Thursday, August 13, 2015

PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE: Launch of UWA 3D Art & Film Challenges 2015

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is happy to announce the launch of 'PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE, the 6th UWA Grand Art Challenge and MachinimUWA VIII with a starting prize pool in excess of L$400,000. Sponsored by Tom Papas & SciFi Film Festival, Reign Congrejo & BOSL, LaPiscean Liberty & SL Artist, AviewTV, Pixel Bits,   TheDove Rhode with S&S Gallery of SL Fine Art & Peace Is A Choice Gallery, Virtlantis, Phillip Vought, Dr Valerie Casey, Carolyn Steele & York University (Canada), Taralyn Gravois,  johannes1977 & Windlight Magazine, Eleanor Medier & The Sim Street Journal, UWA Marketing & Communications, as well as The UWA Virtual Worlds Project. We hope you are inspired by the 'PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE' theme to create many wondrous works of art and film as you have been through the years! (Please note the major rule & special prize guidelines as well as the Audience Participation Prizes for watching the machinima. All machinima will be highlighted on the UWA Blog & SL Artist.)

WHAT: 6th UWA Grand Art Challenge & 8th UWA International Short Film Challenge (MachinimUWA VIII). You may enter the art challenge, the film challenge, or both.

WHEN: Entries close at Midnight SLT, 31st October 2015. Winners will be announced in December 2015.

The theme is "PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE." Artists & filmmakers can interpret the theme as they see fit. What is your impossible? What is the impossible goal you have conquered, or that you have seen your loved ones or your heroes conquer? What are the things you once thought were impossible, but now are able to overcome? How do virtual worlds help you to visualize, create, and push the boundaries of possibility? What are the things which seem impossible now, which you think you will attempt to hunt down? What are the impossibilities of the mind? of the heart? of the soul? Is it the pursuit of the impossible that takes precedence? Or defeating it? You the artist... You the machinimatographer...You decide.

Those who pursue what may at first seem impossible are the ones who keep the world turning. What if Ghandhi did not believe he could overcome the impossible for his country? What if Dr Fiona Wood did not believe in second skin for burn victims? What if Professor Barry Marshall did not believe in himself and use himself as a human guinea pig for the benefit of mankind?

The theme 'Pursue Impossible' was chosen in honour of the new brand that UWA unveiled in May 2015. UWA's Karen Carreiro explained, “It says so much about our University – who we are, what we do and how, every single day, our researchers, students and academics are working to shape a better future.”

For those involved in the UWA virtual world presence, it was an honour to see Second Life featuring in the UWA launch!

Artwork entered should be able to be interpreted by the casual viewer as being representative of the theme. Where the link to the theme is difficult to ascertain, this should be referenced in a notecard accompanying the work.
  • Each artist may submit only one entry. There is a 150 LI (land impact) limit. (Note that you may not get around the limit by using temporary objects.)
  • Copy/Mod/Transfer permissions are not a requirement, however COPY perms are appreciated.
  • Entries should be submitted along with a completed Artist Notecard (which includes your name, city, name of artwork and a description of artwork) to the drop box in the UWA gallery (SLURL). If you have problems with the receiver, give artwork to Jayjay Zifanwe or FreeWee Ling. These rules and blank notecard templates are available by touching the drop box at the UWA Art Challenge platform.
  • We discourage the use of parts that you cannot copy and transfer to us for installation. All work must be free of copyright issues. If you utilize any 3rd party materials, such as music/sounds/media, textures, or prefabricated parts, you must have permission from the creator(s) and you should acknowledge their work in your artist's notecard.
  • If you have special requirements for space, media, etc., please contact FreeWee Ling, curator, for assistance. 
  • Sounds, lighting, particle effects, etc., should be scripted to turn off when not in use. You may be asked to provide a revised entry if it is too intrusive or interferes with the display of other works. 
  • Exceptionally large or complex builds will be placed on platforms above the gallery with a teleport (TP) device and poster on the gallery floor and a return TP on the platform. You may provide a TP object and/or poster (no more than 2 LI) or we can place one for you. TP objects should be set to copy/mod and given to FreeWee Ling to add scripts and to place. 
  • Exceptionally laggy scripts may be rejected or only allowed if revised. 
  • As with all our public programs, an entry may not be accepted if it is deemed to be excessively abusive, violent, offensive, bullying, harmful, insulting, or contains inappropriate material or excessively foul language. Depictions of explicit sexual activity, as well as material deemed offensive based on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation are not appropriate for this venue and may be rejected. Final decisions in these matters will be made by the UWA Cultural Precinct.

There is no limit to the number of entries you may choose to send in.

The theme is 'PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE' and you may interpret this theme as you see fit, however the average viewer would need to be able to appreciate how you fit this theme (alternatively, please indicate in the notes how it fits in the film notes on the web).

Your machinima must be made specifically for this challenge, and the following should be indicated in the opening credits 'For The University of Western Australia's MachinimUWA VIII: Pursue Impossible'

You do not have to film on the UWA sims, however this of course will be appreciated, and there is a Special UWA Prize which will be made available to a film which starts at the same point as the UWA Pursue Impossible Video, at Winthrop Clock Tower.

4 mins 30 seconds is the strongly recommended maximum length, but this is not a hard rule.

Winthrop Clock Tower & Reflection Pond

The UWA Sunken Gardens

The UWA Somerville Auditorium with its Norfolk Bay Pine Trees

The UWA Centenary 3D Art Challenge Gallery (curated by FreeWee Ling)

UWA Gallery of Selected Former 3D Art Winners (curated by FreeWee Ling)
 *Space constraints don't allow us to display all

There is a prize pool of L$562,000 distributed across both  art and machinima and at least 10 prizes in each. For Machinima, there will be a Special UWA Prize for the best machinima that starts at the same point as the UWA Pursue Impossible Video. There will also be a Curators Prize for art. There are also audience participation awards for just watching the machinimas and submitting a top 10 list.

For Art
Place the artwork in the art entry receiver at the UWA Art Challenge platform (no perms required, but copy is appreciated if possible) along with a completed Artist Notecard (which includes your name, city, name of artwork and description of artwork) . If you have problems with the receiver, give artwork to Jayjay Zifanwe or FreeWee Ling. Blank NC templates available by touching the challenge notice at the UWA Art Challenge platform.

For Machinima
Load the Machinima anywhere, preferably youtube or vimeo, and provide the link  to Jayjay Zifanwe & LaPiscean Liberty or email Jayjay (

*All work must be free of copyright issues. If requested, you must provide detailed information regarding the source, creator and background information of your work. If you utilize any 3rd party materials, such as music, textures, or prefabricated parts, you must have obtained permission from the creator(s).
* Films will not be accepted if they include excessively abusive, violent, offensive, bullying, harmful, insulting or inappropriate material, or excessively foul language, in particular where religious references are used. Depictions of gratuitous nudity or sexual activity may not be appropriate and may be rejected.
* Please acknowledge the works you feature, the lands where you film and any music or content that you use.
* If you need to rez (blue screen etc) at UWA sims, contact Jayjay Zifanwe or FreeWee Ling.
* If you have questions or want to discuss anything, please contact Jayjay Zifanwe
*All entries remain the property of the creator, however once entered, you agree to provide UWA, SL Artist & AviewTV non-exclusive, unrestricted, use in perpetuity in the known universe for educational and promotional purposes.

Professor Ted Snell (RL) - Director, Cultural Precinct, The University of Western Australia
Fred Mafrica (RL) - TV Producer & Host, The Couch ( - Machinima Only
Lyn DiCiero -  Editor, WA Artist's Chronicle (Art Only)
Len Zuks (RL) - West Australia Artist & Sculpturist
Oron Catts (RL) - Director, SymbioticA, UWA (Art Only)
Jeremy Burton (RL) - Marketing Manager (Digital), UWA
Taryn Mokrzycki (RL) - Brand Manager, UWA
Reign Congrejo - Owner, BOSL (Best of Second Life)
Merle Hearns (RL) / Briarmelle Quintessa (SL) - Senior Lecturer, Foundation Studies Department, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
Dr Helen Farley - Senior Lecturer (Digital Futures), Australian Digital Futures Institute - University of Southern Queensland
Carolyn Steele -  Lecturer, Culture & Expression, York University
Temi Sirbu (SL) - Blogger & Journalist from Japan
Jake Bamford (RL) - Production Manager and Creative Director, WASTV (Machinima Only)
Inara Pey - Journalist & Blogger
TheDove Rhode - OWNER, CEO, CURATOR, JANITOR:   S&S Gallery of SL Fine Art & Peace Is A Choice Gallery
Draxtor Despres - Media Producer, Europe
FreeWee Ling (SL) - Curator, UWA 3D Open Art Challenges
Kip Yellowjacket (SL) - Co-creator, Virtlantis
LaPiscean Liberty (SL) - CEO AviewTV and UWA Virtual World Technical Media Advisor
Mal Burns (SL), Metaverse News Aggregator and Broadcaster
Tom Papas - SciFi Film Festival & Screen My Shorts, Australia (FILM Only)
Saffia Widdershins (SL) - Owner and Editor of Prim Perfect Publications (ART Only)
Ziki Questi - Photographer & Blogger
Taralyn Gravois - Owner of Arts Castle Gallery
Bevan Whitfeld - Avatar Designer & Member of the Board of Directors, Rockcliffe University
Dousa Dragonash (SL) - COO Metaverse Television
johannes1977, Owner & Publisher, Windlight Magazine
Eleanor Medier, Publisher, Sim Street Journal
Thinkerer Melville (SL) / Selby Evans (RL) - Journalist & Blogger
Victoria Lennoire (RL) - Journalist & Blogger
Raphaella Nightfire - Part of founding team for UWA in Second Life
Jay Jay Jegathesan (RL) / Jayjay Zifanwe (SL) - Manager School of Physics/ Lead of UWA Virtual Worlds

1st Prize: L$60,000 + Feature on Cover of BOSL Magazine
2nd Prize: L$40,000
3rd Prize: L$30,000
4th Prize: L$20,000
5th Prize: L$10,000
6th - 10th Prize: @$5,000
Curators Prize: L$35,000

Additional L$41,000 for audience participation
(prizes given to audience members whose top 10 lists most closely align to the final juried top 10)

1st Prize: L$60,000 + Feature on Cover of BOSL Magazine
2nd Prize: L$50,000
3rd Prize: L$40,000
4th Prize: L$30,000
5th Prize: L$20,000
6th - 10th Prize: @$5,000
UWA Special Prize: L$35,000 (awarded by UWA members of the committee)

Additional L$41,000 for audience participation
(prizes given to audience members whose top 10 lists most closely align to the final juried top 10)

* Special thanks to Eliza Wierwight for the event poster design and for all her support
* Special thanks also to the creator of some of the spaces at UWA. These include FreeWee Ling, Chuckmatrix Clip, quadrapop Lane, Nyx Breen, Bradley Dorchester (Bradley Curnow, RL). Dragonmage Bogan (Dr Chris Thorne, RL), Sharni Azalee & Minny Werefox (Minh Tran, RL).



  1. Impressive video! Good theme! Cheers.

  2. Truly!! Awesome☺

  3. Thought the video was really impressive, couldn't take my eyes off it !