Champions of Expression
When determination meets focus, creativity has no limitation. Second Life® provides the opportunity to push ideas into forms that incorporate impossibility. Yet, reality is never far away.
Some cultural contributors, like Yanik Lytton, mirror the real world in capturing the best without the worst. Her clear standards for Fogbound do not deviate. She knows that a strong vision must always be defended.
Kylie Sabra brings reality into SL by waking the sleeping creative community to changes needed in Linden Labs’ Terms of Service. by leading the UCCSL.
FreeWee Ling helps to bring worldwide attention to the visual arts as the curator of the famous 3D art competitions for the University of Western Australia.
Evolving her clothing line, Kaddan Yue can please both a variety of styles and ages. Her classics sell as well as her more daring designs, all handled with capable hands.
The Aesthete and the Amateur (Part 1), art critics Eleanor Medier and Heavy Writer focus on artists that fuse reality from collaged photographic images:
• Part 2: Fran Benoir creates visual poetry in her book-like collages.
• Part 3: Samara Barzane transforms fragmented components into a cohesion.
• Part 4: Molly Bloom recreates legendary scenes in new ways.
Finally there is a new social network designed specifically for those in the virtual world: Avatar Social Network. Created by the creative pioneer, Arkad Baxton, it is growing fast and offers a platform without the constraints of Facebook.
SL is a world where the individual stands fairly alone. Others help, but it takes a champion to support an infrastructure that inspires significance. The contributors here are all champions of visions that then become contagious.
Sim Street Journal examines the relevance of this totally created world, and its potential impact, on the real one. It is impossible for so many talented, experimental, and tech savvy individuals to come together without having profound influence. Within its pages, SSJ will query what can be learned, gained, and used from the virtual commercial and cultural environments. Like its namesake, Wall Street Journal, SSJ also seeks to bridge commerce and culture, but in this case, it is also between the virtual and the real.
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Index of all issues profiles, columns, and overviews:
“In-world to Out” examines why a second career is fulfilling for so many talented and visionary residents.
ISSUE 1: “Finding Purpose in the Virtual World” by Eleanor Medier
ISSUE 3: “The Best of Both” by Eleanor Medier
ISSUE 4: “Different yet the Same” by Eleanor Medier
ISSUE 4: “Legacy and Longevity” by Ty Lomes, Snug Harbor
ISSUE 5: “Courage to Speak” by Kylie Sabra, Curator, Rose Galleries
“Relevance Review” discovers what the virtual world has to offer the real one through sector perspectives.
ISSUE 1: “Music Renaissance” by Eleanor Medier
ISSUE 2: “Witness to the Virtual County Fair” by Kalanite Bluestar
ISSUE 2: “Is the Future in the Past?” by Eleanor Medier
“Pioneer Profile” presents leading virtual entrepreneurs who reveal wisdom gained.
ISSUE 2: “Dancing with the Issues” by Uzo Dayafter (Arkad Baxton)
ISSUE 3: “Quest to Do It Better” by Machess Lemton
ISSUE 3: “A Moving Momentum” by Galilla Sinatra, Rug Halberd, and Martin Yeats
ISSUE 4: “Nature as Redefined” by Sudane Erato, New England Estates
ISSUE 5: “Clearing the Fog” by Yanik Lytton, Fogbound Blues
ISSUE 5: “Fit for Survival” by Kaddan Yue, OMG! Inc. Fashions
ISSUE 5: “Reaching Out to Reach In” by Arkad Baxton
“Critic’s Choice: Artist” critiques artists by experts on the streets, to reveal first and second life balances.
ISSUE 1: “Blindboink Parham Preserves Legends”
ISSUE 3: “Only of the Heart from TerryLynn Melody” by Heavy Writer and Eleanor Medier
ISSUE 4: “Tributes and Tales” by Russell Eponym
“Critic’s Choice: Presenters” critiques venues and managers by those who know, explores the challenges, and discovers bridges.
ISSUE 1: “Crossing Culture” by Kalanite Bluestar
ISSUE 2: “Blues Hues” by Kalanite Bluestar includes:
• Jaco Fitzpatrick, Crossroads
• Yanik Lytton, Fogbound
• Caylene Linette, Cay’s Blues at Woodland Lake
• Van Hoffnung, Bagdad Café on Route 66
ISSUE 3: “Supporting the Stage” by Sparkie Cyberstar
ISSUE 5: “Fueling the Fire” by FreeWee Ling, Curator, University of Western Australia, 3D Art Challenges
“Moody’s Musical Musings” by Throughthesewalls Moody:
ISSUE 1: Preview of upcoming column.
ISSUE 2: “Economics of Musician Incomes”
ISSUE 3: “Closer though Farther”
ISSUE 4: “Social Media as Music Support”
“The Aesthete and the Amateur” by Heavy Writer and Eleanor Medier reviewing:
ISSUE 1: “University of Western Australia 3D Art Challenges”
ISSUE 2: “Rose Theatre and Galleries exhibits”
ISSUE 3: “Arguing Abstraction” by Eleanor Medier and Heavy Writer
review 3d installations, recipients of LEA grants:
• Nino Vichan, “When the Mind’s Eye Listens”
• Cica Ghost, “Rust”
• Mantis Oh, “Ascension”
ISSUE 4: “The Accident and the Albers” by Heavy Writer and Eleanor Medier reviewing:
• Moeuhane Sandalwood, “Shadow of a Nightmare Past” from “House of Memories”
• ChapTer Kronfeld, “Purgatory – Laeuterungsberg” (Seven Deadly Sins)
• Haveit Neox, “The Backyard” from “House of Memories”
ISSUE 5: “Revenge versus Sacrifice” by Eleanor Medier and Heavy Writer reviewing:
• Fran Benoir at Twilight Gallery
• Samara Barzane at Twilight Gallery
• Molly Bloom at Rose Galleries, Angelica Gallery, and her own gallery
“Ask Ann” advice column that runs in each in-world issue (available from kiosks in-world and Marketplace).This content deals specifically with issues inside the culture of SL. Some of the concerns asked to Ann SLanders have equivalents in real life. Enjoy the edgy concerns that puzzle many beleaguered avatars and seek help for the most perplexing causes of drama.
Published monthly in complimentary versions: in-world and online.
The in-world magazine has more photographs.
The online magazine has additional content and functionality.
Contributions are encouraged if covering topics relevant to the real world readers.
Comments and opinions are also encouraged.
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Sim Street Journal explores the relevance of virtual to real commerce and culture.
The Sim Street Journal explores the relevance of second to first life.
© 2014 by Eleanor Medier, Sim Street Journal.
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