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Kultivate Spring 17 Art Show Official Press Release!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kultivate Spring 17 Art Show

Dates: April 3 to April 9, 2017

Website: https://kultivatemagazine.com/kultivate-magazine-spring-2017-art-show/

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/146/139/22

Kultivate Magazine is pleased to announce its second annual Spring Art Show! This show will feature a week long celebration of 2D and 3D art. Over 50 artists are participating in this week long show. The event will feature both a juried and non juried component. Juried participants are competing to win a shared prize pot, gift cards, and more. The week long show will feature a variety of live performers, tribute bands, DJ parties, a photo contest, and two special hunts. This year’s event will also feature a new series, “Art Talks,” which will feature informational sessions on a variety of topics such as photography in Second Life, copyright and Creative Commons, Photoshop and GIMP tips, and more.

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Kultivate Magazine April Issue Preview!

On April 1, 2017 the next edition of Kultivate Magazine will be published (and no it is not an April Fool’s Joke)! This issue will feature artist Giovanna Cerise, the Rosehaven Sim, a preview of the Kultivate Spring 17 Art Show, The Grand Canyon in Second Life, live performer Melenda Mikael, a discussion of Flickr & art, a cyberpunk photo essay by Wicca Merlin, a photo essay on cityscapes and city streets, The Edge Stylists present their April stylings, and an article to help you produce a fashion show. Below is a sneak peak of the cover:

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Kultivate Magazine’s March 2017 Edition is Now Available!

The March 2017 edition of Kultivate Magazine is now available! This issue features CasperTech Owner, Casper Warden; LaurieC Alexis, Co-Owner of The Keys Live Music Venues & Management Group, artist Nils Urqhart, The Ciottolina Rooftop Gallery, Builder’s Brewery, the Somewhere Sim, March stylings by The Edge Stylists, and two photo essays by Ilyra Chardin and AmyBeeBe. You can click on the cover below to view the issue:

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Photofocus | Perfectly Clear Complete Version 3.0 – A Quick Look

It’s come a long way since those days, and it has made that journey in no small part because our team here at Photofocus (particularly Rich) have decided to chip in and work with the software developers to make it even better.The combined efforts of the Athentech team and the Photofocus team have yielded a program by photographers FOR photographers. It’s slicker, more powerful, and faster. In my opinion, it is better in every way.

The new Face-Aware Exposure helps with automatic exposure fixes.If you get a chance to look at the new version the first thing you will notice is a new user interface. It’s preset driven but can be infinitely customized. It is friendly, faster and easier to use than ever and is no longer as portrait-centric as it once was.

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“Transcendence despite Poison Rain”, preview at UWA

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"Transcendence despite Poison Rain", for University of Western Australia

A preview of my artwork for University of Western Australia‘s collective art installation Transformations that will open in Mayin Second Life.

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Come enjoy this week at Ce Soir Arts – literature, music, and theatre await!

Check out this week at Ce Soir Arts:

Ce Soir Arts - Be inspired tonight!

There are some wonderful happenings scheduled for this week at Ce Soir Arts. Check the schedule below for the details…and check back soon for more information. We are especially honoured to host the marvelous Avilion Cameo Theatre (ACT) for another of their fine productions: If Music Be the Food of Love. This production, written by Lady Bajoy and performed by the wonderful ACT troupe, explores the music of Shakespeare’s plays. It will be a beautiful production, and we hope you will join us!

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Côte de la Mer Galerie                                                                                  A Breath of Spring!
Spring landscape photography by Mireille Jenvieve and…

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MisaKaory’s The Way I Feel in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Now open at Club LA and Gallery, curated by Fuyuko ‘冬子’ Amano (Wintergeist) is The Way I Feel a selection of images from the portfolio of MisaKaory. I’m actually getting to this review a little late, as the invitation got buried in my inventory, and so offer apologies to Misa and Fuyuko;  but I do recommend a visit before it draws to a close.

“Photography gives me a lot of emotions,” Misa says of her work. “Sometimes it is too exhausting, when you can not sleep at night because you keep thinking of some idea for a photo. It seems the idea came and you get it all together and press the shutter, but you are still dissatisfied. So you keep looking through the viewfinder to find the right angle, lighting, waiting for the moment… And then suddenly, here it is! Often it is a completely random person that you have caught in the frame, a bird or a gust of wind. The feeling that you get after taking the photo you like is just wonderful! The world that we see is infinite, but we remember only some moments that have given us a strong impression.”

Continue reading MisaKaory’s The Way I Feel in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Kultivate Images of the Day: 3/21/17 to 3/27/17

Below are our images of the day for 3/21/17 to 3/27/17:

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Image by Jeff Goodnight
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Image by Sorcha Tyles
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Image by  Myra Wildmist
Portrait Staubi
Image by Engelsstaub Resident
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Image by Kawaski AL
Maison de L'amitie
Image by Ornella Batriani
Sailors Cove West
Image by Reylenne

 

Join our Flickr group to have an image considered as our image of the day: http://goo.gl/c5HfuX

PeTOu’s perfection in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

PeTOu is a place that is bound to draw me for a number of reasons. The first is the strong Oriental influence exhibited across this Full region. The second is the way the region uses Linden water throughout to naturally add ambience and harmony to the environment. And the third reason is that is another design by the immensely talented Uta (xoYUUTAox), who was responsible for bringing an ethereal beauty in one of the iterations of a favourite old haunt, Roche (which you can read about here).

Continue reading PeTOu’s perfection in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

New Works at Placebo Gallery

Great review of the Placebo Gallery

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Seraphim has hung more new acquisitions in the gallery…NewArtNewArt2… the gallery has had slightly more attention than usual (usually it is none), even getting what Seri and I consider a good report here  Many thanks to Pearl for drawing my attention to this post, as the rather odd people who posted it did not tell me they had… one of them did ask permission, but in a strange, seemingly unhinged IM, which I had actually dismissed as the mutterings of someone not quite, well, balanced (even allowing for the obvious language barrier)… sorry, Ush  (:

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show #142: the trough

Time for another Drax Files Radio Show Hour:

the drax files radio hour [with jo yardley]

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fascinating convo, all over the place in a good way, with larry rosenthal and maxwell graf.

if you care about the past, present and future of vr you better listen all the way through:

more stuff to feed your vr hungry mind:

  • larry mentions janus vr:
  • jaron lanier in 2010 on vr and the economy and how will we survive:
  • marketing…nothing new…

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  • brett leonard is not the lawnmower man anymore but:
  • hype cycles:

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  • happening next weekend: svvr

the drax files radio hour [with jo yardley] is a weekly production of basicdrax entertainment.

the show is supported by…

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Seanchai Library Reaches 9 in Second Life

Happy Birthday to Seanachai Library, Inara has the scoop:

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Recalling Seanchai Library’s Big Read of Alice in Wonderland, from May 2016

It’s time to kick-off another week of storytelling in Voice 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.

This week starts with a very spacial celebration – the Library’s ninth anniversary!

Sunday, March 26th Volume IX: Seanchai Library Anniversary

From the Seanchai Library website:

Nine years ago someone had an idea.  That someone was Derry McMahon, founder of Seanchai Library, which began its life at the West of Ireland Library and Cultural Centre in March 2008.

Nine years ~ 108 months ~ 3,287-ish days ~ Thousands of hours of stories ~ Hundreds of Authors ~ Dozens of Genres, and over $4000 in small cash donations to non-profits doing good works all around the world.

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Support Feed A Smile at Nautical Smile in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Nautical Smile is a special event being held at Holly Kai Park in aid of Feed A Smile / Live and Learn Kenya.

The event marks the first major fund-raiser to be held for Feed A Smile at Holly Kai Park, which was adopted as the park’s new charity in February 2017.

Organised and hosted by Rossini Events, Nautical Smile will take place at The Pavilion, Holly Kai Park, and will feature 10 hours of music starting at 11:00 SLT, and finishing at 21:00 SLT, with one hour sets from some of Second Life’s top DJs, and live performers.The live performances at Nautical Smile will include a “double Dutch” back-to-back paring of singers from the Netherlands, Thera D and Hedy Patrucci-Collazo, who will be appearing at 12:00 noon and 1:00pm respectively. They’ll be followed by Akilikos Singer at 2:00pm, and Sal  from 3:00pm. The entire event is sponsored by Meerkats Estates….

Source: Support Feed A Smile at Nautical Smile in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Ode to VR, a Second Life Machinima | Jo Yardley’s Second Life

Today Amelie Marcoud, 1920s Berlin tenant, released a machinima titled ‘Ode to VR: the future of Virtual Reality’, shot in Second Life.A wonderful video, not to be missed:

Source: Ode to VR, a Second Life Machinima | Jo Yardley’s Second Life

VWBPE 2017: Above the Book and taking a peek | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

The 2017  Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education (VWBPE) conference will be taking place between Wednesday, March 29th and Saturday April 1st, 2017 inclusive. A grass-roots community event focusing on education in immersive virtual environments, VWBPE attracts 2200-3500 educational professionals from around the world each year.

A press day for the event was held on Sunday, March 19th, but due to physical world things, I ended up unable to attend. Therefore, this little sneak peek at things is coming a little late – although you can have a little explore around the conference regions yourself, as they are now open through until Sunday, March 26th.

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Filling the Cauldron: photo contest in Second Life

Enter the Filling the Cauldron photo contest:

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Filling the Cauldron

Filling the Cauldron is launching a special photo contest open to everyone and with some very special prizes.

Elicio’s store, Cerridwen’s Cauldron, offers a marvellous, magical setting both in the air and on the ground. All we’re asking you to do is visit Cerridwen’s Cauldron and capture some of that magic. It doesn’t matter if you select a part of the skyborne store or the ground-level landscape. Simply capture all or part of the region in a way that captures its beauty and magic.

Cerridwen's Cauldron; Inara Pey, January 2016, on FlickrGround level – Cerridwen’s Cauldron

In return, the following prizes are up for grabs:

  • 3rd place: items from Cerridwen’s Cauldron worth up to L$750
  • 2nd place: items from Cerridwen’s Cauldron worth up to L$1,000
  • 1st place: an original piece of real world art by Elicio himself, delivered to you in-world and to your home.

Cerridwen's Cauldron; Inara Pey, January 2016, on FlickrGround level – Cerridwen’s Cauldron

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SL Etiquette 101: Politics in Second Life

Kultivate’s Marketing & Social Media Coordinator, Jessi is back with another SL Etiquette 101. This time she discusses politics in Second Life:

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The 2016 election was quite polarizing in America. Whether you are a democrat or a republican, you may have found yourself drawn into the political debate in real life, on social media, and in Second Life. I conducted a poll back in February to gauge the mood of Second Lifers, to see if they felt politics should be talked about in Second Life.

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Kultivate Images of the Day: 3/14/17 to 3/20/17

Our images of the day for 3/14/17 to 3/20/17 are:

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Image by Jeff Goodnight
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Image by Wanted Your Style
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Image by CybeleMoon
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Image by Twain Orfan
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Image by Ruby Ornamental
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Image by Keegan Kavanagh

 

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Image by MMM LLsichka

You can now save your Instagram Live streams to your camera roll | TechCrunch

One of the unique things about Instagram Live is that the video has always been disappearing. After your live stream is over the content is deleted forever – unlike Facebook Live or Periscope which save your video so audiences can view it after the fact.

Until now.

The company just announced that broadcasters will have the option to save live videos to their phone after they are done streaming. It’s pretty simple – when your stream ends you’ll see a save button in the upper right corner – you tap it and the video gets saved to your camera roll.

Notably, these live videos still won’t be saved on Instagram – so viewers should still feel an urgency to watch since it will still be their only chance to see the stream.

That being said, the fact that broadcasters will have the option to keep their stream should increase the occasions that people decide to go live. Previously users may have been hesitant to go live during an important moment (and instead record with their camera app or Snapchat) – because they know they’d lose that footage forever. Now users can get the best of both worlds – they can share interesting live content with their audience while still having the option to save it forever if it’s a special moment.

The update will roll out today for iOS and Android phones.

Source: You can now save your Instagram Live streams to your camera roll | TechCrunch

The Photo Game in Second Life: Proph and a Pey | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

In February 2017 I wrote about The Photo Game, an intimate exhibition of art hosted at Boudicca Amat’s An Uncertain Destiny (which you can read about here). It formed the in-world continuation of an idea Boudicca and fellow artist Ricco Saenz started on Flickr in the latter part of 2016, where they would each choose two on one another’s compositions and comment on them.

In-world, The Photo Game has expanded to three images apiece for each pair of invited artists, and for the inaugural February event, Bou and Ricco took to the stage. For March / April, the spotlight has shifted to two more artist / photographers, one of whom has the last name of “Pey” …The Photo Game: me, as selected by ProphTo be honest I was thrilled, surprised and apprehensive about things when the invitation arrived – and apprehension turned to a feeling akin to panic when Bou revealed I have been paired with Proph (burningprophets); a man with a talent for weaving a tale with his images, and an eye for composition and framing which far surpasses my own.

I was instantly drawn to the three pieces I’ve selected from Proph’s portfolio both because I was instantly attracted to them and because they all encapsulate his skills so beautifully. The three are: Never Hide Your Heart, Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful and If You Miss the Train I’m On. I’m not going to comment further on them here, as I have already written a fair essay on each, but all three are genuinely remarkable pieces, and well worth contemplating – so I do encourage you to go along as see them for yourself….

Source: The Photo Game in Second Life: Proph and a Pey | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

The Heart of the Sea in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

The Heart of the Sea is a marvellous homestead region design by Elyjia (Elyjia Baxton) and Brayan Friller (Brayan26 Friller) that Caitlyn and I were (once again!) pointed towards by Shakespeare (SkinnyNilla) as a result of one of our regular exchanges of landmarks with one another. For those wishing to spend it in idyllic, natural surroundings rich is a sense of peace and tranquillity, I thoroughly recommend a visit.

As you might expect from the name, water features strongly in the design, the region comprising the gentle sweep of a rocky island sitting within shallow waters, accompanied four rocky islets, together with a smaller island which forms the landing point. On this sandy hump,  lying across the wild grass holding the sand in place, lies the broken finger of a candy-striped lighthouse; once it may have warned passing vessels about the rocks laying on the eastward side of the isle, but no more.

The Heart of the SeaThe two islands are connected – by way of one of the smaller rocky outcrops – by an old board walk – almost. But while at one time it may well have linked the three sandy beaches it passes between, now it lays broken and sagging into the shallow waters in two places. However, in the lee of the middle islet sits a rowing boat draped with a cuddle blanket, while the sand of its beach has a message written upon it; the first indications that romance is welcome here.

Rising from a ribbon of sand that almost entirely encompasses it, the main island comprises three low, flat-topped tables of rock. Two of these are home to a small farm. On one, horses and sleep graze on a rich thatch of grass, a nearby barn offering some shelter should the elements turn. On the other sits what might be the farmhouse, reached by crossing a natural stone bridge spanning a narrow channel of sand below….

Source: The Heart of the Sea in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Mysteries, aliens, mice and poems

Inara covers this week at The Seanchai Library:

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

It’s time to kick-off another week of storytelling in Voice 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, March 19th 13:30: Tea Time Mysteries!

Seanchai Library launches a Tea Time series, featuring everything non-Holmesian from Christie to Hamett, classic sleuthing to hard-boiled detectives of the noir-ish hue.

This week: more Agatha Christie with Caledonia, Kayden, Corwyn and John.

Monday, March 20th 19:00: Enemy Mine

Gyro Muggins continues reading Barry B. Longyear’s novella which first appeared in a 1979 issue of Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, before becoming the basis of the of the 20th Century Fox film of the same name, starring Dennis Quaid  and Louis Gossett, Jr. This led to Longyear producing an expanded version of the story, written with David Gerrold.

In the…

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