SL8B Day Four: Designer Challenges, Artistic Collaborations, and Steampunks!

Our schedule for Thursday 23rd June
Today we are going to be asking some interesting questions.  Together with four talented and leading designers, we’re going to be looking at how designers can create challenges that inspire themselves, at an artist whose creations challenge our perceptions, and at a group of estates that face the challenge of keeping a wide and diverse community of users engaged and involved – the Steamlands.

Meet the Designers: Designer Challenge
Meet the Designers: Designer Challenge

2pm Prim Perfect presents: Makers of Magic: Challenging the Designers – Froukje Hoorenbeek of Dutchie, Isla Geleach of Cheeky Pea, Pandora Popstar of L.I.S.P. Bazaar and Gala Charron of Art Dummy
With the plethora of hunts, freebies and special “days” of the week, how can designers find fresh ways of engaging with their client base AND provide themselves with challenges that keep them interested and involved? Froukje Hoorenbeek and Isla Geleach have started a series of challenges that are exciting a wide range of designers across the grid. Learn more about this – and other challenges that designers face – in our 2pm session,

It's a Misprint Thursday!

The at 4pm Prim Perfect Presents Ekphrasis: Variable Media & Collaboration: Rowan Derryth talks to Misprint Thursday. Continuing on with our discussion of virtual art, today we’ll be chatting with an expert in New Media who is not only a talented artist but a gifted musician as well. From her website:

Misprint Thursday’s music can be described as weird or avant-garde – it is, but the biggest selling point by far is her contemplative lyrics and passionate performance. With a background in visual art, it’s clear that Misprint Thursday remains unbound by the conventions of recorded music; her creative spirit shines through in her many collaborations with fellow Indabians. With a style akin to Kate Bush and Vashti Bunyan, Misprint Thursday is a refreshing aural treat.”  ~Indaba Music

Misprint Thursday is both practitioner and curator, having coordinated multiple exhibits in collaboration with other artists, such as her recent group project ‘Visualizing Theorem’, where she commissioned a series of works based on her collaborative album of the same name. We’ll talk about this project as well as her other multi-media installations. Misprint is a wonderfully unpredictable woman, and this talk is surely not to be missed!

Visitors from the Steamlands join us at 6.

6pm: Prim Perfect Presents Creating a Community: Steampunk environments with speakers from Steelhead, Caledon and New Babbage –  talking to Ceejay Writer
There are many definitions of ‘steampunk’ , but one concise, useful version comes from the Urban Dictionary:  “Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan “What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.” Or perhaps you’d prefer author Jess Nevins take on the genre: “Steampunk is what happens when goths discover brown.”

Within Second Life, Steampunks (and their 1920’s-1940’s counterparts, Dieselpunks) thrive in various regions, which grouped together are known as “The Steamlands”. Please join Ceejay Writer as she introduces Mosseveno Tenk, the Clockwinder of New Babbage, Wordsmith Jarvinen and Martini Dicovalante, Deans of Education for Caledon Oxbridge University, and Tensai Hilra, one-half of the creative force behind Steelhead, in a discussion that will touch upon the visionaries that collaborate to created elaborately themed cities. Learn more about social and educational community events in a time yet to come – or has it already passed?  Those interested in roleplay may learn of opportunities to be character-creative.  History and fashion buffs are welcome to romp down the timeline as well!  If you are simply mad about steampunk, or just love any excuse to wear a fine hat, you’re certain to learn something that’ll really float your airship!

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Prim Perfect is supporting a very full programme of special talks, discussions and TV programmes at the Main Auditorium over the week of the SL8B celebrations. You can see the full line-up here:

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