Retrospective Tribute to Visual Leadership

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After observing and reviewing art in Second Life® for four years, it was sad to learn that the University of Western Australia’s innovative program, the 3D Art Challenges, will come to an end. This is a special issue of tribute to their influence, as well as to their achievement. The challenges were begun by Jayjay Zifanwe, who recognized the amazing talent in-world. He found an unconnected array of artists that worked alone, and had small circles of friends. He discovered small galleries popping up to show the range and extent of work being done. UWA and Jayjay could see the potential and hoped to nurture the arts within the virtual world. To his surprise, he discovered unexpected consequences and influences, as his efforts, along with many dedicated volunteers, not only provided opportunity to artists, but zoomed their programs into prominence.

After the initial exhibitions, FreeWee Ling, a participating artist, often volunteered to help. Slowly, her contributions kept growing, and soon she was administrating the entries, setting up the shows, and creating gorgeous catalogs of each theme. Jayjay managed the several dozen judges, and as a team, their influence grew stronger and stronger. Not only did they evolve their innovative program, they inspired artists in new ways.

Carmsie Melodie is one of the best examples of an artist who’s life was transformed by the UWA Challenges. Having gone to art school in real life, she didn’t really enter the virtual world thinking that it would take over her creative momentum. At first, she experimented with the tools, got her own sim, and became enthralled with creating a virtual garden. But to rise to the UWA Challenges, she found the themes pushed her creativity and skills. The in-world edition of SSJ presents her development and chronicles many of her award-winning entries. Online is a glimpse of her depth (soon the in-world article will be available here as a PDF).

Eleanor Medier, art critic and publisher, has served as one of the judges for the UWA competitions in the past few years. With the Challenges ending, she feels gratitude for not only the stage set by Jayjay and FreeWee, but to the artists who have grown under their leadership. Exploring the highlights from the past few years, the in-world edition, presents analysis of 28 works by 26 artists, and this online edition adds 20 works which includes another 15 artists in “Contrast Within and Without: Achievements from Artists as a Tribute to the UWA 3D Art Challenges”

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RETROSPECTIVE REVIEWS ONLINE INCLUDE:

Brunequildalalinda Birdsong, “Madre Tierra,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Earth

Bryn Oh, “Cerulean,” on permanent display in-world at UWA

Cherry Manga, “Cogito ergo sum,” on permanent display in-world at UWA

Dyso, “Choice,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Reflections

Finn Lanzius, “A Match Made in Heaven,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Fire

Janine Portal, “Pursue Impossible: Leonardo DaVinci,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Pursue Impossible

Krystali Rebeni, “Silent Reflections,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Reflections

Lalexl Devin, “Ephemeral Reflection,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Reflections

Miso Susanowa, “360 Degrees of Freedom,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Transcending Borders

Mistero Hifeng, “I… Io,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Transcending Borders

Nexuno Thespian, “Earth Passion,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Earth

ParkArt Collabortative, “Park Art Gallery,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: The Freedom Project

Rebecca Bashly, “Fruit of Time,” on permanent display in-world at UWA

Roc Furse, “Escape,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: The Freedom Project

Secret Rage, “Primarily,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Triptych

Sevio, “World Peace,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Pursue Impossible

Silent Christen, “Modern Sacrifice,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Triptych

Talia Sunsong, “Examining Different Aspects of Myself,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Triptych

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The in-world edition of Sim Street Journal #18 has articles (soon available here in PDF and on Marketplace, but until then, find in kiosks at advertiser locations and at the SSJ offices):

“Relevant Ripples” commemorates the leadership and consequence of the University of Western Australia’s innovative 3D Art Challenges, page 44.

“Creative Contrast” takes a look back on the artistic accomplishments inspired by the themes, page 46.

“Art Accessible: What Have We Learned from UWA?”explores their legacy and continuance, page 88.

RETROSPECTIVE REVIEWS IN-WORLD INCLUDE:

Ama Avro, “Passage,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: The Freedom Project

Agualgo and MellyDee Magnifica, “Firey Flames of Passion,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Fire

Barry Richez, “Freedom of Creativity,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: The Freedom Project

Barry Richez, “Quantum,” and Bethlise Lorgsval, “Scene Reflexion,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Reflections

Chic Aeon, “I Have Walked This Way Before,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Reflections

Dragon Lord, “Please Recycle,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Earth

Dragon Lord, “Sanctuary of the Hart: A Soul on Fire,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Fire

Fae Varriale, “The Journey—Reflections of an SL Artist,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Reflections

Giorgio Nexen, “Sharing Ideas Face to Face,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Transcending Borders

Glyph Graves, “Crystaline Presence6” and “Reactive Reed Positive,” on permanent display in-world at UWA

Haveit Neox, “PrimChords,” on permanent display in-world at UWA

Herbie Haven, “Earth (The Big Squeeze),” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Earth

Krystali Rabeni, “The Artists’ Studio,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Triptych

Kristali Rabeni, “Tragedy,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Fire

Lollito Larkham, “L’histoire de Petit-Gris,” on permanent display in-world at UWA

Lucignolo, “Universe Tao MIng,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Earth

Misprint Thursday, “Three Card Poker,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Triptych

Pale Illusion, “The Void,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Pursue Impossible

Rebeca Bashly, “Mother,” on permanent display in-world at UWA

Roc Furse, “Set Youself Free,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Transcending Borders

Rose Borchovski, “Susa 2,” on permanent display in-world at UWA

Secret Rage, “Down to My Last Six Tears,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Fire

Shenn Coleman, ”Sunrise Spirit,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Transcending Borders

Takni Miklos,“Windows into Other Rooms,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Reflections

Talia Sunsong, “Traveling the Universe in Balance,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Triptych

Tarquin Evermore, “Belief in Myself,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Pursue Impossible

UA Blue, “Find the Ultimate Blue,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: Pursue Impossible

Willothewisp, “Cyberwings,” from UWA 3D Art Challenge: The Freedom Project

Now that in-world artists have grown because of the UWA challenges, gained a community, earned recognition, and defined some of the characteristics that make virtual art different than real, it is time to continue in this spirit. UWA set a course, innovated the direction, and it is up to FreeWee (continuing with UWA to develop new programs) and the artists to take what is learned, and push the development further.

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