Friday, October 28, 2011

Grand Opening of Acquarella a Full SIM Build in Inworldz

Acquarella: After the Apocalypse GRAND OPENING
Saturday, October 29, 12 - 3 pm PDT

GRAND OPENING for "Acquarella: After the Apocalypse!" 

Alizarin Goldflake's first full-sim immersive art creation, "Acquarella: After the Apocalypse," opens on  Saturday, October 29, 12 -3 PDT, on Jeri Rahja's Nexus Central sim.   Enjoy music by Chandra Deed noon to 1:30 pm PDT and Declan G 1:30 - 3 pm PDT.  Feast on sushi, ride a pink seahorse, come see a story as told by a sim! 

The installation is based on "Acquarella: The Fable," a machinima  written and staged by  Alizarin and filmed by Chantal Harvey. The machinima was shown at the World's Fair in Shanghai in September and October 2010 under the auspices of Aino Barr/Christina Garcia Lasuen. 


The sim has been terraformed into four containers, and this InWorldz version of the story is told in four parts, one for each of the quadrants. 

The first quadrant depicts a time when The Age of Man has ended in a blaze of fire, famine, and warfare.

In the second, the Age of Acquarella dawns.  The mighty goddess begins to repopulate the seas with outposts of aquariums filled with creatures that survived in the cool depths of the oceans.  Hoping to avoid the violent excesses of her forebears, she plans for these mini-oceans to be peaceful and pure, hence colored only with the purest of colors,  black and white. 

Alas, as they say, if you want to make the Devil laugh, make plans.  The third quadrant shows one of our aquariums as a dead zone, all the life squeezed out of it by the goddess's rigid reliance on purity.

At last the goddess softens her ideas, and the fourth quadrant blooms in a burst of color and fecundity.  There are fanciful plants, brilliant fish, pink seahorses, showers of multicolored diatoms, masses of ikura eggs, and dance balls everywhere.  It seems like paradise, but there is a hint of the sinister in the sushi pavilion, where it appears that the aquarium has succumbed to cannibalism.  Even more sinister is the black spy monster lurking out of sight overhead and manipulating destiny to travel full circle like the merry go round that marks the passage back to the disaster quadrant.  In the end the story of the sim asks whether moral progress is possible.

Alizarin, who is a digital artist in Real Life, used the following RL software in the creation of the work:  Corel Painter (digital drawing/textures), Photoshop (textures), Blender (sculpties), and Audacity (sound).  She also relied heavily on her experience with virtual tools, including prim editing, texturing, and script modification.  The sim was begun in February 2011 and finished eight months later.  Although bits and pieces may make it to other grids, "Acquarella: After the Apocalypse" in its entirety is unique and always will be to Nexus Central in InWorldz.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Virtual State Fair 2011 Schedule

This years Virtual State Fair Week begins on October 26th and runs through the 29th of Octobers. The fair is open from 9 am to 6 pm PDT/SLT with rides and exhibits all day.

Here's a daily schedule of activities and locations:

9am until 9pm Voting for Animalia Virtualia photo contest voting closes 9 pm 10/28

    Wed Oct 26 Moondoggirl Moomintoog 
    Thurs Oct 27 Max Kleene
    Friday Oct 28 Capos Calderwood
    Saturday Oct 29 Frets Nirvana

>>>>>Special event Thurs and Friday only<<<<<<

Tour the LiveAbilty House between 6:00 and 7:00 pm PDT/SLT.  Complete feedback form and receive 250 Linden Dollars

>>>>>>Special Event Saturday Only<<<<<<<<<<

12-1 pm PDT/SLT Informal Horse Parade. Bring your horse or get a demo here. Ride the Morill Loop as a group. Followed by line dancing at Gertrude's Barn.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Travel to Originalia – Art Exhibition Opens Today in Second Life

A new art exhibition “Travel toOriginalia” opens today at Amase Levasseur's Originalia SIM. The showing is open to the residents of Second Life beginning at 1 pm PDT/SLT and includes three never before seen exhibits. The featured artists and their works are; "Postcards Home" by Callipygian Christensen, "Adapt or Perish" by Cherry Manga and "Gateway to Hell" by Fuschia Nightfire.  The announcement I’d received also said, “As a special treat, visitors will also be treated to a reprise of the much loved exhibit ‘The Docks"’ by Scottius Polke”.
I had been invited to a press preview this past Wednesday and took the ride over to look around. When I arrived I was greeted by one of exhibition artists, Callipygian Christensen.
“Welcome to Originalia ... let me know if I can help you with anything.” She said

We exchanged pleasantries and I scanned the notecard which had been open on my screen before I asked. “Postcards Home .... An interesting name, what was the motivation it?”

“The overall theme I was given was travel. Postcards are the universal documentation of our travels. So I decided to just do postcards of SL places.” She replied with a smile at the end of the chat line.

 “I'm trying to recall if we'd met before, I know your name is familiar.” I said.

“Probably, I've been in Second Life a long time, and doing photography for most of it and I also DJ. Come on in and let me show you the postcards that will be available at the opening!” She said, and then turned toward a nearby building and proceeded to walk in that direction.

I followed her avatar toward and then into it. Without too many people on the SIM at the time, the movement of our avatars was fairly smooth. As we entered through the doorway, the pictures begin to rezz and I noticed the one of an AM Radio build, the Texaco Gas Station. “I recall the AM build, the picture is nicely done.”

“Okay, mouse over the one on the counter, the left one.” She said.

I did as she suggested and received an inventory offer and a chat line that read;

postcard for Nazz lane! Thank you so much for visiting the show!
postcard for Nazz lane! owned by Callipygian Christensen gave you '*FDC* Pink Rose Barette'  ( ).

“Hopefully you just got a message and a gift, in the ones for the exhibit it will be a copy of the postcard. So you can set it for anyone, leave it out on the table or wherever and they touch it, get your message, and a copy of the card. So I liked the idea of letting people 'send' each other postcards.” She said.

“Yes, it is a good idea.” I commented.

"So the name of the SIM is in the corner of each card. Some no longer exist though ... so much like the old Victorian postcards, they are historical images.” She said.

“You've been in Second Life for a good while now, there must be a number of places you've photographed that no longer exist.” I said.

“Oh … many indeed, this one behind me, Bogon flux … is actually a thing more than a location. It's been in a number of places.” She commented.

“How many of the postcards here are of places that are gone?” I asked

“Miriel over behind the door is gone. AM's installations on full SIM’s are of course 'gone' once they leave a SIM, he doesn’t install exactly the same again.” She said in reply

I’d moved my camera view toward the door and saw the picture of a sea side view. The side of a broad cliff, reflected in the water of a calm sea. “The Seacliff … it’s a beautiful photo, congrats! I like how the colors of the cliff reflected in the water.” I said.

“Oh thank you … I love to play with light and saturation.”

“I see that you do, you've a good eye.” I commented.

“That is what I am often told ... I have no training so I must have something. Personally I think this is the best image here.” She said and moved toward the far end of the building and stopped in front of a postcard of what looked to be a houseboat anchored amongst several large trees. The limbs of the trees were draped in what appeared to be Spanish moss and I commented on how real life the picture appeared.

“But over the years I've found what ‘I’ like the most isn't what most others like the most. Quite often the most popular image in an exhibit is the one I almost decided not to include. So I am clearly a poor judge of the popular.” She said.

I moved my camera view around to several of the others and spotted another sea side view. There were several large rocks in and around the water of a small bay along with a tall fir tree on the point of land nearest the view point. “This one looks like it could be the coast of Maine.”

“Callistei, that probably is a good comparison.” She said and after a brief pause she added; “It's the kind of landscape that appeals to me, and it was my home for 3 years.”

“It’s a very nice view. I do have to run Callipygian. Thank you for sharing your postcards with me. I do appreciate your taking the time to do so.” I commented.

“My pleasure Nazz, thank you for stopping by. Hope you can stop by on Saturday for the opening.” She said.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Avalon Town to Hold Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Fundraiser

Good friend and manager of Avalon Town, Tricia Aferdita sent out the announcement below. Definitely a good cause to be involved with and with the season theme, it looks to be a fun as well.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Fundraiser
Scary Art Contest & Auction

Avalon Town is pleased to announce its next semi-annual fundraising event, this time on behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide).

To put a little "fun" in our fundraiser and celebrate this haunting season, we're inviting artists and creative types to participate in our "Scary Art" contest and benefit auction.

To participate, dream up your scariest art: photos, paintings, sculptures, you name it, and submit it by Sunday, October 23rd, noon SLT. The art will be displayed and open for voting and auction bids through the week of the 24th with a grand finale Halloween Ball on Friday, October 28th at 7pm SLT. The bidding and voting will end at 9pm on the 29th.

All proceeds from the bidding will go to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Winners of the Scary Art Contest will win a linden prize donated by Avalon Town.

3rd place: L$1000
2nd place: L$2000
1st place: $3000

1.) Limit 1 entry per artist - if we have space to open up to a second submission we will notify the participants

2.) Please keep the size of the work within a 10m diameter and 20m height

3.) Prim limit 50 prims

4.) Scripts are allowed within reason, please consider sim performance

5.) Bots are not permitted

6.) Avalon Sims are rated moderate, please submit appropriate works.

7.) Mod and copy rights are optional, but works should allow transfer for auction purposes.

8.) Avalon Town management reserves the right to turn down any entry for any reason.

9.) Avalon Town management may participate in the art auction, but will not be eligible for the linen prize.

10.) Entry Deadline Sunday, October 23rd, 12pm SLT.

Submit Entries to:
Tricia Aferdita

Thank you all for your continued support!

Tricia Aferdita
Avalon Town Manager

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Avatar Repertory Theater of Second Life Presents "Through the Looking Glass"

The Avatar Repertory Theater of Second Life Presents Lewis Carroll’s

Curiouser and curiouser, through the looking-glass, where things look the same, only the things go the other way. . . . Twas brillig, and Alice finds herself moving through a large chessboard, where the Red Queen gives her lessons in royalty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee battle and rattle, Humpty Dumpty sits on a wall, and the Red and White Knight try to fight for her.

After a hugely successful production of “Alice in WonderSLand”, the Avatar Repertory Theater (ART) continues their tradition of pushing the boundaries of creativity and what’s possible in virtual worlds.

ART brings Lewis Carroll’s characters to life in a new production of “Through the Looking Glass” based on the original Tenniel drawings, with lively animations, original costumes, and a fresh musical score based on familiar nursery rhymes.

The show opens on the Cookie sim on Saturday, November 12th 2011 at 3 pm.

Performance Dates:
- Saturday, November 12 at 3 pm     - Saturday, December 3 at 3 pm
- Sunday, November 13 at 1pm        - Sunday, December 4 at 1 pm
- Friday, November 18 at 11 pm        - Friday, December 9 at 11 pm
- Sunday, November 20 at 1 pm       - Sunday, December 11 at 1 pm

All show times are Second Life Time (SLT or PST)

For more information contact: Kayden Oconnell, Thundergas Menges or Ada Radius.

Avatar RepertoryTheater  is a project of New Media Arts, Inc., a nonprofit organization tax exempt under IRC 501(c)(3). Donations may be tax deductible, depending on your tax jurisdiction and circumstances.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Boobiethon in SL Art Auction

The Boobiethon in Art Auction, currently underway, ends tomorrow on the 6th of October with an event scheduled to begin at 6 pm PDT/SLT. The silent auction is benefiting the Susan G Komen foundation (for more see and has been underway since the 1st of October. The auction includes the work of Maya Paris, claudia222 jewell, Misprint Thursday, soror Nishi and many, many more.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Inworldz Dreamz & Visionz Festival Annoucement

For Immediate Release:


October 2, 2011

The founder of Alexanderia's Kingdom, Jeri Rajha, is pleased to announce the organization of  an arts festival in the virtual world of  InWorldz.  The "Inworldz Dreamz & Visionz" festival will  be a juried event with prizes to be awarded to the selected first and second place winners on each of the four SIM's. Applications are being received now for up to 64 plots for either individuals or for teams of up to four artists. The festival will commence on November 1st with the plot assignments and plots open for build. Then on the 12th of November an opening event will be held and the artists works will be open to view  and the judges will begin their selections.

Information for the Artists:

- If you haven't already done so, you will need to create an account and log into InWorldz. Applications are available through festival organizers and in key locations through out the grid. Additionally festival information can be obtained through the Inworldz event forum.
- 64 plots available - each 32 x32 m ground foot print, with 900 prims each plot
- Low lag scripts (scripting guidelines will be supplied)
- Individual or teams of up to 4 creators
- Builds must not be commercial - no selling or advertising other than a NC or LM to gallery or store of the creator/s
- Gifts are ok - please use the giver script supplied
- Plots will be allocated by lot (i.e. randomly)
- Creators will be supplied with a foot print prim with path and orientation indicators to begin building offsite if required
- Sky platforms over the plot are allowed but must be above 500m, not be larger than the ground footprint and have a TP to the platform on the ground


- 1st and 2nd prizes will be given for each SIM (4 first & 4 second)
- Prize money will be raised via tip jars on the SIM's
- All contributing creators will get a small participatory monetary gift

Application Process:

IW resident can send their completed Application Notecard to Jeri Rahja. Also IM her so she can chase any NC that get lost. Once all plots are filled the plots on the SIM's will be allocated by random ballot. The lucky 64 individuals/teams will be notified via NC and IM and supplied with a creator's package which will include further info on how to proceed.

Key Dates:

October 1st - 25th applications for plots open
October 27th - Plot allocations go out
November 1st - SIM's open to creators
November 12th - building completed - events start - judging starts
November 21st and 22nd - Judging concludes
November 22nd  - prizes announced and presented

Festival Organizers:

Jeri Rahja
quadrapop Tree

Festival Sponsors
IW Founders represented by Elenia Llewellyn

Festival Team:

Building - Alizarin Goldflake
Graphics - Miso Susanowa
PR/Media - Nazz Lane / Briawinde Magic
Scripting - Zauber Paracelsus
Events/stage manager - TBD

Festival Judges:

- McCabe Maxsted