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  • Newton 17:54 on 29/04/2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Completing the Instant City 

    “The man who is traveling and does not yet know the city awaiting him along his route wonders what the palace will be like, the barracks, the mill, the theater, the bazaar. In every city of the empire every building is different and set in a different order: but as soon as the stranger arrives at the unknown city and his eye penetrates the pine cone of pagodas and garrets and haymows, following the scrawl of canals, gardens, rubbish heaps, he immediately distinguishes which are the princes’ palaces, the high priests’ temples, the tavern, the prison, the slum. This – some say – confirms the hypothesis that each man bears in his mind a city made only of differences, a city without figures and without form, and the individual cities fill it up.”

    – Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino (download entire novel)

    Congratulations on the second “Instant City!” There’s so much exciting architecture.

    Addressing Vanessa’s concern about whether the current city is livable or not, I believe it’s a matter of sustaining the energy until it is actually finished. Heavy lifting has been done, and now cohesive elements need to be added by people who are inspired to. This is another layer: showing how people interact with the city. What small things could be added to complete the sense of livability. A book store?  Sidewalk paintings? A café?  Or perhaps some infrastructure,  like a simple helpful path or fence someplace, to guide traffic along…

    Also in response to Vanessa’s 27 day post, Savage’s outline sounds like a great idea for the next Instant City. Small teams working on cohesive individual cities or areas could foster more presence on the sim, some healthy competition, and people across time zones might collaborate.

    All the best, Newton
    going for the 30th update

    PS: Sorry, I am having issues with my wordpress account (I guess) so was not able to respond in context on Vanessa’s blog here)


  • Elle 14:51 on 26/04/2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Welcome Week Machinima 

    Pearl created a great machinima on the first week (April 1 – 7) at MU CAA-VUP.  Features the architecture and some of the avatars who contributed to the virtual community.  Nice shots of the collaborative compound done by Pearl, Art, Klaus and Mr. Kaplan.  Thank you Pearl!

    • Pearl Grey 16:55 on 26/04/2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Elle! And thanks for the easily accessible, welcoming park space near the Compound and Ti’s meeting area.

    • Vanessa 08:17 on 27/04/2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Elle! Thanks Pearl! Thanks for the great work everyone! 🙂

  • Elle 17:48 on 24/04/2017 Permalink | Reply  

    CAA-VUP Phase II 

    In case you missed it, CAA-VUP/MU2 is moving to Phase II on Tuesday May 25 at 11:00 pm SLT. Vanessa will be returning items that remain.

    Read more here on thoughts and plans:  http://vanessablaylock.com/blog/day-23/

  • Elle 20:17 on 14/04/2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Apmel blogs the Convocation and Avatar Parade 

    Great Blog post with photos by Apmel.

    Opening welcome by ETS and words of wisdom by RMarie.



  • Elle 07:28 on 07/04/2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Visit the College of Avatar Architecture 

    Hi All,

    Things are coming along nicely at the Medici University College of Avatar Architecture and Virtual Urban Planning.

    Here is the slurl in case you need it: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA1/172/145/21

    Stop by and visit, feel free to join in.

    Check out Vanessa’s blog:  http://vanessablaylock.com/blog/

    Thank you Vanessa.

    • Izzy 05:17 on 08/04/2017 Permalink | Reply

      You’re so right Elle! Thanks for your post. The work in these 1st 7 days @LEA1 is so exciting! I can’t wait to see what comes in the next 84 days!

      Thanks to everyone who’s participated! And for anyone who hasn’t, come on down!


      • Elle 15:26 on 08/04/2017 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Izzy and thanks to you too! 🙂

  • Elle 21:41 on 24/02/2017 Permalink | Reply  

    With the Living 

    Pearl Grey and Klaus Bereznyak have collaborated on an excellent new storytelling exhibit called With the Living.  See it in machinima form:


    And stop by With the Living

  • Elle 22:41 on 21/02/2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Wanderlust Bench Art Park – Jan and Feb 

    Pearl has a new blog post showing the art at Wanderlust Bench Art for the months of January and February:
    Wanderlust Bench Art Park ~ January and February

    And a wonderful video of the same:


    Well done Pearl and everyone who contributed art!

  • Elle 19:39 on 05/02/2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Sunday Feb 12 – The Dystopian Daydream 

    Newton, Mr. is hosting a Café Sophistry workshop on Sunday February 12 at 9 am SLT to examine “the Dystopian Daydream.” Virtual field trips are planned, learn more about it here:


  • Elle 16:05 on 29/01/2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Burn2 Fire Moon 

    Veyot made a video of the Dragon Procession at Burn2 Fire Moon, which celebrates the New Year of the Fire Rooster. Stop by today at Fire Moon to join activities and see the great exhibits, including Veyot’s beautiful installation with flags. Today, Sunday 29th is the last official day with activities, the exhibit will be up for you to visit for a week.



    More info: https://burn2.org

    • Newton 01:52 on 01/02/2017 Permalink | Reply

      Veyot, Thank you for this video and thanks for the personal tour of Burn2.

  • Elle 20:48 on 25/01/2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Nice blog post by Pearl 

    Nice blog post highlighting some SL venues, including Veyot’s Sail Inn Motel and Tiffany Mosienko’s Art Study Group (yes, it is still going on!):

    Spotlight on Two Established and Three New Venues

    Some great suggestions of places to visit and things to do. Thank you Pearl!

  • Elle 14:48 on 11/01/2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Sail Inn Motel 

    Veyot has a new venture called the Sail Inn Motel. Since the grand opening, she has been blogging about it and the adventures of her two colorful guests: Ms. Frobish and Detective Pety.

    Read about it here: http://veyot.tumblr.com/

    And if you’d like to stop by: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Askja/149/7/21


    • Veyot 12:59 on 12/01/2017 Permalink | Reply

      I wonder how many writers are surprised by the way their characters act. I had no idea who would move into the motel and I have no idea what they will do next. I do notice that, with blogging, the story reads backwards, which confuses both the reader and the writer.

      • Elle 13:39 on 13/01/2017 Permalink | Reply

        One could start reading at the begining of the story, or consider it a time jumping work of fiction. Your characters do seem to have a mind of their own. 🙂

    • Michel Nostradamus 16:09 on 17/01/2017 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations Elle! Sail Inn Motel is fantastic! 😀 <3

      • Elle 17:26 on 19/01/2017 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Michel, I agree Sail Inn Motel is a fantastic project! 🙂 Congrats go to Veyot though, not me.

  • Elle 02:28 on 11/08/2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Monday Art Study Group 

    Monday Art Study Group, informal text chat facilitated by Tiffany Mosienko, continues on a more casual basis. Time is still Monday, 6 pm SLT. Check VB Friends for a notice if we are meeting that week. Landmark should be included.

    • Vanessa 06:16 on 11/08/2016 Permalink | Reply


      Do you post Pix or Notes or anything from the MASG?

      Keep up the great work Elle!

      • Elle 20:13 on 15/08/2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Vanessa.

        We haven’t been posting notes. Had a great chat on “Performance Art, Roleplay, and Performativity” last week.

  • Elle 12:07 on 14/07/2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Café Sophistry – Mainland Modernism 

    Newton is continuing his Café Sophistry series. There is a get together on Sunday 7/17 at 9am SLT on the topic of “Mainland Modernism.” Share your MM projects, artist statements, or just hang out and enjoy the conversation. You can learn more about Mainland Modernism at http://lexperdide.wordpress.com or IM Newton (Lex Perdide).

    Mainland Modernism Sunday Chat LM

    • Vanessa 16:44 on 22/07/2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing Elle. Go Newton! CS has become such a long running & compelling platform. So much progressive, insightful thinking, sharing & fun! 😀

      • Elle 21:12 on 24/07/2016 Permalink | Reply

        Agree! The get together was fun!

  • Pearl Grey 20:00 on 08/07/2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Random Assets by Elle Thorkveld at MBK Gallery 


    Elle Thorkveld is exhibiting Random Assets featuring Generative Art: Color and Form at MBK Gallery, July through August.

    The opening party is Sunday, July 10th at 1:00 p.m. SLT.

    More information plus SLurl is in this short blog post:

    Random Assets by Elle Thorkveld at MBK Gallery


  • Pearl Grey 20:37 on 14/05/2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Blogged: Wanderlust Bench Art Park and Wanderlust Cafe 

    Some photos and info about the Wanderlust Bench Art Park which is still less than a month old.  You’re invited to visit and to participate with your work too.


  • Elle 20:29 on 08/05/2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Activities Update 

    Art Farm follow on activities update:

    Thank you serra Qendra for facilitating the Wanderlust Project MOTEL gallery.

    Quinn & Pearl Grey have set up Wanderlust Bench Art Park, a space for a go-with-the-flow display and info hub for art, roadside cafes and friendly venues. Saul Goodie has placed a cafe next door with additional space. Come visit, explore LMs, add your art. Notecard at site or IM Pearl for additional info.
    Wanderlust Bench Art Park

    Monday Art Study Group continues, 6 pm SLT, informal text chat facilitated by Tiffany Mosienko. Location can change, check VB Friends weekly for notice with LM. Usually @ The Colony:Artist’s Riverfront

  • Elle 19:46 on 01/11/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Blog Posts on New Pop Ups 

    Nice blog posts with photos on Pop Up Galleries by Veyot! So many galleries it takes 2 posts. 😉


    Don’t forget our Pop Up Galleries Party next Sunday, Nov 8th at 9 am SLT!!

  • Pearl Grey 12:23 on 03/10/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Sharing the Opportunity 

    To share the opportunity of participating in LEA 28, round 9, and to invite and inform visitors, I posted this to my main blog about summer session:

    Art Farm Co-op ~ LEA 28 

  • Newton 03:48 on 30/08/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Low-Fi Sunday 8/30 Gathering with Guerilla Burlesque 

    VB Friend and Guerilla Burlesque dancer Glori Maertens will  perform and conduct a seminar at Low-Fi tomorrow morning, Sunday 8/30 at 9am SLT. If you’re interested in SL performance or any associated aspects (concept, dance execution, set design, particles, camera control, story, recording, other) please join us!

  • Newton 20:28 on 16/08/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Low-Fi Meeting Highlights from Sunday 8/16 

    Ten people came to the Low-Fi gathering today. Thank you all for your participation and for being so inspirational.

    Major Highlights:

    • Reviewed the status of Low-Fi and The Farm
    • Looked at Veyot’s machinima videograph – At Musiclandia
    • Looked at Pearl’s machinima story – The Painting
    • Looked at Glori’s shared machinima of an interpretation of her dance, to Unwritten
    • Discussed a format and date for the Guerilla Burlesque seminar
    • Reviewed the status of our performance stages and brainstormed a bit about the future!


    • Veyot’s videograph field trip will be on Sunday 8/23 at 9am SLT
    • Guerilla Burlesque Seminar will be Sunday 8/30 at 9am SLT

    Thanks to All Participants:

    • Veyot
    • Elle Thorkveld
    • Kimika Ying
    • Pearl Grey (pearlgrey)
    • Newton
    • Gloria Maertens
    • Serra Qendra
    • Trilby Minotaur IIID (trilby3d)
    • Art Oluja (artistik.oluja)
    • Fanny (fannyvermont)

    Read the Whole Transcript Here!

    • Elle Thorkveld 19:27 on 18/08/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great class meeting!

  • Myra 06:54 on 14/08/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    1st MUGA show: “Touch Me – While I Hold My Breath” by Gwynie Beaumont 

    The Medici University Gallery of Art is pleased to announce its first exhibition at the Art Farm (LEA28).

    “Touch Me – While I Hold My Breath” by Gwynie Beaumont, an installation of sculpture on the MUGA grounds and a retrospective of her photography in the gallery.

    Opening show 1 PM SLT, August 15, 2015.
    The show will run through August 22.

    Due to real life, I won’t be able to attend, but the artist will be available to answer questions. I hope you all can attend.

    The sculptures are really fun.

    For the next show, I’d like to get everyone at the sim to contribute to an installation in the gallery. Make it a collaborative effort, the kind Edie envisioned. 😀

    • Elle Thorkveld 20:58 on 14/08/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Gwynie’s been working really hard setting up and things are looking great. Please attend & make sure to touch the sculptures. 🙂

    • Edie 19:33 on 15/08/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations Myra! Congratulations Gwynie!

      So exciting!!

    • Neeva 03:10 on 16/08/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Show opening was great! I really enjoyed it. The display of the glyphs was very well done

  • Myra 20:35 on 04/07/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    A graduation gift for everyone 


    Hi, everyone.

    Emma Maybe made a graduation gift for everyone. I sent it out to the group in-world. If you missed it, just im me and I’ll give you a copy.

    Everyone who had a studio at MU and many who didn’t, contributed to the success and wonder that was Medici University. In that spirit, this is a graduation gift for you all.

    It’s an awesome gift, Emma’s awesome for making it, and you’re all awesome for taking part in MU.

    Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for everything.


  • Myra 20:32 on 09/06/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Generatives, glitch, and gifs MUGA opening 

    The Generatives, glitch, and gifs opening was held on Friday, June 5th. It was a nice event and there was a good turnout. The artists talked about their work and it was an opportunity for others on the campus and off to meet them.

    Thank you everyone who helped with this event, loaned their work to the aspiring gallery, and attended this event. A special thanks to the artists – Pearl Grey, FeelsEmpty, Elle Thorkveld, and Michael Green – and to Oona for building the gallery.

    The show will run through June 15. Please stop by if you haven’t had a chance to see the show. After that, I’ll try to do one last show, probably machinima.

    Here are some pics from the event:


    Artists and attendees at the opening.

    Artists and attendees at the opening.

    Stepping on Feels' art

    Stepping on Feels’ art. It glitches!

    Trilby at the opening

    Trilby at the opening


    FeelsEmpty at the opening

    • Oona 20:50 on 09/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great article Myra 🙂 The show was a great success I think. I’ll be sad when June ends, I love MUGA a lot.

    • Elle 16:04 on 10/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great write up & love the pics, Myra. It was a fun opening, thanks to my fellow artists and all who attended for making it that way! And thank you to Myra for curating & facilitating this exhibit and to Oona for all her gallery building. Excellent work.

    • Paypabak Writer 19:21 on 10/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I recall participating on one of Feels Empty’s Step Art creations. Fun! Great exhibit.

    • Myra 06:37 on 11/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

      thanks so much, everyone. It’s official, now. I want your movies. We’ll figure out how to upload and host them.

    • rmarie beedit 22:37 on 14/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great work Myra – congratulations on a strong gallery show. And congrats to all participants! Making MU vibrant…

    • Myra 21:12 on 16/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you so much, Marie. So many people made this happen – Elle, Feels, Oona, Michael, Pearl. I was thrilled it turned out as well as it did.

  • Newton 21:29 on 25/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Café Sophistry – Virtual Forgiveness Part 2 


    Participants regard Veyot’s “I Got Hurt” and “Circles of Trust”

    Part 2 of the last section of Café Sophistry – “Popcorn Tears or Finding Virtual Forgiveness – happened on Sunday, May 24. Participants from part 1 enjoyed each others’ work and resumed our reflections from last week. Please stop by Nostradamus 9 to view their work “in person,” and you can see Serra’s pieces at her MU studio, located at Maria 15. Thank you to all participants:

    • Cynn Blackrain
    • Elle Thorkveld
    • Nebulosus Severine
    • Serra Qendra
    • Veyot
    • Xkarasx

    Read More


    • Jade Ravenheart 05:29 on 26/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      This was a great class. i really enjoy these. So great to see so many different perspectives.

  • Myra 23:55 on 22/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    BAOC awarded to Alexandre Lois 


    This week I’m passing the Big Avatar on Campus award on to Alexandre. Alexandre is one of MU’s greatest contributors and most prolific artists. He is active on the blog, on campus, and he is a very diverse and talented artist.

    If I had to say one thing about his art – and there’s lots to say – I’d say his art always makes me think, it makes me reconsider the world through his eyes. I love that. And his music is cool.

    Congratulations, Alexandre.

    • Myra 23:56 on 22/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      On a side note, I broke the award. I really couldn’t link my addition to it, but it’s on Alexandre’s studio, now. Sorry about that, Hope someone can fix it.

    • Newton 03:26 on 23/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations Alexandre!

    • Elle 03:29 on 23/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Myra, I very much agree, he is a diverse and talented artist who makes cool music and is always willing to share very novel and interesting information. Congratulations Alexandre!

    • Izzy 14:11 on 23/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations Alex! It’s been so great to have you be a part of the campus community. Thank you for your contributions in-world, here on MU/Talk, etc!

    • Neeva 23:24 on 23/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great pick. Thank you Alexandre for your many contributions to our community.

    • AlexandreLois1 21:50 on 25/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ooooh, my friends, you surprised me with this award. I did not expect. Thanks to all.

  • Newton 06:22 on 13/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Virtual Forgiveness Part 1 Notes 

    Thanks to everyone who participated in Part 1 of Popcorn Tears – Finding Virtual Forgiveness.

    Notes from Part 1 are now posted. Please join us on Sunday, May 24 at 8am to enjoy the artwork of part 1 participants and more discussion.

    • Oona 04:02 on 14/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for the transcripts Newton. I appreciate them very much.

  • Myra 07:08 on 10/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    The MU Gallery of Art is open and we want to show your art!

    We’ve opened an art gallery on the ground floor of the new dance club. Please send me a work of your art – your writing, your photos, your towers, your devilish good looks. Anything. I’ll find a way of exhibiting it.

    Curator, The MU Gallery of Art

    • Autopilotpatty Poppy 20:54 on 10/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Myra. I’m a 9 1/2 year old SLer, a rl and sl photographer. In 2008 I did an exhibit called Moon over Caledon and would like to exhibit the two pieces from that exhibit. One is called Men’s Discussion Group and the other is called Women Being Women. I’d love to show them in your gallery. Thanks so much for all your work!

    • Myra 09:57 on 11/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      HI, Poppy. Sure, contact me in-world. MU students have priority, but I should have room. And I think we have a spare studio spot if you want to join MU. : )

      Thank you for your interest.

    • Oona 03:57 on 14/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      So excited for this opportunity to showcase the amazing art that MU Students are creating. Stop by often, as Myra changes out art, and donate often, I’m talking to every one of you and your amazing art, photography, mixed media, sculpture talent.

  • Pearl Grey 18:45 on 01/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Thanks Writers for Participating in April’s Story Boards 

    Five writers participated in the story boards for the second half of April.

    Feels Empty


    Edie Sedgwick (!?)

    Elle Thorkveld

    Astrid Rimbaud

    You can find links to what they’ve written at the bottom of this post.

    • astrid 20:44 on 01/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      This was fun! Hope you do it again!

    • Oona 08:54 on 02/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Always love these, I look forward to the next one. 🙂

  • Newton 05:16 on 27/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Café Sophistry “What is Time” Follow-Up 

    Today, Sunday 4/26 we held the second part of Café Sophistry Section 2, “Time – What is It?” Participants came away sufficiently versed. Is discussing time sustainable? Not sure, but is definitely something you could do forever! We discussed and saw many great things. To check out references and art locations, read more

    Thank you to all attendees:

    • Art Oluja
    • AstridRimbaud
    • Elle Thorkveld
    • FeelsEmpty
    • Pearl Grey
    • Tava Longfall
    • Veyot
    • Yves Klein!
    • veyot 14:47 on 27/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      It was a great class, Newton! I went back and got snapshots to post on my Tumblr Blog.

    • Newton 16:41 on 27/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Veyot! I will share credited photos and links in the CS blog too. Maybe Feels will wear his time shirt again for a special photo shoot.

    • Pearl Grey 08:57 on 28/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great class, Newton!

    • Elle 18:03 on 28/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Agree, well done Newton!

    • astrid 20:42 on 28/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      so sad i crashed out! 🙁

    • Art 06:04 on 29/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Loved this class Newton!

  • Ryan 18:31 on 13/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    The Worst Day Ever 

    black-and-white photo of Edie Sedgwick Avatar sitting on a sofa.

    HAPPIER TIMES – In this photo for an upcoming interview with MU/Creativity magazine, taken less than 24 hours before her death, Edie Sedgwick talked about her excitement and optimism for the future.

    I have terrible and sad news classmates! 🙁 Edie Sedgwick is dead. Again. Her body was found this morning floating at the bank of the Eleonora Slough near Neeva Torok’s studio. Oona Nostra was the last person to see her alive.

    Please read the full report at MU/Creativity and offer any tips you can to help solve this terrible tragedy.

    • AlexandreLois1 21:22 on 13/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I looked at her profile now. it is written there

      bla bla bla
      I’m dead

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