Last January I told you that Bryn Oh received a grant from the Canadian government to create a Second Life machinima, so I'm glad to show it to you now. Get comfortable, get popcorn, it's nearly a half hour of beautifully moody, dream-like viewing:
"The Singularity of Kumiko" was funded with a New Media art grant by the Ontario Arts Council, and it's a good thing they helped -- because, Bryn tells me, the most difficult aspect of producing this Second Life machinima wasn't artistic, but financial:
"I think the most difficult practical aspect would have been [SL land] tier," as she puts it. "The story had to be written, then built in the virtual environment, then exhibited for months. I was tempted to say writing the story was hardest, then was thinking of the many months it took in building each model for the story... but really in the end the hardest part is paying for a region for so long as it is being created. I accept that it is a part of working in this medium, but it is still a difficult barrier."
Since it was funded by real life arts organization, will "Kumiko" be shown in an IRL museum or gallery?
"I have not really decided what to do with the machinima yet," says Bryn. "I am in discussion with a gallery for a show exhibiting prints on paper of my Second Life work so it could also be shown there, and then there are the various film or new media festivals I could submit it to. I did speak to a professor at York University and it seems she may make a course revolving around the 'Singularity of Kumiko', so it would feature prominently as part of that courses curriculum. Opportunities arise and after looking at them I will focus on where to apply my energy." Maybe you could offer Bryn another opportunity via her Twitter account.
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