Kultivate Magazine’s October Issue Preview!

On October 1, 2016 the next issue of Kultivate Magazine will be published! This issue will feature the art of Sandi Benelli, photographer Amy Beebe, Potomac Homes Owner & Creator, Winter Loxely, Bird Art, Live Performer Ceci Dover, Charity in Second Life, Wanderlust Bench Art Park, the Sarawak Sim, and Faster Pussycat and Bender owner & designer, Honey Bender! Very special thank you to Sandi Benelli for the cover images below:

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Photos: Antiquated photography techniques allow imperfections to shine through in a new exhibition — Quartz

With the help of technology, photography has become more user-friendly than ever. High quality lenses, powerful digital sensors, and compact cameras have replaced the burly equipment, physical darkrooms, and deadly chemicals of decades past. Now, an amateur picking up a camera for the first time can produce images with incredible sharpness and clarity.

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Apple launches Enhanced Editions of “A Game of Thrones” on iBooks | TechCrunch

Apple today announced the launch of “Enhanced Editions” for George R. R. Martin’s series, “A Game of Thrones,” beginning with the author’s first title, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the novel’s release.  Books Two through Five will follow in the months ahead, says Apple. These Enhanced Editions offer iBooks users an interactive experience, with the ability to access secondary material, including interactive character maps, definitions of the various houses referenced in the novel, annotations, glossaries, and more.

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OSCC 2016: call for proposals and volunteers | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

The 2016 OpenSimulator Community Conference (OSCC) will take place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December 2016.

An annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software.  Organised as a joint production by Core Developers of OpenSimulator and AvaCon, Inc., and sponsored by the University of California, Irvine, Institute for Virtual Environments and Computer Games, the conference features a day of presentations, panels, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.

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The Rijksmuseum Dutch national art museum is actually rewarding artists and designers who copy its masterpieces — Quartz

“No cameras allowed” used to be standard practice in museums. Many art institutions tightly policed their collections to contain the so-called “aura of the original” within their walls and have exclusive image rights for books, posters, cards and various bric-a-brac sold at their gift shops.

But the Netherland’s Rijksmuseum believes that art belongs to everyone. “The museum is ultimately the custodian of the works of art, [but] the collections really belong to the public,” explains Femke Diercks, the museum’s curator of European ceramics. Diercks spoke at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City to introduce the Rijksstudio Award, a three-year-old program that gives cash prizes to artists and designers who create new work based on the Rijksmuseum’s art collection. “Reproduction of art has been part of the production of art since antiquity,” says Diercks. “Copying old masters was believed to be the perfect way for young artists to develop their own style.”To illustrate her point, Diercks showed a spirited video montage of 211 works of art created by the Amsterdam-based design studio Part of a Bigger Plan.

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For EVRE in Second Life

Inara Pey reviews Tahiti Rae’s latest exhibition

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“This sim was initially named EVER.” Tahiti Rae says of her latest full region installation, EVRE, now open through until the end of 2016. “While fervently researching a long and well-documented genealogy of my family … I thought how fun it would be to study the women who had married into the family. I learned that one of them had a second husband … When I researched him, I was astonished to discover that the “old tyme” spelling of his name was “Evre”. Hence, the R and the E were immediately swapped. Apparently, the correct trail was followed and at the right time. It’s connected.”

And thus we are introduced to her haunting, complex and highly photogenic study of consciousness, connectedness and time, as expressed in the installation’s sub-title: Are we Everywhere … At all Times? In this, the reversal of the R and the E in…

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Ziki Questi’s Blog: 5Y Smoking

Now open at MetaLES is 5Y Smoking, the premiere exhibition of photography by Lan (lanjran Choche), who along with Ux Hax and Romy Nayar is one of the sim’s owners. Uncharacteristically for MetaLES, the exhibition ventures into the realm of fashion photography — often erotic, often avant garde, and consistently well shot. With rare exception, a slender cigarette is a common element in all the images — sometimes in the mouth, sometimes in the hand, and sometimes visible only by a gentle spiral of smoke — and the exhibition’s title is short for “Five Years Smoking,” with one diptych near the landing point contrasting images from 2011 and 2016. ”

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Kultivate Image of the Day: 9/29/16

Today’s image of the day is from xxstanislasxx Resident:

Cape Juniper - Hollandaise - Once upon a fairytale
Image by Xxstanislasxx Resident

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From Eadweard Muybridge to Xavi Bou: Contemporary chronophotography captures birds’ flight patterns as beautiful pieces of abstract art — Quartz

Chronophotography, the ancestor of motion pictures, is a 19th-century technique that combines multiple exposures to show movement over time. Images by chronophotography pioneers like Eadweard Muybridge, who famously captured a horses’s gallup, now hang in some of the world’s most important art museums, and recently inspired one Spanish birdwatcher to revive the technique.

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Kultivate Image of the Day: 9/28/16

Today’s image of the day is from Owl Dragonash:

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Image by Owl Dragonash

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Smartphone addiction: South Korean designer Kim Dong-kyu doctors master paintings to reflect our modern love affair with technology — Quartz

Smartphone addiction is real. In the US, the average user reaches for their phone 150 times a day and a 2016 study estimates that we tap, swipe and click on our devices 2,617 times each day. This all-too familiar epidemic of the social media age is so alarming that researchers have compared the compulsion to check our phones to substance abuse.The universal malady struck a chord with South Korean designer Kim Dong-kyu, who tells Quartz that he was deeply bothered by how much people obsessed over their phones—often to the point of missing out on real-world experiences. “Smartphones emphasize connection and communication,” Dong-kyu muses.”

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Creating LUTs for Premiere Pro in Photoshop

LUTs or Look Up Tables are a great way to add a constant colour theme to your footage in Premiere Pro. If you’re already familiar with Photoshop then it may be easier for you to do the colour work in Photoshop and then import it to Premiere, in this vide I’ll show you how. In this video I cover;

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Using LUTs in Premiere Pro

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Creating LUTs in Photoshop

Importing LUTs into Premiere Pro

Adding a LUT to a single or multiple clips in a sequence.

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Kultivate Image of the Day: 9/27/16

Today’s image of the day is from Abi Latzo:

It all starts with a smile.
Image by Abi Latzo

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Stunning Selections at the September Matinee

Elysium Cabaret reviews their performances from September:

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The house was packed, the lights were dimmed, the DJ warmed up his mic setting the stage for yet another action packed Matinee at Elysium Cabaret. SL seemed to play nice as the afternoon kicked off, leaving most in peace to enjoy the smorgasbord of dance presented by the talented choreographers. Without further ado, here comes the review for the first Fall matinee.

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The first to grace our stage was the beautiful Eva with her routine stunning the audience with a simple, changing backdrop that made use of highly effective graphics to accompany the bittersweet melody. Joining Eva were Misha Selene, Nadi, Tauriel, Cowgrl, Si De Brit and Zach Starostin who danced their way through several astounding astounding costume changes, leaving even myself wondering how she did it. A breathtaking routine for not only the use of choeography, sets and costuming but -more importantly- for the message…

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The Ma Machinima Salon 2016 | Chantal Harvey

 

On October 7, my new movie ‘Activate Your Higher Mind’ is premiering in San Francisco, California. The show is an exclusive event, if you want to attend you need to contact me so I can put you on the guest list.  You are very welcome! The film (machinima) is a one hour vision on Art in Virtual Reality, and perhaps a retrospect on 8 years in Second Life, but more so a very personal journey into the future.

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Kultivate Image of the Day: 9/26/16

Todays image of the day is from Natasha Leckrone:

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Image by Natasha Leckrone

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The Red Gallery; supporting diabetes research in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Saturday, September 24th saw the opening of The Red Gallery, operated by Team Diabetes of Second Life, the official Second Life team for the American Diabetes Association (ADA).The Red Gallery has been established to support Team Diabetes of SL in their work raising funds for ADA. Each exhibition will feature a number of artists displaying their art, with proceeds of sales split between the artist and Team Diabetes of SL. Each exhibition will likely be for a period of two months.

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Alan Turing’s 1951 music-making machine: Researchers have restored the first computer-generated song — Quartz

Thanks to major leaps in technology of late, we may now be in the age of AI-generated pop music. But a machine in the 1950s did it first.

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Getty Instagram Grant: Ronny Sen, an Indian photographer won $10,000 with Instagram posts of a fire that’s still raging on after 100 years — Quartz

Ronny Sen (@ronnysen) has been photographing the lives of those who toil on the gigantic coal mine in Jharia, India for the past four years. The Indian Instagrammer and two other photographers recently won $10,000 each from Getty Images Instagram Grant, which supports photographers using Instagram to tell under-reported stories from around the world.

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Kultivate Image of the Day: 9/25/16

Today’s image of the day is from Billie Llewellyn:

Field of Dreams
Image by Billie Llewellyn

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Of times past, times future and hauntings at Seanchai Library

Inara covers this week at the Seanchai Library:

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It’s time to kick-off a week of story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, September 25th

13:30: Tea Time at Baker Street

Tea-time at Baker Street returns for the summer, featuring a new location – 221B Baker Street at the University of Washington iSchool in Second Life. Caledonia Skytower, John Morland and Kayden Oconnell invite you to join them as they return to what is quite possibly the most famous of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works, and present their fourth reading from The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Baskervilles-1902The third full-length novel written about Sherlock Holmes, this is likely to be the one Holmesian story which – at least in outline – known to most, whether or…

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