Saturday, September 13, 2014

Machinima - 2014 Project SciFi Competition (Registrations Essential by 3 Oct)

2014 Project SciFi Competition in partnership with Screen My Shorts and sponsored by the Parramatta City Council is giving filmmakers, Machinima makers and animators 30 days to write, shoot, edit, produce and upload a 3-10min short film with $5,500 (Australian Dollars) in cash prizes. 
All films that enter into this years Project SciFi will be screened at Riverside Theatres.
Teams must register by 3rd October 2014 and nominate 2 scifi subjects that they would like to make their film about. For registrations visit ...

* Note: Machinima makers who wish to enter the same film to both this challenge as well as UWA's Transcending Borders Machinima Challenge are able to so long as both themes are met in the same film
2014 Subjects Machinima makers subjects...
1. Sci-Romance – Love between Aliens, Robots and more! (Can be Happy, Sad or Tragedy) 
2. Sci-Comedy – Science fiction that is humorous in nature. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a good example of SciFi Comedy. 
3. Save the Environment – A theme focuses on saving the dying planet and/or ecosystem 
4. Zombie / Disease – A theme focuses on the effect of a disease in the future. 
5. Apocalyptic / Post-Apocalyptic SciFi – Stories about the extinction or near extinction of humankind either by forces of nature or by our own means. Post- focuses on telling the tale of the survivors of an apocalypse. 
6. Spy-Fy – Science fiction about futuristic spies and espionage, and the effects of technological advancement on their professions. 
7. Super Hero – Stories related to super heroes who get their powers from technology or because they are from another world. Often focuses on futuristic superheroes. 
8. Robots / AI – Fiction in which the science of Artificial Intelligence and robotics is a central theme, typically relating to Robot stories. 
9. First Contact / Alien – This sub genre imagines the various scenarios in which humanity makes contact with other civilizations. 
10. Social Science Fiction - Fiction in which future societies are extrapolated, explained and often criticised, usually for the purpose of social satire. The social sciences are the overriding theme in this type of fiction; however, science and technology will usually play a central role in the structure of the extrapolated society.
Filmmakers are responsible for putting together a team, cast and crew (producers, directors, cinematographers, writers, etc..), as well as securing equipment, locations, and costumes. Each team needs to be represented by a Producer. With no limit on age or budget, all filmmakers are welcomed.
Prior to Kick Off of the competition, the organisers will email each team, One (1) of their nominated subjects/topics to make their film about.
Competition begins, Friday, 3rd October 2014 at 7 pm (19:00) local time in each participating city and town

Ends, on the Sunday, 2nd November 2014 at 12 midnight (24:00) of that weekend local time.

Awards Ceremony – 16th November 2014 at RiversIde Theatres, Parramatta.
For further information about Project SciFi Competition visit
Awards & Prizes 

The jurors will choose the best International and Australian SciFi film from which one will be awarded to the 2014 Project SciFi Best Film Project 

SciFi Best Film $2000 Australian Dollars 

Project SciFi Runner Up Film $1000 Australian Dollars 

Categories below open to all filmmakers 

Project SciFi Best Performance $500 Australian Dollars  
Project SciFi Best Cinematographers $500 Australian Dollars 
Project SciFi Best Special Effects $500 Australian Dollars 
Project SciFi Best: Production Design/Art Direction $500 Australian Dollars 
Project SciFi Best Machinima Film $300 

Runner up Machinima Category $200

Friday, September 12, 2014

Transcending Borders: Cherry Manga, Corcosman Voom

The current entries in the  UWA 3D Art & Machinima Challenge: Transcending Borders have so far  been heavily weighted towards veteran artists and the latest are no exception. Come on, you guys who have never entered a UWA show! This is a great opportunity to have your work seen alongside many of the great established SL artists.

Cherry Manga is well known to all in the SL art world and especially to UWA. I believe she has had more total entries in our shows over the years than any other artist and we are always delighted to see where her imagination has taken her. Cherry's latest offering is a wonderful illustration of the transcendence of reality with imagination. The scene includes interactive poses that mimic the figures and an ethereal soundscape.
Cherry Manga - Imagination Transcends Borders

Corcosman Voom is another regular contributor who can be counted on to make us think and wonder. He has a marvelous talent for making regular prims look expressive and full of motion.

Corcosman Voom - The Tribes Go Up

Friday, September 5, 2014


The long anticipated exhibition catalogue for the Freedom Project has finally been printed and is ready to ship! The book is part of the UWA Studies in Virtual Arts e-journal, and the electronic version can be seen online now. As part of this publication series, it will be archived at the UWA library as well as the National Library of Australia (ISSN 2200-7865 (Print), ISSN 2200-7873 (Online)).

Each artist or group participating in the project can receive one copy of the printed book for free. Artists wishing to claim a free copy should contact JayJay Zifanwe with a shipping address for the book.

Others wishing a print copy can purchase one for L$5000 each, shipped anywhere in the world. Contact JayJay Zifanwe for ordering.

The Freedom Project has been a profoundly moving and inspirational exhibition. It has gotten tremendous recognition in real life and promises to get a final boost with the publication of the journal. The works can still be viewed in the UWA gallery for the next couple of weeks, but will then be removed to make room for the Transcending Borders show already in progress. I strongly encourage everyone to see the show at UWA before it's gone. Pictures in a book are a great memento, but they can't compare to the "real" thing.

Without Whom...

UWA thanks Gentle Heron and members of the executive team of Virtual Ability, Inc., as well as Dianne Elton and the Centre for ME/CFS and Other Invisible Illnesses in Second Life for their guidance, support and advice. As fully participating members of the organizing committee, they have been integral to the entire project from planning through execution and beyond.

Also many thanks to our co-sponsors: Eliza Wierwight (who also created the poster for this event), David Doyle and Simone Flavelle of DADAA’s stARTSPEAK Project, Tom Papas and Screen My Shorts Inc. (Sydney), West Australian artist Len Zuks, Beverley Hill of UWA’s Equity & Diversity Office, Craig MacKenzie and Deborah Bolton of UniPrint, and TheDove Rhode of Peace is A Choice
Gallery. We thank Taralyn Gravois and Petlove Petshop, who assisted with the filming and creation of video in support of the event as well as other valuable assistance. We thank AviewTV and LaPiscean Liberty, who provided live streaming assistance for events and hosting of machinima submissions. We thank Eleanor Medier and The Sim Street Journal as well as Kit Guardian and Guardian 11:11 for their multifaceted commitment towards the event. Thanks to iMoogi TV ( and Nu Vibez Magazine ( led by Filipa Thespian who provided iMoogi.TV prime channel distribution along with writeups in Nu Vibez Magazine of selected submissions.

JAY JAY EDIT: Of course the biggest thanks goes to FreeWee Ling without whose remarkable efforts, the book would not have come to light

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Transcending Borders: Kicca Igaly and Nino Vichan

The next entries in UWA 3D Art & Machinima Challenge: Transcending Borders come from another pair of veteran UWA challenge artists.
Kicca Igaly - Transcending Borders
Kicca Igaly portrays a real life office work space with a laptop showing SL on the screen with a prim figure being created. Through the office window you see a painted street scene, in contrast to the realistic office. And beyond the wall is the SL space from the laptop depicted in full 3D as a work in progress. The surreality is a bit mind-bending as our focus shifts from image to "reality," remembering that the relative reality of the scene we are looking at is a virtual rendering on a flat screen in our own real life.
Nino Vichan - Bob & The Box

Nino Vichan presents his immersive installation titled "Bob & The Box." This is a set of dioramas with plays on the word and concept of "box," portrayed largely by a cartoon figure (Bob) and ... a box with as provocateur. The various scenes (Shakespeare, Puns, Paradox, Art, etc.) have several one-line jokes (in English) with boxes. Touching on the diorama provides translations in French and Italian.

Come see these and the other entries in the Transcending Borders show. And don't forget, there's still plenty of time to submit yours!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

LEA6 Spirit Within review by Victoria Lenoirre

Photo by Lagu Indigo
For the month of August at LEA6, we have Lagu Indigo and Stardove Spirit hosting their installation Spirit Within. It's a beautiful world and it gives you a feeling of peace. In their own words:

This art project is called Spirit Within based on a life death experience. As you land within the garden you are surrounded by water and light, you will view the steps leading up to a temple which within holds the light. The walk up to the temple you will have spirits on each side of the steps, this represents the spirits that where the guides that showed the way to the light, they where of pure light and like ancestors from the past.

As you reach the top within the temple is the light and an Angel, he was the giver of light and shows the way to the light though the darkness and back to reality and earth. The butterflies represent the rebirth and the beauty that there is life and that you can be reborn. My experience of life  and death is only a small part  of the journey and as the light was given so I am grateful to be  alive and free like the butterfly. There where many parts to this experience  and this is just the one part , maybe a dream of the mind or a reality. But I know that I got though a bad time and am thankful for the experience. It is like a cleansing of the soul to a new beginning of a new life.

The landing area is in a garden. You're bathed in a greenish glow. The walls of the palace are a calming light blue.

The palace is a shining golden yellow surrounded by the shimmering light green. It's magnificent!

The colors here are soothing and make me think about positive auras and spirituality. Every color symbolizes something. Yellow symbolizes enlightenment and intellect. Green symbolizes growth and harmony. Green is associated with safety. Blue symbolizes depth and stability. It is a calming color. Together, these colors create an environment of nurturing and life.

The structure is open except for a wall around it. But even the wall is clear and it does not feel confining.

I am happy that I got to ask Lagu some questions about Spirit Within.

 So this is your first installation in SL?

1)..This is our first installation  at Lea 6 where we had complete control of the build and the idea, Stardove has done a project at Philosopher's Stone at LEA 17. We have both done smaller projects within Second Life Burn 2 2014.

Do you believe in out of body experiences?

2)..Yes can be possible, some people are aware and some are not. Me and Stardove had different experiences at the same age, but at different times.

Do you believe in spirits and ghosts?

3).. Yes we believe there are forces that we can't understand just yet. A ghost and a spirit are two different things. A ghost is a shadow of a former self which has became trapped within an energy field, a spirit can be described in many ways. The spirit is the essence of life and can become many forms. We are all spirit, but believe that there is higher spirit than ourselves who have always been there in the light. But we are new spirits who have evolved from them, these spirits can be angelic angels our guides, how you use the sprit within you makes you the person you are. We believe the spirit is of true light.

What have you done in SL so far? 

4) We have been involved in a lot of projects within SL from artworks to builds we have worked with. Our artworks have been show at born Born Museum, Galeria Mexico, Visions Complex, Tanalois Group  Lie2 and Artwalk 2014. Most of our bigger works and builds have been Burn 2 and Artfest Eclectic Diversity. Other projects we have done within SL are Angel Spirit dances and charity event Feed a Smile.

What are your plans for the future in SL?
5).. To go on being creative and experience new things like making a film maybe and displaying more creative ideas to carry on improving .

Are you an artist or engineer in real life? Every detail of your work is deliberately laid out.

6)..In real life we are very creative people and have displayed a lot of are artworks for charity events. We love art and that is the path in which we are taking at this time in life .

Where can we see your creations?

 7)..At lea 6 and  at this time we have just started Fiat Artists Art  Tour with Owl Braveheart so you will be able to see some of are artworks there. Both me and Stardove want a gallery within SL to display our works so people can find us easier.

Stardove and Lagu are two artists to follow in SL. What will they do next? Feel free to ask them!

Great job to these two in creating Spirit Within!

Come visit Spirit Within now!

Have fun and enjoy the art!

-Victoria Lenoirre

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

LEA FULL SIM ART SERIES (August 2014): Lagu Indigo & Stardove Spirit's 'Spirit Within'

This month sees the dawn of fresh names in the virtual art world, with Lagu Indigo and Stardove Spirit taking the lead for the August round of the 4th cycle of the LEA Full SIM Art series at LEA 6. A full list of the LEA Full SIM offering since inception in 2011 can be found HERE.  Anyone interested in applying for either Dec 2014 or Jan 2015, please contact Jayjay Zifanwe with your interest and preferred month.


In Lagu & Stardove's words:

"This art project is called Spirit Within based on a life death experience, as you land within the garden you are surrounded by water and light, you will view the steps leading up to a temple which within holds the light, The walk up to the temple you will have spirits on each side of the steps , this represents the spirits that where the guides that showed the way to the light, they where of pure light and like ancestors from the past. as you reach the top within the temple is the light and an Angel he was the giver of light and shows the way to the light though the darkness and back to reality and earth. The butterflies represent the rebirth and the beauty that there is life and that you can be reborn, My experience of life  and death it is only a small part  of the journey and as the light was given so i am grateful to be  alive and free like the butterfly. There where many parts to this experience  and this is just the one part , maybe a dream of the mind or a reality .but i know that i got though a bad time and am thankful for the experience , It like a cleansing of the soul to a new beginning of a new life."

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Transcending Borders: Spiral Silverstar and Dusty Canning

The UWA 3D Art & Machinima Challenge: Transcending Borders continues with early entries from two long-time UWA artists.

Spiral Silverstar gives us a rotating fractal kaleidoscope.

And Dusty Canning presents a full-size 3D rendition of a painting by Van Gogh that you can walk around in.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Transcending Borders: Ginger Lorakeet and Sheba Blitz

The UWA 3D Art & Machinima Challenge: Transcending Borders continues with two more early entries.
Ginger Lorakeet is well known for her wonderful immersive wall-hanging dioramas. This time we have a sort of terrarium with a fanciful animated scene about the astonishment of being in a virtual world, "In a dream somewhere between real life & Second Life." 
Sheba Blitz had an entry in the recent Freedom Project, and I'm delighted to see a followup entry in the new show. The piece is called "Android Ascension" and is a beautiful abstract construction of pyramidal forms with a turning spherical core that shows images of figures climbing an endless spiral stair.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Transcending Borders: The Entries Begin...

We have received the first two entries in the UWA 3D Art & Machinima Challenge: Transcending Borders. With over L$1 Million in prize money at stake, we're hoping for a tremendous showing by the deadline on October 31. We will be highlighting the new entries in both art and machinima here on the UWAinSL blog as they arrive in the gallery.

First up is Xia Firethorn. Xia is  a highly regarded SL photographer and fashion model who debuted at UWA in the recent Freedom Project show (which can still be seen at the UWA gallery). Her entry for Transcending Borders is titled simply "Transcending."

"Transcending," by Xia Firethorn
 Our second entry is titled "Union," from Silva Khandr, creator and scripter of MythDesign Products in SL.

"Union," by Silva Khandr

Stay tuned for more!

Transcending Borders: Launch of UWA Art & Film Challenges with L$1.09 Mil in Prizes

University of Western Australia (UWA) is happy to announce the launch of MachinimUWA VII  and the 5th UWA Grand Art Challenge, with a starting prize pool of L$545,000 each. The theme is 'TRANSCENDING BORDERS.' Sponsored by Tom Papas & SciFi Film Festival, LaPiscean Liberty & SL Artist, AviewTV, Arrehn Oberlander and MetaHarpers, Kip Yellowjacket and Virtlantis, Taralyn Gravois and Arts Castle Gallery, TheDoveRhode and Peace is a Choice and S&S Gallery of Fine SL Art, Barbie Alchemi of Creations for Parkinsons, Jon Stubbs & UWA Student Services, as well as The UWA Virtual Worlds Project. The prize pool sits at L$1,090,000 (approx USD 4,200). We hope you are inspired by this to create many wondrous works of art and film as you have been through the years! (Please note the major rule & special prize guidelines as well as the Audience Participation Prizes for watching the machinima. These will be on the UWA Blog & SL Artist)

WHAT: MachinimUWA VI Film Challenge & 5th UWA Grand Art Challenge. You may enter either the art challenge, the film challenge or both.

WHEN: Entries Close at Midnight SLT 31st October 2014.  Winner will be announced in December 2014

The theme is 'TRANSCENDING BORDERS.' Artists & filmmakers can interpret the theme as they see fit. Whether transcending borders between time and space, past and present, one nation and another, one language and another, a culture or civilisation or any other of the innumerable borders that present themselves as we navigate our lives. You the artist... You the machinimatogrpher...You decide.

This theme was selected by Professor Ted Snell, Chairman Director of the Cultural Precinct, UWA and who inspired the very first of the UWA art challenges in 2009. This theme is in honour of the 'Transcending Borders' exhibition at UWA's Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery in 2014. This exhibition gave visual form to the developing cross-cultural relationship between South Korea and Western Australia using The Berndt Museum's collection of historical objects from Korea as a catalyst for cultural exchanges and collaboration.

Artwork entered should be able to be interpreted by the casual viewer as being representative of the theme. Where the link to the theme is difficult to ascertain, this should be referenced in a notecard accompanying the work.

There is a 150
LI (land impact) limit with a limit of 1 entry per artist.
(Note: This is a change from previous competitions. We are now using only Land Impact limits instead of prim limits. Those who are able to work with the SL physics model may be able to significantly increase their prim use without exceeding the land impact calculation. Techniques are best learned by experimentation.)

Copy/Mod/Transfer permissions are not a requirement, however COPY perms are appreciated.

There is no limit to the number of entries you may choose to send in.

The theme is 'Transcending Borders' and you may interpret this theme as you see fit, however the average viewer would need to be able to appreciate how you fit this theme (alternatively, please indicate in the notes how it fits in the film notes on the web). 

Your machinima must be made specifically for this challenge, and this should be indicated in the opening credits 'For The University of Western Australia's MachinimUWA VII: Transcending Borders' 

You do not have to film on the UWA sims, however this of course will be appreciated, and there is a Special UWA Prize which will be made available to a film which includes either Winthrop Clock Tower, The Somerville Auditorium or The Sunken Gardens.

4 mins 30 seconds is the strongly recommended maximum length, but this is not a hard rule.
There is a prize pool of L$1.09 Million, with a L$545,000 each for art and machinima and at least 10 prizes in each. For Machinima, there will be a Special UWA Prize for the best machinima that includes Winthrop Clock Tower, The Sunken Gardens or the Sommerville Theatre in the Machinima. There will also be 2 Curators Prizes, one each for art and film. For the Curators machinima prize, this will go to the best film that features one of the artworks from either the current challenge or one of the winning works from previous UWA art challenges. There are also audience participation awards for just watching the machinimas and submitting a top 10 list.

The Reflection Pond Next to Winthrop Clock Tower

The UWA Sunken Gardens

The UWA Somerville Auditorium with its Norfolk Bay Pine Trees

The UWA Centenary 3D Art Challenge Gallery (curated by FreeWee Ling)

UWA Gallery of Selected Former 3D Art Winners (curated by FreeWee Ling)

 *Space constraints don't allow us to display all

For Machinima

Load the Machinima anywhere, preferably youtube or vimeo, and provide the link  to Jayjay Zifanwe & LaPiscean Liberty or email Jayjay (

For Art
Place the artwork in the art entry receiver at the UWA Art Challenge platform (no perms required, but copy is appreciated if possible) along with a completed Artist Notecard (which includes your name, city, name of artwork and description of artwork) . If you have problems with the receiver, give artwork to Jayjay Zifanwe or FreeWee Ling. Blank NC templates available by touching the challenge notice at the UWA Art Challenge platform.
*All work must be free of copyright issues. If requested, you must provide detailed information regarding the source, creator and background information of your work. If you utilize any 3rd party materials, such as music, textures, or prefabricated parts, you must have obtained permission from the creator(s).
* Please acknowledge the works you feature, the lands where you film and any music or content that you use.
* If you need to rez (blue screen etc)
at UWA sims, contact Jayjay Zifanwe or FreeWee Ling.
* If you have questions or want to discuss anything, please contact Jayjay Zifanwe
*All entries remain the property of the creator, however once entered, you agree to provide UWA, SL Artist & AviewTV non-exclusive, unrestricted, use in perpetuity in the known universe for educational and promotional purposes. 

Professor Ted Snell (RL) - Director, Cultural Precinct, The University of Western Australia
Lyn DiCiero -  Editor, WA Artist's Chronicle (ART Only)

Len Zuks (RL) - West Australia Artist & Sculpturist
Merle Hearns (RL) / Briarmelle Quintessa (SL) - Senior Lecturer, Foundation Studies Department, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Marylou Goldrosen - Professor, School of Art, Arizona State University
C.Steele (RL) / Rasaec (SL) - Lecturer, York University, Toronto, Canada
Dr. Phylis Johnson (RL) - Media Professor, Southern Illinois University, Author - Machinima: The Art and Practice of Virtual Filmmaking (a.k.a, Sonicity Fitzroy, SL Virtual Journalist) 
Dr Helen Farley - Senior Lecturer (Digital Futures), Australian Digital Futures Institute - University of Southern Queensland 
Debora Kaz - Director of Kaz Filmes e Produções / Producer of I Festival Machinima Art Connections Brasil
Lumiere Noir - Creator of the Ivory Tower Library of Primitives
FreeWee Ling (SL) - Curator, UWA 3D Open Art Challenges
Kip Yellowjacket (SL) - Co-creator, Virtlantis 
LaPiscean Liberty (SL) - CEO AviewTV and UWA Virtual World Technical Media Advisor
Mal Burns (SL), Metaverse News Aggregator and Broadcaster

Victoria Lennoire - Editor of BOSL Magazine
Arrehn Oberlander (SL) - Firestorm Developer & Founder of  the MetaHarpers Art Collective
Quan Lavender - Journalist & Blogger
Tom Papas - SciFi Film Festival & Screen My Shorts, Australia

Saffia Widdershins (SL) - Owner and Editor of Prim Perfect Publications (ART Only)
Inara Pey - Journalist & Blogger
Honour McMillan - Blogger

Kara Trapdoor - Journalist & Blogger
Apmel Goosson - Scandinavian Author/Publisher
Eleanor Medier - Editor of The Sim Street Journal
Ziki Questi - Photographer & Blogger
Thinkerer Melville (SL) / Selby Evans (RL) - Journalist & Blogger
Phaylen Fairchild - Filmmaker and Entertainer
Taralyn Gravois - Owner of Arts Castle Gallery

Bevan Whitfeld - Avatar Designer & Member of the Board of Directors, Rockcliffe University
Dousa Dragonash (SL) - COO Metaverse Television

PatriciaAnne Daviau - 3D Artist
Jay Jay Jegathesan (RL) / Jayjay Zifanwe (SL) - Manager School of Physics/ Lead of UWA Virtual Worlds

PRIZE LIST ART(L$545,000 in total)
1st Prize: L$100,000
2nd Prize: L$70,000
3rd Prize: L$50,000
4th Prize: L$40,000
5th Prize: L$30,000
6th - 10th Prize: @$25,000

Additional L$135,000 for audience participation and other prizes

(prizes given to audience members whose top 10 lists most closely align to the final juried top 10)

PRIZE LIST MACHINIMA (L$545,000 in total)
1st Prize: L$100,000
2nd Prize: L$70,000
3rd Prize: L$50,000
4th Prize: L$40,000
5th Prize: L$30,000
6th - 10th Prize: :@$25,000
UWA Prize: L$15,000 (awarded by UWA members of the committee)
Curators Art of the Artists Prize: L$15,000

Additional L$105,000 for audience participation and other prizes
(prizes given to audience members whose top 10 lists most closely align to the final juried top 10)

* Special thanks to Eliza Wierwight the event poster design and for all her support 
* Special thanks also to the creator of some of the spaces at UWA. These include FreeWee Ling, Chuckmatrix Clip, quadrapop Lane, Nyx Breen, Bradley Dorchester (Bradley Curnow, RL). Dragonmage Bogan (Dr Chris Thorne, RL), Sharni Azalee & Minny Werefox (Minh Tran, RL).