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Rock Your Rack Charity Art Show in Second Life

The 2016 Rock Your Rack Art Show and Auction in support of Rock Your Rack opened on Saturday, October 1st, 2016, and will run through until Saturday, October 15th, alongside the Rock Your Rack 2016 events.

Rock Your Rack is the annual fund-raiser started in October of 2012 by Jamee Sandalwood and the team at Models Giving Back for the National Breast Cancer Foundation ((NBCF). Founded in 1991, NBCF’s mission is to help women in the United States by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. NBCF is also joining hands with organisations around the globe to provide breast cancer education.

Curated and coordinated by Kultivate Magazine on behalf of Rock Your Rack, the art show features 23 2D and 3D artists, all of whom are offering one or more items in their art displays with 100% of proceeds going to Rock Your Rack.

The participating artists are: Adi4guam Resident, Aradia Aridian, Artemisgreece Resident, Brooklynleigh Resident, Bryn Oh, Byrnedarkly Cazalet, Calystiamoonshadow Resident, Cica Ghost, Eleseren Brianna, Erikoleo Resident, Glitterprincess Destiny, Inara Pey, Iquisitor Titanium, Iskye Silverweb, Johannes1977 Resident, Kodymeyers Resident, Leah Mccullough, Lucia Tophat, Retroye Resident, Tisephone Resident, Sandi Benelli, Sheba Blitz, and Slatan Dryke.

While the Art Show opened along with the rest of the Rock Your Rack events, there will be a formal Art Show opening on Monday, October 3rd from 16:00 SLT, with further events to mark the closing on the show on Saturday, October 15th. Two special raffles are also being held, featuring special bundles of work from Bryn Oh and Cica Ghost respectively. The main schedule of events comprises:

  • Saturday, October 1st: Rock Your Rack Art Show and Auction opens, and Bryn Oh & Cica Ghost 3D art bundle raffle tickets go on sale
  • Saturday, October 1st through  to Wednesday October 12th: Art Auction bids open
  • Monday, October 3rd: formal Art show Opening with live performer Talleysin
  • Thursday, October 13th: Art auction winners announced and Bryn Oh & Cica Ghost 3D art bundle raffle winners announced
  • Friday, October 14th: The Pink Art Ball featuring DJ John 16:00-17:00 SLT and live performer Sam Quenda 17:00-18:00
  • Saturday, October 15th: Rock Your Rack and the art show ends.

During the event, visitors can also tour the wider Rock Your Rack activities taking place in the region and support fun-raising.

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Future Shock: sci-fi machinima in Second Life

Future Shock: sci-fi machinima

Future Shock: sci-fi machinima

Future Shock is an ambitious and intriguing new Second Life Machinima series produced by Pryda Parx, the first episode of which was released on You Tube on September 16th, 2016.

Future Shock is set in a dark future world where technology is designed to keep everyone safe and secure. At least that’s the way it is meant to be,” Pryda told me as we discussed the concept and the evolving series. “A place where technology dominates and where real life and virtual worlds intertwine.”

Unfolding over nine episodes, the story is told in something of a non-linear manner. Individual segments run to around 4 minutes each, unfolding part of the story, but as Pryda notes, “to get the most out of the audience will need to pause, rewind and revisit previous episodes; there are a lot of subtle connections between episodes which will not be apparent when first seen.”

Is technology helping us, or...

Is technology helping us, or…?

This is he case with the first segment, IP Credit, in which we are given a view of what appears to be both the real and the virtual as they intertwine. We know nothing of the character(s) we see or anything about the environment or what is going on. There is  clue to the immediate events we see in the episode’s tag-line, but how the scene fits with the rest of the story arc is something we’re going to have to return to and consider later.

“I wanted to make something for the interactive YouTube generation,” Pryda says of the series. “Something to entertain, but also to provoke debate on technological and social trends and to explore what the future might actually hold.”

What lies within - and why?

What lies within – and why?

A further striking element of the series is its presentation. Outside of the virtual realm, the world is predominantly monochrome: dark skies, dark pavements and floors, grey walls, grey people. Where colour is used, it tends to emphasise the presence of technology which, as we see as the scene unfolds, perhaps isn’t entirely benign. Dialogue is also minimal (and non-existent in the first segment, although the language can be strong when it does occur in later segments), a technique which further draws the audience into the unfolding story.

The first series has taken Pryda around a year to put together; work which unsurprisingly has required her involvement with a lot of tools – Blender for modelling, GIMP, Audacity for the distinctive audio, etc.  The remaining segments will be released on YouTube at two-weekly intervals, with the last release occurring just before Christmas.  There is also an introductory teaser, which can be seen here.

Nor does it end there. “There is a lot of background content and a coherent framework for world in which the story is set, ” Pryda told me. “Much of this background will play out over the two series following the first.”

So, if you’re on the look-out for a new and quite stylish sci-fi, which intertwines a number of themes in a unique style and approach, why not give Future Shock a go? The first segment is embedded below, and the series can be found on Pryda’s YouTube channel.

The Future of the Metaverse: Blueprints for the Evolution of Virtual Worlds

On Sunday, September 18th, Will Burns (Aeonix Aeon in-world), Vice-Chair IEEE Virtual World Standards Group, authority on virtual domains, author of the thought-provoking Andromeda Media Group blog, will be presenting The Future of the Metaverse: Blueprints for the Evolution of Virtual Worlds, a joint session with ALA Virtual Communities in Libraries, which will be held at the CVL Auditorium.

The presentation will provide an overview of the history of virtual worlds and phases of development, offering a definition for the “Metaverse” and a glimpse into the future of virtual worlds, and will include interoperability and other key elements of design. It will last for around an hour, and will be followed by a further hours for questions and answer and general discussion.

This will be an informative event, offering a unique perspective on virtual worlds and their future from a man who has been offering insights, observations and helping shape the metaverse since its inception.

Join librarians, educators, and anyone interested in virtual worlds and the future of immersive learning.  The session is jointly sponsored with the ALA Virtual Communities in Libraries Member Initiative Group.

A Spoonful of Sugar in Second Life

Spoonful of Sugar: hub region with gacha and silence auction

Spoonful of Sugar: hub region with gacha and silent auction

Currently open through until September 25th, is the 2016 Spoonful of Sugar event, aimed at raising money for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Also known as Doctors Without Borders, MSF is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation delivering emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare, providing assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

Established by Ever Courtois and Angelique Wickentower, Spoonful of Sugar (SOS) aims to raise money for MSF as a part of the organisation’s Vital Pact Campaign. In 2015, MSF carried out 450 projects in 69 countries, as well as conducting a range of search and rescue operations. These activities included (and continue to include, in many cases), bringing medical assistance to the civilian citizens of war-torn cities like Aleppo, Syria; providing on-the-ground medical support for outbreaks of diseases such as cholera, measles and meningitis, kala azar, sleeping sickness, Chagas disease and ebola; and providing a full range of relief activities for natural disasters such as the Apirl 2015 earthquake in Nepal. 

Spoonful of Sugar: the breedables fair region

Spoonful of Sugar: the breedables fair region

The SOS event is spread across five regions in Second Life, comprising a central hub, two regions supporting fashion, together with regions respectively devoted to home and garden region, and to a breedable’s fair. Given the French angle with MSF, several of the regions have a decidedly cosmopolitan look and feel, with tall buildings and broad boulevards – which makes the Home and Garden region intriguing, with some of the buildings landscaped from within.

Donation kiosks are also available within the regions, for those wishing to donate directly to SOS

Donation kiosks are also available within the regions, for those wishing to donate directly to SOS

A full shopper’s guide is available on the Spoonful of Sugar website. Participating creators have items on sale via special SOS vendors, with between 50% and 100% of proceeds of sales being donated to SOS.

In addition, details of music entertainment can also be found on the SOS website,  and the central hub region features a silent auction and special gacha area. Also to be found there is the SOS raffle, featuring a fully furnished home which will go to one lucky winner.

The house is a large converted barn designed by Barnesworth Anubis (visible on the right side of the banner image at the top of this article). It has been furnished throughout by many of the creators supporting and sponsoring the event. Tickets are priced at L$100 each.

Supporting a very worthy cause and open through until Sunday, September 25th, Spoonful of Sugar makes for a very worthwhile visit.

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