Tuesday, September 29, 2015

PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE (Latest Entries 5)

Our latest entries for PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE. Deadline is coming up fast! All entries are due by 31 October. We know a lot of people are working hard on their entries and we expect an outstanding show as usual. The prize pool stands at more than half a million Lindens for the 3D Art & Machinima Challenge. All entries will be documented in an exhibition catalog as part of the UWA Studies in Virtual Arts (UWA SiVA) series.

Long-time SL dragon master Kazuhiro "Kaz" Aridian has staged one of his amazing creatures in a phoenix-like scene called "Rise Above the Mundane."

Nino Vichan presents a powerful statement on the plight of the homeless, using his brilliant rl drawings and statistics about homelessness drawn onto torn pieces of cardboard. All arranged in a frightening back alley scene. They are men, women, children, veterans, the elderly, the mentally ill. They are us.


Solkide Auer & Sniper Siemens present "Runners on Fibonacci's Spiral," an energetic representation of mathematical form and aesthetic balance.


Dragon's Lord uses the allegory of climbing a summit, representing the passion that fuels the effort to achieve against all odds.


Bibi Rives has created a mysterious image titled "The Mask."

Charles Hera's entry is about the elemental desire of humans to fly.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Media Blitz: UWA on Drax Files World Makers, Channel 9 Australia, and WA Today




Very pleased to see a steady stream of positive news reports on various media (both traditional RL & SL media) on the UWA presence in Second Life together with our partners from all over the world. Last night, UWA founder and lead Jay Jay Jegathesan (Jayjay Zifanwe) featured on the highly acclaimed 'Drax Files' World Makers series.

This followed on the heels of a report and video on the West Australian news portal WA TODAY, which focused on The Freedom Project, arguably the single most important event run by UWA in virtual worlds.

This episode of World Makers is particularly pleasing as so many brilliant filmmakers from around the world  like Iono Allen (France), Vilvi Rae (Finland), Pepa Cometa (France), Tutsy Navarathna (India), Karima Hoisan (Costa Rica), Rysan Fall (USA), Chic Aeon (USA) and Natascha Randt (Germany), among others are part of it, some whom I are seen for the first time 'in real life.

Brilliant wordsmith, Inara Pey described the episode and other related events on the Modem World news site:
http://modemworld.me/2015/09/23/the-drax-files-32-facilitating-art-and-machinima-in-second-life/#comments

News on this was further carried pon the official Second Life page:
https://community.secondlife.com/t5/Featured-News/The-Drax-Files-World-Makers-Episode-32-JayJay-Zifanwe/ba-p/2967513

Along with many leading sites around the world which write and blog on virtual worlds:

Digital Rabbit Hole: https://karimahoisan.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/the-drax-files-world-makers-episode-32-jayjay-zifanwe/

Ciaran Laval: http://sl.governormarley.com/?p=5407

Daniel Voyager: https://danielvoyager.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/the-drax-files-world-makers-episode-32-now-available-featuring-jayjay-zifanwe/

Kara's Korner: http://karasecondlife.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/the-drax-files-world-makers-episode-32.html

SL Artist
http://www.slartist.com/the-drax-files-world-makers-episode-32-jayjay-zifanwe_20dada67d.html

Jo Yardley's SL
https://joyardley.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/new-drax-files-world-makers-video-machinima-special/

Hunting SL
http://huntingsl.com/new-drax-files-world-makers-video-machinima-special/


All of this was preceded by a report on the Australian Channel 9 TV Station on the future of virtual reality technology.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE (Latest Entries 4)

Our latest entries for PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE. Deadline is coming up fast! All entries are due by 31 October. We know a lot of people are working hard on their entries and we expect an outstanding show as usual by the end. The prize pool stands at more than half a million Lindens for the 3D Art & Machinima Challenge. All entries will be documented an exhibition catalog as part of the UWA Studies in Virtual Arts (UWA SiVA) series.

First up is another remarkable work by Mistero Hifeng, who wowed us in last year's show, followed by an amazing full sim installation at LEA earlier this year. This piece is titled "Dream."

Next up is an immersive piece by Ginger Lorakeet titled: "It's always greener." It consists of a large aquarium box with a dividing wall in the middle. On one side it's sunny and bright with a paper boat on the shore. On the other side it's rainy and the boat has turned into a soggy sheet of paper. (Visitors should jump or fly out the top of the enclosure.)

A student from Barcelona, Sevio gives us a utopian vision of people living in harmony.

And finally we have a piece from Australian Sheba Blitz that is a "shrine to beauty and light."

Saturday, September 19, 2015

MachinimUWA VIII: Suzie Anderton's 'Pursue Impossible'


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Suzie Anderton shows us how the human spirit can overcome anything, and that nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it.  Suzie's 'Pursue Impossible' takes us on a journey of belief and rediscovery. This film is now part of MachinimUWA VIII: Pursue Impossible, the 8th UWA Short Animated Film Challenge. UWA's L$560,000++ Pursue Impossible Art & Film challenges are so themed in honour of UWA adopting Pursue Impossible as their clarion call in real life. CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS IN 31ST OCTOBER 2015.

You may interpret the theme 'Pursue Impossible' 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 that accompany your film how it fits). Your machinima must be made specifically for this challenge, and this should be indicated in the opening credits 'For The University of Western Australia's MachinimUWA VIII: Pursue Impossible' (or end credits if it works better creatively). 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.

ALSO, public viewing for PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE: The 6th UWA Grand 3D Art Challenge is now open (closing date for entries is the same as the Machinima - 31st October)

Do visit the UWA Challenge Gallery HERE to view the submissions so far.

 List of Submitted Machinima for MachinimUWA VIII: Pursue Impossible
(In Reverse Klingon Alphabetical Order)

Suzie Anderton (Bournemouth, England) - Pursue Impossible
Chic Aeon (Corvallis, Oregon, USA)  - Folding Time
Chantal Harvey (Maastricht, Netherlands) - Robi - oh my head

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE (Latest Entries 3)

We now have 11 entries for the PURSUE IMPOSSIBLE 3D art challenge. Here are the latest ones. I hope you're working on yours! Deadline is 31 October. Details.

Corcosman Voom:  An Ibis In Pursuit. Long-time contributor Corcosman give us a vibrant bird.

Dusty Canning: Impossible today? ... Possible tomorrow!Dusty shows us graphic examples of the pursuit of the impossible.

HOLALA Alter: Only Prince: Purple Rain

"Only in the metaverse my guitar sounds and the rain is purple."


K3W: Will I Dream?
New to UWA, K3W gives us an evocative dreamer.

understandingcomplexity: My rl avatar
A simple statement of appreciation expressing what is possible in SL that was not possible in real life.