Talks at the Expo: Jayjay Zifanwe

Prim Perfect are hosting a series of regular talks and discussions at the SL Christmas Expo.

Today at 3pm in the Prim Perfect Pavilion on Frosty, Rowan Derryth will be in conversation with JajyJay Zifanwe, organiser of the University of Western Australia (UWA) 3D Open Art Challenge.

Christmas Expo Talk: Jayjay Zifanwe
Christmas Expo Talk: Jayjay Zifanwe: Photo by Rhiann Ann

Jayjay Zifanwe is, in real life Manager at the School of Physics, University of Western Australia, and has been been behind the most prestigious and arguably the most exciting art prize on the grid.

This year, the year-long University of Western Australia (UWA) 3D Open Art Challenge, with its $4,000 USD (L$1,400,000) prize pool, has attracted 858 entries by artists from 24 nations around the globe, with every continent but Antarctica being represented. The companion MachinimUWA IV: Art of the Artists, with entries relating to the artworks that have formed part of the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge, has seen 83 machinimas submitted by artists from Pondicherry (India) to Gdansk (Poland) to Kentucky (USA) to Buenos Aires (Argentina) and many more. Both these challenges come to a finale at 6AM SLT (or 10PM local time in Perth, Western Australia) Sunday the 11th of December at the 200-seat UWA-BOSL Grand Amphitheatre (Entrance 1, Entrance 2).

For the Grand Finale, 59 artworks have been shortlisted for the overall 1st prize of L$100,000, along with a further 24 for the non-scripted category. The 35-member international judging panel for the challenge was led by Professor Ted Snell, Director of UWA’s Cultural Precinct, and Chair of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts. Click Here for a full list of the members of the judging panel as well as the artworks in contention for the Grand Finale.

UWA in Second Life
UWA in Second Life: Image by quadrapop Lane

Jayjay will be talking about all this and more to Rowan Derryth at 3pm today.

Come along and learn more!

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