Team Diabetes of Second Life announces 2018 season

Team Diabetes of Second Life has announced the 2018 fund-raising season. Founded in 2015 by Jessi2009 Warrhol and John Brianna (Johannes1977 Resident), Team Diabetes of Second Life is the official and authorised team of the American Diabetes Association in SL.

Their mission is to raise awareness, tolerance, and funds for diabetes in the virtual world of Second Life. According to the World Health Organisation in 2016 some 422 million adults in the world have diabetes and 1.5 million deaths are directly attributed to diabetes each year.

The 2018 Team Diabetes of Second life season will run from October through to December, with the following events scheduled to take place:

  • October 19th though 27th: Scare Me Silly Shopping Event  and Autumn Art Show(off-season event).
  • November 1st through 30th: National Diabetes Month, featuring:
    • November 1st through 30th: The Red Hunt.
    • November 3rd: The Red Ball.
    • November 14th: World Diabetes Day.
    • November 12th: The Red Ball.
  • November 30th to December 9th: Winter Showcase & Winter Art Show.
  • December 31st, 2018: Team Diabetes of Second Life’s Season Ends.

Scare Me Silly and Autumn Art Show

Scare Me Silly is an annual event taking place around Halloween. It features live performances. DJ parties, a hunt and a quest, tricks and treats, a haunted mansion, ghostly rides and – of course – shopping!

Merchant registrations for the event are now open, and the application form, with guidelines and terms can be found here.

The Autumn Art show will take place at the same time as, and alongside of, Scare Me Silly. Registrations are also open to both 2D and 3D artists are invited to apply. The application form, with guidelines and terms can be found here.

About the American Diabetes Association

 Established in 1940, the American Diabetes Association is working to both prevent and cure diabetes in all it forms, and to help improve the lives of all those affected by diabetes. It does this by providing objective and credible information and resources about diabetes to communities, and funding research into ways and means of both managing and curing the illness. In addition, the Association gives voice to those denied their rights as a consequence of being affected by diabetes.

About Team Diabetes of Second life

Team Diabetes of Second Life is an official and authorised fund-raiser for the American Diabetes Association in Second Life. Established with the aim of raising funds in support of diabetes treatment and to raise awareness of the disease in SL, Team Diabetes of Second Life was founded by Jessi2009 Warrhol and John Brianna (Johannes1977 Resident), who serve on the Advisory Board along with Eleseren Brianna, Veruca Tammas, Rob Fenwitch, and Dawnbeam Dreamscape.

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Kultivate Sensuality Exhibition in Second Life

Kultivate Sensuality Exhibition: Reycharles Resident

Open from Friday, May 11th through until Sunday, May 13th, 2018 is the second annual Kultivate Sensuality Art Exhibition. As the name suggests, this is very much an exhibition of adult-themed art, so may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

Located on a sky platform, the exhibition presents the artists work in a series of individual gallery spaces set around an events square. Some of the artists have opted to simply display their art unfettered (so to speak, and pardon the pun); others have opted to dress their display spaces in keeping with the themes of the exhibition.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the female figure predominantly features in the art of display (there still seems to be something of s shying away from public exhibitions for full made nudity in the art world, even allowing for the Adult rating available in SL). There are exceptions to be found – but they are the minority here.  Many of the individual exhibits also seem entrenched in a familiar take on “sensuality”: full frontal nudity, sex, and SM / BDSM.

Kultivate Sensuality Exhibition

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with this per se in an adult-themed art exhibition, and I’ve nothing against what is on display within this exhibition. However, sensuality is a broad canvas on which to paint, and opting from full frontal or direct nudity or “simple” themes such as BDSM at times  miss an opportunity to engage imaginations beyond just titillation.

Let’s face it, the most erotic and sensuous organ in the body is the mind: so it would perhaps be nice to see more artists recognise this, and play or toy with our imaginations rather than perhaps opting for the easier boobs’n’bums approach. Why not, for example, opt for the soft focus and the use of suggestion through setting, pose, lighting, etc.? Give the eye and the mind enough to get the imagination to take notice, and then let it weave what it wishes into the image.

Which shouldn’t be taken as a complaint against seeing this exhibition. As noted above, it’s a personal – and subjective – point-of-view, although I hope it may challenge some artists to consider the subject more broadly next time around 🙂 .

Kultivate Sensuality Exhibition: Ashlee Acacia Gracemount (chey5620)

The exhibition will be marked by a number of supporting events across the weekend (all times SLT):

Friday, May 11, 2018

  • 08:00: Hot Kiss Hunt, Sensuality Raffle and How Sensual are You? Photo challenge all open.
  • 16:00 – 17:00: As Bare As You Dare event with live performer Jaq Luik

Saturday, May 12, 2018

  • 13:00 – 14:00 Naughty Trivia & Angels N Demons Party.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

  • 12:00 noon – 14:00 Sensuality Whips & Chains Masked Ball.
  • 20:00 – Exhibition, Sensuality Raffle, How Sensual Are You Photo Challenge & Hot Kiss Hunt End.

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Kultivate May-June Show in Second Life

Windlight Gallery

Opening on Sunday, May 6th, 2018 is the Kultivate Magazine’s Windlight Art Gallery May-June exhibition, featuring art by fifteen Second Life artists and photographers.

The first gallery to be opened by Kultivate, run by John and Eleseren Brianna, the Windlight Gallery offers new and established SL artist the opportunity to display their work, with applications periodically available through the Kultivate website around two months ahead of each exhibition period.

Windlight Gallery May-June Exhibition

As a voluntary exhibition space, Windlight Gallery always brings together a range of talent and subject matter, which can span both Second Life and the physical world. As such, it is a veritable melting pot of photography and art, and an excellent opportunity to gain familiarity with the work of artists and photographers who may not exhibit their work that widely in Second Life, as well as some of the more well-known names from SL’s panoply of artistic expression.

Those participating in the May-June exhibition are: Pam Astonia, Sandi Benelli, John Brianna, ByrneDarkly Cazalet, Slatan Dryke, Syphera Inaka, Virtual Insanity, Lena Kiopak, Kody Meyers, Inara Pey, Kapaan Resident, Ladmilla Resident, Reycharles Resident, Neoma Vasilia and Freedom Voix.

Windlight Gallery May-June Exhibition

From Second Life landscapes and avatar studies, through artistic interpretations of SL landmarks and art exhibits to pieces verging on the abstract, as well as stunning black-and-white photography from the physical world, the May-June exhibition offers one of the richest mixes of art and photography I’ve witnessed, and my thanks to John and Brianna for the opportunity to participate alongside some of the true exponents of Second Life art.

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Kultivate 2018 Spring Art Show in Second Life

Kultivate Spring Art Show 2018

The Kultivate Magazine 2018 Spring Art Show officially opens on Friday, April 6th, and runs through until Saturday, April 14th. This celebration of 3D and 2D art features more than 40 participating artists, with both juried and non-juried art competitions, with those participating in the juried event competing to win a shared prize pot, gift cards, and more.

The event – which is taking place on a specially constructed show area at Kultivate Magazine’s home region of Water Haven – will also feature live performers, two hunts, a photo contest and learning opportunities.

The juried 2D and 3D artists are: AJ, CalystiaMoonShadow, Maaddi, Carly Afterthought, Wintergeist, Wild Alchemi, Sheba Blitz, Chanasitsayo, Eucalyptus Carroll, Avalon Chrome, Erkek DeCuir, Bellissa Dion, Slatan Dryke, Gwen Enchanted, Bri Graycloud, Syphera Inaka, Lala Lightfoot, Aquarius Lowtide,  Dakota Lavarock, Sabine Mortenwold, Pipit Peacedream, FiordiligiDaPonte Resident, KodyMeyers Resident, M8ty Resident, SecondHandTutti Resident, Jamee Sandalwood, Elle Thorkveld, Lucia Tophat,  Silverwind Tzedek, FreeDom Voix,  and Myra Wildmist.

Kultivate Spring Art Show 2018

The non-juried artists are: Eleseren Brianna, Jasmin Currier, Bellissa Dion, GlitterPrincess Destiny, Slatan Dryke, Hana Hoobinoo, aht1981 resident, Johannes1977 Resident, Kimblecoles Resident, M8ty Resident, Mangrovejane Resident, Eviana Robbiani (La Robbiani), Catalina Staheli, iSkye Silverweb, and Veruca Tammas.

Event Schedule

All times SLT.

  • Friday, April 6th, 2018:
    • 08:00: Art Show opens and hunt, quest and photo contest begin.
    • 16:00-17:00: Live Performer Parker Static
  • Saturday, April 7th, 2018:
    • 13:00-14:00: Coffee-house Learning Hour – Beginners or Refresher’s SL Photography with Kaijah Chrome.
    • 16:00-17:00: Coffee-house Learning Hour – Marketing Yourself as an Artist with John Brianna.
  • Sunday, April 8th, 2018:
    • 13:00-14:00: Coffee-house Learning Hour – Using Flickr to the Max with John Brianna.
    • 16:00-17:00: Coffee-house Learning Hour – Basic Photo Editing with John Brianna.
  • Monday, April 9th, 2018:
    • 16:00-17:00: Live Performer Nina Bing.
  • Tuesday, April 10th, 2018:
    • 16:00-17:00: Live Performer Wolfie Starfire.
  • Wednesday, April 11th:
    • 12:00-13:00: Coffee-house Learning Hour – Useful Stuff For Making Art with Eleseren Brianna.
    • 16:00-17:00: Live Performer Lark Bowen.
  • Thursday, April 12th, 2018:
    • 16:00-17:00: Live Performer Melenda Mikael.
  • Friday, April 13th, 2018:
    • 16:00-17:00: Live Performer Dimivan Ludwig.
    • 20:00: Photo contests ends.
  • Saturday, April 14th, 2018:
  • 13:00-14:00: Coffee-house Learning Hour – Copyright & Creative Commons in Photography with Veruca Tammas.
  • 15:00-16:00: Seanchai Library.
  • 16:00-17:00: Awards Event & Closing Party.
  • 20:00: hunt and quest end, photo contest winners announced.

For details on the hunt, quest and photo contest, please refer to the information boards at the event.

Kultivate Spring Art Show 2018

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Highlighting my interview with Gem Preiz for Kultivate Magazine

Fractal 397 (Wreck, 2016) by Gem Preiz, on FlickrFractal 397 (Wrecks, 2016) by Gem Preiz, on Flickr

I’ve been an admirer of Gem Preiz’s fractal art ever since I first encountered it several years ago on my travels as a reviewer of art in Second Life.

This year, 2017, marks the fifth anniversary of Gem’s first exhibitions in Second Life, and he has been marking the with two retrospectives. The first, A Retrospective, was held at the start of the year, and you can read about it here. The second, appropriately called Five Years of Fractals, opened in September 2017, and you can read about it here.

To help celebrate this anniversary – and the fact that Gem himself is fast approaching his 10th anniversary in SL -, I had the opportunity to sit down with him in late September 2017 and discuss his work with him on behalf of Kultivate Magazine. It was a fascinating opportunity to learn about his arrival in Second Life, his art, his interests and inspirations. If I say so myself, the interview is well worth taking the time to read simply because Gem does have so much to say that is worth reading; this being the case, I thought I’d help whet appetites by offering a few excerpts from our chat.

No Frontiers 10 by Gem Preiz (2017), on FlickrNo Frontiers 10 by Gem Preiz (2017)

On Second Life and The Potential for Artistic Expression

I actually discovered Second Life in 2007 while on a trip to America. I was actually there to study new technologies for use in business, but discovered a world with wonderful personal opportunities in this social and playful virtual world.

My awareness of the potential for sharing creations coincided with a growing interest in digital imagery. In particular, I discovered two artists – Fiona Leitner and Milly Sharple … Seeing Milly’s work helped me see the possibilities for displaying my own art within Second Life, and in reaching an audience from around the world while also having the freedom to create exhibition spaces which would be impossible in the physical world.

On His Passion for Fractals

I have a science and maths-focused education and have always worked with technology. Because of this, the computer naturally became my paint brush.

Some of my passions include ecology, Earth sciences, and humanity’s relationship and place in Nature. Astronomy and cosmology particularly bring together my fascination with science with my own imagination and fascination for the human capacity to imagine, discover, explore and learn. All of these play a role in my creative expression and imaginings.

… Fractals allow me to create – to paint, if you will … with such a diversity of results … In addition, the underlying mathematical aspect make them welcome to my rational, scientific side.

Fractal 296 (Polychronies, 2014) by Gem Preiz, on FlickrFractal 296 (Polychronies, 2014) by Gem Preiz, on Flickr

On Science and Science Fiction

We are the ultimate product of life on this planet. We have been granted a brain which allows us to understand and influence our environment. At the same time, we question what is our purpose as a species …

Science, in its broadest sense, is the means by which we do so, through exploration, analysis, deduction, questioning and reason … We have it in us to resolve all of society’s issues – health, wealth, the environment – if only we are willing … I have a passion for science and a concern for the environment. We need both to secure our future – if we are to have a future.

Thus, Fractals and digital art are a means for Gem to express all of this to an audience, while at the same time giving flight to his creative narrative through both his visual art and the written word – as narrative forms a strong element in his pieces. Sometimes this may be obvious, such as a story running within one of his exhibitions, as with Heritage: Wrecks reviewed here) or it may be subtle: a story suggested by and introduction to his images, but which is left to the visitor’s imagination to flesh out.

Kultivate Magazine-October 17Through the interview, we were able to explore these ideas at some length, delving into just how some of his more recent exhibits came into being. We also explored his unique approach to reproducing his work in Second Life, as well as his ruminations on the platform as someone who has been a part of it now for almost a decade.

Gem is a genuinely warm, caring individual, and it was both a privilege and pleasure to chat to him for Kultivate. You can read the full interview in the October edition of the magazine, beautifully illustrated by images from Gem’s work selected directly from his library, which he kindly opened up to us to peruse in preparing the piece.

Click the magazine cover on the right to open it for reading in a new browser tab. You can also catch up on all of my reviews of his work in these pages through a dedicated blog tag.

Kultivate’s Black and White exhibition in Second Life

Kultivate Black and White

Opening on Sunday, August 27th and running through until Sunday, September 3rd is the last of the Kultivate event exhibitions for 2017.

The Black and White Exhibition features over 40 artists are showcasing some of their best black and white imagery! The event will also feature live performers and a special hunt, plus a Black and White masquerade event.

Hana Hoobinoo at Black and White

The artists participating in the exhibition are: Anouk Lefavre, bluesrocker, Booyakashaka Resident, ByrneDarkly Cazalet, Caingrovesnore751, demonista, Callipygian Christensen, Catalina Staheli, Char6666, Christian Ayden, Coltonvond Resident, Daruma Boa, DrusillaGwind Resident, Eleseren Brianna, Elle Thorkveld, emberdearheart, Eucalyptus Carroll, FreeDom Voix, GlitterPrincess Destiny, Grazietta Cazenove, Hana Hoobinoo, Hikaru Enimo and Marcusgay Lefevre, Karma Daxeline, John Brianna, ilyra chardin, Inara Pey, iSkye Silverweb, IthilwenRose Resident, jaime poutine, Kaijah Chrome, KodyMeyers Resident, Kylie Sabra, Lanne Wise, Lusus Saule, Myra Wildmist, Paradox Messmer, retroye resident, roxaane Fyanucci, Sheba Blitz, Slatan Dryke, Storm Blauvelt, Tayren Theas, Tiszo cioc, Veruca Tammas, and Vivienne Darcy.

Event Schedule

All times SLT.

  • Sunday, August 27th, 2017, 04:00:
    • Exhibition Area Opens to the Public.
    • Yīnyáng Hunt Begins – scattered throughout the grounds are 20 yīnyáng symbols. Touch them all and win a free prize-if you can find them all.
  • Sunday, August 27th, 16:00: Live Performer Parker Static.
  • Tuesday, August 29th, 2017, 16:00: Live Performer Lark Bowen.
  • Wednesday, August 30th, 2017, 16:00: Live Performer Dimi Van Ludwig.
  • Thursday, August 31st, 2017, 16:00: Live Performer AM Forte.
  • Friday, September 1st, 2017, 16:00 Live Performer J Lively.
  • Saturday, September 2, 2017, time TBC: Live Performer Loreen Legeion
  • Sunday, September 3rd, 2017:
  • 13:00: Live Performer Melenda Mikael
  • 23:59: Exhibition Area Closes to the Public and Yīnyáng Hunt Ends.
My own efforts at Black and White

Note that the SLurl to the event will only be available when the exhibition opens at 04:00 SLT on Sunday, August 27th, 2017.

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