I visited The Egg on LEA19 by Livio Korobase back in July and wrote a post about it here. This installation will be closing by the end of the year and Livio is opening it up to people who visit to part-take building, starting December 21 until the date of closing, which is December 31, 2015. Opening the sim for public building is the result of Livio’s contemplation of art itself and part of the closing The Egg Funeral; So what is art? Does it have to be beautiful? Expressive? Original? Uplifting? Intellectual? There are many passionate discussions on this topic, shared or not. For me, over all, Art is you. The sim is set to 24-hour auto-return for those of you who wish to build. A great idea I think for the last 10 days of this interactive and fantasy driven installation to let people who visit become part of the project itself. Head over and take a look. Lastly, let me also add here that Livio has graciously agreed to show at Berg by Nordan Art a new installation in October, November and December 2016, he will be accompanied at that time by co-exhibitor ◦⊱ Mi ⊰◦ in the gallery in the sky. Please be on the lookout for announcements.
Photograph by Kate Bergdorf
Last post for today! The Second Life 12th Birthday Celebration, with the theme What Dreams May Come, opened officially today and will remain open until June 28, 2015. We headed over a few hours ago and there was lots of lag, as expected. I really think the best way to enjoy this kind of massive celebration is to prepare and look at maps and websites in advance to easily get to parts of the venue one wants to see. Please check the official SL 12B Website for more information and post photographs in the SL 12B Flickr group. Head over and take a look, and, remember, prepare in order to avoid LAG!
As I mentioned a few days ago, there is a Linden Lab machinima event going on where residents are asked to create little films for SL 12B addressing why it is that Second Life is meaningful to them. My dear friend, Huckleberry Hax, just now posted the machinima above. Part of the footage is shot on Leka on Nordan om Jorden. Take a look for yourselves, I find it so poetic and very beautifully done. Bravo Huck.
The Second Life 12th birthday celebration is coming up on June 21, 2015 and one of the incentives by Linden Lab, specifically by Xiola Linden, is to ask residents to create a brief machinima and share why it is that Second Life is meaningful to them. I first saw this project mentioned in Strawberry Singh’s blog and thought I’d post it here too.
I think this is such a wonderful way of celebrating the upcoming Second Life birthday and may take a stab at it myself if time allows. It is it a super creative way of involving residents, the true creators of our Second Life, to share their individual stories. Hopefully these little video snippets will reach and touch people outside of Second Life as well. In the machinimas produced so far issues like the dreamlike quality of Second Life, the social aspect and, of course, creativity have been highlighted. I suspect these are the major components that will continue to be addressed in most of the machinima, but, and so typical of Second Life, each resident of course will add their own individual flavor to their story. Because, and as we already know, it is the individuality and creativity of each Second Life resident that makes our Second Life world what it is today. Take a look at the machinima by Xiola Linden (created by Torley Linden), Strawberry Singh (created by Draxtor Despres) and Draxtor Despres and enjoy.
Yesterday, Ebbe Altberg, the recently appointed Linden Lab CEO, spoke at the 2014 Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education conference. While I was unable to attend this event myself, I found a video by Mal Burns, official videographer for the VWBPE, that captures the entire presentation. Judging by the posts and comments on various blogs, it was an incredibly successful event that started off with an opening discussion by Ebbe Altbert and was followed by an audience Q&A. Please see below for the video by Mal Burns.
Ever so often there is a great sense of discontent amongst the citizens of Second Life© to adjustments or changes that the Linden Lab makes to the guidelines of our living in this virtual world. I experienced it in the past too, when I was here with a different avatar; people were upset then, making a lot of loud noises, but it all then eventually fizzled out and disappeared completely. The most recent Linden Lab change to section 2.3 of the ToS, however, seems to have had a more profound consequence, namely, content creators no longer want to make things here and some are even leaving Second Life all together. Those of us who remain in Second Life are considering alternative virtual worlds, like InWorldz. Several bloggers have written posts about InWorldz lately, the two that I like the most are the ones by Strawberry Singh and Canary Beck (these are two very different blog posts, but both incredibly informative and well-written). I created an InWorldz account with my old avatar several years ago. I had a terribly time navigating then and couldn’t make it work. Inspired by all the recent talk about InWorldz, I headed over again, but still I had the same experience and just gave up. Honestly, I think I am just not invested in making InWorldz work. More than anything else, I am conflicted and worried that when talented content creators abandon Second Life there will be really bad consequences for all of us living here. I am someone who is sentimentally attached to Second Life and I would hate to see it go under. I may have to try InWorldz again. For now, it is just a matter of waiting to see what might happens next.
Photography by Kate Bergdorf
There has been much talk lately about a recent change to the Linden Lab’s Terms of Service (ToS). The change was announced on August 15, 2013 and pertains to Section 2.3 of the ToS; basically, in a nutshell, Linden Lab has declared that they now hold the rights to all user-generated content. Bloggers are writing posts about this, Second Life creators are arranging discussion panels and artists are protesting in different ways. I think it is safe to say, people are outraged. Most recently, a Linden employe himself has called it quits. Read Qarl Linden’s farewell to the Second Life community here: qLab.