I've been watching this project evolve since shortly after its inception and eagerly volunteered to be one of her photographic subjects. Take a peek at her website when you have a moment and if you have the time, volunteer to be one of the usual suspects. http://ping.fm/8gG5C
This came to me by way of Jilly Kidd through the London School of Journalism Group in Second Life:
The fabulous Greek Amphitheater owned by Phorkyad Acropolis is one of the classic builds on SL. It's reopening at the London School of Journalism with events this coming Saturday and Sunday. Newly-rebuilt by Jenene Lemaire and Talliver Hartnell at the London School of Journalism (with a generous land grant from Jilly Kidd, we re-open the Greek Theatre with a series of performances.
Dec. 18 @ 5pm SL: Thaylon Singh (covers and original music)
@6pm SL: Phorkyad Acropolis, The Silent Oracle
Dec 19 @ 6pm SL: Avery Oxhall, "The Fate of Galleon #50" Ballet Preview (piano music)
7pm: SL: Poetry Open Mic
The community at Lollygagger's Lane, in Sarafina, is this year holding a 3-day Xmas Party!
'The Lane' is a rather run-down area, complete with stinking cesspit to bathe in, rats, ramshackle buildings and the odd tramp passing through now and then....just as we like it :)) You are assured of a fine welcome at The Lane whoever you may be :)
A photo contest is underway at Club One Island in Second Life. The contest information and rules from Emerson Iwish follow:
Like taking pictures in Second Life? Or would you like to learn? We're sponsoring a month long contest and photography lessons from our very own Club One Island Official Photographer. Come learn about the contest and learn some of the basics of Second Life photography. Later in the month we'll talk more about the contest and have a more advanced class, so there's plenty of time to play with this and learn.
Join us to today on the Island to find out how YOU can be winning some Linden bucks!
Please reference www.cluboneisland.com/events for the full calendar of events
We have several categories and each first place wins L$5,000 (Linden$)
AND we will also choose a GRAND Prize winner to be awarded L$10,000 (Linden $)
Categories: A, B, C
(A) Photos of an avatar in Action! These should be pictures of an avatar MOVING, DOING, or PLAYING on Club One Island. ACTION is what this is all about and the activities here on the island!
(B) Photos of avatar GROUP activities here on Club One Island. Two, three, or more? We want to see you AND your friends ACTIVELY participating and enjoying the spaces here!
(C) Scenic. These islands are such a beautiful environment to experience! We want to see which places catch YOUR eye!
Be CREATIVE, enjoy, and capture those moments and share with us!
1) Each photo submitted must be taken OF or ON or AT Club One Island.
2) Photos must be submitted by Dec 19, 2010. Maximum of 3 entries per category. Wnners will be announced Dec. 26, 2010 @6:00 pm SLT
3) We reserve the right to display the photos as artwork on Club One Island in Second Life, as well as on our website and Facebook. Your winning photos can be credited with either an SL avatar name or real actual name (your choice) .
4) All decisions made by the judges are final.
Submit all entries in-world to: Emerson Iwish or email to: IslandLead@ClubOne.com
So start exploring and enjoying our place and spaces here!
Presenter: Nana Chingseng (Alice Wexler, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Art Education at SUNY New Paltz)
To accommodate his English-speaking readers, Roger Cardinal (1973) chose the more "anglofied" term for "Art Brut" as the title of his seminal text, Outsider Art. Outsider Art now encompasses the wide range of emerging art work that exhilarates viewers by defying ready-made responses to, and assumptions about, art. It's an art, Cardinal says, that has always been around us, but it took several centuries for our discursively-abled-minds to begin to grasp its import as pictures and visual stories of infinitely diverse ways of experiencing and living in the world. Our cultural tastes and assumptions, the many art-books that assure us that we are pointed in one direction, have made us impervious to alternative realities. After all, Cardinal reminds us, our cultural heritage in the honored domain of "art' established our superiority.
Artists making work under the Outsider rubric became a complex modern phenomenon of stigmatized people who reflected and communicated their own stigmatization. Until recently, these artists were known only in medical terms: schizophrenic, autistic, retarded, and so on. Within the past two decades, however, artists with disabilities are emerging with voices that announce that they seek to establish new metaphors from their own experience of the world.
About the presenter:
In RL, Nana is Alice Wexler, who teaches courses in studio methods and artistic development, instructional resources in art education, and art for exceptional children and adults at SUNY New Palz. Her research focuses on the art-making practices of exceptional children and adults, and on the integration of text and image in art works made by children and adolescents. She is writing a book on children with special needs in alternative settings.
I read the note card with great interest when it and I arrived in Second Life. The message was from Josina Burgess, co-founder of CARP (Cybernetic Art Research Projects) along with Velazques Bonetto and they were seeking hosts for an upcoming event. The group is well known in Second Life for its productions, which include; "The Wall" a unique interpretation of the Pink Floyd classic, "The Rings" a rock opera and a remake of "Metropolis" the silent film classic and the first science fiction movie in Second Life. The group recently put together another special production, "Alien Bolero" of which I had the opportunity to view shortly before its opening several weeks ago. I walked away in complete awe after witnessing something like I'd never ever seen before in Second Life. I've enclosed the notecard below with a few edits (Please forgive me Josi).
This is a call for hosts:
CARP in Collaboration with IBM International CARP has built (Velazquez did) an exhibition in another way then what is normally done in SL.
This exhibition is formed in such a way that it allows people to get an idea of how to become an artwork in RL from SL. CARP is known for the way they build events and exhibitions so here it's something new again of course. Four floors with RL art shown in SL in a special way. It's to research another form of showing art or items. Not through a website but in a 3D world. Paintings, Digital Art works, 360 degree Panorama's, music especially written andn performed for CARP projects. Two big particle theatres with life V-Jazz (virtual jazz) performances and Prims dancing in perfect synchronicity.
Worldwide this exhibition together with the Schoeffer Tower Cybernetic Tour, will open on December 22th.
This means everywhere where IBM is.
Of course we will host ourselves for the European employees of IBM and all SL folks that are interested. We surely will need people that are interested to be a host for, Europe (we have hosts), China, Japan, USA ( we have a host), Australia, Canada, Africa (for India we have already 2 hosts).
If you are interested to be a host during this event, please do IM me or Velazquez Bonetto, because we will welcome you of course but you also need to learn how to start the systems, like the cybernetic tour needs to be started up as well several automatic systems in the exhibition.
We will make a time plan to cover the time zones and surely some meetings between you and us are needed so you as a host know exactly what to do.
I know we ask much, dedication, and we need to count on you, so you must be sure you can do this, but it's also a challenge to experiment this way of exhibiting and showing it to people that have specially logged in, made an avatar, and give them an idea of what's possible.
On Sunday, December 12th from 12 - 2 pm PST/SLT at the i-Learning Workshops℠, San Jose City, Costa Rica Sims an exhibit titled the "Art of the American Indians" opens. The exhibition is the premier SL showing of Navajo artist, Joe L. Yazzie (SL name: Joel Indescent). The Thaw Collection will be on exhibit at i-Learning Workshops℠ through January. The images from Mr. Yazzie will be a permanent collection of the Virtual Native Lands.
From noon to 1 pm there will be a discussion of the Thaw Collection installation led by Nicolo Anthony and Nany Kayo. Mr. Anthony in his first life is Paul S. D'Ambrosio, Ph. D., Vice President and Chief Curator at the Fenimore Art Museum & The Farmers' Museum, Cooperstown, NY and Ms Kayo in her first life is Nancy McDonald, Executive Director of Virtual Native Lands. In addition there will be music in the courtyard by "Native Americana" guitarist Arimo Teixeira (Mario Metsovaara in RL of the Mexica Azteka Nation).
I'm sure this is just a tip of the iceberg, but I wanted to share those openings that I knew about this weekend.
The first is Sledge Roffo's "Georgia" which opens this evening at the Praka & Twilight Gallery. The event begins at 6 pm PST/SLT and the exhibit will run through the 2nd of January.
Next is the opening reception of for what is billed as a multi-faceted art show titled;"Texanna and Friends" The show begins with a reception at 7 pm PST/SLT on Saturday, December 11, 2010. Texanna and Friends is at the Friendly & Friendly Art Gallery. The show will run through January 15th. The artists exhibitng;
Konrad Jansma and cassandra Ushimawa
1 Earthling Rang
At lastly the December through January Exhibit at A.R.t Galerie with music and art opens on Sunday, the 12th of December at 2 pm PST/SLT. In the announcement on the exhibit it listed three artists; "Van Caerndow, Briawinde Magic and Robin Helsinki. and three floors and a garden, full of stained glass paintings, photographs, fractals and sculptures".
In a production launched by Startled Cat, the 3D Aids Quilt will make its debut into the virtual worlds of Second Life and Jokaydia, with opening ceremonies scheduled to begin at noon PST on the 1st of December. The agenda for the event includes a welcome and discussion of the project, readings by Quilt contributors and live music. Startled Cat also announced that "Participants will be free to tour the completed Quilt pieces and sign up to create their own memorials." Startled Cat, a joint venture formed by Doug Thompson, Marty Keltz and Jena Ball, is a studio for immersive storytelling.
In the press release about the event it was announced. "The 3D AIDS Quilt takes the concept of a patchwork quilt - composed of squares of fabric - and transforms it into a collection of 3D rooms or dioramas. Each room is dedicated to a person(s) whose life was lost to AIDS and tells a story using a variety of tools including 3D objects, video, photos, poetry and song. The Quilt was conceived as a way to commemorate the lives of those lost to AIDS and build a global community of individuals and organizations committed to using their collective creativity and resources to eradicate AIDS."
The exhibit opened today, 29-November at the SAS La Criee Art Gallery. The featured artists are; JadeYu Fhang - Jazz62 Masala aka Vasco Lago Pinto - Layachi Ihnen aka Layachi Hamidouche - Solkide Auer. Location - http://ping.fm/bAcUc
Alizarin Goldflake is pleased to announce the grand opening on Saturday, November 27, at 3 pm SL time, of CHEZ ALI! The shop features an eclectic mix of beautiful garden items, furniture, particle emitters, personal accessories, and more, all of which are derived from her art and studio builds. They retain the unique and deliciously ethereal quality of Ali's artwork but are also practical items that will make any SL home unique.
A new artist community has been established in the virtual world. Alexanderia's Kingdom founded by Jeri Rahja has announced the formation of the community in the virtual world of Inworldz. Ms Rahja, a major supporter of virtual art, is housing the community at her four SIM's, Alexanderia, Angels Loft, Moonglow, and Isle of Skye. In a statement she explained that Alexanderia's Kingdom "is a unique community of artists enjoying what they do best, creating with little to no restrictions". She also stated that the current residents include; Soror Nishi, Alizarin Goldflake, Glyph Graves, Miso Susanowa, Ub Yifu, Goose Wycliffe, Feathers Boa, Copan Falta, Caren McCaw, Nyx Breen, Ginger Alsop and CHUCKMATRIX Clip.
I spoke to her recently and she told me of two exciting projects currently underway. The first is that Ub Yifu is doing his entire recreation of Gulliver, his dream build and that it will be a "Beautiful gift to the people of Inworldz. The build is breathtaking and amazing to watch on a daily basis." She said and then added; "We are also building a museum to house most of the artists' works and hope this build by Nyx Breen will show off his architectural achievements ... and we plan to make that building available to purchase along with many of the other extraordinary buildings of Nyx."
"What do you for see in the immediate future at Alexanderia's Kingdom?" I asked.
"What I would like to happen is for the community to grow so the artist can enjoy their lives here for as little cost as possible and the tier can be paid for by sales in the future. Right now all costs are being absorbed by me so the artists can get established and get their works transferred or rebuild or new projects underway … because at Inworldz, each SIM comes with 45,000 prims." She said and then added; "I am making Inworldz a very art world friendly place, as any artist that comes in can come to me and live free at my SIM's and create as much as they want. We work a very small commission back just to pay for the SIM. I make no profit and take no commission until they are ready and I buy a new SIM as soon as one is needed."
As I had promised her, I went out there to check out Alexanderia's Kingdom and was duly pleased that I did. If you're out in Inworldz, be sure to visit this community. With so many talented artists and creators present it is sure to be a pleasurable experience.
The four act play which began its in run in Second Life a week ago is about to end this week-end. In case you hadn't been able to catch a performance, there are two left of "Hedda Gabler" a drama by Henrik Ibsen. One each on Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th of November. Both performances begin at 2 pm PST/SLTand will be held at the George C. Dove Theatre, on the Rockcliffe University SIM.
George Tesman: the husband of Hedda; an academic - Ixmal Supermarine
Hedda Tesman: the heroine - Morgue McMillan
Juliana Tesman: aunt of George - Elegia Underwood
Thea Elvsted: friend of Hedda and George, confidante of Eilert - Aara Frequency
Judge Brack: friend of the Tesmans - Caliban Jigsaw
I received this from Kitviel Silberberg, an announcement message, when I logged into Second Life this morning:
"TLE Educational Network Is Closing - To my sorrow, the TLE Educational Network will be closing today. I just wish to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you, for helping to create a free educational environment in Second Life. The Sim is closed for classes as of today. A note card is attached. Thanking all of you for your incredible support in this endeavor at free education."
The extraordinary talent of homeless people profiled at an international event in the Garden for Change, Second Life.
Earlier this year Homeless Link, the national network of English charities, launched a virtual Garden for Change, with support from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. The real life Places of Change Garden was created by around 500 volunteers from more than 40 homeless agencies from across England. It won silver medal at the Royal Horticultural Society's Prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in May.
Now, on Monday 22 November, one of the people who had the biggest overview of the Places of Change Garden, as its official real life photographer, will be taking part in a 2 hour event at the virtual garden.
Robert Davidson, the official photographer for the Places of Change Garden and former photographer for the Moody Blues and The Move, became homeless at the age of 65. He found his local council most unhelpful, but was subsequently supported by a variety of homelessness services in London who helped him to rediscover his love of photography. Robert's photographs are exhibited at the Garden for Change. Robert's avatar will be interviewed by Jenny Valerian, the avatar of Jenny Edwards, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, in front of an international audience.
The interview will start at 10.15am SLT (16.15 GMT). It will be conducted in voice so please make sure you have headphones or speakers and enable voice in preferences.
Following the interview and questions there will be a tour of the Garden led by Jenny Valerian. Siri Vita, the creator of the in-world garden for Homeless Link will also be present to talk about the process of creation and inspiration she found from the real world garden's design and the stories behind it. Junivers Stockholm will be streaming music, including some he has composed for the garden and some tracks from Streetwise Opera's CD "There's a Place for Us".
Jenny Edwards, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, said, "The idea behind the Garden for Change was to build on the positive impact of the real garden. We want to break down the stereotypes of homeless people by demonstrating to the general public and business internationally that homeless people have talents and potential and should not be written off by society. We want to promote the project to homelessness organisations internationally in order to share the learning and good practice. Second Life offers an alternative way to host debates and discussions with people from across the world.
The event on November 22 is part of a series of talks, events, performances and workshops that will be held at the Garden for Change where people from different countries can meet and share solutions to homelessness. Each event will involve homeless people who were involved in the creation of the original garden or other digital media projects.
1. About Homeless Link:
Homeless Link is the national membership organisation for 500 frontline homelessness charities in England. Its mission is to be a catalyst that will help to bring an end to homelessness. Its vision is to see an end to street homelessness by 2012. It is working with the UK national government and civic leaders to this aim. www.homeless.org.uk
2. About Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation:
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation's purpose in the UK and Ireland is to help enrich and connect the experiences of individuals and secure lasting and beneficial change. It has a special interest in supporting those who are most disadvantaged. One of its core aims is to support imaginative interventions that contribute to an increased public understanding of the importance of habitat conservation for the protection of the environment. The Foundation was established in Lisbon in 1956. The UK Branch, based in London, has for more than 50 years initiated and supported pioneering cultural, social and educational developments. For further information see: www.gulbenkian.org.uk
3. Visiting the Garden for Change:
To visit the Garden for Change in Second Life, you need an account (available for free at www.secondlife.com. Once you have an account and an avatar, you can search for the Garden for Change on the map and then teleport to the site or use this link directly once you are logged in http://bit.ly/gardenforchange. To keep in touch with events sign up to the Garden for Change subscribomatic list.
7. For more information:
Gill Perkins, Head of Communications, Homeless Link
Gill Seerose in SL
on 020 7840 4425 or 07881 921476
♪♫♪ WHAT: November Dance Party and Open House ♪♫♪ WHEN: Saturday, November 20, 12:30 to 2:00 pm SLT ♪♫♪ WHERE: P2P Headquarters at Artropolis
You're invited to a Dance Party and Open House at our headquarters this Saturday! Come gather together to dance, meet people, spend time with friends, and help us celebrate another wonderful month of improving the SLives of people on disability.
All are welcome ... spread the word ... pass along this invitation ... post it in your groups ... bring a friend ... bring 'em all!
I'd missed the opening but stopped by this morning to view pieces exhibited at L'Atellier de Luciella & June. The exhibit is featuring works by Ikeo Catnap, Sledge Roffo and Littleone Aries. All three are talented artists, and their use of color and form worth seeing when you have a moment to stop in. http://ping.fm/x3ghg
I received the invitation when logging in and read it quickly."Paranormal Frottage" by Misprint Thursday opens on 10-November at 7 pm PST/SLT. At the first opportunity, I messaged her to thank and congratulate her on the event. She offered to port me over which I readily accepted. Arriving I saw she had been busily preparing for the festivities and was accompanied by Maya Paris who was there assisting.
Misprint Thursday: Hi Nazzzzz … How's Life in the Nazz Lane going.
Nazz Lane: Heya Mis … moving along at posted speeds.
Maya Paris: Hi Nazz:)
Misprint Thursday: Yes
Nazz Lane: Hey Maya :)
Misprint Thursday: Well don't get a ticket man … I hear they are brutal in SL
Misprint Thursday: So there is vid and sound here Nazz. Let me know if you get it … ok. The sound is in the video only.
Nazz Lane: I turned it on ... It sound is good.
Misprint Thursday: Thank you. It was an unexpected collaboration. I received the track in e-mail and wrote the song and sang it … sent it back. It worked out pretty well I think. I have another version as I was telling Maya.
Nazz Lane: On your site?
Misprint Thursday: Yes I have a link to it … you can listen to hear the difference
Opening up on the 12th of November is an installation by Betty Tureaud at ART Planet 2010. A reception and opening party is set to begin at 1 pm SLT. The exhibit is being sponsored by Danish Visions. If you've not had a chance to see the work of this talented artist now is a good time to do so. I had an opportunity to view a recent build of hers, "Nine Steps to Heaven." Check out the great machinima by Iono Allen.
On Thursday the 11th of November, Texanna Schumann's "Feels Like Fall" photography exhibition opens at Ragamuffin Kips' Gallery in Avalon Town. The exhibit kicks off with a reception that begins at 7 pm SLT. The event is being hosted by Tricia Aferdita. Ms Schumann's photo's on display are something new for her, she presents a series of pumpkins and gourds in which she attempts to emphasize "colors and forms". The style she tells me was inspired by Edward Weston's photography of vegetables.
I've seen Texanna's work several times over the last few years and have enjoyed her collection of prairie flowers and garden scenes. She has a good eye for capturing the colors of her subjects and her choice of content is strong. I did stop by before the opening of this exhibit at her invitation and enjoyed viewing the pictures. Her subjects are indeed colorful and one does get a strong feel of fall in viewing them.
An off-line message arrived from good friend Persia Bravin telling me of an exciting event happening on Saturday, November 6th. Excerpts from the press release which she had included in an invitation passed along via an inventory offer follows:
The Second Life official launch of the EXPLORE IT! project funded by the California SB 70 Grant, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Initiative on Improving and Strengthening Career Technical Education.
Launching on Saturday November 6th from 11am-3pm, this truly innovative project has been designed by an all star team and will be used to teach thousands of students from junior high, high schools and colleges to explore career routes in the technical fields of multimedia, culinary arts, the automotive industry, horticulture and hospitality.
On Saturday, 6-November the next performance of "Follow the Light" is happening in Second Life. The show is billed as a "A spectacular son e lumiere" and will be held on Music Island with a start time of noon PDT/SLT. The performance is also a fundraiser for Peacefest 2010.
A stunning display of fireworks, live original music and dances for earth and sky. Brought to you by an international cast from Sweden, UK and USA. Junivers Stockholm - SL's own composer and performer Jannne Janus - Firework supremo Performers - Medora Chevalier (Costumes, choreography), TheDove Rhode, Debbie Trilling, Sunshine Vayandar, Southern Riptide
I missed the opening but managed to get over a little later in the evening. The exhibit titled " Hot Winter at Pyramid 2010-2011" started today, the 3rd of November and will be open as the invitation suggests for the "whole winter". The exhibit features the work of many talented artists and includes;
Aloisio Congrejo Daco Monday Giovanna Cerise Gleman Jun Kicca Igaly Lion Igaly Maryva Mayo nessuno Myoo Nino Vichan Peste Razor Solkide Auer Tani Thor
First mesh makes its appearance in Inworldz. Artistide Despres created a stunning piece of art using mesh. We're standing nearby viewing it with Jeri Rajha who brought over Elenia Llewellyn the founder of Inworldz for her to view. The piece is of a towering woman, and uses an incredible number of prims in its construction. Congrats! Arti and to Jeri for having the foresight to set up Alexanderia's Kingdom.
The auction opened yesterday evening at Avalon and the proceeds are ear marked to go toward Mental Health Research. Th auction ends today, but there is still time for you to stop by and make a bid on items donated by the generous and talented artists noted below. The bidding will end at 6:30 pm SLT so hurry on over to the Labyrinth Theater.
I received the the following in a note from Bevan Whitfield:
Rockcliffe Open House: Saturday Oct 30, 11:00 AM – 5 PM SL/PST
The Rockcliffe Faculty is excited to host a special Open House on Saturday, October 30th. So much has happened in the last few months and we have so many amazing things planned for the coming semester.
11:00 AM – Keynote address by Kevin Feenan (Phelan Corrimal), CEO of Rockcliffe: Phelan will be welcoming everyone to Rockcliffe University and will discuss upcoming plans for Rockcliffe including the new sim layout, introduction of new course, forums, conferences, and virtual environments.
12:00 PM – The Changing Face of Education with Nissa Rewell, Purdue University: Nissa discusses what educators are currently facing, how virtual technology can change the focus in education, and whether educators are prepared for the direction education is headed.
12:00 PM – Project Management Forum with AgileBill: Do your projects and meetings drag on? Do you deliver work to your client only to find it’s not what they wanted? Do you find it difficult to plan and hold dates? Join AgileBill Firehawk with Pamala Clift for a tour of new tools for collaboration and planning.
12:00 PM – Journal of Virtual Studies: What’s in it for you? with Linda Sautereau: Peggy D. Lee, Ph.D. Indiana University Kelley School of Business, will present an overview of the Journal of Virtual Studies, covering it’s scope, focus and purpose. The next Call for Papers will be discussed with the purpose being to encourage potential authors to submit their work.
1:30 PM – 3D Virtual Worlds for Learning and Training with Phelan Corrimal: Even after four years, educators are still asking the question: Why Virtual Worlds for Education? This presentation helps answer that question by discussing the value proposition of virtual worlds and the ways in which learning in which virtual environments should be used to achieve the greatest level of instructional proficiency.
1:30 PM : So Many Worlds-So Little Time: Virtual Worlds Exploration with Kavon Zenovka and Abacus Capalini: How many avatars do you have and in how many worlds? Business, education and entertainment organization have more options than ever before. Kavon and Abacus will share their experiences in the Metaverse of social virtual worlds and MMORPGS. All virtual world explorers are invited to share their own adventures and an opportunity for new travelers and explorers to learn more.
1:30 PM – Learning Archetypes – the Building Blocks for Effective Enterprise Learning with Johnathan2007 Whitfield: Although not specifically designed as a learning environment or learning tool, Second Life has proven to be a rich resource for delivering learning not only to businesses, but also to academic and government sectors. Learning Archetypes provide learning benefits and affordances that are unique to virtual world environments. This introductory workshop will describe the 11 Learning Archetypes, and identify how they align to different types of learning.
1:30 PM – Making Machinima for the Classroom with Lowe Runo and Dr. Sonicity Fitzroy: Machinima filmmakers are storytellers for the virtual generation and game culture. Documentary, music videos, drama and tutorials can be easily and inexpensively produced through machinima. Learn the basic mechanics, concepts, and aesthetics in transforming an idea into a machinima. Lowe Runo is the founder of the Machinima Guild. Co-authoring the book Machinima: Aesthetics and Practice with Dr. Fitzroy.
1:30 PM – Court Trial – Serial Shrimp Shoplifting with Drug Smuggling: Join Hawc Decosta, Randi Hooker and the other players for a reader’s theater role play of the trial of a serial shrimp shoplifter who is also accused of drug smuggling. The audience will vote on guilt or innocence of the defendant. After the trial, a new homicide scene will be unveiled, with a contest to see which open house attendees can find the most pieces of crime scene evidence. Certificates will be awarded.
To end this amazing Open House, we are please to host the amazing concert:
An amazing tribute to the American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and model. The top certified and best-selling overall artist of the decade. Spectacular lighting, pyrotechnics, stages and top quality sound with experienced SL performers. This is as close as SL can get to a real life concert. If you only go to one concert this holiday season, this is the one you want to be at!
Ever wondered if it's possible to do meaningful volunteer work, even if you can't leave your house or bed?
The National Service Inclusion Project is going to share with us lots of information about virtual volunteering options. They will help us match our interests and skills to causes. We will learn about communication, accessibility, and support while volunteering.
The National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP) is training and technical assistance provider on disability inclusion, under a cooperative agreement (#08TAHMA001) from Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). NSIP partners with the Association on University Centers on Disability, National Council on Independent Living, Association on Higher Education and Disability and National Down Syndrome Congress to build connections among disability organizations and all CNCS grantees, to increase the participation of people with disabilities in national service.
The NSIP website is at http://www.serviceandinclusion.org
It's Press / Blogger Day at the newly designated Burn 2 festival formerly known as Burning Life. I had worked all day and didn't arrive in-world until shortly before the 3 pm party started at the Center Camp. Anxious to get in, I'd barely tasted my dinner as I ate, while waiting on my lap top to boot up. When I arrived at the site, a small crowd had already formed and the DJ, Sporty Tone had already started up the stream. As I entered the tent I was greeted by Raven Haalan who had just sent out a group IM letting everyone on the playa know that the party was about to start.
With as even as small a group present as there was it did take several minutes for all present to rezz complete. As I waited for them and the site to do so, I saw a familiar name tag which was worn by a grey avatar approach and I called out a greeting to Chestnut Rau. She paused briefly to exchange small talk and then left on her way to snap a picture with her words trailing off in chat, "… on a deadline … ". I scanned around for familiar names and spotted only one, Doctor Gascoigne who I had met at the year ago festival.
Sporty Tone's voice comes across my the speakers of my headset set, the stream is alive and he announces the first set of songs, Nickleback, Stevie Ray Vaughn and EC. I called out in chat that I liked his selections. The dance balls were out and several people had already pointed, clicked and were whirling around under the tall brown canopy at center camp. Several more people had drifted into the party, most seemed to part of the volunteer crew, rangers and stage managers along with several builders.
Tonight's party wasn't my first visit to Burn2, I had popped over shortly after Raven had sent me a group invite. On the first visit I met Miso Susanowa and had a nice chat about her work and her installation here. She agreed to my plans for an interview article, and I do look forward to the opportunity to talk at length about it with her. A few days later, I met with and previewed Maryva Mayo's build. I'd seen many of her pieces at exhibitions and in her gallery. She has created something quite spectacular once again and it will likely be a key stop for those who attend the two week long festival which starts this Saturday, the 16th of October.
I listened to music and noted the arrival of several artists, Bryn Oh, ColeMarie Soleil, Maya Paris, soror Nishi, Trill Zapetero and Wizard Gynoid. The chat was lively with exchanges of greetings. The arts community in Second Life is a fairly tight one, most know each other well and see each other often or even collaborate on installations. Most of the above did not stay long, and after having made their appearance left on their way back to work in finalizing their build for the opening I assumed.
With the withdrawal of Linden support, the festival has shrunk dramatically from a year ago. In 2009, there were forty SIM's set up as the "playa". This year the all volunteer effort is … well only one way to say it, smaller with six SIM's comprising this years playa. The theme chosen this year is "Metropolis - Civilization in the Desert". The notecard went on to explain the theme as , "Exploration and expression of the urban reality in the style of Burning Man, where materials are trucked into the desert to build a temporary city that then disappears, leaving no trace". While certainly smaller in scope, the strong sense of community amongst the volunteers was ever present and will no doubt make this years festival a success.
I was about to depart when a feeling of having missed something hit me. I scanned around the assembled avatars and watched as they danced and chatted and the feeling of something amiss wouldn't abate. I couldn't quite put a finger on it and so I shrugged my virtual shoulders, opened an inventory window and found a landmark back to book island. It was in transit that I realized what I'd missed … White Lebed wasn't there.
Zip is a graduate student from UNC, North Carolina. She presented an overview of her current research project last May. Many of you contributed by completing her survey and by being interviewed.
Now she will present the results of this research which shows how Virtual Worlds give voice to an entire population that often goes unheard, and how individuals with a mobility impairment feel free to create their own identities and find a Sense of Community.
Presentation will be in voice, with text transcription.
For more information, contact Zip Zlatkis or iSkye Silverweb.
I'd missed the opening due to a real life schedule that keeps me quite busy during the day. I took the opportunity to stop in today to view the Rays of Light at the Sun Escapes Art Center. The exhibit opened on the 6th of October and will be here until November the 10th. Mr Auer is a skilled artist and has built a solid reputation in Second Life to which this exhibit certainly adds to his list of artistic contributions. As he mentioned to me when we spoke a few days prior to my visit, it is best seen with the environment set to midnight.
A day late for the events that were held on Saturday, but I'm still posting the note from Mojo Manamiko and his partner LuckyMoon Jiagu. The kiosks are still up at the locations noted below.
Dear Friends, Lucky and I are holding a benefit for one of our own in SL, PhraDhammoRakitta Chingseng, a real life Buddhist monk at the Wat Ban Dim Dam monastery in Thailand. Thailand is experiencing devastating flooding right now, and many are suffering. I know our friend, "Phra" , a man of love, compassion and conviction... has his hands full doing all he can to help those he can. We are organizing events for Saturday October 9th...but are mainly depending on donations to our kiosks. Any donations you and/or your group can make will be appreciated..also..if possible, ask that people in your group, send to their groups..thanks for any help you can extend.. below are 3 kiosks you can go to for donations ..kiosks have event note giver, thanks again..Mojo and Lucky.
One is the Buddha Center temple where "Phra" teaches and the other is our stage where we conduct our kabuki play "The Garden" which will be performed twice on Sat. 10/9/10
***Art gallery next in shop next to our stage ( LM below) with pictures from our plays and others from second life for sale to be donationed****
On Friday, the 8th of October a new exhibit by artist and designer Gwen Carillon opens at the Tricia Aferdita Gallery. Ms Carillon is known for her sculptures and design work, and "In this exhibit she takes on 2 dimensions instead of 3 with a collection of beautiful and ethereal Illustrations she calls Dreams and Conjurings". The exhibit will be open through the 5th of November.
Panel will be projectored via SL to large screen at real life venue. Panel will be held using SL voice and the inworld location is free to attend but limited to 45 avatars. All inworld attendees are encouraged to participate using open chat. The panel will not be streamed live.
The 2010 SL Jewelry Fair is quickly approaching and we are excited! The Fair will run from October 8th to the 17th with the theme of Beauty and the Beast, the classic fairy tale. (We are not using or allowing any Disney images or other copyrighted materials.) We have four beautifully decorated sims:
*The Forest: a winding path through trees and foliage, with gypsy wagons, tinkers' carts, cabins and straw huts featuring fantasy, ethereal and eclectic style jewelry. *Beautiful Castle: a majestic castle and grounds with formal, fancy and traditional jewelry. *People's Village: charming, old-world Bavarian style shops around a town square featuring casual style jewelry. *Beast's Castle: a vast, dark castle and grounds with gothic, occult and BDSM type jewelry.
Preview Day & Bloggersâ€™ Contest! The entire day of October 7th is set aside for bloggers to preview the Fair. And this year, there is a contest for bloggers! Bloggers will take photos and write articles about the Fair highlighting booths, events, jewelers and jewelry that catch their interest. Their blog posts will include the Fair poster with a slurl link to the Fair sims. The Jewelry Fair coordinators will vote for the top three blog posts based on the rules and criteria for the contest, and those bloggers will receive cash and prizes. The top three will also be featured on the official Jewelers of SL blog. To date, nearly 90 bloggers are signed up!
Benefiting a Good Cause! The Jewelers of SL picked Oxfam International again this year as the charity to benefit from various Fair proceeds, such as 100% of the proceeds from vendor entry fees, one-of-a-kind auctions, paid sponsors, and events. Many jewelers are putting up special vendors to share 50% of those proceeds. Oxfam is a confederation of organizations working together with partners and allies around the world to bring about lasting change to help people in poverty improve their lives. (www.oxfam.org)
Above are three full perm posters and a slurl link to the Fair sims for them, please feel free to use them when posting information about the Fair. Thank you for helping us spread the news across the grid! The LM will be accessible to the public on the first day of the Fair.
The follow came to me by way of Juliee Landar who asked to help spread the word.
Prizes - 4,000L, 3,000L 2,000L,1,000L to be awarded by the end of Oct. at a date tbd.
Please select one book from the following list and create an orignal 'cover' for the book. (The title of the book and the author's name should be included on your cover)
One book per person.
Submit your cover as mod/copy no transfer to Juliee Landar by Wed. October 20th.
Title your piece as the book title plus your name
Example: The Secret Garden - Juliee Landar
1. Little Women - Lousia May Alcott 2. Emma - Jane Austen 3. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 4. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Baum 5. Tales from the Arabian Knights - Burton 6. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 7. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett 8. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Capote 9. Alice's Adventure in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll 10. Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll 11. Man of La Mancha - Cervantes 12. The Adventures of Pinocchio -Carlo Collodi 13. Last of the Mohicans - James Fennimore Cooper 14. The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane 15. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel DeFoe 16. The Old Curiosity Shoppe - Charles Dickens 17. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens 18. The Three Musketeers -Alexander Dumas 19. Lord of the Flies - Golding 20. Far From the Maddening Crowd - Thomas Hardy 21. A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemmingway 22. Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne 23. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo 24. Hunchback of Notredame - Victor Hugo 25. Westward Ho - Kingsley 26. The Jungle Book - Kipling 27. The Man Who Would be King - Kilpling 28. The Phatom of the Opera - Leroux 29. Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis 30. Call of the Wild - Jack London 31. Gone with the Wind - Mitchell 32. Wicked - Gregory MacQuire 33. Moby Dick - Herman Melville 34. Tales of Mystery and Imagination - Poe 35. Ivanho - Sir Walter Scott 36. Black Beauty - Anna Sewell 37. All's Well that Ends Well - Shakespeare 38. The Comedy of Errors - Shakespeare 39. The Merchant of Venice - Shakespeare 40. Midsummer's Night Dream -Shakespeare 41. Treasure Island - Robert L. Stevenson 42. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift 43. Walden - Henry David Thoreau 44. Lord of the Rings - Tolkien 45. Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Twain 46. Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne 47. Journey to the Center of the Earth - Jules Verne 48. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne 49. The Time Machine - H.G. Wells 50. The Importance of Being Ernest - Oscar Wilde
45 entries from around the world were received for the Machinima UWA II: Art of the Artists challenge which asked machinimatographers to capture and honor the artworks in the UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge. Winners of this challenge will be announced together with the winners of the Grand Finale of the UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge from 6am slt, Sunday 10th October at the 4-SIM, 200 seat UWA-BOSL Grand Amphitheatre. ALL entries are linked below, and on the website provided. Do take part in the AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION EVENT described below, where YOU can share in a L$5,000 prize.
PARTICIPATION EVENT for MACHINIMUWA II - Deadline Midnight SLT 7th October
L$5,000 has been set aside for SL residents and viewers who take part in a special participation event. We are asking all the residents of SL to give us your TOP 8 machinima, in order of your preference.
The 3 residents whose order comes closest to the final order decided by the judging panel (see end of NC for names of panel members), will win for themselves L$2,500, L$1,500 & L$1,000 respectively. The winner will be invited to be on the panel for MachinimUWA III.
Method of entry - List your top 8 in order of preference on a NC, and send to White Lebed and/or Jayjay Zifanwe. Please title the NC - MachinimUWA Audience Selection (your name)
1. Professor Ted Snell (RL) - Director, Cultural Precinct, The University of Western Australia
2. Dr Carmen Fies (RL) - Second Life Lead: University of Texas San Antonio
3. quadrapop Lane (SL) - Curator of the UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge
4. White Lebed (SL) - Lead of Burning Life Art Department, Curator
5. Jayjay Zifanwe (SL) - Owner of The University of Western Australia (SL), Creator & co-host of the UWA 3D Art& Design Challenge
6. Iono Allen (SL) - Official Machinimatographer of the UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge
7. Cisko Vandeverre (SL) - Reigning UWA MachinimUWA Champion
8. Dr Kim Flintoff (RL) - Lecturer, Instructional Design, Centre for eLearning, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
9. LividEye Yoshikawa (SL) / John Yap (RL) - Senior Media Producer, National University of Singapore
10. Michelle Glaser (RL) - Senior Project Officer, Department of Culture and Arts, Government of Western Australia
11. Ian Booth (RL) - Chief Executive Officer, Screen West, Western Australia
12. Raphaella Nightfire (SL) - Snr Writer Best of SL Magazine, Owner Sanctorum Gallery (SL)
PRIZE POOL: L$200,000
1st Prize $L70,000
2nd Prize $L50,000
3rd Prize $L30,000
5 Honourable Menton prizes @ L$10,000
With thanks to LaPiscean Liberty, Taralyn Gravois, quadrapop Lane and Bohemian Ghost
1st Annual October Spookapalooza Writing Competition!
(Sponsored by June Stormcrow & Rae's Novel Writing Class)
This year we're kicking off with a competition to bring in the most spooktacular time of the year!
We want your best urban fantasy stories featuring supernatural creatures throughout the 20th century from the 1900s to 1980s. Vampires in the Industrial age of technology replacing the natural world, werewolves in the disco dancing era of bell bottoms, afros and disco clubs. The roaring 20s, the noirish 30s and 40s with sleek suits, fast talking broads and smooth joes. All supes are fair game from vampires, werewolves, faeries, ghosts and more.
Stories can be betwen 1,000 - 5,000 words.
Prizes will include:
1st L$2,000 2nd L$ 1000 3rd L$ 500
Winners will be announced at the party at Bookstacks library on October 31st at 5pm SLT.
Contest is open from October 1st - 23rd so get those stories hopping!
*Although we'll have winners, all entrants are invited to read their short stories aloud during the celebration on Sunday October 31st.
To enter: Send your story in a notecard and pop it over in the mailbox at Rae's cottage on the refreshment table.
Rights notice: Authors retain ALL their rights. The Spookapalooza contest is an SL only contest and won't be publishing any of the entries. in audio or written format. The rules for this may change later if there is a publication either in-world or online for later contest years but for this premiere contest, no publications. Authors agree to have their work read by the judges to determine winning entries. Titles and blurbs may be publicized in-world to promote the contest.
Please enter only new and unpublished work for the theme of the contest.
There has never been a better time to check out what eXtension is doing in the Second Life virtual 3D world. eXtension’s Virtual State Fair kicks off Wednesday, October 6th with five days of exhibits, educator presentations, a photo contest, live music, midway rides, cake decorating, and geocaching, capped off by a talent search and gala parade on Sunday. Several events will also be available streamed live in Adobe Connect. The fair is a unique opportunity to explore the potential for networking, collaboration, and community-based education in an immersive social virtual world.
eXtension VIRTUAL STATE FAIR WEEK
October 6th to 10th, 2010
The fair and related activities will be held on the Morrill SIM Complex in Second Life. A schedule list of daily and special events of activities are noted below for your enjoyment.
Fair Schedule 11 am to 9 pm (PDT/SLT) daily
Wednesday through Friday 12 noon to 2 p.m. Cooperative Extension Sampler: Give us 30 Minutes and We'll Teach You Something Useful. Learn about parenting, home gardening, food safety and more from Extension experts.
Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Polls open for public voting for photo contest; hunt for hidden treasure in the Morrill Geocache event
Thursday 5 to 6 p.m. Fashion show with Lissa Maertens
Friday 5 to 6 p.m. Poetry Reading with Riven Homewood
'!DA! DIGITAL ART' on Museo del Metaverso! opens on Tuesday, October 5th, and goes through Sunday, October 10th. The opening will begin at 6 pm local time at CreatiCityGate Avenue Pasubio 14, Milano and in Second Life at Odyssey. The exhibit will feature artists:
Maria Luisa Grimani
For the duration of the exhibition will be held live performances and guided tours on the following dates:
Tuesday, October 5 opening at 18.00
Misprint Thursday at 19.00, Indent (live performance). Misprint Thursday's performance will be followed in the room CreatiCityGate. For those who wish to attend, see you in Second Life Odyssey.
1. NE Odyssey, Odyssey (205, 159, 403)
All event information is available here.
Thursday, October 7 at 19.00 sightseeing places for art in Second Life and on the web by 2Lifecast - Paul leads Brenzini performance at 20.00 Pirats Art Network
Friday, October 8 at 18.00 sightseeing places for art in Second Life and on the web by 2Lifecast - Federica Peruzzo leads: "The Museum of the Metaverse, the discovery of a project." There will be Rosanna Galvani (AKA Roxelo Babenco), owner of the Museum, and Mario Savini, a professor of Net Art at the Academy of Fine Arts Macerata
Sunday, October 10 16:30 Finishing with a tour to places of art in Second Life and on the web by 2Lifecast - leads Stefano Lazzari
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 16:00 to 20:30
Saturday: closed (the event is moved to the Loggia dei Mercanti, beginning at 17:30)
Any visits at times other than those specified may be agreed with the organizers, by phone at 02-87394285 (in office hours)
It's early on a Saturday afternoon and I'm in-world for a special event. A major exhibition has opened and I port over shortly after my avatar rezzes. Upon arrival, I quickly realized that while I'm close, I'd missed the location of the event by several hundred meters. Fortunately, one of the Pop Art Lab's staff saw my arrival and ported me over to join in the festivities. The mini map was awash with green and yellow dots when I did finally arrive. As I found a spot to park my virtual self to watch and listen, while I exchanged pleasantries with several friends in the crowd. On stage and speaking in voice was good friend Persia Bravin, the MC for the daylong festivities. She thanked the assembled crowd and then introduced Claus Uriza (Flickr Photo), the CEO of Pop Art Lab, who delivered the welcome address to the assembled avatars.
The event that day not only marked the opening of the exhibit, but also the anniversary of the company that Mr. Uriza had founded in 2008. Pop Art Lab provides support to musicians and singers who wish to break into the virtual world of Second Life. Besides organizing concerts, Pop Art Lab, "regularly hosts in-world concerts, inviting performers to play in front of a virtual audience". Pop Art Lab also hosts TV shows that have included artists like Greg Hawkes of "The Cars" and Max Morgan.
Shortly after he'd delivered his address, I left an instant message for him to both introduce myself and ask if he would be interested in an interview. He replied that he was and we met several days later in-world at the Pop Art Lab site. He sent me a TP and when I arrived, my virtual self was suspended in midair, flailing madly just outside of the facility.
"Oh shit sorry. I have to TP you out here." He said and when his offered TP request arrived, I clicked on it and soon stood next to him inside the lounge area of the main performance venues. While I rezzed, he added with a chuckle. "Hiya sorry."
"No problem, I'm used to the vagaries of a virtual existence." I paused and pulled back the camera view to take in the location before I asked. "How's it going?"
"Fine thank you … Where do you want us to be?" He asked.
I suggested here was good as I had spotted several comfy looking sofas nearby to where we stood. We both maneuvered our avatars and I waited for him to point click and sit before I sat across from him on an adjoining black leather chair. As I did he commented that our mutual friend Persia had given him some of my back ground as a journalist and that he'd also visited my blog.
"I just had a quick overview ... but you find cool spots all over Second Life right?" He asked
"A nice lady, Persia … she's been both a good friend and a good source for me. I said and then answered his question with; "I try … I'm looking to expand to other virtual worlds as well."
"Nice, any cool ones you like?" He asked.
"They're pretty much the same really. Second Life is where most of the people are right now. But others I think will grow. Inworldz seems to be drawing a decent crowd and there are a fair number of artists out there now." I replied.
"Ah yes, I've heard about it but have not tried yet. I might try new worlds to but now I want to be where the people are."
"What was it that brought you into Second Life?" I asked him.
"It was just curiosity. People at the office told me … and then I've been here 3½ years." He replied with a grin.
"Are you in the entertainment field in real life?" I asked.
"Kind of, I help public libraries ... well I select the best music albums and work as music editor where I recommend albums each week." He replied and then added; "I can find you a video a guy did recently … he interviewed me. It will tell you lot about the history and thoughts behind what I do in here."
"So what you do in real life then carried over easily into Second Life?"
"It wasn't easy at the beginning ... but I tried to find out how I could develop music offerings in here … but yes it is and it was kind of a transfer of what I do real life into Second Life, partly sponsored by the real life company where I work."
"So some early challenges ... what was the most difficult one to overcome?"
"Beside all the technical knowhow to get stable streams, it was and has been ... to face that avatars and people in general act a whole other way than they do real life. I mean designing builds in here ain't like real life. So it's interesting to see and experiment with immersive designs and see what works. For instance I had a restaurant here once. I realized it was fabulous for meetings. People relaxed more in there … felt close but that I think is one of the hardest tasks in here. It's a balance … some explore others TP away if there are no people." He replied.
"It can be a challenge to hold attention spans here." I commented.
"Well I've studied communication … to communicate in here is another issue to. People don't read group messages ... well not all do. Also, just to keep a tight organization differs from real life. Marketing differs a lot."
"How so?" I asked
"If you have an event in real life, you can do your PR one to three weeks upfront. In here it's like more fragile. You have to post many times and it's like people only remember or have the next 24 hours in their head. So often it's actually the PR that goes out in the last 24 hours that matters … it's a much faster medium. So for instance, on communication I've started to update my staff by email instead of notecards. I usually post updates to my staff one or two times a month, this way all are informed and I save time tell all in IMs."
"Instant communications … that's been the case in other social media as well, twitter comes to mind with mostly trending topics rapidly changing hour by hour." I commented.
"Yes exactly. I spend a lot time finding out what music to stream … what people like. I'm in Europe. So it kind of reflects my selections, but also its nice then people from the USA or anywhere can come here broaden their taste and vice versa ... I do stream lots of US artists to … so lots to be learned!"
"Have you worked with Second Life musical talent as well, to stream them?" I asked.
"Not specifically ... I've done it a few times upon events where the artists would then do a live set. So it's mostly live that I do. I do like to stream real life artists most … it's hard to find great talent in here. Maybe I'm just spoiled from real life work I don't know." He replied.
"Have any real life bands or performers crossed over to give Second Life a try?"
"Yes sure that's what our Pop Vox Music Show is all about. We have had like five pretty established real life artists in our shows."
"What has been their reaction to performing 'virtually'?" I asked.
"Good question. Generally I think the younger generation finds it much cooler. They're more familiar with this … all have been very excited … a few actually got hooked and stayed in Second Life. Most of them have never been in a virtual world before we helped them in." He replied.
"Going back to what you had mentioned earlier about people's attention span, have you had a high turnover of staff?"
"Nope it's pretty much the same guys in my team as when we opened except we've expanded. I think only a few have left our team … primarily due to real life and lack of time."
"What would you attribute then to those staying as part of the team?" I asked.
"I'm not sure i understand ... how I'll keep them?"
"Yes, basically … what has kept them as part of the team?"
"I think they like the whole spirit here ... they see we grow they don't get pushed they get freedom they feel ownership. It's hard for me to say." He replied and then added; "I'm pretty open … new guys feel its anarchy here … no management. They soon find out it's all is organized chaos. It's all about they must feel it's fun. I'm very organized and we are here … but before you get to know our guidelines, it might feel like chaos and a boss … me … who rarely bosses or creates any drama at all. We have zero drama … you cause drama and you are out of here. It's like creativity is header, no one can be creative in their participation if they don't get freedom."
"Creativity in serving your clients?" I asked.
"No it's more targeted into my way of leading all this. It's a bit hard to explain … it's about each of us has a talent. It's about making the best surroundings to get that talent out. Let's take builders as an example. They are individuals … have egos and all want their own stuff but you have to say … hey you are best at making real life replicas or hey you are best at making designs out of your own fantasy … and most important you have to be very careful in leaving feedback to the work. People are very sensitive to their creations. But you can't just say to three designers do this and that ... it's a creative process."
"I think it all could be a result of your recognizing the fluidity and dynamics of how to operate here in a virtual world. What motivates people ... to shape the desired results."
"Yes exactly, everyone needs to be happy."
"You'd mentioned earlier wanting to explore other virtual worlds, what other kinds of things do you see Pop Art Lab wanting to do here in SL or other worlds?" I asked.
"Our target is to create top quality events that are stable and in a way of doing that through our experience we are better set for the masses when they enter coming years. We operate in many directions create magic designs that we can open in other worlds too if they go big. Also we want sell commercial mp3s."
"Sell within Second Life?"
"Yes, help more real life artists in … grow community, we have a ton of ideas … somehow we just await the markets to grow and meanwhile we tweak all the details."
"Is that the way you see Pop Art Lab, as more of a community then a traditional business?"
"It's both ... I see it as a great marketing tool to reach out broadly. It's hard to tell … the community is max important to … we have lot to do on that and it hasn't been our main target. But we are a brand so it's easy for companies to benefit." He replied
"I know it's getting late for you. Are there any closing thoughts or comments you'd like to share with my readers?
"I think people must keep in mind ... we are some people in here who put lots of effort into making it a good experience to be here … and innovation doesn't just come out of making money. So a closing comment could be treat people with respect and behave just like real world." He replied.