Thursday, April 7, 2011


In a never before seen outcome over 17 months of art challenges at UWA, non-scripted works have jointly taken the 1st Overall Prize (@L$8,750) at the March Round of the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge with Gleman Jun and Ginger Alsop coming out of their comfort zones to deliver their captivating works, 'Shattered' and 'The Fragility of the Soul is Not a Defect'. Silene Christen's 'Spanish Bull' and Josiane Sorciere's 'Three Little Turns...' were joint 3rd, with 'Spanish Bull' also taking the Odyssey Prize and her 2nd artwork, 'Tribute to Goya' being Joint winner for the Non-Scripted Prize. Josiane was a double winner too, also winning the Tornado Gallery Prize. In a tour-de-force for the non-scripted work, Haveit Neox was the joint winner for the Non-Scripted category with Marinoette. Ginger also took the UTSA Prize.

Full results follow, and the text of the winners announcement is reproduced below in full.

(See FreeWee Ling's full photo archive of all 76 entries)
1st Prize: JOINT (L$8,750 @)
SHATTERED by Ginger Alsop


"I don't know what to say to this really, so I'll reflect on the event ... I remember the moment in August 2009 when I first took the original photographs. I remember feeling embarrassed to be there, this was a public space, a public park, and yet, it felt like I was invading the man's privacy ... I took several images ... ages to figure out how to represent that moment; when a photograph itself wasn't enough. For moments like those, I sometimes wonder if showing such things are what people want to see. But like some things, the moment stuck with me, so it became something that had to be said. It only took a year and a half, and then seeing a work by Quadrapop, I was was instantly inspired with a vision and Shattered as you see it today was is what I saw ... it means so much to me to be able to reach out to so many with such a work. It was recognized by UTSA, and up in the top submissions for the People's Choice, and I hope it inspires others to do good art and things :)"Ginger Alsop

3rd Prize: JOINT (L$3,750 @)
SPANISH BULL by Silene Christen

TROIS PETITS TOURS ET PUIS S'EN VA (Three little turns and it goes away) by Josiane Sorciere

"Regarding the award, thank you twice: First because competition provided great artists and great works which makes it difficult to win, the other for my works often have a distinctly minimalist. Sometimes I consider adding more details, or lights or textures, but really my form of expression intended to reflect the minimum possible elements of an idea or emotion. Thus, I recognize difficult to compete in a world so starkly visual as Second Life, but what comes in is what you express. Thanks again to everyone!"Silene Christen

" I discovered the UWA challenge by chance and sent the music box to check the script rules. I had been immediately put in the exhibition. I though I was challenging for the April contest, and I won the March one... All is so quick and unexpected ... I didn't understand well all the rules, and I have trouble to realize what's happening now, but I'm on a little cloud \o/ I'm very happy to have participated and I hope it will inspire other builders."Josiane Sorciere

Best Non-Scripted Entry: JOINT (L$3,750 @)
TRIBUTE TO GOYA by Silene Christen

MARIONETTE by Haveit Neox

"Being a part of the UWA Art Challenge not only encourages me in my own work, but it's the most excellent way to see what other artists are doing in SL. I've seen pieces here that inspire me deeply. It's an honor to participate in this promotion of the arts in SL." 
Haveit Neox

UTSA Prize: (L$5,000)
SHATTERED by Ginger Alsop

"It is a honor to receive such a recognition, Shattered represents a over a year and a half of contemplating how to bring such a powerful moment to the eyes of so many."Ginger Alsop

SL Art Prize: (L$5,000)

"Well i just have to say that i am very honored to receive this prize, is really a surprise for me! I want to thank all the curators and the judges"Gore Suntzu

Odyssey Prize: (L$5,000)
SPANISH BULL by Silene Christen

Pirats Prize: (L$5,000)

"It was one of the funnest thing i had ever done in sl..and i hope to continue...umm i dont know what to say...first time i won anything since i was a kid"NuxVomica Mint

CARP Prize: (L$5,000)
TIDAL FORCE by Alexandra Mensing

"This was wonderful!  I look forward to more fun in the future!! Much wonderful artwork here and I'm proud to have been part of March"Alexandra Mensing

Nordan Art Prize: (L$5,000)
SPRING ENERGY by soror Nishi

"Thank you so much, it's so great to have your work appreciated...:))"soror Nishi

BOSL Prize: (L$5,000)
ELECTROMAN by Barry Richez

" I am very honored and moved to receive for the first ever encouragement and recognition of one of my works, I thank UWA for receiving mt art and BOSL for awarding me this prize, which has encouraged me from now on to continue on this path of art. SL is a great platform where you can express art only limited by the immagination. It is thanks to the initiative of these many art groups coming together  that provides us the opportunity to show our creations and multiple possibilites."barry Richez

S&S Gallery OFA Prize (L$5,000)

Tornado Gallery Prize (L$5,000)
Trois petits tours et puis s'en va...
(Three little turns and it goes away...) by Josiane Sorciere

The Workhouse & Art place d-oo-b Prize (L$5,000)
PUPPET THEATRE by Xon Halostar

"Blushes.  I'm surprised, really.  I didn't expect anything to win. I am glad they liked it"Xon Halostar

project Z Prize: (L$5,000)

project Z Honourable Mention Prize: (L$2,500)
GARDEN OF EDEN by Dekka Raymaker

"Although I made this piece before the Japanese disaster, it also symbolizes the fragility of humans against a greater more powerful Earth (God)."Dekka Raymaker

Curator's Choice Award (L$5,000):

"I am very honored to receive this prize in this amazing contest were so many fantastic artists come together and show the limitless possibilities of 3D art."Nino Vichan

People's Choice Award, 1st Prize: (L$2,500)
THE CRYSTAL NYMPH by Lea Supermarine & Jarapanda Snook

"We are delighted to have been chosen for this, the most prestigious art award in SL.  Each month the bar is set higher, and we have to work harder and harder to keep up with all the talent in this group.  Thanks to everyone again for voting for us - and we'll see you next month ;-)"Jarapanda Snook

People's Choice Award, 2nd Prize: (L$1,000)

" I am very happy that the people enjoyed my work and voted for me!  Glad people see the effort I put into my work!"RazorZ

FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED. Here is full text of the announcements of winners by Jayjay Zifanwe:

Greetings everyone, and welcome to the University of Western Australia, or UWA as she is known and also welcome to the MARCH round announcement of winners and party for the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge. As is tradition at UWA, I would like to acknowledge that the University is situated on Nyoongar land and that the Nyoongar people remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land and continue to uphold their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge.

This is the 5th of 12 monthly rounds for the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge. The first thing I would like to do is to thank and acknowledge the major art houses and groups in Second Life that are part of this Grand Collaboration. These include The University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) led by Dr Carmen Fies, SL Art led by Gleman Jun & Sunset Quinnel, CARP led by Josina Burgess & Velazquez Bonetto, Pirats Art Network led by  Merlina Rokocoko & Newbab Zsigmond, Odyssey led by Fau Ferdinand & Lizsolo Mathilde,  BOSL led by Frolic Mills and Editorial Clarity, Nordan Art led by Flora Nordanskiold and Apmel Goosson, S&S Gallery of Fine Art led by TheDove Rhode, The Workhouse Gallery led by Astarte Haalan, Art Place d-oo-b led by Eifachfilm Vacirca, The Tornado Gallery led by Taralyn Gravois, project Z led by Zachh Cale and UWA with Professor Ted Snell, Chair of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts as Chair of the UWA judging panel.

UWA would also like to acknowledge fellow sponsors, MidnightRain Glas, Philip Vought, Bohemian Ghost and Patch Thibaud.

76 entries were received for the March 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 Alexandra Mensing, barry Richez, Cullum Writer & Adreano Constantine, Haveit Neox, Josiane Sorciere, KaiShun Oleander, Kati Kristan,  Kobuk Farshore, Neeks Karu, NuxVomica Mint, Randy Firebrand, TheDove Rhode, Dekka Raymaker, RazorZ Resident and Xon Halostar, among others.

We have been through 17 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!

This L$1,000,000 challenge will see more than L$80,000 being distributed each month, with the Grand Prize winner at the end of it all pocketing a cool L$100,000. The many contributions coming in from everyone will this year be put towards special prizes, including the Curator's Choice Award.

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 spirit Radikal, Beaker, fiona Blaylock, Milly Sharple, Ichiko Miles, HOLALA Alter, Scars Steerpike , Gumby Roffo, EdwardIV Beaumont, pallina60 Loon and Gentle Heron.

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 Taiwan, 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, Northern 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 all of this 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 FEBRUARY round winners:

We have also had a lot entries start to come in for MachinimUWA III: Journeys, including from Soda Lemondrop, Eric Boccara, YT Recreant, Pia Klaar, Fairodis Aviatik,Pallina60 Loon, 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. 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 is quickly approaching and is the 1st of May 2011. Full detaills linked on the blog.

There was the amazing news of  UWA Bachelor of Arts Graduate, Shaun Tan, winning 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 was in fact Shaun's Art teacher in his formative years when Shaun attended gifted & talented arts classes in high school.

Just to share his reflection on the award, "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!"

The other wonderful news is that, thanks to the efforts of the curators of the UWA Art Challenges, quadrapop Lane & Freewee Ling the UWA Art Challenges have been nominated for Best Original Project at the Best of Second Life Awards. For this I must also thank all of you, the artists of Second Life. 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.

For UWA's full sim art series, I thank Cherry Manga, Anley Piers and Elfe Imako for their wonderful 'Other World', and welcome the Empress of Trees, soror Nishi who has created "Transubstantiation" for UWA's FULL SIM Art series for the month  of April. She has launched it already (and may have an event there, I am not sure when), but do save the location, whioch I am providing here:

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 prince of the photocopier machine ...... Yours Truly

Those who followed procedings last year would know that for the Grand Finale, the panel expands to include many SL Art personalities, and for this new challenge, the expanded panel will include:
1. Sasun Steinbeck  -  Creator of the Art Galleries of SL list at
2. Tayzia Abattoir (SL) Owner of  The Oldest Virtual World Art Museum in SL, curator of the Aho Museum & Arts Simulacra on the NMC Campus and Relay For LIfe of SL Event Chair
3. Lumiere Noir (SL) - Creator of the Ivory Tower Library of Primitives
4. Dr. Phylis Johnson (RL) - Media  Professor, Southern Illinois Uinversity, Author - Machinima: Aesthetics and Practice (a.k.a, Sonicity Fitzroy, SL Virtual Journalist)
5. Rowan Derryth (SL) - Art & Design Historian; Writer for Prim Perfect Publications
6. Persia Bravin (SL) -   Journalist and Media Producer (SL newspapers, magazines, radio and television)
7  Dr Carmen Fies (RL) - Second Life Lead: University of Texas San Antonio & UTSA Artspace
8. Apollo Manga (SL) - Writer & Novelist
9.  Jordan Whitt (SL) - Editor in Chief, ICON Lifestyle Magazine
10. Mariposa Upshaw (SL) - Curator - Ventura Art & Jardine; Officer, Arts Council of Second Life
11. Saffia Widdershins (SL) - Owner and Editor of Prim Perfect Publications
12. Phillip Vought (SL) - Art Philanthropist & Founding Patron of UWA-BOSL Amphitheatre
13. Bohemian Ghost (SL) - Art Philanthropist & Owner of Summerland Estates
14. Ally Aeon (SL) - Founder Aeonia Artist Group, creator/owner of the art region Aeonia
15.  Aino Baar (SL) - Owner of the Open This End Group

Now for the winners. The winners will be announced in 1 minute intervals. We invite everyone to comment and congratulate the winners and for the winners to respond before the next announcement (and if they could please use the SHOUT function).

First the People's Choice Awards. For this, we thank GeeJAnn Blackadder's scripting wizardry for creating the voting system.  Its been working wonderfully since being instituted, and greatly assists in the running of the People's Choice!

The People's Choice Award, where all of SL is invited to vote, carries a 1st ($L2,500) and a 2nd prize ($L1,000). Its always close, March was no different, and 10 votes seperated th top 6

For the PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD, 2nd prize (L$1,000) goes to:

And the very deserving winner for the MARCH  PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD (L$2,500) is:
THE CRYSTAL NYMPH by Lea Supermarine & Jarapanda Snook

Very strong in the voting (and in no particular order) were  ....... Cherry Manga's 'The Sphinx', ChapTer Kronfeld's 'Never Forget', Kati Kristan's 'Mandala I', Ginger Lorakeet's 'Rock Box', Ginger Alsop's 'Shattered', Silene Christen's 'Spanish Bull', Fae Varialle's 'Identity' and  Josiane Sorciere's 'Trois petits tours et puis s'en va... (Three little turns and it goes away...)'.

ELEVEN Art Group Prizes of L$5,000 each have been awarded by the various judging panels for the MARCH 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:

The UTSA Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Dr Carmen Fies goes to:
SHATTERED by Gingered Alsop

The CARP Prize (L$5,000) whose focus is on scripting with a panel led by Velasquez Bonnetto & Josina Burgess goes to:
TIDAL FORCE by  Alexandra Mensing

Its the first time Alexandra is exhibiting at UWA.

Commenting on the selection, the CARP panel offered, " Alexandra managed with the  use of simple scripts in a simple way to get people to stand still and watch her sculpture. A sculpted form that changes textures and form by clicking it.  The colours and change texture scripts make a nice combination that calls for attention and keeps the  viewer alert and watching for a longer period. That is important and difficult in a world where so much art is around and people walk by fast.."

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:
 PUPPET THEATRE - 3 Little Pigs by Xon Halostar

Another win for a new artist to the challenge.

The panel said, "We found Xon's work to be amusing, unusual and original. It has a wonderful sense of humor. We also enjoyed the excecution, which denostrated that 3D Virtual art does not have to be flashy or slick or even high concept. It also demonstrated tht virtul art can be simple on the surface, but complex in the way it evokes out childhoods and our cultural heritage. The storey of the Three Little Pigs can be seen as a metaphore for the persistence of the spirit in the face of adversity, not only for children but also for adults. We think it was brilliant that Xon used such a simple method to convey universal truths. It's also pretty darn cute. :)"

The Odyssey Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Fau Ferdinand & Lizsolo Mathilde goes to
SPANISH BULL by Silene Christen

Fau on behalf of the committee said, "We thought it was orginal in more than one way  liked the minimalism in the execution"

The BOSL Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Frolic Mills & Editorial Clarity goes to:
ELECTROMAN by Barry Richez

Barry is also a first time exhibitor at UWA

The Nordan Art Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Flora Nordenskiold & Apmel Goosson goes to:
SPRING ENERGY by soror Nishi

isnt this the first time she's won something ? (wink)

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

Another first time artist to the challenge. The panel felt that this piece was simple and powerful.

The S&S Gallery OFA Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by TheDove Rhode goes to:

The panel refereed to Chapter's note which said "A thought and a feeling in us, more than in the past. We are surprised in front of the ruins of our own creation. Nature shows us human again, we are not the masters of everything.  Humility in front of nature must be our theme." and offered "Well spoken and we found this artform presentation to be inspiring and elightening. With the connection of realistic dot rendering avatars in this 3D virtual world and the loss of a direct connection to the identity of avatar's controller. Conditions on our planet as they are today, shows that everyone is a powerful dot of importance.  This work helps us to cross into humility and asks that we  ponder  more deeply of living beings on our earth."

The Tornado Gallery Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Taralyn Gravois goes to:
TROIS PETITS TOURS ET PUIS S'EN VA (Three little turns and it goes away) by  Josiane Sorciere

Said the panel, "This simple little musicbox brings memories of childhoods past,  then ends with a crashing twist...bringing you back to the present."

The project Z Prize (L$5,000) with a panel led by Zachh Cale goes to:

The project Z panel wished to honour another work of art as well with an Honourable Mention Prize (L$2,500), and this goes to:
GARDEN OF EDEN by Dekka Raymaker

Next, in FreeWee's words:
"The curator's choice for March is by an artist who has been bringing us some aggressivelty complex pieces that are not easily grasped in a casual glance. The artist seems to want to fuse together as many ideaswithin the bounds of the prim limit. This month's entry appeals to me on several levels. It's an elegant impression of classical musical theatre that  shows depth of interpretation and creative expression in the virtual medium."
FreeWee Ling's Curator's Choice Award (L$5,000) goes to:

Now for the Best Non-Scripted Imagine entry. This has probably been the strongest month ever for the non-scripted category, so much so that FreeWee is organizing a special show of selected non-scripted works from this month and will be announced soon. That being the case, the panel was left with the very difficult taskl of selecting, and so the winner of the Best Non-Scripted Entry is:

TRIBUTE TO GOYA by Silene Christen

but as I said, this was a very difficult round, so, we have a joint winner. So for the month of March, the JOINT winner (L$3,750 @) of the best Non-Scripted Entry is:

MARIONETTE by Haveit Neox

Now for the top 3 Prizes.  All of these works will go straight to the Grand Finale round. March was an extremely interesting round and the range of ideas and styles covered was incredible.

3rd Prize for the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge  for MARCH goes to:

SPANISH BULL by Silene Christen

The reason why I didnt give a L$ figure for the prize is because once again it had to be shared, as we have a Joint 3rd Prize, and so, 3rd Prize (L$3,750) for the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge  for MARCH ALSO goes to:

TROIS PETITS TOURS ET PUIS S'EN VA (Three little turns and it goes away) by  Josiane Sorciere
and again I have no idea if I pronounced that correctly. The panel was captivated by both these pieces for various reasons.

and next..... very surprising, and this has happened only once before if memory serves me correctly.
2nd Prize (L$7,500) for the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge for MARCH goes to:

Yes .... nobody... for reasons which will become clear.

Now to the winner of the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge for MARCH, 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, Suzanne Graves and Lea Supermarine/Jarapanda Snook.

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Winner of 1st Prize for the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge for MARCH 2011 is:

and now, the reson why there was no 2nd Prize, is because there is a Joint Winner for the 1st Prize for March. And so, the Winner of 1st Prize for the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge for MARCH 2011 ALSO is:
SHATTERED by Ginger Alsop

This is an absolutely incredible result. No non-scripted piece has ever won the top monthly prize, and here we have not one, but two non-scripted works finishing in 1st.

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 APRIL, 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.

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