Monday, March 5, 2012

The sweet smell of success

The results are in for the UWA Artists' Choice Perfume theme show. The dozen or so participating artists created some remarkable interpretations of the olfactory sense, with roses and memories and synaesthetic visions. Both the artists and the general public chose Secret Rage's oversize bottle of cologne inspired by memories of her mother as the most evocative entry, as she walked away with First Place as well as the People's Choice award. Full text of the awards presentation is given below. Thanks to Taralyn Gravois for emceeing the presentations.
The winners:
First Place Award (L$6000): MAMA'S PERFUME by Secret Rage

Since there was a 3-way tie for Second, no Third Place Award was given.

Second Place Award (L$3000): PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDER by Cherry Manga

Second Place Award (L$3000): THE LAST ROSE by Chic Aeon

Second Place Award (L$3000) : 8 AM APPROACHING THE WORK by Silene Christen
Since the non-scripted awards are given to the highest ranking non-scripted entries in the regular voting, two of the Second Place winners are also non-scripted winners.

Non-Scripted Award (L$2000): PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDER by Cherry Manga
Non-Scripted Award (L$2000): THE LAST ROSE by Chic Aeon
People's Choice Award (L$2000): MAMA'S PERFUME by Secret Rage

  • JayJay Zifanwe.and the University of Western Australia
  • fiona Blaylock and artFiona
  • armany Thursday and Dyce Underwood for DNA Art and Music Fusion
  • Eliza Wierwight and Patron
  • Cherry Manga and Anley Piers for Mysterious Wave
  • Ginger Alsop and Phi Designs
  • Zachh Cale and projectZ

Complete list of entries:
  • Charles Hera Sweet Success
  • Cherry Manga Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
  • Chic Aeon The Last Rose
  • Chic Aeon The Scent of Memories
  • Eifachfilm Vacirca d-o-o-b flacon
  • FreeWee Ling Parfumerie: La Roue Libre
  • Huntress Catteneo Perfumed Shopping Aisle
  • London Junkers Fragrance of Existence
  • Menubar Memorial Olfactory Synapses
  • Nino Vichan She will always be roses
  • Praxis Synasiezure
  • Secret Rage Mama's Perfume
  • Silene Christen when I lie down on your chest
  • Silene Christen 8 am, approaching the work
The award ceremony text (written by FreeWee Ling, read by Taralyn Gravois):

Welcome to the second of the UWA Artists' Choice Awards!

As is tradition at the University of Western Australia, we would like to acknowledge that the University is situated on Nyoongar (nyungGarrr) 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.

Before we announce the winners, FreeWee would like me to announce the publication of an exhibition catalog for the Perfume show. The current draft will be online later today to include the award results. She also asks the participating artists to please let her know any brief descriptions or comments you would like to add to your entries for the book. It is expected to be complete within the next couple of days. See the website for this and last month's catalog:

The UWA Artists' Choice challenges are designed to inspire and support the work of artists. The key difference from earlier challenges is that the main awards are determined entirely by the votes of the participating artists and sponsors themselves. Who knows art better than they?

Votes were collected by FreeWee Ling and verified by JayJay Zifanwe, and Eliza Wierwight. Anyone wishing to know their particular ranking may contact FreeWee.

So you know what the future is to bring, the Artists' Choice Challenges continue through March with the Music show. Beginning April 1 we will be accepting entries for a major competition. The UWA Centenary Art Challenge will be a single round lasting three months. Prizes totaling 500 thousand Lindens be will awarded. Anyone can enter a single entry of up to 100 prims. Official launch will be April 1, running through the end of June. Stay tuned for details to come. Look for the Artists’ Choice challenges to start again with a new theme announced in early July for an August show.

Please remember also that MachinimUWA V: SEEK WISDOM has begun accepting entries with a staggering 725 thousand Lindens in awards to be given. There is also a sponsored Poster Challenge associated with MachinimUWA V being run by Ginette Pinnazo & LaPiscean Liberty on behalf of the SL machinima Poster Archive & AviewTV. Full details are on the UWA blog.

Today represents the end of the Perfume show and the mounting of the Music show for March. We have received around 20 amazing entries for the Music theme and we urge you to come visit them. The opening of Music will be announced within the next day or two.

We had a total of seven sponsors for Perfume. L$20,000 was donated by our sponsors this month.

Clearly, none of this would have been possible without the tremendous support of UWA in SL, and most especially the imagination and vision of JayJay Zifanwe.

We also express our deepest gratitude to the other sponsors for this event:

  • fiona Blaylock and artFiona
  • Armany Thursday and Dyce Underwood for DNA Art and Music Fusion
  • Eliza Wierwight and Patron
  • Cherry Manga and Anley Piers and Mysterious Wave
  • Ginger Alsop and Phi Designs
  • Zachh Cale and projectZ

Anyone wishing to support future challenges, please contact FreeWee Ling.

Now to the awards. The idea of communicating senses that are lacking in virtual worlds presents interesting challenges. We cannot touch things and yet we flinch when hit by a falling object. We cannot taste here, and yet we put out food and drink at art openings. Our hope with the Perfume challenge was to communicate olfactory experiences by representing what they mean in reference to other things. We see a flower or a picture of a grandmother and that evokes a memory of smell, just as a smell can evoke a deep memory of a person or place. This show expresses those cross-sensory synaesthetic experiences in many different and engaging ways,

The People's Choice voting received 212 votes total. The voting was clear, with 8 points separating the winner from its closest competitor.

The People's Choice Award of L$2000 for UWA Artists' Choice Perfume goes to:

MAMA'S PERFUME by Secret Rage

Rounding out the top five were:


For the top awards we had an unexpected situation arise. FreeWee is profoundly honored to have gotten such a nice reaction to her entry. She states that while the installation was created entirely within a couple weeks of the deadline, the fact is that she has thought about the topic for a long time, and because she is the one who is deciding the themes, it seems possibly an unfair advantage. So in consultation with JayJay she has respectfully (and happily) withdrawn her entry from prize consideration. She thanks you all for your support.

So on to the awards.

The awards are determined by individual votes by the participating artists, rather than by a panel deliberation, the results, while close, are clear. Though with such a small pool of voters, any of the prizes could easily have turned out differently if only one or two people had voted differently.

First we go to the Non-scripted Award. For the first time in The Non-Scripted Award for UWA Artists' Choice we have a tie.

We have boosted the prize pool a bit to accommodate this situation, so the two non-scripted winners will split a prize of L$6000, and receive L$3000 each.

The top two non-scripted entries are:


and THE LAST ROSE by Chic Aeon

Now for the top three overall awards.

For the Third Place Award we have another surprise. The Third Place Award for UWA Artists' Choice Perfume goes to:


Since the non-scripted awards are determined by the same process as the regular awards, this month the two non-scripted winners happen also to have tied for third place in the overall voting. Therefore they will be sharing the Second Place award.

So the Second Place Award for UWA Artists' Choice Perfume ALSO goes to:


and THE LAST ROSE by Chic Aeon

But Wait! There's more!! The Second Place score was actually a THREE-WAY tie! So a third Second Place award also goes to:

8 AM APPROACHING THE WORK by Silene Christen

Again the prize pool has been adjusted and the three will be splitting a total of L$9000.

That’s the last of the ties for this round. The top award stands alone.

The First Place Award of $6,000 lindens, for UWA Artists' Choice Perfume goes to a piece that was clearly a crowd pleaser:

MAMA'S PERFUME by Secret Rage

Other artists who ranked strongly in the voting, in no particular order, included Silene Chritsten, Menubar Memorial, Nino Vichan, and Huntress Catteneo.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all who participated in a great show! Please take a final look around before you leave today. The Perfume show will all be gone by this evening to make room for MUSIC! Thank you all for coming! Have a great day!

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