Bailey, Thibaud, Bryn Oh & Mip take top prizes at the UWA

'26 Tines' by Bryn Oh

Text by Jayjay Zifanwe
Photographs by Rowan Derryth

Winning the IMAGINE Category of the UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge is quite the accomplishment. But the July round winners were announced today, and former winners took the day again as Bryn Oh (26 Tines) and Nish Mip (Overload) were named joint winners of the L$5,000 prize. The FLAGSHIP (Architecture) Challenge saw the formidable partnership of DB Bailey & Patch Thibaud take the L$5,000 1st Prize over Brazil’s Herick Straaf. 5 time Flagship Champion Nyx Breen won the Casey West Australian Cultural Prize for the 3rd time.

'Overload' by Nish Mip

The penultimate month of this year long L$550,000 challenge, July saw a record-shattering 80 submissions to the IMAGINE challenge, with 5 Flagship Builds of incredible diversity and quality, as has become a trademark of the Challenges.

Commenting on the win, Nish said, “I am still so amazed that people even like my work There are so many truly great artists with incredible art entering into this competition. I’m absolutely amazed that I’ve managed to win something again. It’s put me on a real high. Thanks to everyone at UWA who help in organizing these competitions and thank you again to all the artists who have made these events so magical.”

Flagship winner by DB Bailey and Patch Thibaud

Speaking on behalf of the FLAGSHIP collaboration, DB said, “It’s fun to win. The real winner here is SL. What this has underscored for me is how extraordinarily effective this medium is in collaboration. To be able to work with another architect three thousand miles apart and three hours time difference on a design is a great experience. Not possible using the conventional design tools.”

Looking into the interior and courtyard.

Patch was equally effusive about being able to collaborate with DB “DB Bailey and I have collaborated on a number of projects, but we had a special interest in the Flagship challenge. We felt it was a great opportunity to provide yet another example of using a virtual world as a platform for architectural collaboration. We also decided that, although the competition brief did not require it, that we would seek to create a building that responded to the real world site for the UWA’s Cultural Precinct building, thus exploring Second Life as a design medium for real world projects. As always, I have found working with DB to be hugely enriching on a creative level, and the University of Western Australia’s Flagship Challenge to be a terrific incubator of creative endeavor in Second Life.”

First time entrant Gingered Alsop took out 2nd place in the IMAGINE Challenge with ‘The Chamber’ a wonderfully immersive piece that had many a visitor lost inside, in awe for hours.

“There is no greater gift then to see through your eyes what you imagine in your mind, and no greater joy then to share what you create to inspire the creativity of another’s mind.”, said Gingered. “2nd place is completely unexpected … and I am stunned and humbled purely by the amazing work I saw.”

'The Chamber' offers a spectacular light show.

In something that has never happened before in the non-scripted category, the judges could not seperate the top 2, and thus this category saw joint winners for the first time: JUMP by Corcosman Voom, and THE MECHANICAL KNIGHT by Nessuno Myoo.

“I am very pleased to share the July award for best Non-Scripted Entry with nessuno Myoo, an artist noted for being able to make the prims speak to us without disguising their nature. I want to thank the many, many people involved in making the Art & Design Challenge a unique event in Second Life, from both the University and from the Second Life community. An event of this magnitude is not possible without many hands to help. Most of all I want to thank Jayjay and quadrapop for the many hours of hard work they have devoted to this project, they have given us a wonderful gift in the Art & Design Challenge.” said Corcosman.

'The Mechanical Knight' by Nessuno Myoo

The People’s Choice Award followed June’s uncanny pattern, as there were joint winners for July as well: LIFE by Yabusaka Loon and LESSONS IN DEMOCRACY by Rose Borchovski sharing honours.

Lea Supermarine however won the People’s Choice an amazing 2nd time running, with NEURAL NONSENSE, the first time this has been achieved. When asked for comment, Lea responded. “Can I think a moment about it? Brains are burning.” Which was the right answer, considering her submission.

'Lessons in Democracy' by Rose Borchovski

Two special prizes by benefactors were on offer, The Rain Prize (L$1,000) and the newly established Bohemian Ghost Prize ($L1,000 + 600 Prims on The Summerland SIMM). These were won by luciella Lutrova (ESCULTURA CON BAILARINA) and Pixi Cosmos (SLICE OF TRANQUILITY) respectively.

The winners of the UWA Trophy Contest were also announced. This contest was kindly organized and run by FreeWee Ling and the Resients of Artemesia. Two L$3,000 prizes were on offer, with one of them being selected as the official trophy for the UWA 3D Art & Design Challenge, with the other to be used in an as yet unannounced Grand Collaboration.

Taking top honours here were Miso Susanowa & Sharni Azalee. Of Miso’s piece, the judges commented that Miso “…created a beautifully executed graphic design that explicitly says UWA while embodying the creative spirit of the challenge”, and in describing Sharni’s work, they said, “…it represents elegance and sophistication and is a great representation of 3-D in SL”. Abstract Baroque & Nish Mip took the Honourable Mention prizes.

There were 6 other Honourable Mention Prizes: Noke Yuizta, pravda Core, Maya Paris, Selavy Oh (and Identity Absent), Takni Miklos & Yabusaka Loon. Selavy asked to convey that Identity Absent (a shapeshifting bot that reportedly propositioned Miso Susanowa at the after party) was very glad to receive the prize, and that this event will be a turning point in her life!

Selavy Oh's 'Identity Absent' ironically placed in front of Yabusaka Loon's 'Life'.

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