Archive for October, 2007

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Botanical Fly Through Second Life

October 17, 2007

Botanical Fly Through Second Life is a lush fly through of Botanical at Stray light

I wrote about my adventures in Stray Light here.
SLURL Botanical at Stray Light http://slurl.com/secondlife/Straylight/198/12/37

Thanks goes to iAlja for this link she posted on my Facebook wall.

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Using the Liquify filter in Photoshop properly

October 16, 2007

Using the Liquify filter in Photoshop is often over done and applied with a heavy hand. This tutorial from Watch and Learn Photoshop shows you how subtle changes can be created to polish a photograph.

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Life the universe and everything at Thursday’s Fictions

October 13, 2007

I am sure anyone who has ventured into the virtual 3D world of Second Life has at least for a moment reflected on the big issues of life. Even if it is simply questions about who you are provoked by the experience of creating of an avatar.

Last night I took some time out to explore and reflect in the Thursday’s Fictions build, a surreal story of a woman who tries to cheat the cycle of reincarnation to get eternal life.

This is an art project about reincarnation, but as a story it has also reincarnated across a number of genres. It is a book, a film and now a virtual experience in Second Life.

The notecard says that

When you read a book, you imagine the world.
When you watch a film, you see and hear the world.
When you visit an online 3D immersive environment, you enter the world.
You feel what it’s like to be one of the characters, to be inside the story.
And you can share that experience with your friends.

Thursdays fictions is more than a simple ‘choose your own adventure’ however. As you explore the interactive you are provoked to ask yourself those big questions in life and to move forward in the world of Thursdays Fictions you must answer them. This build makes you think about what is important, what values you hold, and how you view the afterlife. It is a reflective and complex experience highlighted by the medium because of its very artificiality.

Thursday’s Fictions in Second Life is a collaboration by Australian filmmakers Dr Richard James Allen and Dr Karen Pearlman. Gary Hazlitt, noted Australian builder, created the presence in SL. The project is supported by the Literature Board of the Australia Council through its The Story of the Future project, the Australian Film Television and Radio School through LAMP, the ABC through its Innovation and Arts Departments, and The Project Factory.

On Flickr there is a Thursdays Fictions tag where images of the build and visitors have been posted and you can catch a bit of the mood by watching the YouTube machinima Thursdays Fictions Parable of Reincarnation .

The Thursdays Fictions website has more information about the project across all genres

To visit in world the Thursdays Fictions SLURL:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Esperance/240/41/22

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More Photoshop Brushes

October 6, 2007

Obsidian Dawn has released another free brush set for Photoshop. This time it is a selection of dripping paint. I am one of those you can never have too many brushes people so check out the site. Also included is a brief tutorial/tip on how to rotate the orientation of brush strokes.

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A grant of 20,000 dollars for artists in Second life

October 4, 2007

A while back I pointed out that the Australian Council for the Arts was offering an artistic residency and grant of up to $20,000 to collaborative artists to create a project in Second Life. The recipients were announced on their site earlier this month.

Visual artist Christopher Dodds, musician/3-D real-time artist Adam Nash and writer Justin Clemens will collaborate to develop an inter-disciplinary artwork in Second Life, which explores the possibilities of literary, music/sound art and real-time 3-D arts practices within the virtual world.

The artwork is a simultaneous installation in Second Life and in a real world gallery, where gallery visitors can be directly involved in its creation via a computer interface.

The installation, a metaphor for the Tower of Babel, uses voice recognition software that converts the spoken word of real and virtual world participants into 3-D letterform images in an evolving tower of words.

The letterforms generate relationships with each other through a combination of visual and sonic manifestations, fragments of narrative, environmental/user awareness capabilities and through interaction with existing data generated within Second Life itself such as the virtual winds, sunrises and sunsets.

It sounds like an interesting project!