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LEA Announces Round 7 AiRS!

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LEA13 Xineohp Guisse -The {Lost} Garden of Sundarya LahariA Story in 5 Chapters 
The LEA is pleased to announce the seventh round of Artists-in-Residence, who will receive a full sim for five months on which to create and display their proposed projects:

Giovanna CeriseFrankx LefavreAis AeonPixels SidewaysUan CeriaptrixMac KanashimiMarioZecca ResidentEllie BrewsterPeli DieterleSarby Mandel SolanoSowa MaiKimika YingBetty TureaudNeeks KaruFirleFanz RoxleyOctagons YazimotoBabypeaVonPhoenix BikergrrlLor PevenseyKatanaBlender Resident

The LEA received 30+ high-quality applications, and it was a difficult decision, but those selected submitted outstanding proposals that represent a diverse range of virtual art. While a handful are artists returning for a second round, the majority will be exhibiting at the LEA for the first time. Projects range from full-sim immersions, to innovative builds geared specifically for multimedia works such as sound and machinima projects.

Artists will have up to three months to build their projects (though many have suggested they will be completed sooner), with all exhibits set to be open by end of October. Many will likely open sooner, though, so keep an eye on this blog for announcements of exhibit openings and related special events.

The previous six rounds of LEA land grant artists-in-residence have resulted in some truly exceptional works, and we anticipate this next group to be just as fantastic. Congratulations to all the artists, we can’t wait to see your vision!

Outside & Inside - The Creature from the Black Lagoon through the Eyes of Bamboo Barnes

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Outside and Inside - Creature From The Black Lagoon through the Eyes of Bamboo Barnes (general)

Confessions of a rogue ......
In my opinion Second Life art works, and has a meaning, only when it permits the visitor a personal interaction with the objects the artist has created.
Exhibitions of paintings and images have no artistic meaning for me even when the works are beautiful - if that is all they are. I cannot feel them, I do not experience any emotions.
It is like watching zombies wandering around saying Hello! Hello?. They are well dressed but completed alienated from art. I apologize, but this is how I feel.
If the emotion doesn't exist then millions of words and linguistic contortions are required to explain "the true meaning" of what the visitor sees. This might be fun for critics, dealers, and self-appointed art experts, but it's not valuable for the rest of the world.
If there is no emotion, there is no art. An emotional exchange must take place between the work and the visitor, otherwise the magic doesn't happen.
My side of the equation (they tell me I am the artist) is to be the conduit for an idea, a perception, in an existential space created with the tools available in this world called "virtual" which is so real.
I try to define a formal structure around a system of relationships, to preserve the order of change and the change in the order. I try to define that portion of the truth which belongs to the architecture; the place.
The place is the constructed man whose identity depends on belonging to and dwelling in the space.
I'm always fascinated by the resulting interchange between the visitor and my work. I love watching what they do with the objects I create and hope that I've been successful at delivering that magic. I want to witness their emotional reaction, which stimuli they respond to, what they think and do ... everything.
It is, therefore, with great pleasure that I take the leap ... indulge a wonderful opportunity ... to satisfy my curiosity (and my vanity) and witness my works through the eyes of a talented interpreter of the visual arts.
Thank you Bamboo for showing me myself as I had never imagined and certainly better than I thought I could be!
signed, Livio Korobase

Inside and Out - The Creature From The Black Lagoon through the eyes of Bamboo Barnes
LEA11, 15-30 july 2014

Bamboo Barnes photostream on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bamboobarnes/

Note: Most of this round of AIR Grant exhibits have been extended until July 31. As always, you can get more information and teleports in the Welcome Area on LEA3.

Opening July 10th: ANGELS

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The idea of creating an exhibition with the theme ANGELS came from a conversation with And Silverblade, musician and graphic artist, who has been developing for a while his ability to access channels of contact with these important figures that in many religious traditions act as messengers of higher dimensions. From there developed the art project whose main purpose was to present art pieces that speak in different languages, about such creatures. According to some research done by the group there are 8 angels in each angelic category, therefore, has joined 8 artists displaying in different forms in 8 areas within the structure that represents a celestial space.

Artists participating in this work:

    Adreano Constantine, creator of the structure of the display, which according to his conception should present an ethereal and luminous space. Also, in one of the 8 individual areas, has created angels with primitives (prims) and some of own textures (techniques that fascinate the artist) packaged in motion created by scripts. Seeking inspiration in bibliographies that mention the angels, Adreano mixed knowledge acquired in his works, such as the Metatron and Raziel angels, as his own design and inspiration of those beings.
     Abel Paulino, using his great experience in making machinima, created animated created giffs from Second Life scenes. It is worthy mentioning that this is a pioneering work, because many animated giffs is shown in SL, but never from photos from the metaverse itself.

    And Silverblade, this project's inspiration, presents digital paintings from a personal experience with the beings of light. In his work, beyond the images, the artist provides the messages that were left by contacted angels. Besides he brings us this exhibition's  soundtrack, taken from his Many Lives CD, kindly available on his website.

    Cullum Writer, recognized artist for her great creation capacity, presents several images according to her great experience on capturing Second Life's images with snapshots and working them with editing programs, with such grace and elegance.

    Deborah Kaz, graphic artist also in real life, brings to this exhibition her interpretation of angels through images that show sophisticated digital vision, which can be surely translated as wireframe art, although in a simple environment it shows her exquisite soul.

    Nino Vichan, an experienced artist in Second Life's art, adjust his shout against violence, through elaborated texts about cruelties experienced by human victims and permeated by Renaissance angel's images. From his very personal and quite dramatically, the artist calls for protection of the enlightened beings and that they drop over human beings a strong sense of respect, understanding and brotherhood.

    Pol Jarvinen, renowned artist of the metaverse, presents in a creative and humorous way his work, at the entrance showing the warning "Beware of Fallen Angels" and entering the room with a rain of little falling angels, flooding and spreading around the space in a restless and disorderly manner.

    Sunset Quinnell, artist inspired and created in Second Life presents a 3D modeling pieces, 8 mesh angels who bring her deep convictions and concerns about the light beings. Mixing in a very personal way the concepts of abstract and concrete searching for her artistic identity and brings to this presentation including real models of her personal life as inspiration.

by Sunset Quinnell

Opening Thursday, July 10th at 1,30 PM SLT!

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA4/128/128/801

LEA FULL SIM ART SERIES (July 2014): Miso Susanowa's 'State of Mind II'

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Among the pioneering champions of art in Second Life, Miso Susanowa takes the lead for the July round of the 4th cycle of the LEA Full SIM Art series at LEA 6. A full list of the LEA Full SIM offering since inception in 2011 can be found HERE.  Anyone interested in applying for any month between Oct 2014 and Jan 2015, please contact Jayjay Zifanwe with your interest and preferred month. 
In Miso's words:
"Four years ago, in April 2010 "State of Mind" made its first appearance... pre-Chelsea Manning, pre-Thomas Drake, pre-Edward Snowden, pre-Julian Assange... what looked like overblown paranoia and cynicism then has only confirmed our deepest fears about the shadow world and its effect on our lives. This is the struggle of our time; come and experience the installation; read the new material about tools and techniques to take back your internet."