UWA: call for Immaterial entries in Second Life


While the Grand challenges came to an end in December 2015, with the awards for Pursue Impossible, the University of Western Australia is still involved in supporting the arts in Second Life, both through the UWA Gallery and through various exhibitions.

Launching the latter, and announced on Friday, June 24th, is IMMATERIAL, with an open invitation for 2D, 3D and machinima artists to enter.

The theme for the exhibition is “Immaterial”, and is described as being about light, shadows, textures, motion, and ideas. The announcement states the theme is intended to::

Highlight the technologies of SL as a medium for creative expression. We especially want work that uses advanced techniques, in addition to objects per se, including but not limited to:

  • Mesh
  • Materials
  • Projected light and shadows
  • Avatar and object motion/animation
  • Advanced scripting/interaction
  • Particles
  • Pathfinding

As this is an exhibition and not a challenge or competition, there is no judging panel and no cash prizes. Instead, all entries will be documented, and an exhibition catalogue will be published on-line as part of the UWA Studies in Virtual Arts (UWA SiVA) journal series.

The deadline for submissions is 23:59 on July 31st 2016 at 11:59 PM SLT, and entries will be displayed in the UWA Gallery as they are received. The exhibition will be on display for at least two months, but calls for entries for subsequent shows may overlap.

General guidelines for entries are:

  • Artists may submit up to one entry each in 3D, 2D, and/or machinima. Collaborations are encouraged, so if you participate as a named collaborator on any entry, you may also submit a separate entry as an individual.
  • Land Impact limit for 3D work is 200. Sound and light emitting objects should be carefully crafted in consideration of other nearby entries. Objects that might impact other nearby entries may have to be placed on a platform to isolate it. In such cases a poster and TP device will be placed in the gallery. Any entry with excessive script lag may be refused or returned for revision.
  • 2D entries should reflect the theme and must be images substantially created in SL. Post-processing (e.g., Photoshop effects) should be kept to a minimum.
  • Machinima entries can be of any length or subject matter as long a they are substantially produced using SL as the primary medium and conform to other criteria listed here. A poster and/or screen shot will be placed in the gallery and in the exhibition catalogue along with a link to the machinima.

For the full entry guidelines, including how to submit your entry, please refer to the UWA Immaterial call for entries.

Good luck to all who enter!

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