Sunday, October 30, 2011

Season Finale of the Avatar Games

 I am ending this season of the Avatar Games on Sunday November 6th at 2pm SLT.  It has been great fun with wonderful attendance.  The finals will be the group in blue below and that will be held on November 6th at 2pm SLT.

The slurl is

I am not sure if there will be a second season as the LEA group has to decide if they want to use the sim for the games or to create something new.  Also I would have to make a new course which is kind of time consuming.   I would really like to thank Galea Yates and Taralyn Gravois for their help contacting the contestants and keeping them organized during the show.  They were amazing.  Sasun Steinbeck for her brilliant scripting which made the scoreboards and start gates.  They were essential to the games actually functioning.  Crap Mariner and Honour McMillan for very entertaining commentary which had the audience laughing much of the time.  They were a funny combo.

Below are the fastest runners over the season.  Some of them were just fast, while others were fortunate enough to be shot in the air then shot in the arse propelling them almost to the finish line.

1 -ZoZo Raven - One minute six seconds
2 -Kumiyo Nakamori - One minute eight seconds
3 -Fei Bourdeille - One minute nine seconds
4 -hugues Haiku - One minute eleven seconds
5 -Zev Titanium - One minute sixteen seconds
6 -Cion Aeghin - One minute twenty one seconds
7 -Myndi Meredith - One minute twenty two seconds
8 -theblackcloud Oh - One minute thirty three seconds
9 -AlmostThere Inventor - One minute thirty three seconds
10 -Spectr3 Belfire - One minute thirty five seconds
11- quentinrez Resident - One minute thirty six seconds
12 -Opensource Obscure - One minute forty seconds
13 -April Kohl - One minute forty seconds
14 -WhyAmIHere Zadark - One minute forty four seconds
15 -Kev Sweetwater - One minute forty five seconds
16 -Zeev Dinzeo - One minute forty seven seconds

Red is rarely a good colour and today it is not as well.   Below are the worst runners from last season.  I have a soft spot for them all as they just did it for fun and were wonderful sports.  Robin Moore ran as a giant carrot and Filthy Fluno was just terrible in underpants.  I thought Filthy might still be running it but it says he finished in just under five minutes.  I don't actually remember Accord taking twelve minutes to run the course which leads me to believe I blocked it out or was in a trance of some sort.  I am just being evil and teasing.  They were often the most outlandishly dressed and fun ones.

Robin Moore - Three minutes sixteen seconds
annamarie Dagostino - Three minutes twenty eight seconds
Estaban Olivieri - Three minutes twenty nine seconds
Ux Hax - Three minutes forty four seconds
 nutron Ornitz - Three minutes fifty two seconds
fabilene Cortes - Four minutes twenty seconds
Acrylickitty Resident - Four minutes fifty four seconds
Filthy Fluno - Four minutes fifty eight seconds
Dekka Raymaker - Five minutes thirty three seconds
Randy Firebrand - Five minutes forty seconds
gina Broono - Five minutes fifty seconds
Accord Carling  - Twelve minutes fifty nine seconds

I have not  decided on a prize yet so if anyone wants to donate something or make a suggestion then let me know and we can work it out.  Can have a private party on Immersiva with live music maybe.    I should really ask the contestants what they would want.

Friday, October 28, 2011

LEA Land rush info

On October 30th, 10AM and 4PM Second Life time,
Two regions: LEA28 and LEA29 will open for the Land Rush.   LEA28 will be for the 10AM land rush, and LEA29 will be the 4PM one.

Join the LEA Special Events group and you will be able to see the announcement of when the region(s) are open for the rush.  When it begins find a way to click on one of the big red buttons. Once you've done that, and it tells you that you've won, you're set. If not, keep trying...

Step by step:

1) Join the LEA Special Events group. Because, as you know, this event is special.

2) Wait until October 30th, which is the day of the land rush.

3) On the day of the rush, there will be two announcements on the LEA Special Events group, one at 10 AM, and one at 4 PM. These announcements will let you know that the regions are open.

4) Wear the group tag. You must be wearing the LEA Special Events group tag to claim land.

5) When this announcement is made, teleport to the region and look for the big red buttons.

6) Press a button. When you press a button, and it tells you that you've won, you will have claimed the land.

7) Once the dust settles down, we'll be able to invite you to the land group, and then you can start building.

8) Enjoy yourself, because even if you don't end up claiming some land, we'll do this all over again in 2 months.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Daughter of Gears and Rabbicorn on Immersiva


 I mentioned a while ago that I received a grant from the Canadian government to work on some second life projects.  One part of the grant is to make a 30 minute machinima of the Daughter of Gears, Rabbicorn and its final part Standby.    Right now Immersiva has both the Daughter of Gears and Rabbicorn on it and I have nearly finished filming.  Once I am done I will be deleting both narratives in order to put down Standby for filming.  Then I will be tearing that down to start building a new and really exciting (to me) build for the grant called Virginia Alone.
   So I am just letting those of you who are interested know that once I take down those two builds it is unlikely they will go up again in Second Life.  Go see them now if you wish to see them.  The tower in the middle is the first part of the story.  It is called the Daughter of Gears and tells a story in poems as you climb it.  The second part is called the Rabbicorn story and starts here at this slurl...

Daughter of Gears oil painting
If you prefer you can watch the Daughter of Gears machinima at the start of the Rabbicorn build rather than climb it (which is quite hard to do).  You will find a ball to click by the start that contains the machinima.  The Rabbicorn story has 13 scenes each with a poem to find and a teleport to the next scene in the narrative.  If you plan on coming to Immersiva to see the final part "Standby" then please experience the first two parts or watch the movies.  I always seem to take down a build only to have someone ask the next day where to find it.  It is the fleeting nature of SL art and machinima doesn't properly express the unique nature of an open ended immersive environment so do come see it if that interests you.


    I will also be moving back from Second Life over the next little while.  I won't be leaving completely just perhaps stepping back a bit.  I miss the simplicity of just creating.  That is really what I am passionate about and lately it seems all around me is gossip, politics  and distrust.  And that is because I have placed myself within that environment.  Working with the artists from the Path was such a pleasure as the atmosphere was so positive and encouraging.  The result of what we achieved was inspiring to me.  I want to refocus.

Neat video!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

LEA Land rush

     Another announcement to make.  The LEA will be holding a project called the Land Rush Residency on the 30th of October.  It will be done twice during the day once at 10AM SLT and the other at 4PM SLT.  It will be for 16 parcels on two sims.  Essentially we announce a place to go for those in a group, they tp there and run to be the first to click a big red button.  If you are first to click the button then you get the land for two months.  We are an art group so you will be expected to make some type of art rather than erect a penis store.  Hopefully to make things that are unique to this medium.  Well I guess a penis store would be unique to this medium but you know what I mean.
     If you are familiar with Burning Life and have participated in their land rushes then it is about the same as that.  I encourage pinching, biting and kicking but please no gouging.  We will be doing the land rush over the entire year so if you don't manage to get one then you can try again and again.  The land rush sims will be within the 20 endowment regions so should be part of a fun community.   More info on the group to join and so on will be available on the LEA blog.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Path opens today

The Path opens today Friday October 14th at 2pm SLT.  Here is the SLURL


It is a build based off the Exquisite corpse concept often used by the Surrealists.  Click on the Inventors head in each scene to tp from one spot to the next.  Also put your volume up high as the ambient sound has turned out quite good.  The build was created by eight extraordinary artists whose work I admire.  Each worked exceptionally hard on this project and the final result was easily the best collaborative I have ever been involved with.    I would like to thank the artists for agreeing to be a part of this project.  The artists in order by scene are..

1-bryn oh
2-colin Fizgig
3-marcus inkpen
4-desdemona enfield / douglas story
5-Maya paris
6-claudia222 jewell
7-scottius polke
8-Rose borchovski 

I am not going to post pictures of the other artists work just yet as it may spoil the surprise but I will add a little machinima side story I made for the scene that I created.

Rowan Derrith wrote a great post on it already for Prim Perfect.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Introducing the LEA Land Grant

LEA Land Grant

The LEA committee is very excited to announce something that we have been working towards for quite a while now.  Essentially we have convinced Linden Labs and their stockholders to give us 20 sims for a year in order to support the arts in Second Life.  Below you will find the official announcement and application form to consider.  Shortly we will create the online application form and you can start to fill it out if you are interested.  The applications will be due by November 1st 2011.  Check the Linden Endowment for the Arts blog for updates.

 LEA Land Grant application:

The Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) has negotiated with Linden Labs to make available twenty new regions for the arts in Second Life. Four regions will be reserved for exhibitions curated from LEA sandbox art, and two will be allocated through a land rush.  Details will follow on those six regions.  Fourteen will be allocated by application.  These regions will be awarded to selected artists for a period of five months. After the completion of five months those regions will be transferred to a new set of awardees. Recipients can be considered for a second endowment of five months.

Choose a category you wish to apply for and write a 200 word description of what you plan to achieve over the endowment period.  Include a curriculum vitae or resume, and/or ways to see previous work (links to images, YouTube, slurl, websites).

Art organizations, patrons, or curators applying for a region should be able to show an active record of supporting the arts within Second Life or experience in first life that can be translated to the virtual world.

Thank you for your interested in the LEA Land Grant Award, a five-month grant of land for art.

Please answer all questions.

1. Please enter your full Second Life name.  (This should be your username, not your display name.)

2. Please enter your primary email address. (This is the email address by which we will contact you if your application is accepted.)

3. I am applying for a region as a:
1. individual
2. group of artists working together (including performance)
3. representative of artist organization
4. patron
5. curator
6. other

4. I am applying for a full ___  or half ____ region
5.  Application Title:
6. Describe your proposed art project in 200 words or less:
7. Maturity rating of your project:
8  Please include your cv or resume.  Attach or link.
9.  Please include links to previous work (images, video, etc.)
10. Do you understand Second Life’s Terms of Service and Community Standards and do you agree to abide by them while participating in this Linden Endowment for the Arts event?

Terms of Service:
Community Standards:

Yes, I understand Second Life’s Terms of Service and Community Standards and agree to abide by them.

8. Do you understand the Linden Endowment for the Arts’ Code of Conduct and do you agree to abide by the Code while participating in this Linden Endowment for the Arts event?

Code of Conduct

Yes, I understand the Linden Endowment for the Arts’ Code of Conduct and agree to abide by the Code.

Thank you for submitting your proposal to the Linden Endowment for the Arts! 

The LEA committee:

Bryn Oh
Dancoyote Antonelli
Dekka Raymaker
JayJay Zifanwe
L1 Loire
Sasun Steinbeck
Solo Mornington
Werner Kurosawa

PatriciaAnne Daviau (advisor) 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

LEA info

The Linden Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce four art shows opening in mid-October:

On LEA1: The 2011 Survey of Hyperformalists in Second Life, curated by DC Spensley AKA DanCoyote
Opening October 15

The Museum of Hyperformalism, founded in 2006, to promote the unique genre of metasculptural abstraction in simulated space.

featuring the metasculptural artwork of:

Josina Burgess
Oberon Onmura
Ray FX
Sabine Stonebender
Selavy Oh
Suzanne Graves
Velasquez Bonetto

On LEA2: The Path, curated by Bryn Oh
Opening October 14

Based off the Surrealists exquisite corpse concept, each artist was randomly given a scene to compose. A narrative is begun by artist one who then passes it on to artist number two. Artist two adds to the story and passes it on to three and so on until the narrative reaches its conclusion at artist number eight.

Artists in order by scene
1-Bryn Oh
2-Colin Fizgig
3-Marcus Inkpen
4-Desdemona Enfield / Douglas Story
5-Maya Paris
6-Claudia222 Jewell
7-Scottius Polke
8-Rose Borchovski

On LEA3: FAST ART: Competitive Build Improvisation In The Virtual World, hosted by Solo Mornington

A series of speed build competitions, until the sim is full.

Twice-weekly events, with a number of options for artists in all time zones.

On LEA4: Interact!, curated by L1Aura Loire/Lori Landay
Opening October 15

Virtual art can invite, or even insist, that you interact with it. The artists in this exhibition cleverly and creatively make art out of interactions between data, objects, actions, and people within and beyond the virtual world in a stunning array of installations and experiences that stretch the possibilities of virtual art. Expect the unexpected, and click whenever you can. 

Installations by:
AM Radio
Glyph Graves
Lorin Tone
Maya Paris
Misprint Thursday
PinkPink Sorbet
Selavy Oh

Interactive environment for audience participation & interactive mixed reality cross-cultural performances by: Butler2 Evelyn/Senses Places

With: Mesh by Sage Duncan, Machinima Mutoscope Viewers by FreeWee Ling, Twitter Garden by Frans Charming, Inner Tube Ride of Your Life by UzzU Artful

All four art shows will run for three months.

Also, on LEA6, ongoing, monthly, the LEA Full Sim Art Series starting off with Rebeca Bashly's creation based off of Dante's Inferno.  Curated by JayJay Zinfanwe and me.

and the first Wednesday of each month, 7 pm SLT, at the LEA Theater, the Month of Machinima Screening Event, with conversations about the films with L1Aura Loire & the filmmakers

Hmmm what else... each Monday at 4pm SLT is the Avatar Games run by myself Galea Yates, Sasun Steinbeck, Taralyn Gravois with voice commentary from Crap Mariner and Honour McMillan.  Crap may be actually running the course this upcoming week so feel free to come shoot him good.  I know Honour will be in the front row with her gun sights set firmly on his arse.

If you would like to sign up to be a contestant then do so here.... SIGN UP 

LEA Art Sandbox Building Areas

The LEA Art Sandbox is located on the LEA5 region, which is split into the following parcels:
  • General Sandbox Area: This is what people think of when they think of a sandbox. A big area of virtual land with a relatively long autoreturn time.
  • Self-Curating Gallery Area: The purpose of this area is to provide Second Life artists a two-week place to rez their work, and to provide other Residents a place to browse the works of Second Life artists.
  • Building Resource Area: This area contains freebie build tools, LDPW and Torley texture collections, and so forth. It is the landing point, and visitors can get the sandbox rules and policies from the kiosk at the landing point location.
In all areas, scripting will be turned off for non-group Residents. Residents who join the land group can run scripts. The group is open to the public, so anyone can join. Just search on “LEA Art Sandbox” to find the group.
Or ask for help from the wonderful PatriciaAnne Daviau queen of the Sandbox.

And finally in the upcoming week we will be making a huge announcement.  The LEA is made up of some very careful ultra conservatists mingled with some rational minds and then one raving lunatic which sadly is me.  Once we can agree on a formal announcement then I will post it here, but it is great news!