This issue features artists Kapaan, Karma Daxeline, and a Nature Spotlight. This article also features photo essays by Grace Sixpence, Pearl Grey, Inara Pey, and yours truly. Lastly we have articles on the 3D Exhibition Senkonscia, the new Second Life Welcome Islands, the mainland Reformed Town sim, and the L2 & LH001 Galleries! Click the cover below to view the issue!
The December Holiday Edition of Kultivate Magazine is now available! This issue features over 40 images by some of the most talented photographers and artists in Second Life, The Janus Art Gallery, the artist Tresore, 3 photo essays by Tempest Rosca Huntsman, Inara Pey, & Grace Sixpence; the new Linden Labs stilt homes, IMAGO Gallery, The Dickens Project Art Exhibition, Aterna 3D Exhibition, and the Snoweeta Sim! Click the image below to view this months issue!
Hello, you are being invited to an exhibition at the sim Devil Legion.
This Event is open for the duration of December and will finish on December 31st
The SL Random Art Crew have built this sim to be a respectful and immersive experience and reflection of the year of 2020. For the residents of Secondlife to explore a series of unique environments and draw on their own thoughts and experiences of the year.
We want people to appreciate and celebrate the amazing efforts that everyone has put into 2020 to make it bearable and save lives and still look forward with hope.
We hope that you will enjoy this sim and tell your friends about it
Please make sure to check the Second life events list for the reading events that have been set up for you and your friends to come and enjoy.
Join us today at Mad Mare Pub & Dene Art Gallery, from 3 to 5pm slt for music and trivia! From 3 to 4pm slt we have live performer DimiVan Ludwig and from 4 to 5pm slt we have music from the British invasion era with London trivia! DJ John will provide the music during this hour and both events have a casual dress code!
Join us on Sunday, June 21, 2020 from 1 to 2pm slt for the grand opening of the latest exhibition at Kultivate AIR Gallery! This gallery features the Kultivate artists in residence:
Live performer Samm Qendra will perform throughout the hour! Casual dress code and slurl:http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/57/118/26
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.
Join us on May 31 and June 1 for 3 artistic related events at Kultivate!
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:
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
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**
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
The May 2020 Issue of Kultivate Magazine is now published! This issue features artist and Kultivate 5th Annual Spring Art Show Best in Show Winner, Skye Joubert. The Dirty Pretty Sim, the HP Lovecraft themed Innsmouth Sim, and the Twins Exhibit at Carbone Gallery will be featured. The issue also contains articles on live performer Lark Bowen, the 15th Annual Raglanshire Artwalk, the Thermae region, and the forests of Bellissaria. We also debuting a new travel feature: Travels with Tempest! Click the issue cover below to view it:
Join us for day #6 of the Kultivate Spring Art Show!
Join us today from 4pm to 6pm slt for a special White Party at Kultivate Spring Show, featuring live performers Aislen Sings & Melenda Baptiste, dress code is white attire!
We will be giving away a Photo Background Hud, a Fotoscope Fotosudio, and the Camden Photo Studio Build by Maven Homes!
List of artists: https://kultivatemagazine.com/2020-spring-art-show/
There have been a number of press reports on Sansar since the start of the year, some of which I’ve covered in these pages – such as in Road to VR (see here), Upload VR and Tom’s Hardware (see here). However, while I’ve read others, I’ve not made the time to write about them. so, in case you missed them, here’s a quick breakdown of notable coverage of the Lab, Sansar and Second Life.On January 19th, Réalité Virtuelle, the French on-line publication for virtual and augmented reality carried a piece entitled Sansar: la vraie réalité virtuelle débarque en 2017 (“Sansar: the real virtual reality arrives in 2017″).
To ring in 2017, let’s taking a close look at the new work of two pioneering High Fidelity builders: Cica Ghost and Bryn Oh. Together, they’ve put their creations on the domains WhiteMoth and Bryn.Quirky, warm architecture is peppered throughout Cica’s WhiteMoth build.
Cica Ghost is an accomplished world builder with an existing following in other virtual worlds, and it was delightful to see her explore and use High Fidelity as a next-generation VR platform. This is her first build designed for exploration in true 3D virtual reality, and it’s quite fun to explore in your HMD.
The 2016 OpenSimulator Community Conference (OSCC) will take place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December 2016.
An annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software. Organised as a joint production by Core Developers of OpenSimulator and AvaCon, Inc., and sponsored by the University of California, Irvine, Institute for Virtual Environments and Computer Games, the conference features a day of presentations, panels, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.
Its official! Project Sansar is officially Sansar! Inara has the scoop and more:
On Wednesday, August 31st, Linden Lab issued a press release indicating they have issued the first of the invitations to successful applicants to join the Sansar Creator Preview programme. This has been picked-up by various media and blogs – but what I’ve found particularly interesting (and others seem to have missed) is that the press release confirms the new platform is to simply be called “Sansar”.
The August 2016 Issue of Kultivate Magazine is now available! This issue features Igor Ballyhoo, Pam Astonia, Sparkie Cyberstar, Brook Hill Gallery, Marcus Lefevre, Miss Virtual Diva 2016, Maven Homes, Maximalism, Ocean Photography, Autism Speaks, Wild Angels Rock Club, and The August 2016 Edge Stylists! Click the image below to access the issue:
Inara provides a further look at Project Sansar, the next generation virtual world from Linden Labs
On July 4th, I noted USA Today’s video short on Project Sansar and the Lab. At the time, I indicated that there didn’t appear to be a related article to go with the video. However, that’s now changed, and Ed Baig, USA Today tech reporter, has indeed written an article to sit alongside the video, which appeared on July 6th under the title Second Life’s creators try for a third — in virtual reality.
“Third”? You may wonder. “What third?” The answer is something of a play on words – Linden Lab’s “first life” is (like the rest of us) firmly rooted in the physical world, where it sits as a corporate entity employing over 200 staff, 75-ish of whom are focused on Project Sansar (the rest doubtless made up of those managing Second Life, running Blocksworld, taking care of the company’s…
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Bryn Oh discusses her latest project, sims built for the US Military to fight PTSD:
Close to two years ago I was approached by Virtual Ability to create a four region build on Open sim for the US military. The work was to help soldiers with Post Traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) learn how to deal with various issues and to kind of integrate them back into society.
Orientation and presentation area
So imagine this scenario. And I should start by saying these are just my musings and don’t reflect the views of the US military or Virtual Ability. So a young man joins the army and spends four years or so in an atmosphere of brotherhood, an atmosphere that anyone outside this life can’t really understand. It is testosterone, but also they are indoctrinated into a way of life that creates the best type of soldier. A soldier who will never let those around them down, who is reliable and pliable. They are shaped physically and psychologically into a tool. It sounds negative but for the Army and their goals it is essential…
LL CEO Ebbe Altberg talks about the upcoming new world from LL, Sansar. Inara has more info:
June 1st-2nd saw the 7th annual Augmented World Expo take place in Santa Clara, California. Billed as “the largest event dedicated to AR, VR and Wearable Technology”. Among the 200 speakers appearing at the event was one Ebbe Altberg, who sat down with Mark Piszczor of Occipital to chat about Project Sansar.
The interview, embedded below, doesn’t touch on anything significantly new for those of us who have been following the Sansar news. Time frames remain unchanged since the last Lab Chat event. The creator preview will open its doors to applicants in August; there have been “thousands” of applicants (and I’m still itching to know the ratio of Second life creator / users to non-SL creator / users in that number); public access so start around the end of 2016 / early 2017, etc. That said…
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Microsoft’s Research division has developed a new artificial intelligence system that can automatically generate stories using your photos, trying not only to explain what exactly is happening in the pictures but also to detail the context and people’s feelings.
The process of developing storytelling capabilities for photos is based on AI systems that can identify objects after learning by example, as LiveScience explains. The researchers first configured the systems to analyze a series of similar images and then look online to identify more objects that fall in the same category.
Furthermore, the Microsoft Research team turned to the Amazon Mechanical Turk, a service where people describe scenes of a batch of photos, thus having the AI systems learn them and then generate new ones by matching different pictures with different descriptions…..