weatherwax’s new Mayfair Theatre.

What could possibly go wrong?

It comes complete with, of course, the estimable Mr Jebediah Biggins (twin brother to Mr Obadiah Biggins, star of The Blackened Mirror) and the stalwart Assistant Maceholder, Mr Victor Mornington – and also features an appearance by those wonderful avatar horses, pulling the most beautiful troika from Ladies’ Pleasure, and driven by its creator, Miss H0ney Heart.

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Many thanks to Mr Mavromichali Szondi, and to Miss Beq Janus for awesome design work beneath the streets.

Cast (in order of appearance):
Miss Saffia Widdershins … Herself
Mr Victor Mornington … Himself
Mr Elrik Merlin … Himself
Mr Jon Weatherwax … Himself
Aurora … Miss Garnet Psaltery
Mr Biggins … Himself
Troika driver … Miss H0ney Heart
Horses …. Dancer Ingelwood, Cherry Lastchance and Kalypso Whitesong

This is a New Babbage special for Valentine’s Day – and we think you’ll find it a very poignant tale!

Troika Dashing through the New Babbage snow

Troika Dashing through the New Babbage snow

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Winter in New Babbage -photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Winter in New Babbage -photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 9th February for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, for a special Valentine episode that  show sees us returning to New Babbage in a show that we were originally intending for our Christmas special. But we had a change of heart when we realised that this is a very romantic tale …

It all begins with the annual delivery of presents for the urchins of New Babbage from The Primgraph magazine. Miss Widdershins delivers the presents while Mr Merlin decides to visit Mr Jon Weatherwax’s new Mayfair Theatre.

What could possibly go wrong?

It's surprising what you can discover beneath the streets of New Babbage ...

It’s surprising what you can discover beneath the streets of New Babbage …

It comes complete with, of course, the estimable Mr Jebediah Biggins (twin brother to Mr Obadiah Biggins, star of The Blackened Mirror) and the stalwart Assistant Maceholder, Mr Victor Mornington – and also features an appearance by those wonderful avatar horses, pulling the most beautiful troika from Ladies’ Pleasure, and driven by its creator, Miss H0ney Heart.

Many thanks to Mr Mavromichali Szondi, and to Miss Beq Janus for awesome design work beneath the streets.

Cast (in order of appearance):
Miss Saffia Widdershins … Herself
Mr Victor Mornington … Himself
Mr Elrik Merlin … Himself
Mr Jon Weatherwax … Himself
Aurora … Miss Garnet Psaltery
Mr Biggins … Himself
Troika driver … Miss H0ney Heart
Horses …. Dancer Ingelwood, Cherry Lastchance and Kalypso Whitesong

This is a New Babbage special for Valentine’s Day – 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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Avi Choice Awards - The Arts

Avi Choice Awards – The Arts

The final nominees for the 2015 Avatar Awards have now been announced, and the voting is open until February 23rd.

We are thrilled that three of Prim Perfect’s productions have been recognised: Prim Perfect itself (in the Favorite Magazine, Newspaper or Periodical category), and Designing Worlds and Happy Hunting! (both in the Favorite SL TV Show category).

And we’re also thrilled to see the names of so many people we have featured or worked with over the years also appearing in the list of nominees!

Are your favourites up for awards this year? Head over to the nomination site, and give your votes for the people that give you art, entertainment and more!

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New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

 

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we visit one of the best known Dr Who/Timelord roleplay regions of New Gallifrey, which has recently been completely redesigned – with a spectacular new look!

This region houses several timelords’ private Tardise but also the Panopticon, the focal point for the adventures of the Time;lords who, after the Time War, found themselves trapped in Second Life. Time travel adapts rather well to Second Life – but in this episode we’ll be concentrating on New Gallifrey itself. The old Panopticon, which we visited way back in 2008 was destroyed as part of a summerlong storyline. Now the new New Gallifrey has emerged, and it really is stunning.

 

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

We are given a guided tour by Sen Pixie, former Lord President of the High Council of New Gallifrey, Kylie Todriya, who in the New Gallifrey multiverse is the Pythia of the Sisterhood of the Jade Dreamers, and also Chancellor of New Gallifrey, and Rowan Thursday, the High Seeress of New Gallifrey and also Sister Dreamweaver to the Pythia. They are also the primary builders of this magnificent edifice, and of the landscape that surrounds it.

Inside the Tardis of Coordinator Deimos, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Inside the Tardis of Coordinator Deimos, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we are given a tour of the darkly stylish Tardis belonging to David Abbot, aka Deimos, head of the Celestial Invervention Agency – which has a rather unexpected special feature.

It all makes for a great show – don’t miss it!

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Join us at 2pm today, Monday 26th January for the start of the new season of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be visting one of the best known Dr Who/Timelord roleplay regions of New Gallifrey.

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

This region houses several timelords’ privates Tardises (Tardes, perhaps?) but also the Panopticon, the focal point for the adventures of the Time;lords who, after the Time War, found themselves trapped in Second Life.  Time travel adapts rather well to Second Life – but in this episode we’ll be concentrating on New Gallifrey itself. The old Panopticon, which we visited way back in 2008 was destroyed as part of a summerlong storyline. Now the new New Gallifrey has emerged, and it really is spectacular.

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

We are given a guided tour by Sen Pixie, former Lord President of the High Council of New Gallifrey, Kylie Todriya, who in the New Gallifrey multiverse is the Pythia of the Sisterhood of the Jade Dreamers, and also Chancellor of New Gallifrey, and Rowan Thursday, the High Seeress of New Gallifrey and also Sister Dreamweaver to the Pythia. They are also the primary builders of this magnificent edifice, and of the landscape that surrounds it.

Inside the Tardis of Coordinator Deimos, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Inside the Tardis of Coordinator Deimos, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we are given a tour of the darkly stylish Tardis belonging to David Abbot, aka Deimos, head of the Celestial Intervention Agency.

This is a show for everyone who loves good design, the potential for roleplay in Second Life and – of course – the universe of Dr Who! So join us, at 2pm today, to travel through time and space.

Tardis on New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Tardis on New Gallifrey, photograph 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.

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Visit New Gallifrey at:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/New%20Gallifrey/186/146/47
(Please note that this is an ADULT region)
Learn more about the roleplay at: New Gallifrey Public Record: https://ngpublicrecord.wordpress.com/

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