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This exciting episode of Metaverse Arts is now on the web, as MVA Host, Gwen Carillon, interviews the renowned steampunk musicians of Steam Powered Giraffe and talented steampunk artist Destany Laval of UnZipped.

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Not only that, but Steam Powered Giraffe play live in the studio. You can learn more about this amazing steamppunk band here– and buy their DVD!

Steampunk Giraffe perform on Metaverse Arts

Steam Powered Giraffe perform on Metaverse Arts

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Metaverse Arts with Seampunk Giraffe

Metaverse Arts Host Gwen Carillon with Seam Powered Giraffe

Please join us today in the Designing Worlds Studio in Garden of Dreams at 12 noon, Sunday 13th May, for an exclusive viewing of Metaverse Arts’ latest episode on Treet TV.

Destany Laval

Destany Laval

MVA Host, Gwen Carillon, interviews the renowned steampunk musicians of Steam Powered Giraffe and talented steampunk artist Destany Laval of UnZipped.

The world of Second Life welcomes Real Life Steampunk! You don’t want to miss this one!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/metaverse-arts – our very own version of the iPlayer!

Special thanks to Aisling Sinclair, for her contributions to this show!

Steampunk Giraffe perform on Metaverse Arts

Steam Powered Giraffe perform on Metaverse Arts

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Metaverse Arts logo

Metaverse Arts logo

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Sunday 12th February for the first showing of a whole new Metaverse Arts, at our beautiful studio at The Labyrinth Theatre in Avalon. Note that this is a new location – we’ve moved into the sky and to a whole new studio!

And the studio isn’t the only new element of the show as we have a new host too – Gwen Carillon! In this first show. Gwen will be talking to the popular Australian artist Glyph Graves, who works in real life and Second Life to great acclaim – and has also created amazing cross-over artworks that draw on both realities.

Gwen Carillon in the new Metaverse Arts Studio

Gwen Carillon in the new Metaverse Arts Studio

There will also be details of our Art Gallery of the month – so come and join us for our showing at 2pm today!

Metaverse Arts Studio

Metaverse Arts Studio

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Sunday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/metaverse-arts – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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Metaverse Arts logo

Metaverse Arts logo

Following a pause over the winter holidays, Metaverse Arts, the show broadcast on treet,tv about art and artists in virtual worlds, is coming back with a new studio, a new format—and a new presenter, the popular artist, DJ and designer, Gwen Carillon!

Tricia Aferdita, our original presenter, continues to be involved with the show, but, as she explains, “After thinking long and hard about the number of projects I am involved in within Second Life, I realised that if I didn’t let something go, the quality of each one of them was going to suffer. I treasure the work I put into creating Metaverse Arts and am grateful for its surprising success and growing fan base.”

At the same time she has been working on Metaverse Arts, she has continued to manage an estate, run her own art gallery, write for Prim Perfect magazine, and still somehow fit in real life work, writing, and art! So when she needed to consider what aspect of her Second Life she needed to let go of, television production really has the least in common with her real life work and goals.

“It was not an easy decision to make,” Tricia says. “I love the concept of the program and seeing an episode all come together, but I feel that I cannot put the quality amount of time into it that it needs to continue to be a success.”

But she is delighted with the new plans. “I am thrilled that Gwen Carillon is going to step up to the project. I think that her personality is well suited to the style and vision that I had for the show. We chatted for quite a while about the programming and both have similar visions for what the show can accomplish and the kinds of subjects we’d like to see covered.”

And Tricia won’t be disappearing altogether! “I will continue to work with Gwen and the production staff as a consulting producer and perhaps occasionally guest host,” she explains. “I wish Gwen the best of success and hope that everyone will continue to remain a fan of the show and support its continued success. And special thanks to all the guests and fans of Metaverse Arts; you have made it a fun year and a half!”

Gwen is well known across the grid as founder of the Content Creators Association and the owner of the fabulous Elements in Design, with its amazing range of furniture, jewellery and art works. More recently, she has launched her own hugely successful clothing range, Gwen Carillon Designs. Gwen’s art has been featured in many Second Life venues and is currently on exhibit at the Aho Museum, which is part of the New Media Consortium.

When accepting the host position for Metaverse Arts, Gwen said, “Are you sure that you want me?” But it’s not hard to understand why we wanted her! Gwen feels strongly about promoting art and artists in the metaverse. “Art is a universal form of communication. It allows us to speak to one another in ways that go beyond conventional language. What better venue for artists, than the melting pot of the Metaverse? As artists, we are on the front line.”

Gwen Carillon in the new Metaverse Arts Studio

Gwen Carillon in the new Metaverse Arts Studio

Gwen brings to the Metaverse Arts team not only her strong background and passion in art but also her experience in the radio industry. Gwen is thrilled that Tricia Aferdita will continue to work closely with the MVA team. “Tricia has been the beating heart of Metaverse Arts. Her experience, talent, and expertise have made the show shine. I’m so glad that she will be able to stay involved! I will do my best to follow her example. Hopefully, I won’t break her show! I’m looking forward to working with such a great group of people.”

Howdy Colter is continuing as cameraman and editor of the show, and Saffia Widdershins remains as Executive Producer, but joining the show is Angie Mornington as Director. Angie is, of course, well-known for her role as Host and Producer of Fabulous Fashion on Treet.TV, but since then she has become involved behind the scenes, among other things directing Happy Hunting! She also has her own furniture store, Angie’s Home Interiors.

“I am excited about directing Metaverse Arts,” Angie says. “It will give me a chance to learn about the art community in Second Life. Gwen will be fantastic as host and I think this show will be a great success.”

Metaverse Arts Studio

Metaverse Arts Studio

The new set was a collaboration between Angie and Gwen while the new theme music – called “Curtain Call” is by Torley Linden.

“I am very excited about the new direction,” says Saffia. “I’m very much looking forward to seeing where Gwen will be taking the show—and, of course, seeing and learning more about fabulous Second Life artists!”

The first show will be broadcast early in February when the guest will be Glyph Graves—but you’ll have to watch the show to find out what the featured gallery will be!

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The Linden Endowment of the Arts is an official Linden Community Partnership program whose purpose is to help new artists, cultivate art in SL, and foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration within the art community.

The Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) has just announced its Land Rush Residency. This initiative gives artists an opportunity to “claim” 1/8th of a region for a period of 2 months to mount a virtual art installation. Limited spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The first round will be held in two phases on October 30, 2011 at 10:00 am and 4 pm SLT. A total of 16 parcels in two regions will be given away.

For complete information on the Land Rush Residency, please visit the official LEA blog at http://lindenarts.blogspot.com/2011/10/linden-endowment-for-arts-announces-its.html.

Earlier this month, LEA announced that it had negotiated with Linden Labs for the creation of 20 new regions for the arts in Second Life. Of these:

  • four regions will be reserved for exhibitions curated from LEA sandbox art,
  • two regions will be allocated through the above noted land rush, and
  • fourteen will be allocated by application (deadline for submission of applications, which must be completed online, is November 1st)

Rebeca Bashley's Inferno photographed by PJ Trenton

Exciting things are already afoot on the LEA sims with the first monthly installation of the LEA Full Sim Art Series; Rebeca Bashly’s Inferno, inspired by Dante Aligieri’s Divine Comedy Inferno (slurl). For this series, each artist/group of artists will have a full 15,000 prim SIM for 1 month from the 1st day of the month, till the last day of the month. As such, Rebeca’s installation will be available until October 31st so be sure not to miss it.

This is certainly very exciting times for the arts community in Second Life!

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The Mask: A Synchronicity

A Maschera photographed by PJ Trenton

I was fortunate enough to be informed about this performance piece, originally created for the Museo del Metaverso as part of their art and poetry project. Fortunate as it will only be run for another 12 hours (or perhaps even over tonight). Originally performed September 29 – October 2, 2011 at Ile Moya, it was also broadcast into the physical world at Centre d´art la Malmaison in Cannes, France and at  La Teatro Libre in Bogota, Colombia.

Originally conceived and developed by the trio of Jo Ellsmere, Pyewacket Kazyanenko and Montoyakai Steamer, it is based on a Neapolitan poem by Carmen Auletta (Margye Riba in Second Life). A beautiful melding of poetry, dance and music; it is a feast for all the senses as three differently attired, but similarly sized avatars move and sway, diverge and combine to occasionally appear as a single avatar.

‘A MascheraCarmen Auletta

Oggi me sento proprio ‘na munnezza,
vulesse almeno fà quaccosa ‘e bbuono,
però si ‘o ffaccio vene na schifezzae
me rummane sempe nu magone.

Vulesse stà nu poco cchiù cuntenta
ma faccio sulo finta ca sto’ bbona
cercanno ‘e fà felice ‘a tutte quante,
dico ‘e bbuscìe e nisciuno se n’addona.

E mò capisco pecchè ‘o clown se mette
‘a faccia bianca ‘e gesso e fa ‘o pagliaccio
ma tene ‘na tristezza ca ‘o fa a fette
e ‘ncuorpo chiagne e ‘a fora pare ‘e ghiaccio.

The translated poem is presented below…

The Mask by Carmen Auletta

Today I am just picking up dust.
O, to do even a bit of good! But
Everything I try turns to rust –
And a pit remains in my gut.

If only I could be of higher cheer!
Instead, I pretend I’m fine,
I try to make happy all far and near –
And no one can tell when I lie.

Now I understand why the clown goes
With painted face and smile all nice,
Even though he’s sad, from his neck to toes –
And inside he cries – just the outside is ice.

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One of things I found fascinating about this piece while preparing this posting was that it has also been broadcast on two occassions into the physical world.

I caught this performance at the Odyssey sim. As previously mentioned, it will only be performed for a few more hours, so be sure to take the opportunity to enjoy it while you can. It can be found at Odyssey (slur) where you will see a teleport to the performance space high above the ground. You will receive a few notecards to enhance your viewing pleasure, including recommendations of the [Euphoria – monochrome] windlight setting.

Additional photographs may be found in a Flickr set I have created.

How many masks do you wear?

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Dragonspider Wing (detail) by PJ Trenton

Other World, the latest installation at the University of Western Australia’s (UWA) Virtlantis sim runs until the end of the March. Don’t miss your opportunity to visit this full sim installation by the artists of Mysterious Wave.

Cherry Manga, Anley Piers and Elfe Imako have combined to create a futuristic landscape of incredible machines and mysterious structures.

According to the artists…

This exhibition shows the irony of machine beings, supposed to be heartless and without emotional feelings able to live in respect of its environment, and in harmony with all members of its community … and the sad conclusion that human beings in 2011 are still fighting for power, for money, for religion, not able to think of the future of our children, continuously draining all that earth can give.

I was quite intrigued on my visit to Other World with its interesting and ecclectic combination of machines, robots, and buildings. The installation had a very surreal feel to it with its beams of light, robots and futuristic buildings. It certainly offered up alot of very interesting compositions for photographs.

UWA’s Virtlantis features monthly full sim installations by some of the Second Life’s most creative and imaginative arts and builders.

Android in the Lab by PJ Trenton

Visit UWA Virtlantis in world at http://slurl.com/secondlife/UWA VIRTLANTIS/149/124/22 before the end of the month to experience and explore this fascinating installation.

To see more of my photographs from my visit, please view my Other World set on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/pj_trenton/sets/72157626209049844/.

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