Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Remembering UWA in SL

Thanks to all who are sending their best wishes to UWA. We aren't closed yet! Be sure to spend some time on our beautiful campus before things start to close.

What we know for sure as of now:
  • The main sim ("University of WA" -- the one with the iconic Winthrop Hall clock tower, Sunken Gardens, and Somerville Theatre) will remain open for at least another year.
  • The UWA gallery sim ("UWA" -- the one with the current IMMATERIAL show) will remain open for another three months.
  • The "permanent collection" sim ("UWA Winthrop" -- where winners and selected other pieces from past 3D art challenges have been collected) MAY be here for a bit longer, depending on the status of a donation that has been offered. Otherwise it is scheduled to close Sunday 9 October.
  • The tech sim ("WASP Land" -- containing fractal objects, the St Basil's Cathedral model, etc.) is scheduled to close Sunday 9 October.
  • UWA Virlantis sim has been officially transferred to San Jose State University under the care of long term research collaborator, Dr Phylis Johnson, better known in SL as Sonicity Fitzroy. TYhis maintains this long standing partnership, with the only difference being which university is listed as the main owner

We've been getting a lot of attention for the impending changes. Saffia Widdershins and Elrik Merlin interviewed JayJay and FreeWee for the current edition of Designing Worlds. Included are tributes from numerous artists who have participated in our programs over the years:

Designing Worlds DW315 - UWA Farewell

Also, Secret Rage is putting together some great documentary videos for us, starting with the IMMATERIAL show:

UWA Immaterial Collection

Highlights from past exhibitions (the "permanent collection")

UWA Highlights From Previous Exhibitions I

Images from the collections as interpreted by photographer Michael Romani (Flickr)
"The Shadow of Quicksand" by Haveit Neox. Photo by Michael Romani






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