I'd missed the party yesterday, a sort of mid exhibition event at the Art'e Gallery at the East River Community, Helvellyn region. The installation titled "I Heard a Fly Buzz", opened on June 23rd and will run through to September 23rd. If you've seen any of her work before,you won't be disappointed her, she is a very creative and talented artist builder. A note card at the installation reveals that her inspiration for the install was from a poem by Emily Dickinson's poem entitled "I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died". Pen explains in the note that, "The irony is being able to write about what you experience after you die. Flies are symbols of the fleeting of life. I have used eggs as the idea that they contain the goo of life and poppies to suggest forever. The rest is how I combine these thoughts in my head and realize them here in SL." Always worth a stop over to see what thoughts she has realized in Second Life.
I received an invitation from friend and fellow journalist Raven Haalan announcing the opening of "Moonscapes" this evening at the Tricia Aferdita Gallery. This is a joint exhibit by GM Nikolaidis and Raven Haalan, the opening event is at 7 pm PDT/SLT. In a seperate notice from Ms Aferdita, she told me that "This collection of photography fills both floors of the gallery and features an incredible mix of light and dark, emotions and moods. Also featured at the gallery is the special exhibit GM & Raven Co-Created for the SL7B celebration. Experience the Timeline and take a walk through some of the moments that make up people's lives."
At the invitation of Pixel Sideways I stopped in to check out the latest exhibit at Caerleon and ported out impressed as ever with the creativity on display. The exhibit titled, "Art That Will Make You Smile" lives up to its name with plenty to make ones lips curl upward into a smile. A few of the artists who'd contributed to the exhibit include; Alizarin Goldflake, Artistide Despres, Banrion Constantine, Lollito Larkham, PattiAnne Daviau, Pixels Sideways and Wotthe Dickins. It is a SIM wide exhibition that features fifteen unique art installations, "teaming with interactive, reactive, kinetic, morphing and entertaining original artworks". The exhibit opened in early July and runs through the month. Stop in when you have the opportunity, you won't be disappointed.
A note from Jadyn Firehawk, announcing that the Pixel To Pixel (P2P) Foundation Party is happening today at noon PDT/SLT. The P2P founded by Ms Firehawk works to help people with disabilities. Stop in, see some art, make a donation and enjoy the party.
La performance, a Second Life Dance Project presents, "POLYAMOUR" in a pre-premiere on July 25th 2010, at 2.30 pm PDT/SLT. The official opening will occur in a few months, likely in October as I was told by La Performance Choreography Director Jie Loon. This newest show presents the troupe dancing to vocals as performed live by Reis. The set of songs and numbers of dancers for each follow:
Prim Perfect is very proud to announce the launch of Metaverse Arts, a brand new show covering the art and artists of the virtual worlds, brought to you by treet.tv, Second Life's leading cable network, and Prim Perfect Productions, the people behind Designing Worlds, Prim Perfect magazine and the Prim Perfect blog.
Metaverse Arts will look in depth at the artists and arts in the Second Life® virtual world and across the Metaverse. In a world where entire works of art can be deleted in the blink of an eye, our goal is to become a means of archiving the rich artistic culture of the metaverse. Through recorded visits to galleries and installations across the virtual world, and also live at the Labyrinth Theater Stage in Avalon Town, the programme will run once a month through the summer.
The staff is considering the possibility of adding more episodes a month later this year.
The team behind the Metaverse Arts program includes Executive Producer, Saffia Widdershins, the Editor of Prim Perfect and The Primgraph magazines as well as Executive Producer and co-Host of the Designing Worlds programme on treet.tv. Producer and host Tricia Aferdita is the Manager and Events Director of Avalon Town/Avalon Art District, Director of Tricia Aferdita Gallery and has been actively involved in the Second Life arts community since 2006. Director Ethan Westland is Assistant Manager of Avalon Town/Avalon Arts District and Chairman of the Board of the Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Museum. Studio Designer and Manager Alexx Fenstalker is a graphic and fine artist, designer and content creator.
The programme is scheduled to première Saturday July 10th at 2pm on treet.tv
Thirty tickets ONLY will be available for people wishing to attend this première in person. If you would like to attend, contact Metaversearts@gmail.com, heading your email: Ticket Request for the Launch of Metaverse Arts.
Event Listings will be posted during the show and advertising space is available. If you are interested in advertising or having your event featured during the program, contact Tricia Aferdita in world, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A brilliant and mesmerizing piece by FreeWee Ling, VERTICAL SPIRAL KALEIDOSCOPE has taken top art honors (L$5,000) for the JUNE Round of the UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge! The FLAGSHIP (Architecture) Challenge went down to the wire, and in the end, the builds of Nyx Breen and Herick Straaf could not be separated as the judging panel were hopelessly deadlocked, thus resulting in the first ever joint winners for the FLAGSHIP Challenge. Herick a first time winner, and Nyx coming in with an incredible 5 wins across the 10 months of the challenge! Nicci Lane took 2nd Prize in the FLAGSHIP.
Concluding month 10 of this year long L$550,000 challenge, June saw 68 amazing artworks and 7 Flagship Builds submitted by artists hailing from all corners of the globe, including by a number legendary SL builders.
Commenting on the win, FreeWee said, "I am just astounded at this prize. The June round had some of the most amazing work yet seen, including many pieces by some of the true greats of SL. Artists who have truly inspired me for a long time. To win first place in this field of entries is truly humbling. I was amused to see several kaleidoscopic pieces in this round. The nature of SL prim building lends itself to recursive forms like that. It's not hard to create interesting forms. But I admit my discovery of the effects of gravity on rotating flexible prims was a happy one. There is almost and organic quality to the piece as the parts spin and dance."
South American winner Herick Straaf was left stunned, " First, I have no words to describe my delight at winning this competition. It is an honor, since it's my first participation in the UWA Flagship challenge. I would like to thank everyone who gave me this vote and all of the jury and also to Keystone Bouchard who sent me a notecard about this contest. As a Brazilian, I have great affection for the people, culture and Australian architecture. The moment I heard about the contest, I became interested in researching more about Western Australia, and one of the first great impressions was the Stirling Park Ranges, which gave me the start to my building, so I made a reduced version with high-technology style of the Bluff Knoll peak. I am very pleased and honored to have had this recognition, and from now on will be tuned to the forthcoming events of UWA. My sincere thanks to everyone who recognized the work."
Another first time entrant Takni Miklos won a host of prizes with her piece, Sierpinsky Sieve, taking the newly established Rain Prize, joint 2nd Prize in the People's Choice Award, and also joint 2nd Prize in the IMAGINE Art Challenge.
MidnightRain Glas, one of the founding patrons of the UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge and after whom the Rain Prize is named, explained, "It's very interactive, it tempts you to disobey the instructions, and you know you will, and so the artist.... is very clever and takes advantage of human weakness"
Takni herself was thrilled at the outcome, "I came to SL to chat and I didn't discover that you can build things here until a year later. Now I'm discovering that other people like my things, and I'm VERY surprised. Thanks to all."
The exquisite MEDUSA'S GAZE, masterfully crafted by pravda Core took the prize for Best Non-Scripted entry, and will prove very hard to dislodge in coming rounds. He's thrown down the gauntlet, and submitted his pieces for July already (The Vampire Heritage & The Minotaur's Wrath). A believer in the wonders SL can offer, pravda said, "nothing is impossible, dream, believe, be inspired and make it happen."
It was truly a month for joint awards, as EINSTEIN'S UNFINISHED SYMPHONY (Gleman Jun) and A BEAUTIFUL SOUL PASSES (Jeri Rahja) were joint 2nd Prize winners in the IMAGINE & PEOPLE'S CHOICE Awards respectively.
MUSIC OF THE SPHERES by Lea Supermarine & Jarapanda Snook also won a couple of awards taking first Prize in the People's Choice as well as the "Honorable Mention Prize for A BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYTHING".
There were 5 Honorable Mention Prizes in all, with the others being won by Madcow Cosmos, Abstract Baroque, Silene Christen and Theoretical Afterthought.
Theoretical Afterthought put it very nicely when she said, "Recognition of someone's creative attempt to describe a feeling or emotion through the use of uncomplicated building blocks signals some degree of success, albeit temporary, for its creator. Being at the receiving end of that recognition for creation of The Panopticon is very cool, indeed. This being a build based on surveillance, on watching, on gazing, of one's physical depiction or that of others, I have to wonder what it signals to the spectator. It is that connection, that relationship that develops between the idea of the creator, and how the spectator receives it, that intrigues and challenges me. As a lifelong student of identity, introspection /self-reflection is always at the forefront of all my work."
Some other exciting developments with the UWA presence were announced at the awards ceremony.
First of all the Residents of Artemesia, through FreeWee Ling, have stepped in to help run a UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge Trophy Contest, to create a Trophy that will be given to all winners of the UWA Challenges. The creator of the best trophy, that we select to use, will win a L$3,000 prize. The closing date for submissions of the trophy design is the 31st July 2010. Basically no scripts are allowed for the trophy, and the limit is 10 prims. There are notecards available here ( http://slurl.com/secondlife/UWA/64/136/250 ) for anyone who might want to help design a trophy.
The Rain Prize was also established. This is a special prize of L$1,000 offered by one of the founding patrons of the UWA 3D Art & Design challenge. This Rain Prize winner will be selected by the patron and provided for the June, July & August rounds.
We also had the Second Life Birthday #7 (sl7B) happen and UWA were represented by a lovely build by quadrapop Lane which was dedicated to the 180++ SL residents who have taken part in UWA events. There was a talk at sl7b which described all the "Unexpected Collaborations" that have driven the growth of the UWA presence. (http://uwainsl.blogspot.com/2010/06/unexpected-collaborations-uwainsl-and.html)
Thanks was given to the master machinimatographer Iono Allen who created the Machinima of the May winners ( http://vimeo.com/12891162 ). His works have been much sought after, and his amazing interpretation of the winners will be sorely missed for the June round winners as Iono goes away holiday. We are lucky however to have another very accomplished machinimatographer Suzy Yue, to pick up the reins for the June winners! Big boots to fill. But if anyone can fill them, Suzy can.
WINNERS OF THE JUNE ROUND OF THE UWA 3D ART & DESIGN CHALLENGE
IMAGINE CHALLENGE - 3D ART