The announcement has recently been made that Linden Lab is making one of it’s 6887 sims available for an artist to use for the month.
I have had to start every LEA post with the clarification that I am not in anyway critical of the work that the volunteer people who are administering the LEA are doing. My criticism is and has always been the ridiculously small, or minute contribution that LL has made over the years to the Arts in Second Life. If you were a waiter and a friend got tipped one cent by a customer you would probably feel how I do towards the Lab.
The details are, however, that you can apply to have 15000 prims for a month, no megas I would assume as that has always been a psychological stumbling block for the Boys (see Megaphobia).[update: megas are allowed…see comments]…
There have been, luckily, a number of good souls who have done far more than the Lab when it comes to sponsoring artists over the years. I don’t have a list, but, considering the hard cash they have had to hand over to the Lab for their altruistic actions they have done an awful lot more than the multimillion dollar tight-fisted company we all support. Mab MacMoragh was the first person to give me a sim to play with which she funded out of her own pocket and resulted in my Temple of the Prim.
Here recorded by Kumi Kuhr.
IBM gave me a sim to build Tree of Trees on, and in the months I was there we had over 2000 visitors, the Lab being more than happy to use it as one of the Destination Guide entries.
The individual shows I have personally presented have been mostly funded privately. NPIRL Garden of Delights, Orange Island, The Hill, Vision Gallery, le parc des arts, Avgi, Isle of Awakening, Phoenicia, Lalalala Gallery, Evolution Gallery, Angelgate, The Vienna Quarter, Formes Nocturnes and Poetik velvets, Raglan Shire, Pirats, Deutche Info Welt, The Companion, Hotel Dare, University of Western Australia (where I still have a small forest), University of Delaware, Burn 2 and Virtual Treeline Gallery.
Skellig Medbh, Clissa, The Companion, Garden of Eden for Susa Bubble (which was shown in Warsaw)….Nordan’s Gallery, Arte Libera and Kelly Yap have also shown my work this year….. and I’ve probably forgotten a few.
The UWA, courtesy of JayJay (Nazz has a great interview with him here.) gave me a sim to build on earlier this year where I built Transubstantiation (see Machinima page of this blog). That was a similar deal, I had just a month to build it and show, and I managed mainly due to the fact that I had built the sim previously in InWorldz. FreeWee, who followed Wizard at UWA didn’t have so much time as her build was extensive and she would have benefited from more than a month. [The UWA actually paid money to artists every month.]
In fact mostly, I would say, it would be better if artists were given two months, one to build, and one to show. It’s not as if LL can’t afford two sims rather than one. The fact is though that they have done almost nothing for artists over the last 10 years and have no intention of changing their indifference.
This compares so badly with InWorldz. Jeri Rahja is giving sims to artists with 45000 prims (every prim is a potential mega), not for a month or even two, but as a permanent installation of, eventually 20 sims. Ub Yifu, Wizard Gynoid, Alizarin Goldflake, me, Betty Tureaud, and…hmm…well I’ll complete this list later. Nazz Lane may also be joining in, with rumours of others in the pipeline…
So, Linden Lab, how come out of the 6887 sims you own, many of which probably lay empty, just one ends up in the hands of an artist for the month. Even taking into consideration the Machinima sim, Bryn’s sim and the sandbox it is a pathetic Endowment and one you should be continually castigated for until your attitude changes…. one server doesn’t cost as much as you charge for a whole island.