Since 2009, the University of Western Australia has sponsored a remarkable series of art competitions in Second Life — both for three-dimension works and for machinima — providing recognition and support to dozens of artists and standing as a leader in the field in higher education. Sadly, although UWA will continue its presence in Second Life, the current competition rounds (on the theme of "pursue impossible") will be the last in this format, and awards will be announced on Sunday, December 13, at 6 am slt at the UWA-BOSL Grand Amphitheatre (entrances here, here and here). More than L$500,000 will be awarded to a pool of 59 artworks and 45 machinima, with an additional L$50,000+ offered as audience participation prizes.
Partcipating artists in Pursue Impossible: The 6th UWA Grand Art Challenge include Alpha Auer (top image), Ama Avro, Art Eames, Barry Richez, Bibi Rives, Blue Tsuki, Carmsie Melodie (second image), Charles Hera, Chic Aeon, Corcosman Voom, DarcyChocolat, Delain Canucci, Doe Silverspar, Dragon's Lord, Dusty Canning, Elle Thorkveld, Frankx Lefavre, Ginger Lorakeet, Giovanna Cerise, Haveit Neox, HOLALA Alter, Ionsilver Whitman, Isaa Gelber, Isadoradean Rossini, iSkye Silverweb, Janine Portal, Jesse Keyes, JesseJames Rossini, Jipe Loon, K3W, Kazuhiro Aridian, Kiesta Aljon, Krystali Rabeni, Lemonodo Oh, Lilia Artis, Louly Loon, Mistero Hifeng, Nino Vichan, Othella, Pale Illusion, Pearl Grey, Peli Dieterle, Pixels Sideways, quadrapop Lane, Richard de Grataine Suoh, Ronin1 Shippe, Secret Rage, Sevio, Sharni Azalee, Sheba Blitz, Slatan Dryke, Solana Python, Solkide Auer & Sniper Siemens, Takni Mistwalker & Misio2, Tarquin Evermore, Tim Timaru, UABlue, understandingcomplexity, and Yepar Saenz. Direct teleport links to each of their works can be found here.
Entrants in MachinimUWA VIII: Pursue Impossible Challenge include Sarah Whitney, Jackson Redstar, Isabelle Cheren, Tutsy Navarathna (immediately above), Braclo Eber, Fuchsia Nightfire, Haveit Neox & Lilia Artis, Soda Air, Glasz de Cuir, Mexi Lane (Marina Bellini), Sevio, Billy Carter, Suzie Anderton, Vilvi Rae (immediately below), Chic Aeon, Natascha Randt & Karina Hoisan, Sunset Quinnel, Secret Rage, Chantal Harvey (bottom), Fuzzy Deezul, Panda, JaeSang, Livio Korobase, Sophia Yates, Joseph Nussbaum & Boris Twist, Maximillian Merlin, Misio2, Sophia Hines, Kobuk Farshore, Sheba Rayna, Ultraviolet Alter, Alfonso Garavito Olivar & Inés Rodríguez & Juani Ruiz, Diana Al Martini, Yesikita Coppola, Eric Takkar & SurReal Muse, Artistik Oluja, Dae Hayes, and Mary Wickentower. Links to each video can be found here.
Audience members are invited to provide a ranked "top ten" list in both categories, and are eligible to win one of the audience participation prizes — more information is available through the links above. (It's not as difficult as one might think to go through everything — you will immediately see things you like and things that you find less compelling, although the final ranking can be a challenge. The images and links I provide here don't necessarily indicate any preference or endorsement by me, but are rather to simply provide a representative sampling.) It has been my pleasure to serve as an adjudicator for this and previous challenges, and I extend my thanks to UWA Virtual Worlds founder Jay Jay Jegathesan for his many years of visionary leadership, and to FreeWee Ling, who will now take full control over art at UWA.