Further art entires have been received in the UWA’s Transcending Borders combined Art and Machinima Challenge, on which I’m privileged to sit as a member of the judging panel. The challenge is open to entries through until midnight, SLT on October 31st, 2014, and offers a combined prize pool of some L$1,030,000 for entrants, plus L$240,000 in audience participation prizes.
Entrants are invited to interpret the challenge theme, Transcending Borders, in any way they please. It might refer to transcending borders between space and time, or the past and present or the present and future, the divisions between dimensions, the borders separating nations or cultures or languages, or any one of the many borders we encounter as we navigate our physical and virtual lives.
Submissions may be either a piece of art (one item per entrant) or a short film preferably no longer than 4 minutes and 30 seconds (as many films as entrants wish to submit, as long as they have been filmed specifically for the challenge). All submissions should allow casual viewers to interpret how the theme is represented, or provide a means by which the piece can be understood in the context of the challenge theme.
Cherry Manga, Kicca Igaly and Nino Vichon are the latest entrants to the challenge, and they each off three unique 3D art pieces.
Cherry’s piece Imagination Transcends Borders is an evocative and powerful piece speaking to the transformative power of the imagination when we allow it flight, and how it in turn can feed back to, and affect us.
Kicca’s piece is similarly evocative, edged with a touch of the surreal. It presents an office environment where a laptop is being used to create a prim figure. Through the window one can see the cartoon world in which the office is located. Beyond that lies SL itself, where sits the partially complete prim figure. Through these three environments – the physical office, the cartoon world and the digital domain, Kicca raises the question, is there really any boundary between real space and virtual space?
In Bob and the Box, Nino explores the relationship between language and humour – both spoken and visual, though a series of plays of the word “box” as seen in through various depictions of the innocent Bob and his slightly sarcastic companion, the Box. The images are grouped by various common themes, and serve to illustrate how humour can transcend the barriers of language and culture.
Full details on the challenge, including all rules and details on how to submit entries can be found on the UWA blog.