MACHINIMUWA IV: Art of the Artists offers L$300K prize pool

The University of Western Australia in partnership with AviewTV, Cutting Edge Concerts, Open This End and the Summerland Estates announced MachinimUWA IV : Art of the Artists – a machinima competition offering a prize pool totalling L$300,000.

Submissions are open through to the 10th November, and the competition lists an impressive and distinguished list of judges:

  • Professor Ted Snell (RL) – Director, Cultural Precinct, The University of Western Australia
  • Rhett Linden (SL) – Vice President, Experience Design, Linden Labs
  • Jay  Jay Jegathesan (RL) / Jayjay Zifanwe (SL) – Manager School of Physics/ Lead of UWA Virtual World Projects
  • Yesikita Coppola (SL) – Official Machinimatographer for UWA 2011
  • FreeWee Ling (SL) – Curator, UWA 3D Open Art Challenge
  • Pia Klaar (SL) – Machinimatographer and Winner of MachinimUWA III Viewer Event
  • LaPiscean Liberty (SL) – CEO AviewTV and UWA Virtual World Technical Media Advisor
  • Persia Bravin (SL) – Journalist, SL Media Producer and TV host
  • Mal Burns (SL), Metaverse News Aggregator and Broadcaster
  • Editorial Clarity (SL) – Metaverse Journalist and Senior Writer, BOSL Blog & BOSL Magazine
  • Rowan Derryth (SL) – Art & Design Historian; Writer for Prim Perfect Publications
  • Dousa Dragonash (SL) – COO Metaverse Television
  • Dr. Phylis Johnson (RL) – Media Professor, Southern Illinois University & author
  • Thirza Ember (SL) – Art Blog Writer
  • Phaylen Fairchild (SL) – Award Winning Writer, Director, Comedian
  • Flimsey Freenote – CEO of Metamix TV (Mixed Reality Television)
  • Cristina García-Lasuén (RL) / Aino Baar (SL) International Curator, Art Writer, Founder & Owner of Open This End group
  • Nazz Lane (SL) – Journalist and Author
  • Chestnut Rau (SL) – Journalist
  • Suzy Yue (SL) – Artistic Director, Running Lady Studios

The Challenge

The challenge for those participating in MACHINIMUWA IV is to, “Create a machinima that features some (or one) of the artworks submitted to the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge. You can choose to film as many (or as few) as you like, and you may submit any number of entries. There is no enforced time limit, however a recommended time limit would be between 3 – 6 minutes”. As to theme, the judges simply state, “Create something that will take our breath away”.

Completed videos can be uploaded anywhere, although the competition hints at a preference for either YouTube or Vimeo, with the link and details passed to Jayjay Zifanwe & LaPiscean Liberty prior to the closing date. Artworks appearing in the machinima should be acknowledged. Entries will be displayed on the UWA Second Life blog.

For full details on the competition, including details of the art series and location, filming the works either in situ or elsewhere, please refer to the MACHINIMUWA IV: Art of the Artists post on the UWA SL blog.

With thanks to Jayjay Zifanwe for the information & UWA for the use of the competition graphic

National eXtension Virtual Conference simulcast in SL

October 17-19 will see the US-based National eXtension Initiative host a Virtual Conference on-line and in Second Life.

The conference is billed as being for, “Anyone working to reach and interact with the public will be interested in this active and reactive virtual conference designed to build your knowledge skill set about the changing world of information today and for the future”.

It will be streamed live over the web (note that this website will remain static until the conference commences), and will also be broadcast in-world in Second Life at the NeVC’s open-air auditorium (SLurl).

The conference offers a relaxed pace to suit the working environment – those wishing to participate don’t have to spend the entire day glued to a live stream or in-world – and offers the opportunity for those best-suited to the time zone (East Coast USA) to share the eent with work colleagues.

Schedule of Speakers

All times SLT.

Monday 17th October

Tuesday 18th October

  • 08:00 – Robin Good: online entrepreneur and publisher of, an online magazine covering the effective use of new media technologies for business and communication, Robin has seen his work mentioned in over 100 books and his writing followed by nearly 10 million people worldwide in 2010. He introduced the concept of “news radars” in 2004, and has since expanded on the concept. On top of all this, he current curates multiple new topics at:
  • 11:00 – Paulette Robinson is the Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning for the Information Resources Management College at the National Defense University and leads the Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds, which is used by government, industry, and academia interested in virtual world use for confronting and solving common issues.

Wednesday 19th October

Each session will last 45 minutes, and will be followed by a short break, after which there will be some 90 minutes available for interactive Q&A via chat and Twitter. As well as being streamed live, each presentation will be recorded for later re-broadcasting.

Further information can be found on the conference web page (note that all times on the website are EDT, not SLT!), and by following #nevc2011 on Twitter.

With thanks to Rik at NPC, and Terry Meisenbach at The National eXtension Initiative.