Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Very Aussie Christmas Presentation

On the beach! Where else would you hold a big party to celebrate the winners of the Very Aussie Christmas competition at UWA?

A sizeable crowd gathered to find out who had won the competition and to experience a summer Christmas party on the beach.
The winners were:

1st prize (L$2000):

Dusty Canning - Aussie Christmas

2nd Prize (L$1000):
Jon Haskell - Roo and Ewe

Honourable Mentions (L$500 each):

Lilli Field - pavlova my love :) and lamo and biccy selection

Juanita Deharo - blow up pool with floating Christmas Duck
(quadrapop is seen here sitting in the pool cooling off after all the dancing)

Much fun was had and many visitors expressed their desire to one day experience a RL beach Christmas party in the hot summer sun.

Congratulations to the winners and a big Thank You to all who entered or lent items to give that special Aussie Christmas cheer to the beach in the sky.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from your Very Aussie Christmas hosts quadrapop Lane and JayJay Zifanwe.

JayJay attended as a tiny reindeer - love that blinking red nose!

Keep your eyes peeled for a party around January 26th;

Monday, December 21, 2009

Avatar Cram in Glyph Graves "Tendrils"

In impromptu attempt to cram Glyph's build to the gills to see what colours it would go...

Friday, December 18, 2009

MachinimUWA : The UWA Machinima Challenge

To round out the creative SL media competitions at UWA we now introduce a Machinima Competition: MachinimUWA. This one is not as open ended as the Imagine Challenge but still leaves a lot of scope for creative input.

Submissions are open 18th December 2009 - 31st January 2010
Shortlisted entries will be displayed on the University of Western Australia (UWA) Second Life Blog.

Winners will be announced during a ceremony in February

In front of Winthrop Tower on University of WA (Main Sim of the UWA presence) & starting point of all Machinima

Architecture, Teaching, Research & Arts on the UWA sims

Create a Machinima up to 5 minutes in length that captures the four main elements that make up the heart of the University of Western Australia in SL. These elements are the RL architecture, the teaching, the research and Arts. The purpose would be to show that UWA's presence in SL is comprehensive and covering all these areas, creating true bridges between SL & RL for prospective students, current students, staff, alumni & the community (this is a snapshot of the challenge - more details below). Note that there are 3 Sims making up the UWA presence, namely UWA, University of WA & WASP Land, and this challenge covers all 3. The 5 minutes limit is not a true limit, rather a suggestion.

*Load the Machinima anywhere, and provide the link to both Jayjay Zifanwe & White Lebed (co-hosts of MachinimUWA)

Midnight 31st January 2010 (winners annouced in Mid-Feb 2010)


The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a leading Australian research university and has an international reputation for excellence, innovation and enterprise. A member of the Australian 'Group of Eight' universities, it is also among Australia's leading research universities. Sitting on the banks of the Swan River, the UWA Crawley campus is the oldest in Western Australia and among the most picturesque in the nation with its grand sandstone and terracotta buildings sitting among elegant heritage-listed gardens.

The following are Key areas key areas that should be incorporated in the Machinima.
The Machinima should start with a view of the Winthrop Clock Tower & the Reflecting Pond which is an iconic image of the University of Western Australia. Graduation ceremonies are carried out here, and it is named after UWA's founder, Sir John Winthrop Hackett.

Start Point of Machinima
Winthrop Tower & Reflecting Pond (RL & SL location)
The rest of the following areas can be used (or not) as you see fit, and in any order you choose.

UWA Sunken Gardens

(RL & SL location)
This is a place of great significance to the staff and alumni of the University. Many, many people get married in this location in RL every week, and it is a place of nostalgia, and quite a few people who got married in RL at the Sunken Gardens, have been here looking at the SL version of the place where they exchanged vows.

UWA Sky Theatre

(SL only location)
This is a theatre we have created for use by Professor Wade Halvorson of the School of Business and Professor Mark Pegrum of the Graduate School of Education. Profesor Halvorson ran an entire 2nd year Bachelor of Commerce Unit using this as his primary location. It was run for the first time ever this semeter, in a unit called Electronic Communications Strategy.

UWA Square Kilometer Array - SKA (to be created in RL)
Now, these are replicas of telescopes that will be built in the Australian Outback, at a place called Boolardy station (satellite image). 40 of them will be built for a smaller project caller ASKAP, or the Australian Square Kilometyer Array Pathfinder. Currently the final telescope
design is presented in SL and the unique characteristic of these dishes is illustrated, namely the three rotational axes where most telescope dishes only have two degrees of movement. Australia is in competition with South Africa to secure the rights to the Main SKA, which will comprise 4000 radio telescope dishes. This will be the biggest land based science project in the history of mankind.


Visualisation Research is being run by Tranguloid Trefoil (RL - Paul Bourke). A critical component of this is the automatic representation of data in SL, rather than manually modelling. There are a number of examples of this on the parcel, such as the volume rendering of a human cortex. Among other things, Paul has an interest in fractals and how they may be used to describe and model real world objects. There are a number of fractal objects on the WASP land, one is the famous Menger sponge. For more information.

UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge
UWA runs an extremely successful 3D art & architecture challenge, with some of the greatest artists and architects of SL displaying their works in the challenge. This has been one of the most important components of UWA's SL offering, and has been listed as an SL Destination for Arts(you will need to be logged into the SL website to visit this link).

These are a significant part of the RL campus, and are represented on the SL campus. They are found mainly on the Uni of WA Sim.

Wonderful art by quadrapop Lane, Soror Nishi & Glyph Graves (seek out 'Strangers also Dance'). This is here to give the UWA presence a mixture of the RL aspects of Second life, as evidenced by the recreation of the RL buildings as well as the truly out of this world aspects of SL, as evidenced by what is found here.

The Physics Building and Hackett Hall and also the building housing Astronomy, HR & Facilities Management.

A 1st and a 2nd Prize will be awarded for this, as well as 3 Honourable Mention Prizes. These prizes come courtesy of the University of Western Australia, The Casey Family of Western Australia, VR Shed Pty Ltd (Dr Chris Thorne) and other benefactors.

1st Prize
$60,000L + an RL UWA T-Shirt & goodies

2nd Prize
$15,000L + an RL UWA T-Shirt & goodies

3 Honourable Mention Prizes ($5,000L each + an RL UWA T-Shirt & goodies)


1. Professor Alan Robson (RL) - Vice-Chancellor, The University of Western Australia
2. Professor Ted Snell (RL) - Director, Cultural Precinct, The University of Western Australia
3. A/Professor Wade Halvorson (RL) - Lecturing in Marketing, Business and Electronic Commerce, The University of Western Australia
4. Colin Campbell Fraser (RL) - Principal Adviser (External Relations and Advocacy),
Vice-Chancellery, The University of Western Australia
5. Kelly Smith (RL) - Director, International Centre, The University of Western Australia
6. Jon Stubbs (RL) - Director, Student Services, The University of Western Australia
7. Susana Willis-Johnson (RL) - Marketing Manager, The University of Western Australia
8. Dr Carmen Fies (RL) - Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at San Antonio
9. Torley Linden (SL) - Linden Labs
10. White Lebed (SL) - Lead of Burning Life Art Department, Curator
11. Raphaella Nightfire (SL) - CEO SW&MB Fashion Productions, CEO Evane Model Agency, Snr Writer Best of SL Magazine
12. Jayjay Zifanwe (SL) - Owner of The University of Western Australia (SL), Creator & co-host of the UWA 3D Art& Design Challenge

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

UWA 3D Art & Design Comp on SL Destination Guide

The University of Western Australia proudly announces listing on the Second Life Destination Guide for Arts

This is Linden Lab's inworld showcase listing and draws many from new residents to others who are looking to explore new and worthwhile spaces or builds.

We took a huge jump in traffic as a result.

Friday, December 11, 2009

You are invited....

Says it all really: Direct TP to The Party Beach 3pm SLT Wednesday 21 December (party on in Australia Thursday 22 December - 7am-10am AWST (10am-1pm AEDT))

Monday, December 7, 2009

Glyph Graves & Silene Christen take the November Awards by Storm

A sublime submission called 'Tendrils' by the jewel in the crown of Australia, Glyph Graves took out top spot for the IMAGINE Challenge for the November round of the UWA 3D Art & Design Competition. Not to be outdone, some incredible work by Silene Christen of the Balears Islands in Spain saw her winning the top non-scripted IMAGINE entry for 'Jackob's Stairs' as well as the FLAGSHIP Challenge, where the challenge is to build and Art Gallery that could perhaps be built. With this, Silene became the first person to win the major prizes in both the IMAGINE & FLAGSHIP categories.

Glyph Graves' Tendrils

A total of 58 entries were submitted for the IMAGINE challenge for November and 7 entries to the FLAGSHIP challenge of the University of Western Australia's 3D Art & Design Competition. Co-hosts Jayjay Zifanwe and quadrapop Lane were astounded by the rise in entries month to month and the also how the entries coming in were spread across the globe, with artists and builders taking from Canada, the USA, the UK, Scotland, England, Spain, France, Brazil, Denmark, Holland, Portugal, Tunisia, Germany and Australia.

Silene's Art Gallery - November Flagship winner

With the year long competition growing from strength to strength, it was announced during the award ceremony that the judging panel for the Grand Prize, which already included Second Life personalities from the art, architecture & journalism world (including Frolic Mills, Will Dreadlow, Sasun Steinback, Lowell Cremorne and White Lebed) was boosted by the CEO of Linden Labs, M Linden, joining the panel!

An artist book prize was also awarded for the month of November. This was won by Oldoak Merlin for his work Offenes Buch (Open Book). Book prize panel chair, Juanita Deharo commenting on the piece said "The words and print won't stay on the page but float and swirl, sometimes forming words, sometimes not. The work asks us to consider the nature of words, story and text, while staying within the known bounds of 'bookness'. The dedication to Ramon Llull gives us an indication of the creator's intent. It is a very well conceived and aesthetically pleasing work that operates on a number of levels, and is well deserving of the prize.

Glyph inside his work Tendrils

Commenting on his win, Glyph said; "There was a lot of high quality work in this month so I wasn't expecting anything. My piece, Tendrils is a portrait of a person ... both closed and open to the world showing a different facet of themselves depending on who and how many are around them. There's an undocumented feature that I'm not sure many saw .. the sphere will change colour depending on how many people are inside it. Oh and of course it sends out tendrils .. of sound and colour."

Silene Christen's Jakob's Stairs

Stunned by the double award, Silene said; "I'm happy, and surprised. Suprised for several reasons. Jackob's Stairs is..very conceptual very ..in my style..and I didn't think it would be 'in vogue' in SL at the moment. So I was really suprised. The FLAGSHIP prize... well, this is an honour. To see people dancing and walking and looking at the things in it makes me feel ... extremely happy. I made things for people, and is very great for a builder to see people using them."

A number of other awards were also presented including the People's Choice Award taken by Dusty Canning's 'Letting off Steam'. Other winners included Miso Susanowa, Jedda Zenovka, Sledge Roffo, RAG Randt, Sabrina Nightfire, Nyx Breen and Ichiko Miles, who took 2nd prize in both the Imagine Challenge and the Artist Book prize (full list below).

Miso Susanowa - Excalibur Award winner

The competition is now receiving entries for the month of December. Location is


1st Prize:
Tendrils by Glyph Graves ($L5,000 + Custom T-Shirt)
2nd Prize:
Consolation of Philosophy of Ichiko Miles ($L1,250)
Best Non-Scripted Entry:
Jackobs Stairs by Silene Christen ($L1,250 + Custom T-Shirt)

Honourable Mention (Simple Beauty):
Budding by Sledge Roffo ($L500)
Honourable Mention (A Short History of Everything):
Offenes Buch / Open Book by Oldoak Merlin ($L500)
Honourable Mention (Immersion):
Sweet Sid & the Singing Sidlets by Jedda Zenovka ($L500)
Honourable Mention (Behind the Veil):
Primary Emotions by RAG Randt ($L500)
Honourable Mention (Atmosphere):
Turbulence by Sabrinaa Nightfire ($L500)

1st Prize :
Art Gallery by Silene Christen ($L5,000)
2nd Prize:
FUTURELab by Nyx Breen ($L1,250)

1st Prize :
Offenes Buch / Open Book by Oldoak Merlin ($L2,000)
2nd Prize:
Consolation of Philosophy of Ichiko Miles ($L500)

THE EXCALIBUR AWARD (for new / returning artists)
1000 prims in perpetuity at Excalibur Aquitaine compliments of Phillip Vought
Miso Susanowa

Letting off Steam by Dusty Canning ($L500)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Tendrils and more

Iono Allen has made a lovely machinima of a selection of the works in the November Imagine Challenge:

The University of Western Australia 3D Art & Design Challenge from iono_allen on Vimeo.

Thank you Iono!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

November Round Imagine and Flagship Winners Party


Announcement of winners for the November round for the IMAGINE & FLAGSHIP challenges & the artist book prize will be held:
Time: 5am SLT
Day: Sunday 6th December
Location UWA 3D Art & Design Platform
Everyone is welcome.
DJ Briana Spires will be spinning the tunes.
Music and dance all day/night/afternoon (wherever you are in the world).

Imagine Challenge
  • Scripted 1st Prize - L$5,000 + RL Custom Tshirt
  • Non Scripted 1st Prize - L$1,250 + RL Custom TShirt
  • Scripted 2nd Prize - L$1,250
  • Honourable Mentions (up to 5)
November Artist Book Prize

People's Choice Award

Flagship Challenge
  • Flagship Build 1st Prize
  • Flagship Build 2nd Prize

Please do start sending your entries in for the December round! Object receiver for the entries is at the UWA 3D Art & Design Platform Entry, or give to Jayjay Zane. December round closes 31st December 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

In Australia you see many strange things...

When you visit the UWA A Very Aussie Christmas Display be sure to get a present from the Koala Santa (made by Beyiond Baroque - touch the present box for a surprise), say hello to the 'roo and his ewe (made by Jon Haskell), and grab a tinnie from the Esky (made by Gumby Roffo) to sit back and share some Chrsitmas cheer (Pavlova, lamingtons and mars bars made by Lilli Field) with the inhabitants.

The scent comes from the Christmas Bush (made by Juanita Deharo) and if you get a bit hot and don't feel like braving the phantom waves Juanita also made a paddling pool with floating duck.... only in Australia would you find a Santa design on a paddling pool!

If you are really brave Artfox Daviau made a sleigh ride... hop on the pose ball and touch the Roo's behind - and hang on for dear life! I have no idea how Santa survives Christmas Eve....

But if all that is too much - check out Dusty's back yard diorama - blogged earlier here.

There are more items to view by Juliete3d Quinzet, and Ichiko Miles.

And then when all the snowy Christmas gets too much come along on 22nd December to enjoy some true Aussie hospitality and find out which of the Very Aussie Christmas builds took home the L$2000 first prize, L$1000 2nd prize and L$500 honorable mentions....

Builders you have a few more days to get your builds in to quadrapop Lane (we will accept items for this up until Friday this week).

Monday, November 30, 2009

UWA 3D Art & Design Comp - People's Choice Award Voting On NOW!

The November People's Choice board is up - so come on over and vote for your favourite of the 58 (yes 58!) entries we have had in the imagine Challenge this month. Make sure you have a good look at each and every one of the Imagine entries and check out the Flagship builds via the TPs on the platform next to the landing area.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Very Aussie Christmas

At UWA we wanted to celebrate Christmas Aussie style with a Very Aussie Christmas Competition, so we asked builders to enter Aussie themed items that would be found at an Aussie Christmas celebration. Given the short notice - we have had some stunning responses.

One such entry was by Dusty Canning - a very Aussie Back Yard Christmas display...
I'll let Dusty explain in her own words...

I'm thinking that this Christmas Display does not need to be described to any Aussie or even any overseas tourist who has spent a Christmas in Australia before.

To those people who have not been lucky enough to share our festive season i'll very briefly explain the scene.

Christmas day and the holiday period surrounding it is the opportunity for Australians to relax and do what they like doing best. The little scene I have created is a small plug out of a typical Aussie back yard.

In the land of plenty this little scene has all that a man, woman or child could ever wish for.

On Christmas day the decorations are attached before the meal and during the first or second beer and as you have probably noticed they are very colourful and fancy and really set the festive atmosphere.

Of course we have lovely hot sunny days and we only need a few chairs to sit back in, the pool to cool down in and the BBQ to grill the meat. We understand the need to remain hydrated so the esky keeps the beer and wine cold while we pick at the salad and wait for the meat to be ready.

We don't need to tax our brains with meaningless conversation because we have the cricket on the telly to entertain us.

The mosquitoes (or mozzies as they are called here) are kept away by the pungent aroma of the burning mozzie coil and by placing a garbage bin in close proximity the flies will be attracted to it and won't bother us one little bit.

After the main meal we traditionally eat Pavlova and follow that with more drinks and the opening of the long awaited presents.
The rest of the afternoon is spent watching the cricket which fortunately goes right through until dinner time.

With the cricket finally over for the day we then have family bonding time when we talk to each other and collect the lunch time leftovers to be sorted through for dinner. Because it's summer and it never rains we are able to leave everything in the back yard to be cleaned up the following day after a nice long sleep and half a dozen Baroccas.

We love our country and out quaint customs and love to be so far from the rest of the world so we can keep our unique rituals to ourselves.

Please share and enjoy and have a Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.


The following is the text from the Very Aussie Christmas Competition notecard and the entries can be viewed at the Very Aussie Christmas Beach:

At UWA we are going to celebrate a
but to decorate this beach Aussie style
we need the help of all the Aussie
builders, designers and artists in sl.
And this means you!
We have L$4,000 in prize money
(Thanks to MidnightRain Glas, JayJay Zifanwe and Artfox Daviau)
1st Prize L$2000
2nd Prize L$1000
2 Honary mentions L$500 each

What are we looking for?
Anything to do with Christmas in Australia...
  • Aussie inspired Christmas decorations (animals, plants/flowers, items)
  • Aussie Christmas foods (what is the traditional aussie christmas faire?)
  • Aussie Christmas activities (please remember this is PG rated - so only what the kids might get up to;)
  • Historical Aussie Christmas - stuff from the past that was Aussie and out/used at Christmas time.
  • Aussie inspired street/house decorations (and we don't mean yet more baubles, stars and snowflake shapes!)

It doesn't need to be new and specifically for this - we would simply like to showcase our great Aussie Christmas culture....

Please drop items on quadrapop Lane before the 30th November (this deadline is not firm - you have a few more days :) - include a notecard with a description of the entry and any LMs or info on your other work you think appropriate.

Winners will be announced close to Christmas day, at a big pre-Christmas party thrown on the UWA sim! Looks like the party will be on 22nd December at an Aussie friendly time :)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Dusty's Diorama

The latest addition to the University of WA's landing point is not physically big... but it packs a lot into a small space. Dusty's Diorama has comeout of weeks of building, late nights and much hair pulling... but the results are stunning.

This diorama is a grown up version of the 100 prim train set Dusty entered in the November Imagine Challenge. As Dusty says in her accompanying notecard:
"This exhibit is the result of an addiction I developed to miniature model building after completing my entry for the November 3D Competition. This work is an extension of that entry but far beyond the prim limits of the Competition. I must again thank Jayjay for agreeing to exhibit this project as a non entry display."

Take the time to really look closely at this piece*, there is a lot there to see. (Dusty even made Quadrapop an biplane in hir signature cobalt blue, and look out for M Linden when you visit the Black Stump Station...)

If you take a copy of the notecard from the sign it includes the following list of 15 things Dusty suggests you look for or find out. Happy hunting!

1. Where would you find a beer in Black Stump?
2. What is the giant noob holding in his right hand?
3. Who's the most wanted man in Black Stump?
4. Do the planes ever collide?
5. How many rotations before the trains collide?
6. Is the windmill actually pumping water?
7. How much does quadrapop charge to hire hir plane for an hour?
8. Why does the sun rotate around Black Stump instead of over it?
9. Who is Black Stump's glamour pin-up boy?
10. Who plays the coolest Blues in Australia?
11. Is it safe to light a fire at Black Stump today?
12. Where wouldn't you go to learn to fly?
13. What makes being very small OK?
14. How long does it take for a tree in Black Stump to re-generate after a bushfire?
15. Is the Australian Air Force flying mannouvres or just mucking about?

* To "cam" in ctrl-alt-mouse click and drag/scroll to zoom in or out on the build. Pressing esc a few times will bring you back to the deafult view if you get lost.

The Black Stump Station

There is a map teleport to the UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge above Dusty's sign - touch to bring up the map then teleport into the Imagine and Flagship Challenges.

Bloggers have already posted about this display - a measure of the excitement its rezzing has caused.
Miso Susanova, and soror Nishi mentions the November Imagine entry in her posting for the Koinup blog.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Entries to the UWA 3D Art & Design Competition getting blogged!

Dusty Canning's remarkable miniature train display, 'Letting Off Steam', an entry to the November round of the UWA 3D Art & Design competition has been featured in the Koinup Blog written by the master SL blogger soror Nishi.


Bocan Undercroft's masterfully crafted 'Worship of Trees, features in Juanita Deharo's Virtual Treeline blogspot


Sunday, November 22, 2009

November Imagine & Flagship entries on Koinup

Images of each of the November entries in the UWA 3D Art & Design Imagine and Flagship Challenges have been uploaded to UWAinSL on Koinup

The judging of the November round of the Challenges will take place in the first few days of December and the November monthly winners will be announced at the regular Announcement Party at 5am on 6th December at the UWA Art & Design Platform.

50++ entries for NOV - UWA 3D Art & Design Comp

Check out the 50++ entries by SL's best for the NOV round of the UWA 3D Art & Design competition!


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Visit to UWA by M Linden - CEO of Linden Labs

UWA are very honoured to have been visited by M Linden, CEO of Linden labs last night (Western Australia time).

Doubly so because of his twitter tweet:

Thursday, November 12, 2009

UWA 3D Art & Design - November round calling for entries!

Some fantastic artworks already submitted for the November round of the $L75,000 UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge! See the works of Oberon Onmura, Misprint Thursday, Sabine Stonebender, Ninka Darkstone, Sabrina Nightfire, Goose Wycliffe, Penelope Parx, isaa gelber, Miso Susanowa, Mitch Chelman and a host of others!

SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/UWA/45/133/249

Please do submit your entries. November round is open till the 30th of November.

Monday, November 9, 2009

In the running....

This post will be updated and referenced each month - here wil be recorded the artists and works in the running for the Grand Prizes in the UWA 3d Art & Design Imagine & Flagship Challenges.

October 2009
1st Prize
Bryn Oh

2nd Prize
Snubnose Genopeak

Best Non-Scripted
Ichiko Miles
Concentric Shells

1st Flagship Prize
Nyx Breen
Sci-Fi Gallery

2nd Flagship Prize
Dusty Canning
Art Gallery

September 2009
1st Prize
Snubnose Genopeak
Souls Collide

2nd Prize
Alizarin Goldflake
The Maze

Best Non-Scripted
isaa Gelber
The Unknown Race

Flagship Prize
Moth Rexen
Arcapelus Sanctuary

The October Winners Are....

1st Prize:
Willow by Bryn Oh

2nd Prize:
Holophrasis by Snubnose Genopeak
Best Non-Scripted Entry:
Concentric Shells by Ichiko Miles

Honourable Mention (Emotion):
In Uterus/Pregnant First Record by Silene Christen

Honourable Mention (Harmony):
Living in Syn by Maya Paris

Honourable Mention (Immersion & Application):
Come Go With Me by Alizarin Goldflake

Honourable Mention (Hidden Wonder):
Beauty/Beast by Feathers Boa

People's Choice award:
Drill by Ginger Grut

1st Prize:
Sci-Fi Gallery by Nyx Breen

2nd Prize:
Art Gallery by Dusty Canning

CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners and huge Thank You to all those who entered during October... the 3D Art & Design Challenge would be nothing without all the amazing artists who are entering each month. We already have over 15 entries in for Novemeber and these will be migrating onto the main platform over the next few days. Please drop in to the UWA Art & Design Platform and explore the wonders for November.
Closing date for November entries is 30 November.
The November Winners Announcement Party will be in early December.