Lab announces the ending of gacha machines in Second Life

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In what is going to be seen as a highly unpopular move, Linden Lab has announced that the use of gacha machines within Second Life must be discontinued by content creators by the end of August, 2021.

To avoid and misrepresentation of the Lab’s decision, I’m reproducing the official announcement below:

Due to a changing regulatory climate, we’ve had to make the difficult decision to sunset a very popular sales mechanism for content in Second Life.  It’s widely known as “gacha”, and is defined by a chance-based outcome as a result of a payment.  
We know that creators plan their content releases far in advance and will need to re-tool their products, so to mitigate the impact to those affected, we are giving a 30-day grace period, until midnight SLT on August 31.  After that time, selling content via gacha machines will no longer be permitted…

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SL18B the artists and the art

Thanks for the shoutout of mine and Tempest’s exhibitions!

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SL18B Welcome Area

Each year the Second Life Birthday events attracts resident exhibitors from across Second Life and its multiple communities, giving them the opportunity to promote their work and their activities to the virtual world at large, and SL18B in no exception. One of the communities that, through individual and cross-supportive exhibitions, always offers much to see is the Second Life arts community, and in this article I’ve tried to highlight as many of those that I’m aware are participating in this year’s event. If I have missed yours, then I extend my apologies.

Be sure to have Advanced lighting Model (ALM) active in your viewer (Preferences → Graphics → check Advanced Lighting Model) and that you are set to use Shared Environments (World → Environment → check Use Shared Environment).

Amaze

  • The Ablyss – an immersive art experience by Manx Wharton and Zinnia Zauber that invites visitors to experience…

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6th Annual Spring Art Show Official Press Release!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

6th Annual Kultivate Spring Art Show

Dates: June 7 to 13, 2021

Location: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/156/135/26

The 6th Annual Kultivate Spring Art Show will take place June 7 to 13, 2021 and will feature art, photography, live music, and giveaways! This event will feature both a juried and non juried competition component, where artists will compete for prizes in a variety of categories.

This years participants artists are: 4pril Resident, Amanda, Angel Heartsong, Anouk Lefavre, Cutewillow Carlberg, Dandilyon Jinx, Dawnbeam Dreamscape, Deynira Yalin, Elise Sirnah, Eucalyptus Carroll, Eve Petlyakov, Jamee Sandalwood, Johannes Huntsman, Kacey Macbeth, Kapaan Resident, Klint Kord, Lena Kopiak, Matt Thomson, Myra Wildmist, Ohara Takamori, Phoenix, Roxcee Resident, Sabine Mortenwold, Sandor, Sevant Anatra, Sheba Blitz, Slatan Dryke, Tempest Rosca, Vanessa Jane, Veruca Tammas, Viktor Savior, & Vita Theas.

The following live vocalists and musicians will provide entertainment throughout the art show:  Mimi Carpenter, Abby Jaidov, Lyric Serendipity, Rapid Randy, Bubbles Song, Suzen Juel, Ziggy Sixpence, Jackie Lefko, Dee Timeless, Thunderfoot, Aislen Sings, J Lively, Sarita, and Sam Qenda.

About Kultivate:
Kultivate  consists of Kultivate Music Management, Kultivate Magazine, and the Kultivate Galleries. The goal of Kultivate is to support art, culture, photography, music, and fashion. Kultivate Magazine is proud to be the media partner and primary sponsor of Team Diabetes of Second Life, an official and authorized team for The American Diabetes AssociationFor More Information:
https://www.kultivatemagazine.com/6th-annual-spring-art-show/
www.kultivatemagazine.com
www.kultivatemusicmanagement.net

Four artists for June at GenovArt in Second Life

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GenovArt B&W Gallery: Caly Applewhyte

I made my first 2021 trip to the GenovArt Galleries, curated by Juna (Junanuj) this week to take in the latest exhibition to open at the centre’s B&W hall. It  will certainly no be my last.

Featuring the work of Calypso Applewhyte, Sandi Benelli, Sisi Biedermann and Christower Dae, the exhibition opened on Monday May 31st, and is very much a must-see collection of art by SL artists and photographers I highly respect or am just coming to appreciate.

Sisi Biedermann is someone who needs no introduction to those who regularly read these pages. I have been, and remain, in awe of her artistry, which is broad-ranging in style and technique, encompassing everything from photography to oil or watercolour on canvas, etchings, tiled mosaics, and digital mixed media, whilst encompassing just about every kind of subject.

GenovArt B&W Gallery: Sisi Biedermann

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A Scottish Bluebell Coast in Second Life

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A Touch of Scotland – Bluebell Coast – June 2021

I’ve been a little preoccupied with various things of late, which means some of my blogging has been slipping. I’m not sure when the preoccupations will decrease to a point where I’m back to a more regular cadence of posts (the usual two a day at least), but in the meantime I am still trying to chug along with reports and articles on art and places to visit.

All of which brings me to Bluebell Coast, a Homestead region designed by Christina Riolz (Christina Hammerer) and John Dee Riolz (JohnMcFluff), which takes as its full title: A Touch of Scotland – Bluebell Coast, which the couple describe thus:

The Ayrshire Coastal Path- Be ye Man or Bairn or Wumman, Be ye gaun or be ye comin, For Scotland’s Pride no Scotland’s shame, Gether yer litter and tak it Hame!

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In memoriam: Ebbe Altberg

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via Linden Lab

On Friday, June 4th, Linden Lab broke the news that the company’s CEO, Ebbe Altberg had passed away.

The post, from Patch Linden, reads in part:

Second Life found new highs in 2020 between a worldwide pandemic taking grip, through the times of a tumultuous leadership change in the United States, and during movements of civil changes that will forever live in history books.  Second Life provides many with the comfort of a normal that continues to exist for all of us, where many use it to escape real life pressures, stressors and day to day challenges.  In Second Life we can be our ideal, our best, celebrate all that is good across the world together.  Sadly we have also seen some people go, and they will never be forgotten as they touched us, gave us their best from their hearts, minds and souls – this thing…

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June at Jamison Arts in Second Life

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Jaimson Arts, June 2021

Having opened its door in mid-May, Jamison Arts is a boutique style gallery operated by Harlow Jamison (HarlowJamison), a long-term Second life resident enjoying a new lease of life within the platform.

Located in a  cosy building of a style popular with SL gallery owners simply because it naturally lends itself to being used as exhibition space, Jamison Arts offer two floors for displaying art, which might be used for joint or ensemble exhibitions or (potentially) for a focused exhibition of a single artist’s work

Jamison Arts: SabrinaCooke

For the May / June exhibition – which I’m getting to a little late, so my apologies to Harlow and the artists – the former is the case, with Harlow devoting the ground level of the gallery to a New Artist Showcase featuring the work of SL photographer SabrinaCooke, with the upper level split between the original art…

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Sunday @ 12pm slt – Kultivate Presents the Art of Vanessa Jane!

Join us on Sunday, April 25, 2021 from 12 to 2pm slt for Kultivate presents the Art of Vanessa Jane! The exhibition will take place at Kultivate Select Gallery and will feature live performers Bubbles Song (12pm to 1pm slt) and Lyric Serendipity (1pm to 2pm slt).

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/52/185/26

Casual dress code at both events and you can learn about Vanessa Jane below:

Beginning to exhibit as a 2D and 3D Artist in SL just this year though I have done various forms of Art and Crafts for many years in RL and have an Art degree.

In my SL 2D Art I strive for ‘painterly realism’ and have a passion for capturing the elusive light and life in a scene, which brings a unique atmosphere. I bring my real life training as an artist to my aesthetic sensibility in the images I create in SL. When I get the chance I also enjoy opportunities to do 3D art using tortured prims.

Artist in Residence: Carmel Art Community

Artist in Residence: Kultivate

Main Gallery: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/La%20Palma/160/53/1704

Gallery at Cherished Melody – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cherished%20Melody/105/33/2164

Gallery Cottage at Carmel – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/McFarren/156/147/31

Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/188095651@N07/?

Exhibitions

Kultivate Spring Art Show 2020 – April 20 (first exhibition in SL)

Beltane Art Festival at HippiMagic – May 20

Kultivate Select Gallery – May 20

Kultivate Sensuality Show – May 20

Raglanshire Art Walk – May 20

UASL 2D Expo – May 20

Kultivate Edge Gallery – June 20

Burn2 – 3D Build – June 20

Kultivate Windlight Gallery – Jun 20

Rainbow Gallery – June 20

Kultivate Summer Exhibition (2D and 3D) – June 20

SL17B (3D) – June 20

UASL Prodigious Exhibition (3D) – July 20

UASL 2D Exhibition July 20

UASL Utopian Exhibition (3D) – August 20

Rainbow Gallery August 20

Konect Gallery (first solo exhibition) Sept 20

UASL Sublime Exhibition (3D) Sept 20

UASL 2D Exhibition Sept 20

UASL Optimistic October – Oct 20

Rainbow Gallery October 20

Kondor Gallery (solo Exhibition) – November 20

Carmel December Exhibition

Seanchai Dickens Festival – Dec 20

Burn2 Winter Burn – Jan 21 (3D)

Kultivate Sensuality Show Feb 21

Kultivate AIR Show Feb 21

Carmel Gallery Exhibition – March 21

Linden Lab: L$ buy fee change + 2FA/TPV and Map tile updates

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via Linden Lab

There have been a series of announcements from the the Lab – formal and informal – that I’m catching up on.

Linden Dollar “Buy” Fee Change

The biggest – and the one formal announcement – is the notice that Linden Dollar “buy” fees are changing as from Thursday, April 22nd, 2021.

Currently, a flat fee of US $.149 is applied to all Linden Dollar purchases. From April 22nd this will be changing. As of that date:

  • A new 7.5% buy fee will be applied, based on the total value of the transaction purchase amount, up to a maximum of US $9.99 per purchase transaction.
  • The US $1.49 will become the minimum fee charged per purchase transaction.

Examples:

  • You purchase US $15 of Linden Dollars – 7.5% of 15 is  $1.10 and less than US $1.49 – so the fee charged is US $1.49.
  • You purchase US $30…

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Sunday @ 1pm slt – Kultivate Edge Gallery’s March Exhibition Opening!

Join us Sunday, March 14, 2021 from 1 to 2pm slt for the opening of Kultivate Edge Gallery’s March 2021 Exhibition! Kultivate Edge Gallery is Kultivate’s only gallery that features black and white imagery. The following artists are exhibiting this month:

Vanessa Jane
Jamee Sandalwood
Maaddi Benazzi
Veruca Tammas
Reycharles Resident
Soraia Rodrigues
Anders Franizzi
Saskia Reiko
Johannes Huntsman
Justice Pedroia

Live musician Mimi Carpenter will perform throughout the hour. We hope you can join us!
Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/43/212/27

Kultivate’s February 2021 Issue Is Now Published!!

Kultivate’s February 2021 issue is now published! This issue features 3D artist Betty Tureaud, The Florence at Low Tide Sim, The House That Love Built Sim, The 3D Exhibition Khaos in Motion, and the Futur Art Exhibition. This issue also features the following photo essays: Places to Ride Horses in SL by Tempest Rosca Huntsman, Vargsangen by Inara Pey, and Fun photography by Layka. This issue also features the new last names in Second Life and the departure of long time employee Oz Linden from Linden Labs. Lastly this issue features the No Eden to the West sim. Click the cover below to view this month’s issue!

Third annual “RL Photo Festival” announced

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Photographer Nils Urqhart is organising the 2021 “RL Photo Festival” – you can see his work at his Art Gallery Rill’Arts

The Third “RL Photo Festival” (formerly  the Annual International RL Photography Festival) will take place between Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 and Sunday, April 25th, 2021. organised by photographer Nils Urqhart, and  hosted at the Helvellyn Gallery).

The festival is intended to be a celebration of artistic photographic  expression for the physical world, and is open to anyone from across Second Life with an interest it, or passion for, photography. All submissions should meet the following guidelines:

  • Submissions must be original photographs recorded in the physical world (to images captured in Second Life or computer games).
  • Submissions may be in colour or black and white, and may be on any theme,  and in accordance with the following criteria:
    • All content must be family friendly. Submissions can depict the human form…

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VWBPE 2021 in Second Life: programme announced

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VWBPE 2021

The 14th annual  Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education (VWBPE) conference will take place in Second Life between Thursday, March 18th and Saturday, March 20th 2021, with the supporting programme commencing on Wednesday, March 3rd.

The core schedule of events for the conference has been officially announced, and highlights include (att at the main auditorium, unless otherwise stated):

  • March 18th:
    • 08:00-09:00 SLT: Kick-off event at the VWBPE Gateway.
    • 09:00-09:50 SLT: Keynote address – About the History of Virtual Reality and the Meaning of VR for Education with Dr. Undine Frömming (Angenblick Winkler SL); HMKW Berlin, University of Applied Science for Media, Communication and Management.
    • 15:00-15:50 SLT: What’s up at the Lab? with Patch Linden and hosted by Kevin Feenan (Phelan Corrimal), VWBPE Director; Rockcliffe University Consortium.
  • March 19th:
    • 08:00-08:50 SLT: Keynote address – Heike Philp (Gwen Gwasi).  Details TBA.
  • March 20th:
    • 09:00-09:50 SLT: keynote address…

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Sunday @ 12pm slt – Kultivate AIR Gallery!

Join us at Kultivate AIR (Artist in Residence) Gallery on Sunday, February 28 from 12 to 2pm slt as Kultivate presents its newest artists in residence! This event will feature the following artists:

Anouk Lefavre
Fly Kugin
Jamee Sandalwood
Jesie Janick
Kalina Sands
Lena Kopiak
Pam Astonia
Reya Darkstone
Suzen Juel
Tempest Rosca
Vanessa Jane

Live performers Mimi Carpenter (12pm to 1pm slt) and Ambrosia (1pm to 2pm slt) will perform throughout the event. Casual dress code and slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/57/118/26



John and Tempest at Raging Graphix

Thanks for the article Inara!

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Raging Graphix Gallery: Yin and Yang

Currently on show at Raging Bellls’ Raging Graphix Gallery is a joint exhibition by Second Life partners, John (Johannes Huntsman) and Tempest Rosca-Huntsman (Tempest Rosca) entitled Yin and Yang.

It’s a title that reflects both the art on display and the artists themselves on a number of levels. At its most literal, the title reflects the fact that whilst opposites on several levels (e.g. male and female, the fact that they originate on opposite sides of the Atlantic, etc.), Tempest and John naturally combine to form a whole. There’s also the fact that all healthy relationships contain within them the ability to grow and change, for both sides to contribute to the whole – and through their art and other endeavours in Second Life this is very true of John and Tempest.

Raging Graphix Gallery: Yin and Yang – Tempest Rosca

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Dya’s Little Jordan in Second Life

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Dya’s Little Jordan, February 2021

The start of February saw me hop over to tour Dya OHare’s latest design at her homestead region after receiving an invitation from her to do so. It’s a setting that sees Dya move away from the Americas, which have been a focus for her last two designs (see:  Dya’s Scent of the Caribbean in Second Lifeand Dya’s Southern Twilight), and instead turn to the Middle East for inspiration.

As its name suggestions, Dya’s Little Jordan is a take on the Kingdom of Jordan, and it has quite a lot to offer Second Life photographers. However, I’ll state up-front that, thanks to past idiocy on the part of some visiting Dya’s builds, group membership (L$300, so not a fortune) is now required to access Dya’s region, so do keep that in mind. I’ll also confess that Jordan isn’t a country with which I’m…

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Speedlight: a round-up of recent updates

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via Speedlight

I’ve fallen behind in my tracking of Speedlight, the browser / Android / iOS Second Life client. There are several reasons for this – most of them down to me & time (or lack thereof), although I admit a couple of issues with the application have also kept me from using it. With regards to the latter, I’d like to offer a doff of my virtual hat and a “thank you” to the Speedlight Live Chat support mechanism and Speedlight Support Manager QuincyJohnes (that’s a name you have to love for it’s little play on things) for getting me sorted in very short order.

There have been numerous changes to Speedlight since my last article in July 2020 (see: Speedlight: group functionality and other updates), some of which are more under-the-hood than user visible, and there are several more in the pipeline. As such, this piece is offered…

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A return to Tonarino in Second Life

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Tonarino, February 2021

On February 1st, we dropped in on Tonarino, the Full region held and designed by 秋元のん (n0rik0). At the time, the focus of our visit was the region’s sky platform, Nekomachi Street (see: The cats of Tonarino in Second Life), but I noted we also hopped down to see what had changed within the region’s ground level design since our last visit in December 2019 (as recorded in Tonarino: an oriental curio in Second Life), and I promised to provide an update.

Well, truth be told, first looks tended to suggest not a lot had changed; the majority of the region is still given over to a large landmass in part cut through by the single line of a railway track that terminates abruptly alongside a little station building, while a small stream slices through the bedrock. Around both lies a landscape suggestive of the…

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Hilaire Beaumont at Monocle Man in Second Life

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Monocle Man Gallery: Hilaire Beaumont

Currently available the Monocle Man Gallery, curated by Kit Boyd and Lynx Luga, is an outstanding exhibition by Hiliare Beaumont. Untitled, it presents a series of self-portrait avatar studies that are – despite the fact I often use this phrase with regards to art exhibitions in Second Life – genuinely rich in their depth of narrative and content.

These are piece that bring together a range of inspirations – literature, film, music, elements of fantasy, historical drama to present pieces that are evocative, layered and often highly emotive. Through their presentation, these are pieces that illustrate the fact that Hilaire was initially drawn to Second Life as a place of role-play, and has since grown towards photography as a means of expression and emotional release.

Monocle Man Gallery: Hilaire Beaumont

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