Ten years ago Linden Lab’s opened a virtual world where users from around the world could come together. The result was the formation of a community still strong today. As the years have passed time has defined our interaction and the creations we see across the grid.
Much has changed within SecondLife from positive enhancements embraced by the community to debatable policy changes that have earned heated forum posts. On the Linden Lab, What is SecondLife? webpage it is still described today as a “world with infinite possibility, a life without boundaries, guided only by your imagination.” To an extent I still believe this definition. There is certainly possibilities abound, as you wander the world imagination is abundant in all the eye can see. I question however if it is a life without boundaries given the rules, regulations and general attitudes we need to adhere too, but that is another blog post on its own.
Being naturally creative in nature, I find the depth of talent and imagination within SecondLife the guiding reason for spending nearly six years immersed within this world. Friendships are another reason for staying but it is the creative edge, the imagination and the constant “wow” as new features are developed and implemented. An example is how mesh has taken creation to a brand new level. Everywhere you look upon the grid you see how eagerly it has been embraced. We are becoming accustomed to the outstanding texture quality and almost life-like designs.
Over the years I have been lucky to make friends with many artists and creators each leaving their mark upon my mind with their talent and designs. Never is there a dull moment when you are surrounded by those whose strength is imagination.
I happily wander the many art exhibitions on display, with the University of Western Australia’s monthly open art challenge one of my favourites for it displays such a wide range of visual art. Drama productions are held across theatres and opera houses with the Ballet Pixelle Theatre being in production since 2007. Music is as important to my life as oxygen and food and I easily immerse myself within the music culture at the many live performances across the grid. With its breathtaking design The Rose Theatre and Art Gallery is a worthy place to showcase some of SecondLife’s finest musicians.
There are those that excel in creating machina. Fashion designers who push boundaries and those that provide the everyday clothing we all need and love. We are surrounded by many outstanding sims created purely for enjoyment and exploration. Every place we venture into has been created and built with care and attention. Even those of us that blog about SecondLife are exploring our creativity with words and photography.
Some utter they don’t have a creative bone in their body, that they can’t build and all they do is chat and dance. However we are all active participants in this imaginative world, this bright, ever-changing and diverse community that is SecondLife residents. Inspiration is drawn from the moment we hit the login button and our creative expression can be in the most simple form of how you design the visual aspects of your avatar and the surroundings you dwell within.
My love for SL has been rekindled over the past few weeks as I have been fortunate to spend time as an exhibit assistant for the SL10B, 10th birthday celebrations for SecondLife. The creativity has been abundant as exhibitions and art displays appear on each building parcel. With 20 sims full of art, exhibitions, information and live events this years event has something for everyone and once again highlights the depth of imagination within our world.
With a theme of “Looking forward, Looking back” SL10B happens from June 16 to June 29. As the date nears I will blog more on the celebrations with some interviews from some of the talented creators on display, for now however mark down the dates and don’t forget to check the official website for more details.