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    UWA Peeks Into the Mind of Linden Lab CEO through 'Doodle Art'


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    When the University of Western Australia (UWA) approached CEO of Linden Labs (Second Life), Mark Kingdon  to formally exhibit some of his 'doodle art', this former UCLA student of fine arts and remowned businessman (much to the astonishment of his father),  said " It's hard for me to think of these doodles as 'art' . I do them to focus my mind."


    However, the University  was insistent and soon a collection of Kindon's 'doodle art' was shipped from California, USA to the University in Western Australia, heralding a major crossover between real and virtual worlds.


    The exhibition opened last Friday on the UWA  Crawley Campus and was attended by artists, faculty members and alumni.  Said award winning West Australian artist/sculptor Len Zuks : "The unexpected image and the subsequent revealing insights was an unequivocal surprise. It is as if I had bypassed the artist's eyes and had a glimpse into the mechanism of the artist's mind. Wow! ""


    Two days later the exhibition was also opened in virtual space at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery on the UWA Second Life campus, allowing greater public access to this unique exhibition.  The opportunity to see the more creative side of the most famous Linden brought a huge mixed audience.


    This peek into the mind of  the Linden's Lab CEO and the opening of the exhibition and Mark Kingdon's response to this first RL/SL simultaneous exhibition of his works can be seen at:



    Thanks to  Chantal Harvey & Larkworthy Antfarm for the high quality machima (film) of this event and quadrapop Lane for the photographs.

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