Saturday, March 26, 2011

UWA Art Challenge & Artists Nominated for Best of SL Awards

Congratulations to many involved in the UWA Art Challenges for their nominations to the Best of Second Life Awards.


A big thank you to quadrapop Lane & Freewee Ling curator of the UWA Art Challenges for their efforts that have seen the UWA Art Challenges nominated for Best Original Project. Of course vital to the very existance of these challenges is Professor Ted Snell, Director of the Cultural Precinct at UWA and Chair of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council.

Also thank you to the artists of Second Life for this. It is your talent and creativity that is responsible for the UWA nomination. We stand on the backs of giants!

Congrats also to Bryn Oh, Glyph Graves, Eliza Wierwight, Sharni Azalee, Cherry Manga and Nish Mip whose works have graced and uplifted the UWA Challenges for their nominations for Best Original Artist.


Incredibly, Eliza Wierwight is nominated in 2 categories, the only one to have 2 nominations, this one in the Best Home Furnishings Category.


Interview Responses from Frolic Mills (BOSL CEO)


1. Q: Are the BOSL AWARDS only for associates of THE BEST OF SL Magazine and CO?
1. A: No, over 65% of the people on this list I don´t even know, nor are related in any way with me nor BOSL.

2. Q: Why didn´t you include Film, Machinima or other categories?
2. A: I don’t dare do an awards show in a category I know nothing about. I think there are more qualified people to host these awards.

3. Q: Did Frolic Mills nominate and will decide who the winners will be?
3. A: Absolutely not. The nominees were selected from hundreds of notecards sent in from descerning experienced fashionistas, members of the press and content creators themselves.

4. Q: Frolic, why wasn´t I nominated? I am really good, was this an oversight?
4. A: Unfortunately it wasn´t. People who are not on the list, simply did not get enough nominations.

5. Q: Does the list reflect Frolic Mill’s personal opinion?
5. A: Not necessarily. But I am very happy with the list, and I do think it very nicely represents some of the biggest contributors in Second Life.

6. Q: Frolic how will you survive these awards? Some people are really upset!
6. A: I don’t know. If you find my avatar lying in some dark alley with flies around my lips, please throw it away in the pond next to my home! Thanks

7. Q: Can I vote?
7. A: If you are an experienced fashionista, member of the press or a content creator, you may type up your winners and send to me on a notecard. The BOSL AWARDS are not a popularity contest, its more about celebrating those content creators who make Second Life a better place.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

MachinimUWA III: FaiRodis Aviatik's 'Journey to Fashion'

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FaiRodis Aviatik's 'Journey to Fashion'. The first time an artist / machinimatographer from Kherson, Ukraine has been part of a UWA event!


Entries to MachinimUWA III: Journeys, close on the 1st of May 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Yesikita Coppola Machinima of the February Round Winners

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A Yesikita Coppola machinima of the winners of the February round of the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge.

FEATURES THE WINNERS OF THE FEBRUARY ROUND OF THE UWA 3D OPEN ART CHALLENGE

THE RHYTHM OF MOOD - Lea Supermarine & Jarapanda Snook
DIGITAL GLOVE by Misprint Thursday
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Cherry Manga
GECKO ON THE GEKKO (MOONLIGHT) by Yooma Mayo
SEED TOTEM by Jimmy Debruyere
ALONE - SORROW TREE by Sharni Azalee
THE MINOTAUR OF CARTON by Typote Beck
PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE by Silene Christen
SONIC SPACE OF SILENCE by ChapTer Kronfeld
SHACKLING OF PREGNANT INCARCERATED WOMEN by Nino Vichan
CAMILLE CLAUDEL AND RODIN by Fiona Blaylock

'CLICK' of MachinimUWA II by L1Aura Loire, Finalist @ VWBPE

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'CLICK' by L1Aura Loire which won the Special Award for Crossover Impact at MachinimUWA II: Art of the Artists is a finalist in the VWBPE (Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education) Conference in the Best Production categeory.

Written, filmed & edited by L1Aura Loire/Lori Landay this educational machinima, teaches the uninitiated how to view and interact with virtual art.

Pieces showcased, in order:
THE LAST OCEAN by Nish Mip
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD by Lea Supermarine
EINSTEIN'S UNFINISHED SYMPHONY by Gleman Jun
TORSO SERIES (FIRE & WATER) by Eliza Wierwight
MUTASCOPES by FreeWee Ling
HEATH by Flivelwitz Alsop & Fuschia Nightfire
AURACARIA ARTIST BOOK by Anyunie Daviau
OCEANS OF LIGHT by Kolor Fall/Patrick Faith
ATOMIC-GO-ROUND by Atomic Gaffer
UMBRELLAS by Nish Mip
THE DEEP by Blue Tsuki
NIGHT LIGHT by Alizarin Gldflake
ORGANIC RECURVE by Glyph Graves
JULIA'S MAGIC MIRROR - DEMON by Julez Odigaunt
THE SATIRICAL POLEMICIST by Eliza Wierwight
26 TINES by Bryn Oh
DRIFT by Maya Paris
SIERPINSKY SIEVE by Takni Miklos
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Thursday, March 17, 2011

MachinimUWA III: Eric Boccara's 'Juroney'

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Eric Boccara's futuristic & atmospheric offering to MachionimUWA III: Journeys!

Entries to MachinimUWA III: Journeys, close on the 1st of May 2011

A PhiDesigns Machinima of Ginger Alsop's Aurora

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A Machinima featuring Ginger Alsop's 'Aurora', one of the works entered to the March Round of the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Iono Allen's Machinima of Misprint Thursday's Multi-Award Winner

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The brilliant Iono Allen interprets Misprint Thursday's Digital Glove, which swept the field with 4 major awards at the February Round of the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge.

2nd Prize Overall: (L$7,500), CARP Prize: (L$5,000), Tornado Gallery Prize (L$5,000), project Z Prize: (L$5,000) and direct entry to the Grand Finale Round!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

UWA Arts Alumni Wins Academy Award!

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Shaun Tan at the Subiaco Library (photo: Frances Andrijich)

University of Western Australia (UWA) Bachelor of Arts Graduate, Shaun Tan, has won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film!

Shaun won the Oscar for a 15-minute film based on his book The Lost Thing.

Multi-award winning Perth artist & sculpturist, Len Zuks who is also on the judging panel of UWA 3D Open Art Challenge, had the pleasure of helping hone Shaun's extraordinary talents in his formative years when Shaun attended gifted & talented arts classes in high school. "Wow Shaun, what an achievement. Recognition for your quirky and mischievous creative mind. As a student at Balcatta Special Arts Course, you were pretty quiet, but there was a smouldering strong core within you. In the passage of years since, you have released the magic to the world!"

Reflecting on the award, Shaun said, "How interesting it has been that an award like this makes one pause and reflect on a whole career history, from childhood to the present, which is not something I often do. It's a lot to think about: all the disparate influences, from high school art classes with inspiring tutors like Len, UWA academia, and years of pottering about in my parent's garage. At the end of the day, you're just trying to find the right personal path, but hey, quite unbelievable to find a gold statue suddenly appear in the middle of it!"

Kudos Shaun!
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MachinimUWA III: Soda Lemondrop's 'The Journey'



Soda Lemondrop's humourous Journey :)

Entries to MachinimUWA III: Journeys, close on the 1st of May 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Vale Sabrinaa Nightfire

Soror put it so well all we can do is quote her:
"Sabrinaa Nightfire started on the most transformational of journeys today when she left both SL and RL after a difficult illness."

We all leave traces behind and on Sunday 6th March Sabrinaa left RL but as you can see from what follows she left a great many traces behind in SL, in RL and on the web. Her art, her friendships and the many people she touched in her 3 years in SL are her living memorial.

UWA is proud to have in its growing collection several of her works - she entered the UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge first in November 2009 and her last entry was in the December round of the UWA 3DOpen Art Challenge

Sabrinaa's December 2010 entry at UWA: Stage 4. (Poseball has an angry animation)


UWA November 2010 entry: Green Peas and Magic Orange Orb



Sabrinaa's artist biography on Pirats site and a video of one of the many exhibitions Sabrinaa took part in - this one at Pirats in February of 2010 - Sabrinaa's flowers outside add a colourful accent to the white spaces. (provided by Newbab Zsigmond):




FreeWee Ling curator of the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge:

I knew Sabrinaa as a tirelessly enthusiastic friend of virtual art and a wonderful collaborator. She was always generous with her time, her talent, and her praise of others. When she liked someone, she'd do everything she could to support them. She did that with me and I saw her do that with others. I owe her a lot.

quadrapop Lane curator of the UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge:

I remember how excited I was when Sabrinaa asked me to contribute to the Future of Erato exhibition, she was helpful and encouraging. And then later to be involved in the one texture show seeing her handle seemingly with ease the difficulties of getting so many artists to work together. She again showed much enthusiasm when she was involved in the Cearleon Avatar Identity show. Her total involvement in the artistic process was at all times evident, such passion will be sorely missed.

Below are two of the now poignant pieces she entered in the July 2010 round of the UWA 3d Art & Design Challenge:



Wings of Hope, by Sabrinaa Nightfire


View from my Bedroom, by Sabrinaa Nightfire

The first pieces she entered in November 2009, Steam Powered Computer, and a bunch of her colourful flowers


Her entries in May 2010 are more characteristic of the colourful flower sculptures she has become known for:


On Bryn Oh's blog Bryn mentions a dual world memorial service to be held, many friends and colleagues have left comments there.

Sabrinaa's aunt Lelanda Lee posted about her here which includes a picture by Sabrinaa of her avatar seated on Stage 4.

Please share your memories of Sabrinaa and any links to articles and blogs about her or her work in the comments.

Our sympathy and best wishes go out to her family and friends in both worlds.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

LEA & JARAPANDA TOPS AS MISPRINT & CHERRY GRAB 4 EACH

Lea Supermarine & Jarapanda Snook's amazing immersive work, The Rhythm of Mood grabbed top honours (L$10,000) for the February Round of the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge. In an incredible round, both Misprint Thursday's Digital Glove and Cherry Manga's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland which took 2nd & 3rd Prize overall, won a further 3 prizes each. Japan's Yooma Mayo took the Best Non-Scripted prize with Gecko on Gekko (moonlight). Full results follow.

(See FreeWee's full photo archive of all 79 entries.)

1st Prize: ($L10,000)
THE RHYTHM OF MOOD - Lea Supermarine & Jarapanda Snook
" I am still speechless, and did not expect this at all but glad that the judges felt it the way it was meant. Even in SL everyone has their own feelings and this was our way to show that... I am still a bit shaky", Lea Supermarine

2nd Prize: (L$7,500)
CARP Prize: (L$5,000)
Tornado Gallery Prize (L$5,000)
project Z Prize: (L$5,000)
DIGITAL GLOVE by Misprint Thursday

"It has been exciting to bridge music and video into my digital sculptures. I especially want to thank Sal Caruso who did the instrumental track and mixing of the song Digital Glove used in the sculpture.", Misprint Thursday

3rd Prize: (L$5,000)
BOSL Prize: (L$5,000)
Show & Tell @ Avaria Prize: (L$5,000)
People's Choice Award, 2nd Prize: (L$1,000)
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Cherry Manga
"Thanks a lot to everybody, I'm totally surprised and happy. Alice's adventures in wonderland is a book that can inspire any artist, and I'm honoured that my vision of Lewis Carroll's work pleased you.", Cherry Manga

Best Non-Scripted Entry: (L$5,000)
GECKO ON THE GEKKO (MOONLIGHT) by Yooma Mayo
UTSA Prize: (L$5,000)
SEED TOTEM by Jimmy Debruyere
SL Art Prize: (L$5,000)
People's Choice Award, 1st Prize: (L$2,500)
ALONE - SORROW TREE by Sharni Azalee
Odyssey Prize: (L$5,000)
S&S Gallery Prize (L$5,000)
THE MINOTAUR OF CARTON by Typote Beck
Pirats Prize: (L$5,000)
PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE by Silene Christen
Nordan Art Prize: (L$5,000)
SONIC SPACE OF SILENCE by ChapTer Kronfeld

"I did not think at all that this would win a prize. I enjoy my art in RL and SL. The process of art creation from the first little idea to the finished object, thats the greatest joy for me. Thus my enjoyment was so much greater today the second that i heard my name called, and I heard the title of my installation. At this moment while I say this, my feelings are at an all time high, far greater than this recognition"

The Workhouse & Art place d-oo-b Prize (L$5,000)
SHACKLING OF PREGNANT INCARCERATED WOMEN by Nino Vichan
"Im honored to receive this prize and through this prize and attention the important message my work is based on will reach a larger audience.", Nino Vichan

Curator's Choice Award (L$5,000):
CAMILLE CLAUDEL AND RODIN by Fiona Blaylock
"Little fish gets lucky in the big pond! Thank you so much, this is awesome... doing a happy dance" Fiona Blaylock

For those who are interested. Here is a summary of the announcements by Jayjay Zifanwe:

79 entries were received for the February round, spread out across this sim-wide 'Living Gallery'! It was also great to see so many new faces among the artists who submitted works for this round, with works coming in from Aletta Woodford, Aneli Abeyante, Cheyenne Palisades, Garnet Trilling, Ichtyo Broome, Nema Galicia, Secret Rage, Winter Ravenheart, Xenophile Neurocam, Ynot Fenua, Yooma Mayo and zephyru Zapedzki among others.

We have been through 16 monthly rounds since all this started in August 2009 and more than 400 artists have been involved, however only 2 have taken part in every single round ... the terrific twosome of soror Nishi and Jesse Keyes. Much thanks to you both!

It is important to me to also acknowledge everyone who did contribute over the month towards prizes across the year and the Grand Finale. Thank you Sasun Steinbeck, Suzanne Graves, Moeuhane Sandalwood, Harter Fall, EdwardIV Beaumont, Milly Sharple, ELLiebob Bean, Gumby Roffo, Accord Carling, Ichiko Miles, Cellandra Zon, Monarchy Republic, Fional Blaylock, cheerio (just cheerio ... never saw a name like this), Emsi Zobovic and Natsha Lemton.

As always I acknowledge the international connections made through SL, and up to now, the various challenges have seen artists, builders and machinimatographers hailing from Hungary, Latvia, Russia, Venezuela, Belgium, Mexico, Wales, Canada, the USA, the UK, Uruguay, Scotland,England, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, France, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Denmark, Holland, Ireland, Portugal, Austria, Cuba, Serbia, Tunisia, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. 6 of the 7 continents of the world represented.

At this point I would like for all of you to help me acknowledge the amazing work required to keep 'The UWA Living Gallery' going. Curator of the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge & Creator of gallery ....... FreeWee Ling.

As always many things happened since the last announcements.

We had Yesikita Coppola's official machinima of the January round winners.

We have also had a lot entries start to come in for MachinimUWA III: Journeys, including from Pia Klaar, Kobuk Farshore, Ed Vespucciano, Ginger Alsop, Myth Guyot & Lakshmi Giha, Anri Emerald, Delgado Cinquetti and AnimaTechnica Umbarundu. They are all posted on the UWA in Second Life Blog.

With this, the prize pool is more than a half million Linden prize pool. What the journey is will be left to the Machinimatographer. A journey through Second Life. A journey of self discovery. A journey within. A journey from SL too RL, or vice-versa. A journey through space, through time, a journey of hope, a journey of despair. Your own journey, or a journey by someone else seen through your eyes... or... through Second Life in 80 Days, whatever you can imagine.

Please do help spread the word to any colleagues you think could create something amazing. The deadline for this is the 1st of May 2011. Full detaills linked on the blog.

There was amazing news tied to the University of Western Australia's Centenary (100 Year Anniversary). A book of 100 Treasures of UWA has been released as part of celebrating 100 years since the act of parliament that caused the creation of UWA was signed in 1911. The 100 treasures were selected by the Centenary Planning Committee Chaired by Dr Sue Boyd.

What is amazing and thrilling to those involved in the UWA Second Life presence is that 'UWA in Second Life' has been selected as one of the 100 treasures! The feeling cannot be described. How the presence that was nothing before the 1st of June 2009 is now one of the 100 treasures spanning a century of history at UWA!

For UWA's full sim art series, I thank Blue Tsuki for his amazing show across the month of February, and welcome the Flowers of France, Anley Piers, Cherry Manga and Elfe Imako who have created 'Other World' for UWA's FULL SIM Art series for the month of March. I will leave it to them to let everyone know when the party is, and they did say they will have one soon. In the meantime, do visit and explore this amazing space. http://slurl.com/secondlife/UWA%20VIRTLANTIS/148/125/22

And incredibly over the past few days, we have had a 12th Group Award established. Much thanks to Zachh Cale, the project Z Prize (L$5,000) will be awarded every month beginning immediately!

I would like also to acknowledge the members of the UWA judging panel. On the panel were:
1. Professor Ted Snell (RL) - Director, Cultural Precinct, The University of Western Australia
2. John Barret-Lennard (RL) - Curator of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA
3. Raphaella Nightfire (SL) - Snr Writer Best of SL Magazine, Owner Sanctorum Gallery
4. Len Zuks (RL) - Award Winning West Australian Sculpturist
5. FreeWee Ling (SL) - Curator, UWA 3D Open Art Challenge
6. Laetitia Wilson (RL) - Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, UWA
7. Lyn DiCiero (RL) - Editor, WA Artist's Chronicle
8. And paper shuffler extraordinaire ...... Yours Truly

Now for the winners.

First the People's Choice Awards. For this, we thank GeeJAnn Blackadder's scripting wizardry for creating the voting system. Voting was steady throughout the voting period, but it’s amazing how the final voting fell.

The People's Choice Award, where all of SL is invited to vote, carries a 1st ($L2,500) and a 2nd prize ($L1,000). Every month people tell us who hard it is to make selections, and this month was no different.

For the PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD, 2nd prize (L$1,000) goes to:
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Cherry Manga

It was a very close thing, but the the winner for the FEBRUARY PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD (L$2,500) is:
ALONE - SORROW TREE by Sharni Azalee

Very strong in the voting (and in no particular order) were ....... Xenophile Neurocam's 'Chaotic Atomic', Lea Supermarine and Jarapanda Snook's 'Rhythm of Mood', typote Beck's 'Minotaur of carton', Fae Varialle's 'Steam Angel', Faery Sola's 'Unicorn', Nino Vichan's 'Shackling of Pregnant Incarcerated Women', Milly Sharple's 'Tripping the Light Fantastic' and Luko Enpch's 'Stand and Deliver the Universe'.

TWELVE Art Group Prizes of L$5,000 each have been awarded by the various judging panels for the JANUARY Round of the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge:

The SL Art Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Gleman Jun & Sunset Quinnell goes to:
ALONE - SORROW TREE by Sharni Azalee
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The UTSA Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Dr Carmen Fies goes to:
SEED TOTEM by Jimmy Debruyere

The CARP Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Velasquez Bonnetto & Josina Burgess goes to:
DIGITAL GLOVE by Misprint Thursday

Commenting on the selection, the CARP panel offered, "It looks like every month the works are getting better, and for us its harder to make a desicion, we saw many pieces where the looks, the using of the scripts, the humor in it were really superb. We chose this month a work that was different from all others. Digital Glove, gets the CARP prize for best use of script, film and sound,complexity and build. Here the use of scripts, media and a hud, very complex but well organised and synchronised.

Next the joint Workhouse & Art Place d-o-o-b Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Astarte Haalan and Elfachfilm Vacirca goes to:
SHACKLING OF PREGNANT INCARCERATED WOMEN by Nino Vichan

The panel said, "Nino’s work exemplifies the new and unique technical possibilities of art in a virtual world while addressing social and political issues that are relevant and important in any world. A sense of pessimism superficially permeates the work, but only through works such as this can the reasons for that pessimism be understood and the ability to move beyond it become a plausibility. "


The Odyssey Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Fau Ferdinand & Lizsolo Mathilde goes to
THE MINOTAUR OF CARTON by Typote Beck

The Show & Tell @ Avaria Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Florenze Kerensky & Barney Boomslang goes to:
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Cherry Manga

The panel commented " Cherry's workmanship impressed us, this work is not just nice solid sculpt work but something really different. While the books give nice context to the scenes, you first think, "well, book with pictures" then your eyes catch the waterfall and draw you in and you see the 3d. Cherry presented her scene in a surprising, immersive way."

The BOSL Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Frolic Mills & Editorial Clarity goes to:
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Cherry Manga

this piece has won 2 Group prizes, meaning it goes straight to the Grand Finale Round and will remain on display all year!

The Nordan Art Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Flora Nordenskiold & Apmel Goosson goes to:
SONIC SPACE OF SILENCE by ChapTer Kronfeld

The Nordan panel, had this to say, "ChapTer Kronfeld's work "Sonic Space of Silence" is in a large black space with an opening. Before one enters, one is advised to activate the sound. Once inside, purple cubes with numbers start falling and hitting the ground. The sound is that of a choir of voices, seemingly in agony or pain. When one sits on one of the cubes, one becomes one with the interaction, cubes falling on top and all around. It seems the cubes never settle and since one is the part of the one cube, there is a sense of unease and constant movement. This multi-media experience is one of being part of a larger chaos. "

The Pirats Prize: (L$5,000) with a panel led by Merlina Rokocoko & Newbab Zsigmond goes to:
PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE by Silene Christen

The panel felt that Silene had created a true atmosphere within a simple build to keep her message on planned obsolescence intact.

The S&S Gallery OFA Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by TheDove Rhode goes to:
THE MINOTAUR OF CARTON by Typote Beck

another double winner, and so this qualifies directly to the Grand Finale

The Tornado Gallery Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Taralyn Gravois goes to:
DIGITAL GLOVE by Misprint Thursday

a 2nd group prize for the month! so again, this piece moves straight through to the Grand Finale round and will be on display till the end of the year!

And the NEW Award, the project Z Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Zachh Cale goes to:
DIGITAL GLOVE by Misprint Thursday

an unprecedented 3 Group Awards.

Next, in FreeWee's words:
""This month's Curator's Choice award goes to an artist who has a remarkable talent for extending her rl work into the virtual medium to create a hybrid that is greater than the sum of its parts. She makes otherwise two-dimensional images come alive with motion and sound and light."

FreeWee Ling's Curator's Choice Award (L$5,000) goes to:
CAMILLE CLAUDEL AND RODIN by Fiona Blaylock

Now for the Best Non-Scripted Imagine entry, with a prize of $L5,000. As far as non-scripted entries go, there were an amazing assortment of fine works to choose and they were really really different from each other this month. The pieces the panel were considering were so varied it was really hard to select, however we did mange to, and so the winner of the Best Non-Scripted Entry is:

GECKO ON THE GEKKO (MOONLIGHT) by Yooma Mayo

hailing from Atsuji, Japan, Yooma is the first prize winner from the Land of the Rising Sun!

Now for the top 3 Prizes. It was very hard for the groups to select only 1 prize. And although quite a number of groups had come to the same decision as some of the others, let me assure you it was unbelievably difficult to do.

3rd Prize (L$5,000) for the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge for FEBRUARY goes to:
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Cherry Manga

Cherry takes home 4 awards for February, continuing her amazing run

2nd Prize (L$7,500) for the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge for FEBRUARY goes to:
DIGITAL GLOVE by Misprint Thursday

4 awards for Misprint as well.... incredible

Now to the winner of the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge for FEBRUARY, following in the footsteps of past champions Snubnose Genopeak, Glyph Graves, Atomic Gaffer, Fuschia Nightfire/Flivelwitz Alsop, Julez Odigaunt, FreeWee Ling, Bryn Oh, Nish Mip, Josina Burgess, Cherry Manga, Igor Ballyhoo and Suzanne Graves.

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Winner of 1st Prize (L$10,000) for the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge for February 2011 is:
THE RHYTHM OF MOOD by Lea Supermarine & Jarapanda Snook

John Barret-Lennard, curator of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery @ UWA, speaking on behalf of the committee said, "The Rythm of Mood was commended by the judges for its ambition, scale and sophistication. It succeeds in conveying mood and pyschological state in well resolved environments. The artist has created a complex series of spaces, and uses all the possibilities of the medium as a powerful expressive tool. The creative use of immersive enviroments in this work allows expression of ideas and emotions in ways that would be difficult to achieve in any other medium-it uses the unique qualites of the virtual space in exemplary ways, and produces a genuinely engaging result."

Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to all the artists who have entered the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge. We are officially receiving artworks for MARCH, so please do send in your entries as soon as possible.

And remember, entries for MACHNIMUWA III: JOURNEYS and MACHINIMUWA IV : The 2nd Art of the Artists are most welcome. Do tell your machinimatographer colleagues that any of the artworks here across the year can be featured in the latter.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Other World: Cherry Manga, Anley Piers & Elfe Imako, FULL SIM ART @ UWA

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The 3rd installment of the UWA FULL SIM ART series sees the amazing 'Other World', created by the triple French treat of Cherry Manga, Anley Piers and Elfe Imako!

It is best left to be described in their words:

Mankind created the machine and always wanted to improve it, adding abilities, and even gave the machine artificial intelligence.

The machine had its own evolution, once it gained artificial intelligence it grew to possess artificial consciousness then the collective consciousness. The machine grew up through many aeons, learned from its own mistakes.

The machine is now in the other world, all parts of the machine are closely bounded, if a little robot cuts itself, the sadness is shared by the entire machine. The machine lives in harmony in the environment it is set, all energy needs are calculated to keep and preserve the world, nothing is taken freely from nature, the machine looks after nature, conscious that its energy depends on the global health of its natural environment.

This way of living is what humankind could call utopia or eden.

This exhibition shows the irony of machine beings, supposed to be heartless and without emotional feelings able to live in respect of its environment, and in harmony with all members of its community ... and the sad conclusion that human beings in 2011 are still fighting for power, for money, for religion, not able to think of the future of our children, continuously draining all that earth can give.

The SIM is open to all till the 31st of March 2011. Keep your eyes peeled for the party they will throw soon though!

CLICK HERE TO TELEPORT TO 'OTHER WORLD'

MachinimUWA III: Delgado Cinquetti's 'An Infinite Journey'

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Delgado Cinquetti's submission to MachinimUWA III is titled 'An Infinite Journey'. This takes you to the year is 3012 and it has been almost 1000 years since the extinction of mankind.


Entries to MachinimUWA III: Journeys, close on the 1st of May 2011
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