This issues features artist and gallery owner Sisi Biedermann, the new Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA), photo essays by Tempest Rosca Huntsman , What a Conundrum, and Inara Pey, Bamboo Barnes newest art exhibition, Club End of Days is our music spotlight this month. This issue also features the mainland location of the Yellow Dots Café, and we take a look at one of the many new water logged sim locations in Second Life, Flooding Tango & Dreamy Waters. Click the cover below to view this month’s issue!
From 2009 through through 2018, the University of Western Australia (UWA) was a name synonymous with patronage of the arts in Second Life.
The university first became involved in Second Life largely through the encouragement of faculty member Jayjay Zifanwe, and under his guidance and the curation of FreeWee Ling, UWA oversaw a series of art challenges that offered impressive cash rewards for 2D, 3D and machinima artists.
These Art and Grand Challenges yielded some of the most exceptional displays of art and creativity seen within – and beyond – Second Life, and became a hallmark for artistic excellence. Over the years, I attempted to cover down the years through this blog; however, from the end of 2015, UWA started a gradual winding-down of their operations in Second Life.
This started with the…
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Artists’ Village, Campbell Coast
The Artists’ Village at Campbell Coast, created by BJoyful and Doc Rast (rasterscan) and curated by Owl Dragonash, opened A Street Fair, an extensive ensemble exhibition of 2D and 3D art on Tuesday, September 22nd.
A Scottish themed Mainland residential setting that’s open to the public, Campbell Coast offers access to both Linden roads and protected land and to sailable water, with the Artists’ village occupying one corner overlooking the coastal waters. The exhibition features a mix of residential artists and guest artists, with art displays both within the town houses of the village, along the cobbled streets and on the outdoor walls of some of the the buildings.
Artists’ Village, Campbell Coast: Etamae
Participating artists within the studio spaces comprise: Dhyezl, Moondance, Reycharles, Gidgy Adagio, Whimsical Aristocrat, Michiel Bechir, Owl Dragonash, John and Tempest Huntsman, Suzen Juel, Dimi Ludwig, Jed Luckless, Lexus Melodie…
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Lotus Mastroianni and Fred Hamilton (frecoi) are back with another region design that will likely be around for a month(ish) for people to enjoy. Their most recent builds have tended to have an urban design rooted in the physical world, starting with their take on a Brazilian favela back in May of 2020 (see: Visiting A Favela in Second Life), and this latest design continues this theme, appearing to be inspired by a part of a place that lies very close to my heart.
With A Thousand Windows, Fred and Lotus seems to take as their inspiration the tight-knit tenement blocks located in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong’s Kowloon peninsula. Mong Kok is a place I’ve visited on numerous occasions in my life (notably as a result of once living in Hong Kong many…
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Some might say it’s a long time overdue, but on Friday, September 25th, Linden Lab announced the launch of the official Second Life Merchandise Store offering a range of physical world merchandise related to Second Life and Linden Lab.
The on-line store is hosted by RedBubble, and currently comprises a range of SL and Lab branded clothing items and accessories utilising both the “new” and “old” logos, with the promise that more items t come soon, including seasonal and limited time items.
The Second Life store on RedBubble
As with most virtual market stores, the RedBubble Second Life Merchandise Store feature a list of categories down the left side of the page (note: these are a part of the site design, and not all of them may apply specifically to Second Life / Linden Lab). The main part of the site is then devoted…
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Join us this Sunday, September 27, 2020 from 1 to 2pm slt for the grand opening of Kultivate Select Gallery’s September and October Exhibition! Kultivate Select Gallery is Kultivate’s only themed gallery and the theme for this exhibition is animals! Below are the artists who are participating in this exhibition:
The event will feature live performer Rapid Randy, with a casual dress code! Slurl for the event: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/32/70/26
In August 2019, and after an eight-year run (it’s first public exhibitions coming in 2011 after initially being announced in late 2010), the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) closed, the organising committee having decided to step away from managing it (see: Linden Endowment for the Arts to officially close, LEA: more on the closure, and a move to save it and Linden Endowment for the Arts: update).
Following the announcement, there were numerous discussions on how the work of the LEA might be continued. In particular, artists Tansee Resident and Riannah Avora launched an in-world group specifically with the aim of gathering ideas and viewpoints on how the work of the LEA – and Linden Lab’s involvement in the body – might be continued.
At the time, a lot of discussions were held and a considerable number of ideas put forward (I was happy to…
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Linden Realms is now running in the cloud – on the beta grid. Image courtesy of Linden Lab
Linden Realms was the first Linden Lab developed game using experience tools. First introduced in 2011 (see: The Linden Realms game: Rock on!), the game has been updated numerous times over the years, the last time in 2018 (see: The further revamp of Linden Realms in Second Life).
It is now the next major element of Second Life (after the core Blake Sea regions) to be cloned to Aditi, the beta grid, and uploaded to the cloud – and Linden Lab are asking users to give it a go, so they can further test region / simulator operations under load when running on AWS services.
The request for assistance came via a blog post on Monday, September 15th, which reads in full:
As you may know, we are in the process…
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Hermes Kondor: Reflections
In July I wrote about an exhibition of physical world photographs by Hermes Kondor, available at his own Kondor Photo Gallery (see: The beauty of steam machines in Second Life). However, that gallery is only a part of a complex that Hermes has put together, so I decided to hop back for a further look. The complex comprises several individual areas linked by a teleport disc system. These facilities comprise: a boulevard of rental studios for artists, an attractively Deco night club, and three galleries – including the photo gallery noted above – and a studio/gallery used to display Hermes’ SL avatar studies.
Hermes’ primary gallery is the Kondor Art Centre, which at the time of my visit was home to an exhibition entitled Reflections.
I invite you to join on a journey deep inside a magical lake, where we will find strange and…
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Note: membership of the [valium] group is required to access this region – see below for why.
We first visited Boulder, the latest region to be opened by Vally Lavender (Valium Lavender) back at the time of its opening at the end of July 2020. At the time, I admit I held off on writing about it, as both Caitlyn and I found the region somewhat heavy-going – which can often be the case with terry Fotherington’s regions designs (as Boulder is) when heavily populated by avatars. As such, I had intended to drop back in August, once the initial rush of a new region opening had passed and Boulder would be quieter. But things bring what they have been, I’ve only just managed to make good on that plan, so my apologies to Vally for only now getting…
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Kultivate is pleased to announce its newest venue–The Oxford Live Venue & Bar! The Oxford will live music on Thursdays!
Tonight’s grand opening will feature live performer Jesie Janick from 5pm to 6pm slt with a casual dress code! Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/67/136/2502
Join us at Kultivate on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 4 to 5pm slt for a special street party with live performer Wolfie Starfire! Casual dress code and slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/95/135/26
Join us this Sunday, September 20, 2020 from 1 to 3pm slt as Kultivate presents the art of Michiel Bechier at the Kultivate Loft Gallery! This event will feature live performers Jovan Buchsbaum (1pm to 2pm slt) and Quartz (2pm to 3pm slt) with a casual dress code at both events!
You can learn more about Michiel Bechier below:
About Michiel Bechir
I have started my long virtual journey into Second Life as a photographer in 2009.
First my main motivation was to share the richness of creations of all those different sims, with all their aspects. During
my trips I did meet a lot of people from all over the world. They learned me a lot of their backgrounds, passions and interests.
I have discovered the possiblities from all kinds of tools which helped me to improve my captures. By editing them I try to add a personal touch and feeling.
Experiments with the effect of colors are often done, and more recently I am trying to show the details by working with high resolution photos.
Kultivate has 2 artist opportunities available! First Kultivate Select Gallery is seeking artists for our September 27 exhibition, as this is a themed gallery, the theme is animals. And for our Team Diabetes of Second Life fundraiser in October we are seeking artists to be part of our Art Asylum at Scare Me Silly 2020! To register for either event:
Join us this Sunday, September 13, 2020 from 12 to 2pm slt for Kultivate’s Summer Art Gala and the closing of Ilyra Chardin’s Evolution 3D Exhibition!
The event will feature live performers Max Kleene (12 to 1pm slt) and Steph Sinatra (1pm to 2pm slt) with a casual dress code at both events!
The following items will be given away throughout the 2 hours: 10 gift cards, 10 photo backdrops, 2 TEMPLAR Poses Posepacks, & 2 Mesh Skyloft Gallery skyboxes. Plus everyone gets an end of summer gift pack!
We hope to see you there! Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/168/164/21
Join us Sunday, September 6, 2020 @ 1pm slt for Kultivate presents the Art of Sisi Biedermann at Kultivate Signature Gallery! This event will feature live performers Mimi Carpenter (1pm to 2pm slt) and Mavenn (2pm to 3pm slt). Casual dress code for both events and you can learn more about Sisi below:
I joined Second Life in 2007, and back then I never realized how much this would mean to me.
Back then I had just started painting with acrylics after a very long break where I raised my children and looked after my family and my work.
Today I have been painting several hundred paintings since then and I still get a lot of inspiration from nature, second Life and northern islands such as Faroe Islands and Iceland.
In SL I started taking photos already in 2008, and has developed my style ever since. All this brings me to where I am today and I hope you will enjoy my pictures.
/ Sisi Biedermann
You can find Sisi’s works in Second Life at the following slurls:
The August 2020 Issue of Kultivate Magazine is now available! This issue features the talented live performers of Kultivate Music Management, RagingGraphix Gallery, Arnicars Chapel Imagination, The Virtual Peel Center, and Cherry Manga’s Main store & Sim. This issue also has photo essays by Myra Wildmist, Tempest Rosca Huntsman, Whata Conundrum, and Pearl Grey. Lastly this issue contains an update with images of the rebuilt Second Norway Sims! Click the cover below to view the issue:
This week the August 2020 issue of Kultivate Magazine will be published! Below is a sneak preview of the cover, which features the amazing and talented live performers of the newly created, Kultivate Music Management! Look for more info in the coming days on additional articles and features in this month’s magazine edition!
Join us this Sunday, August 30, 2020 from 1 to 2pm slt for the grand opening of The Edge Gallery’s August & September Exhibition! This event will feature live performer Aislen Sings! Casual Dress code! Below is a list of artists who are exhibiting:
Tempest Rosca Huntsman
Whata Conundrum (formerly Grace Sixpence)