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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 paid the second of two visits to the Second Life 16th Community Birthday Celebration, or SL16B for short.

DW404 – SL16B Part2 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

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

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

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?

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

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

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.

The DNA Cafe at Sl16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The DNA Cafe at Sl16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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!

Sculpture by Bryn Oh at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sculpture by Bryn Oh at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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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

Tapestry of Time at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Tapestry of Time 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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SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode of Designing Worlds, we paid the first of two visits to the Second Life 16th Community Birthday Celebration, or SL16B for short.

DW403 – SL16B Part1 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

While Saffia is away in the auditorium presenting interviews with various leading Lindens, our Director Aisling Sinclair joins Elrik Merlin for some excursions around the many regions and builds. This year, the theme (it being the 16th Birthday of Second Life) is “Sweet Sixteen”, inferring, perhaps paradoxically, a 1950s feel.

In the Auditorium at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In the Auditorium at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We start at the beautiful retro televsion studio that was created for Designing Worlds by undercoverlady. Then we’ll enjoy some Non-Profit Commons ice creams; take one of Yavanna Llanfair’s always enjoyable Pod Car Tours of the site; visit LitFest, a little bit of Fantasy Faire at SL16B which looks at some of the great fantasy novels that were first published in the 1950s; and take a look at a remarkable installation created by Pokofy Neva that highlights a darker period in the 1950s – one that is seemingly almost forgotten today – the Korean War.

The Forgotten War at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Forgotten War at SL16B, 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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Welcome Area at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Welcome Area at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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

The show goes live on Monday 15th 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.

The Auditorium at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Auditorium at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

While Saffia is away in the auditorium presenting interviews with various leading Lindens, our Director Aisling Sinclair joins Elrik Merlin for some excursions around the many regions and builds. This year, the theme (it being the 16th Birthday of Second Life) is “Sweet Sixteen”, inferring, perhaps paradoxically, a 1950s feel.

Nonprofit Commons at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Nonprofit Commons at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We start at the beautiful retro televsion studio that was created for Designing Worlds by undercoverlady. Then we’ll enjoy some Non-Profit Commons ice creams; take one of Yavanna Llanfair’s always enjoyable Pod Car Tours of the site; visit LitFest, a little bit of Fantasy Faire at SL16B which looks at some of the great fantasy novels that were first published in the 1950s; and take a look at a remarkable installation created by Pokofy Neva that highlights a darker period in the 1950s – one that is seemingly almost forgotten today – the Korean War.

The Forgotten War at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Forgotten War at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It makes for a fascinating show, so so please tune in or join us at 2pm SLT.

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See more about SL16b here: https://strawberrysingh.com/2019/06/20/sl16b/

Fantasy Faire LitFest celebrates the 1950s at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fantasy Faire LitFest celebrates the 1950s at SL16B, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontSL9B - Lotus Stage

SL9B – Lotus Stage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today on Designing Worlds we’re looking back to 2012, with a look back to one of our special 10th Anniversary shows from 2018.

This year the Lab have played a major role in creating SL16B, but in 2012, they stepped back, and the residents took control for the first time.

DW362 – Designing Worlds 10th Anniversary Special #5 – 2012 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

In this special show, we’re also looking back at some of the fabulous places and events in Second Life – and we’ll be re-visiting one of the other Prim Perfect projects that started in 2012 – The Blackened Mirror. And there’s also the chance to see part of one of the much-loved Babbage Christmas Tales …

SL9B – Egypt Stage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Plus there’s an overwiew of the year in Second Life as Saffia talks with our resident historian, Marianne McCann.  And Wildstar Beaumont shows more photos from his archives!

And, rather than a Watch Party in the studio this week, you’re all invited to the Auditorium on SL16B, where Saffia will be speaking live to Patch Linden as one of our exciting programme of talks!

Talks at SL16B: Meet the Lindens: Patch

Talks at SL16B: Meet the Lindens: Patch

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