5th Annual Kultivate Anniversary Weekend Press Release!



5th Annual Kultivate Anniversary Weekend

Dates: June 12 to 14, 2020

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/136/135/24

Kultivate turns 5 this year and the annual anniversary weekend is returning June 12 to 14, 2020! This special weekend will feature a special art exhibition, live music, & giveaways!.

ParticipatingArtists Include: :aht1981, Akiko.Tripsa, AlexAvion, Angel Heartsong, Anibrm Jung, Anouk Lefavre, archgothica, DrusillaGwind Resident, Elle Thorkveld, Francis Bagration,  Hana Hoobinoo, ilyra chardin, Inara Pey, Jamee Sandalwood, Johannes Huntsman, Kapaan, Karma Weymann, KismaKSR Resident, Myra Wildmist, Reycharles Resident, Rissy Feiri, Sabine Mortenwold, Sheba Blitz, SkinTrader Greyskin, softandred, Syphera Inaka, talligurl resident, Tempest Rosca-Huntsman, Vanessajane66, Veruca Tammas, Vita theas, & wintergeist

The following live performers and instructors will provide entertainment throughout the anniversary weekend: Nina Setner, Melenda Baptiste, Samuel James, Aisle Sings, and Max Kleene. 

About Kultivate Magazine:
Kultivate Magazine is a publication about the cultural aspects of Second Life. The goal of Kultivate Magazine is to support art, culture, photography, music, and fashion. Kultivate Magazine consists of the magazine, The Windlight Art Gallery, The Edge Gallery of Black & White Imagery,  The Kultivate Loft Gallery, The Kultivate Signature Gallery, The Kultivate AIR Gallery & The Kultivate Select Gallery. 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 Association

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show #258: influx press does literary love

the drax files radio hour

258 shoe #258

another fabulous book club, this time focusing on independent publishing of the literary fiction variety [which, according to wikipedia is of higher value than commercial genre fiction…] = influx press is in the house!

shiromi pinto, annabel banks, gary budden and kit caless are guests, writers all of them and the two men [+ sanya semakula who was not present] running the business side of things. how do they survive in this world of nonstop audio/visual entertainment?

maybe we will find out! enjoy a fascinating discussion dominated by non-humanoid avatars ….

and here is some more context:

  • the original livestream from this past wednesday:
  • a few pics to illustrate “plastic emotions” – the love story between minette de silva and le corbusier are in order:
  • do you want to see these avatars in the REAL WORLD? Gary and Kit have a podcast:
  • found annabel reading poetry…

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Tranquil Droplets at Nitroglobus in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Nitroglobus: Bamboo Barnes – Traquil Droplets

Opening on Monday, June 8th, 2020 at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery, curated by Dido Haas, is Tranquil Droplets, an exhibition of art by Bamboo Barnes.

There can be few involved in the art world within Second Life who can be unfamiliar with Bamboo’s work; it is by turns vibrant, evocative, provocative, emotive and so often rich in narrative. A physical world artist hailing from Japan, Bamboo works with digital tools to produce her pieces, her finished works strongly assertive in terms of its presentation, ability to dominate the space it occupies and in the way it demands the attention of the eye and mind.

Nitroglobus: Bamboo Barnes – Tranquil Droplets

There’s hopeless life still seeking for hopes like abandoned walking shadows of people on the street, my artworks are expression of confusion of life, darkness of light and strangeness of love. I create what…

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The Happy Hat, Mangyeong

Million Happy Endings

Well over a month ago I was traveling through the Chilbo area on Jeogeot with a friend. We came across three parcels owned by Rah Rehula.

The first parcel, closest to the road in the direction we were traveling was The Happy Hat. 

“See Rah’s latest hats! Kick back and enjoy…There are often changes to the sound, the scenery and the inventory to suit Rah’s mood ;-)”

I went inside the Hideki Forest Cabin, a build I really like, and found welcoming spaces plus Rah’s art.

I’ve very recently returned to make sure these parcels still exist, and noticed the differing windlights which aren’t evident in these photos.

Close to The Happy Hat is Movie Time. “A flick place.”

It has the amenities for watching media.

I was impressed with the variety of the animal kingdom on the properties.

There are rabbits, pygmy goats, and an animated great horned owl…

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The Isle of Pandasia in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Isle of Pandasia, June 2020 – click any image for full size

Welcome to the island of Pandasia, mystic with a Zen atmosphere for nature lovers, relaxing and taking photos or taking a boat trip. the sim is fully open including the beach side house. [Have a] Good visit!

– About Land, Isle of Pandasia

For those looking for somewhere just a little bit different in-world to visit, Isle of Pandasia could be just the ticket. The work of T-Chat (noisette Haller), it is a curious mix of oriental themes, fantasy, whimsy and animal cuteness. It might best be described as a series of interlinked vignettes than a continuous landscape, held together by water.

On first arrival, the region seems simple enough: a body of water ringed by high-sided islands of rock, some of which appear to intrude into the region from their off-sim placement. It seems to simply be…

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Monday @ 2pm slt-Party at Mad Mare Pub & Dene Art Gallery!


Join us Monday, June 8, 2020 from 2 to 4pm slt for a 2 hour party at Mad Mare Pub & Dene Art Gallery!

From 2 to 3pm slt we have DJ John and 1980s tunes, plus trivia! Stick around from 3 to 4pm slt for live performer Abby Jaidov. Casual dress code for both events!

Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rosehaven%20Absinthe/52/162/22

SL Photography: Controlling the angle and length of your shadows.

With real life photography, I sometimes feel I’m chasing the light. If it’s a nice day or the light is especially fascinating, I know I’m missing some great shadows, so I better grab my camera and get outside before the sun moves on and the shadows fade.

There’s only so much time to get the photo.

Well, that’s real life, and we all know it is full of challenges. Not being able to control the sun is one of them.

But in SL, this isn’t a problem. In SL, you can control the sun and moon and the way your shadows are cast. The sun and the moon move at your bidding… If you know how.

You have to edit windlights, but don’t be afraid.

How to control the angle and length of your shadows:

1. In Firestorm, Ctrl+P to bring up Phototools.

2. Select the WL tab. (It’s the default, so it’s probably already selected.)

3. Under Windlight presets, select Edit Sky Preset.
This brings up the Edit Sky Preset window. It might look a little scary, but you only need to know how to use two of the settings here.

4. The yellow slider controls the length of your shadows.
This is the slider under the graphic with the sun and moons and stars. It’s the time of day, which controls the arc of the sun or moon in the sky. The higher it is in the sky, the shorter your shadows–not much of a shadow at noon; the lower the sun is in the sky, the longer your shadows. Just slide the time back and forth–you’ll see how it changes the length of your shadows.

5. The slider that’s labeled Est Ang controls the angle of your shadows.
This slider controls the angle of the sun or moon in relation to the horizon.

Just knowing these two controls, gives you a lot more control over your photos. You now control the sun and the moon and the length and angle of your shadows.

It’s that easy… in SL. Now, if I can just get this to work in real life.

SL Photography: Should you enter contests?

There are lots of photography contests in SL. It’s not hard to find them: You can find them advertised on Flickr or in some of the art groups (SL Art is a good one to join.).

Is it good to enter these contests?

Well, the answer to that is yes and no.

A photography contest can be good to enter for several reasons:

  • Contests keep you working.
    It might seem obvious, but a contest will get you out and taking photos. As a photographer, you should be creating as often as can.
  • Contests usually have a reward of some sort.
    Contest usually have a prize, either lindens or merchandise. That provides a little extra motivation for taking those photos and doing a good job.
  • A photography contest can break you out of a rut.
    There’s usually a theme or restrictions on the type of photo you can enter. The contest photo often has to be taken in a particular sim or featuring a vendor’s merchandise. These restrictions can lead to different types of photos than you have taken, before.

But there are also a good reasons not to enter contest, especially if you’re easily discouraged or you don’t have a thick skin.

  • You probably won’t win.
    The contest judge or judges won’t have the same taste as you. That’s almost a guarantee, so the simple fact is they might not like your work. This doesn’t mean your work is bad or the judges don’t have any taste; it just means another contestant’s work appeals to them more.
  • Merchant contests are usually looking for a specific type of photo.
    Merchant contests are often looking for a photo that shows off their product or products. That’s a particular type of photo that some bloggers do very, very well. That just might not be your creative style.

If you’re easily discouraged, don’t enter contests. Your goal is to keep working, keep creating.

But if you’re looking for motivation to keep working or something new to do with your work, a photography contest might be just what you’re looking for.

5 reasons you should be on Flickr

People in Second Life love taking photos. Whether they’re capturing their memories or doing fashion shoots for their blogs or taking photo for artistic reasons, it’s safe to say photography is one of SL’s most popular activities.

There are lots of ways to save your photos in SL. You can save the directly to your inventory or to your hard drive. You can upload them to gyazo or imgur or  instagram. But those options are limited, especially for sharing with others on SL.

The Second Life profile feed is an option, but it’s not where most SL photographers post their work–Flickr is. If you’re an SL photographer, whether you’re casual or more serious about your photos, you should be on Flickr. Here are 5 reasons why:

1. The SL community is there

Flickr has a very strong SL community. It’s probably the first place SL residents go to post their photos. Your friends will easily be able to find your photos and you’ll be able to find theirs, too.

2. Flickr keeps your photos organized

The SL feed does a decent job when it works; it’s had a bit of a glitchy past. These days, the SL feed is more reliable, but it doesn’t have any organizing tools. Post a photo, an it’s just added to a scrolling feed.

If you’re looking for a place to just post your photos, the SL profile feed will do. But the photos aren’t organized and finding any image more than a few days old can take a while.

Flickr organizes your photos in an easy to see grid. Even if you have hundreds of photos, you can readily see them and page through them. Flickr also allows you to tag your photos, making it easier to search through your entire collection. You can also put your photos into personal albums if you wish, further organizing your photos.

With Flickr, you can easily organize your photos. Your photos are there for everyone to see, and as long as your images are G-rated (Admittedly, a barrier for some in SL.), people can see your work even if they don’t have a Flickr account. To look at photos of nudes and more adult photos, you’ll need a Flickr account.

The ability to keep and organize your photos, alone, is a good reason to post your work to Flickr.

3. Flickr provides positive feedback on your work

Flickr is a very positive community. The feedback you’ll receive on your photos will be mostly affirming.

Flickr’s review mechanism focuses on creating a positive environment. People show their appreciation of your photos by giving them little stars, and if they really like your work they can give it an award or leave a comment. There’s no down-voting mechanism, so the experience is positive.

That positive experience is very encouraging for people who are just starting out. If you’re just beginning or you’re unsure of your abilities (A live-long affliction for more than a few of us.), nothing will make some of us curl up and give up faster than a few mean and nasty reviews.

For the most part, people on Flickr, especially the SL community, is wonderful and kind and encouraging.

4. Flickr will help you grow as an artist

Almost every Second Life artist is on Flickr. There are some absolutely incredible talents doing amazing works. I can’t possibly use enough superlatives. The remarkable images created by people from Second Life will floor you.

And they’re all there for you to see, peruse, and study.

They will insprie you, give you ideas for your own work. They will make you a better artist.

5. It’s fun

On Flickr you’ll meet new people and make new friends. You’ll share your work with others. This will lead to talk about events, taking photos, the creative process, and life in SL.

Being on Flickr, adds to the wonderful experience of SL and that’s just fun.



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!

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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 🙂


7 am Field Trip: Zorch Boomhauer at Cafè Musique!


12 pm Field Trip: Lexus Melodie at Bellazur!


2 pm Field Trip: Lexus Melodie at Hagandaz!


4 pm Field Trip: Zorch Boomhauer at Bellisseria RFL!


5 pm Field Trip: Shannon Oherlihy at Hotel Chelsea!


7 pm Field Trips: Twostep Spiritweaver, Effinjay

Twostep Spiritweaver at Club PlanetAry!


Effinjay at Luskwood!


8 pm Field Trips: Thunderfoot Lorefield, Ren and Quai

Thunderfoot Lorefield at Avian Retreat!


Ren and Quai at Burn2’s Main Stage!


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!


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!


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!


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
Margo Hollak
Reycharles Resident
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

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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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