Second Pride 2020: TOGETHER in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Second Pride 2020

SL Pride, the event celebrating diversity organised by and on behalf of Second Life’s LGBTQ+ community officially opens on Friday, June 5th, 2020 at 14:00 SLT, and runs through until Sunday, June 14th.

With entertainment and activities through the week, this year’s event has the theme TOGETHER, which the organisers define as: Together in Unity; in Life; in Health; in Harmony; in Spirit; in Love; in Power; in Strength; in Mind; in Body and in Peace. Given the situation in the United States at present, the event also stands in support of, and in solidarity with, Black Lives Matter.

Second Pride 2020

Once again, the event is centred on a city-like region setting, a central park within it offering the event space. Surrounding this is an elevated train line designed by Jogi Schultz (yogijo), who also supplies the buildings below the elevated rails that…

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Friday June 5th Field Trips!

The Dirty Blog of The Dirty Grind Independent Artist Community

Safe Friday everyone! Today we have field trips throughout the day, starting early as well, so you can have a steady dose of great live music 🙂

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7 am Field Trip: Zorch Boomhauer at Cafè Musique!

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12 pm Field Trip: Lexus Melodie at Bellazur!

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2 pm Field Trip: Lexus Melodie at Hagandaz!

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4 pm Field Trip: Zorch Boomhauer at Bellisseria RFL!

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5 pm Field Trip: Shannon Oherlihy at Hotel Chelsea!

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7 pm Field Trips: Twostep Spiritweaver, Effinjay

Twostep Spiritweaver at Club PlanetAry!

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Effinjay at Luskwood!

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8 pm Field Trips: Thunderfoot Lorefield, Ren and Quai

Thunderfoot Lorefield at Avian Retreat!

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Ren and Quai at Burn2’s Main Stage!

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And as always you can hear all of these talented musicians 24/7 at Radio Grind! http://cp6.digistream.info:20354/

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Art at Love and Love in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Love and love Art Gallery

Love & Love Art Gallery is, for me, a new venue for art in Second Life. Curated by Lylaya Love (lylaya), and co-founded by her and her partner Bohemio Love (Bohemi0), the gallery occupies a pristine 3-storey building set with a 4096 sq metre parcel set out with a small, tidy garden space before it.

At the time of my visit, the ground floor space of the gallery was not in use – I’ve no idea if it will offer future exhibitions – with a teleport offering the way up to the upper two floors.

Love and Love Art Gallery: Cornelia Augusta

On the first of these, Cornelia Augusta (cornelia Longfall) presents Kaleidoscope of Souls, an exhibition of avatar studies across the floor’s two halls and set within an environment that is best appreciated with the viewer’s Advanced Lighting Model (ALM) enabled (Graphics →…

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Second Life Mobile mini update, May 2020 with audio

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

As I’ve previously reported several times over the last year, starting with Linden Lab confirm Second Life iOS client in the making, Linden Lab is developing a companion app for Second Life.

Since that first article, I’ve provided a number of updates on the development, including that the client will be for both Android as well as iOS, and speaking at the Web User Group meeting on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020, Keira Linden – who is the Product lead for the client – provided and update on process, the core points of which are bullet-pointed below.

  • iOS Client:
    • The iOS version is now in a closed alpha featuring some residents.
    • In keeping with the Lab’s plans, this version offers the ability to communicate via IM, and has a basic Friends listing.
    • Further updates will follow  – the next being the addition of Abuse Reporting support and improved…

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Call for Artists-Kultivate Select Gallery!

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Kultivate Select Gallery, Kultivate’s themed gallery is seeking artists for its July 19 exhibition. The theme for July is portraits.

To express interest: https://kultivatemagazine.com/artist-opportunities/or https://tinyurl.com/kultivateselectgallery

Call For Images – Kultivate Magazine June 2020 Issue!

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For Kultivate’s 5th Anniversary we are asking artists and photographers to submit 1 image that will be published in our special anniversary issue of Kultivate Magazine this month, on June 20!

To submit your image, please post it to our Flickr group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/kultivateartphotography.

The deadline to submit is June 15, 2020. Please list the name you want to be credited by in the description. The image must be your own intellectual property.

Sunday @ 1pm slt-Windlight Art Gallery June Exhibition Opening!

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Join us on Sunday, June 7, 2020 from 1pm to 2pm slt for the grand opening of Windlight Art Gallery’s June Exhibition! This event will feature live music with a casual dress code! The following artists will be featured in this exhibit:

Angel Heartsong
Jamee Sandalwood
Johannes Huntsman
Kapan
Margo Hollak
Reycharles Resident
Vanessajane66
Vita Theas

Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/31/133/26

Sharing FionaFei’s dream in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Hannington Endowment for the Arts: FionaFei

FionaFei invited me to visit her new installation that opened on May 29th at the Hannington Endowment for the Arts (HEA). Entitled I Had a Dream, And You Were There, it is a reflection of thoughts and feelings that may come upon us unbidden, be it through dream or through finding an object or hearing a sound or seeing an image or event, that bring to mind someone now gone from our lives.

Set as a dream-like forest, the trees rendered in Fiona’s familiar ink wash black on white, that we’re invited to explore. Within it, the ground is white, as if mist is sliding through the trees, brushed ferns grouping around the base of trunks. Among these trees are park benches offering places to sit in contemplation.

On or near the benches are bright red objects: an alarm clock here, a scarf…

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A Favela challenges stereotypes where otherness is at stake

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Cats in a Brazilian slum in Second Life, with a Kobra mural reproduced on a wall (left)

When I first visited A Favela, a parcel in Second Life decorated by Lotus Mastroianni and Fred Hamilton in a way that represents a typical Brazilian slum (actually, a typical slum in Rio de Janeiro), I thought it looked accurate enough to go beyond a simple display of stereotypes. Indeed, it offered me an opportunity to reflect on a series of subjects concerning what one could call otherness: how to balance the temptation of treating different societies (or cultures) as exotic; how powerful can SL be as a tool to avoid that risk; and how it feels to be the other in a world of so many possibilities.

At the arrival point, a Kobra mural and some ads

A Favela is really well put together (apart from minor physics problems in…

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Viewing Yoon’s F.E.A.R. in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

FEAR. Face Everything And Recover, May 2020 – click and image for full size

F.E.A.R. is the first region-wide design Yoon (Onyxxe) has attempted, as she notes in her profile and through her blog. While the name might sound as if it references a place that is intended to invoke a sense of dread – and is actually taken from a Stephen King novel (Doctor Sleep) – Yoon uses it in one of its two more familiar forms: Face Everything And Recover (the other being – for polite company – Forget Everything And Run), a term often used in dealing with addiction. In selecting the acronym, Yoon notes:

Another thing I did was attend a webinar from a UK health organization, helping people with anxieties and more … It was like someone shaking me up and telling me: You RUN instead of FACING it. Hiding in too…

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Celebrating 15 years of 100 Word Stories

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Story-teller, commentator, raconteur – R. Dismantled is all of these, and more. A long-time resident of Second Life, R. is a keen patron of the arts in-world, including performance art and dance – so much so that with regards to dance in Second Life, he has in the past been a guest writer in these pages.

R. is also a prolific writer of 100-word stories – or “drabbles” as they’re known. It’s something he got into as a result of several influences, as he explains:

I started writing drabbles after a friend in college wrote a set of them in a 100×100 project. Woody Allen’s play about Abraham Lincoln obsessing over “How long must a man’s legs be? Long enough to reach the ground” inspired me.

Then, a group of writers started the site “100 Words Or Les Nessman” where they challenged themselves to write about a topic, or they…

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Vulcans, nuns, flappers and weird westerns in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

It’s time to highlight 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 home at Holly Kai Park, unless otherwise indicated. Note that the schedule below may be subject to change during the week, please refer to the Seanchai Library website for the latest information through the week.

Sunday, May 231st 18:30: Magicland Storytime

Caledonia Skytower shares tales of adventure and delight from the stage of the Golden Horseshoe in honour of its recent renovation.

Monday, June 1st, 19:00: Spock’s World

Gyro Muggins reads Diane Duane’s take on a classic figure from science fiction.

In the 23rd Century…

On the planet Vulcan, a crisis of unprecedented proportion has caused the convocation of the planet’s ruling council, and led to Starfleet ordering the U.S.S. Enterprise to the planet in the…

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Art in Second Life 2020 (31) Elephants by Cica Ghost

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Sunday, May 31st, I got an invitation to visit Cica Ghost’s newest installation “Elephants by Cica Ghost“. I went over there on the spot and met Cica at the landing point. While talking with her I already saw the elephants. Of course, huge elephants. Animals in Cica’s worlds are always very big and they all have big eyes – so do her elephants.

The scenery is bathed in black and green tones, the ground is dark and looks a bit like water at night, inbetween are many hills and islands. You see forests but there’re no leaves, no branches, just trunks. And that fits to Cica’s funny landmark description:
Q. What do a tree and an elephant have in common?
A. A trunk.

Impressions of “Elephants by Cica Ghost” (1) – overviews (left) / Dio meets Cica at the Landing Point / Diomita on the trunk of an…

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Monday June 1st Field Trips!

The Dirty Blog of The Dirty Grind Independent Artist Community

Safe Monday and June everyone! Our trusty musicians give you a great remedy for the Monday Blues – many hours of amazing live music ^_^

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10 am Field Trip: The Vinnie Show at Surfside Hideaway!

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1 pm Field Trip: RoseDrop Rust at Cornerstone Theatre!

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2 pm Field Trip: Lluis Indigo at Brazen Head!

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6 pm Field Trip: Wald Schridde at Brazen Head!

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7 pm Field Trips: Effinjay, Twostep Spiritweaver, The Vinnie Show

Effinjay at Free Spirit Farms!

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Twostep Spiritweaver at The Merry Prankster!

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The Vinnie Show at The Honky Tonk!

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And as always you can hear all of these talented musicians 24/7 at Radio Grind! http://cp6.digistream.info:20354/

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show #257: avatars inc.

the drax files radio hour

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famed award-winning editor ann vandermeerand x-prize show-runner eric desatnik were guests at the book club last wednesday, together with the biggest in-world crowd of [befittingly!!] colorful avatars we ever had. also joining us were a handful of high-profile speculative fiction authors from the “avatars inc.” anthology and the fab folks from wunderkind pr.

did madness ensue? were bat avatars sighted? reportedly, moderator drax and producer strawberry lost 3 pounds each sweating through the soundcheck as the clock was ticking and the special space station venue’s teleporter was humming, however you. the viewer/listener may focus on a wonderful conversation about the power of avatars, technology and storytelling. enjoy:

more to read and watch below:

  • the original livestream:
  • a reading list from bookshop dot org with a good title from each of the 22 contributors to the anthology:

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Monday @ 4pm slt – Grand Opening of Mad Mare Pub & Dene Art Gallery

MADMARE& DENE ART GALLERY GRAND OPENING

Join us on Monday, June 1, 2020 from 4pm to 6 pm slt for the grand opening of Kultivate’s newest venture and gallery: The Mad Mare Pub & Dene Art Gallery!

This art venue in a medieval setting, is located in Rosehaven and the first exhibition, Scenes from Rosehaven, features art work by Tempest Rosca Huntsman & Johannes Huntsman!

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The event will feature live performers Jesie Janick & Melenda Baptiste with a casual dress code! Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rosehaven%20Absinthe/52/162/22

Sunday @ 1pm slt-Edge Gallery May & June Exhibition Opening!

EDGEGALLERY MAY AND JUNE

 

First on Sunday, May 31, 2020 from 1pm to 2pm slt we have the May & June Exhibition Opening of the Edge Gallery! This gallery hosts only black and white imagery and photography. The event will feature the following artists:

Angel Heartsong
Anouk Lefavre
SandyBlackCloud
Jamee Sandalwood
Johannes Huntsman
Kapaan
Reycharles Resident
Tempest Rosca-Huntsman
Vanessa Jane
Vita Theas

Live Performer Mavenn will perform throughout the hour and the dress code is casual! Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/43/212/27

May 31 to June 1 Artistic Events @ Kultivate!

Join us on May 31 and June 1 for 3 artistic related events at Kultivate!

EDGEGALLERY MAY AND JUNE

 

First on Sunday, May 31, 2020 from 1pm to 2pm slt we have the May & June Exhibition Opening of the Edge Gallery! This gallery hosts only black and white imagery and photography. The event will feature the following artists:

Angel Heartsong
Anouk Lefavre
SandyBlackCloud
Jamee Sandalwood
Johannes Huntsman
Kapaan
Reycharles Resident
Tempest Rosca-Huntsman
Vanessa Jane
Vita Theas

Live Performer Mavenn will perform throughout the hour and the dress code is casual! Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/43/212/27

uasl

On Monday, June 1, 2020, we have two great events for you! First we have at 130 pm slt the exhibition opening of Elements by Tempest Rosca Huntsman & Johannes Huntsman. This is a 3D exhibition at UASL (United Artists of SL)! Casual dress code for this event and the slurl to the exhibition: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Karpov/73/55/2776 *Please note that the actual opening event at UASL will take place on their party platform**

MADMARE& DENE ART GALLERY GRAND OPENING

Later on Monday, from 4pm to 6pm slt we have the grand opening of Kultivate’s latest venture, The Mad Mare Pub  & Dene Art Gallery! This art venue in a medieval setting, is located in Rosehaven and the first exhibition, Scenes from Rosehaven, features art work by Tempest Rosca Huntsman & Johannes Huntsman! The event will feature live performers Jesie Janick & Melenda Baptiste with a casual dress code! Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rosehaven%20Absinthe/52/162/22

 

An empire of books in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

The Empire of Dreaming Books, May 2020

We received an invitation to visit The Empire of Dreaming Books by the region’s co-creator, Num Bing. Together with Clifton Howlett, she has created an environment to honour the Zamonia series of books by German comic creator and author, Walter Moers.

Captain Bluebear tells the story of his first 13.5 lives spent on the mysterious continent of Zamonia, where intelligence is an infectious disease, water flows uphill, and dangers lie in wait for him around every corner.

– A description of the Zamonia books and their protagonist, Bluebear

The Empire of Dreaming Books, May 2020

In particular, the setting recreates a part of the city of Buchhaim., located in western Zamonia on the Dull plateau  on the dry, flat, steppe country not far from the border with the South Desert. The city sits on the convergence of many trails across the plains, and…

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