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     I am pleased and excited to announce that I have just been informed that I am one of the 17 who received a new grant from the Canadian government for art projects.   This is the third one that I have been awarded with the first one being for Standby and the second for Imogen and the pigeons which you can see the machinima for below.

The funding for this grant will be to assemble and film The Singularity of Kumiko, to create a first life exhibit using the Occulus Rift and Stem system, and various other things such as marketing, voice acting, music, travel etc.

     I am very excited and pleased with Canada's / Ontario's continued support of what is not considered a mainstream artform.  I have spent a long time working in this area now and have witnessed the resistance of some curators to see outside their comfort zone.   Many curators have spent a life learning how to evaluate and understand painting, sculpture, film etc and to be honest, I think some of the resistance is from being intimidated by the prospect of having to learn something completely new and difficult for them.  "Virtual what? I have to make an avatar?? install .. I barely know how to turn on my computer!" etc.  I am kidding but only partially this time.  The truth is that to understand an immersive artwork then one must become immersed, so the simplicity of pictures and text don't apply to the Immersivist artwork and a curator just can't hope to evaluate our artform by looking at pictures or even watching machinima.  They have to experience it and it's not easy to do so.  When occasionally faced with this reaction it is even more rewarding to know I have a staunch supporter and believer with the Ontario Arts Council, a very progressive organization for the arts.
    So the Gathering will remain on Immersiva for another month or so and then I will begin to assemble the Singularity of Kumiko and film.  Yay!

Before I begin this post, I would just like to apologize for my sudden and abrupt break from this blog. Like everyone I have my own career and plans and things going on in my life. Between the sudden upswing in my music career and my artistic life I had to take a step back recently. Coupled with the moments of distress I had while working in SL it all piled up on me. The quiet backlash from the very people I was trying to help. The secret bullying, was the straw that broke the camel's back so to speak for me and as a result I needed some time away.

I have taken some time away from SL to refocus and work on my projects. Now that it is more in balance I just wanted to say that I will continue to film and report and do this blog, but now, only when I feel inspired or touched by something. I will keep the blog a regular thing although not a bi-daily thing. It was exhausting me and I wanted to put my heart more into my own projects and not everyone else's for a while. That being said...

I hopped back into SL a week or so ago on the regular again and spent some time catching up with friends and Burning Lifer's. One of these installations that I jumped over to was the ever colorful work of Mikati Slade. Mikati is one of those people that once you see her work you never forget it. Child-like and full of playfulness. Her builds capture the spirit of digital creation. In her own words about her recent work at Burning Life she shares: "Burn2 is one of the few opportunities for me to be able to exhibit my artwork. I find that the energy and mood of the community during Burns to be very exciting. As a result of this, I attempted to do my best with that. This artwork shows the moment of a rite of passage. For me, it is about the feeling of fear and hope mixed together during the same moment. It is about positive motivation and my hope is for people to have enjoyed this work."

Below I have added a short video clip I made during the visit I paid her.
I hope you enjoy as much as I enjoyed my visit!

Blogger-Fashion-Junkie-Fanged-Diva-Of-The-SL-Runway Winter Jefferson is this weeks featured Koinup user! Or as he likes to call himself: "The only Australian Vampire knight fashionisto on the grid. So far." Whether he is undead, hybrid creature,or couture prince, he is always unique. (Not to mention extremely cheeky!)

Not only is he a fan of the runway but he makes time to visit some of the most remarkable sims in SL both for the blog and for his own personal pleasure. Winter is one of those characters whether you love him or hate him make SL more entertaining.

"Yes; I wear sequinned hotpants. It's less girly when you wear them over tights. Yuh huh."
- Winter (From his fashion blog: "In Cold Blood")

Winter please don't ever change.

You can find Winter's Koinup page here: http://www.koinup.com/WinterJefferson

Or see more at his personal blog: http://incoldbloodsl.blogspot.com