Haveit Neox and Lilia Artis are the world builders of Genesia. the Arts & Entertainment region of the year. They have been creating these imagination-invoking regions for years, delighting the Fairelanders with their mysteries. They speak of their creation process, their contact, and share the story of Genesia.
How many Fairelands have you built? Has the process, the feeling, changed during the years?
This is the fifth year participating in Fantasy Faire. Experience is helpful in planning more efficiently. We generally start thinking of plans for the next year’s Fantasy Faire during the current year’s Faire. Ideas flush out, then bit by bit during many months we casually begin building models and making textures. About 3 months before opening, we work a couple hours almost every day. 2 months prior to the Faire we go into high gear. One month before opening, we go into a joyous panic.
What have you been up to since the last Faire?
Life has a way of dealing harsh realities from time to time. Lilia has been dealing with such concerns for a deeply loved family member. She nevertheless summons the courage to pursue the work, and from it sprouts the tree of life in the middle of the sim at Genesia.
For Haveit, his working computer and his backup computer broke within 2 months of each other. Switching to a new computer he had to learn two programs with which he’d had little experience in order to build his part of the sim which is most of the underwater section.
How was your region born? What inspired it, what is its story?
Lilia developed most of the area above water, and it was a much needed optimistic contrast to an emotionally challenging year. The tree is about life and joy. Its bark sheds tears that are plentiful, but colorful as ornaments. The animals sprouting from the tree share a similar light patterning of color on a white field. The concept for Haveit’s region below water was the infinite city at night, illuminated by fluorescence. Lilia suggested keeping the ocean lifeless in contrast to the abundance of it above. And so, the representations of living creatures in the sea are but statues, and to emphasize this, they are nearly all mounted onto pillars.
Do you listen to music while building? What kind? If so, does your region have a theme song?
We listen to each other’s voices. While working we are usually in voice contact via WhatsApp or Skype. It feels like sitting in the same room working together. With screen share we can even look over each other’s shoulder. There is an exchange of ideas, help with technical considerations, confessions of shopping binges, difficult problems of life or its victories, and an exchange of meal ingredients. Often times we know what the other is eating by the crunch, or the sound of unwrapping a product. This is gratifying, taking into consideration that we are some 6 or so thousand miles apart. The candy wrapper or scraping of a fork against a pasta bowl instantaneously travels the whole of the Atlantic Ocean and across another continent without the loss of a single crumb. WhatsApp truly is our friendship’s life chord, this way we even do our daily yoga and exercises together. The time zones do not disturb too badly, as one is a night owl, and the other of diurnal stock.
Do you have a favourite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to this Faire?
Each year that we’ve done the Faire, there are several favorite memories, and each year they are quite different. But all in all what we enjoy most is talking to the people we haven’t seen since last year’s Faire, and exploring all the regions. When the time gets closer to receiving our sims and we start setting up our builds, we feel like children waiting for the birthday party. And when finally seeing all the incredible and imaginative work of the fellow creators it feels like a shower of gifts. We are literally open mouthed and eyes sparkling behind our screens.
Thank you, Lilia and Haveit, for taking the time to chat with us. Thank you for bringing us another magical Faireland to explore!