Art


Hills Gallery currently has two exhibitions on display by hill.s (hillany.scofield) : You shine through and The Recreation.
The first one is a collection of SL Photographs in black and white, erotica, and the second one is the installation I visited tonight.

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The Recreation is a 3D installation and a combination of photography, projection, mannequins and poetry. And, which I always enjoy, it is interactive; you are invited to use the poses you will find  and become part of the work!

“Recreate. Either find your place or lose yourself in the grid of impressions and projection. Second life is about you and the ability to find your own fascination. Find yourself. Position yourself. Be a part of the world which your imagination can create. Take a picture ! – the lights are on you. “- Hillany Scofield

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Hills Gallery is a wonderful building, combined with the regions windlight setting is has a great ambiance and feel, it absolutely adds to the art works on display.

Links:
SLurl to Hills Gallery
Hill.s on Flickr
Hills Gallery Flickr group

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The, impressive, DiXmiX Gallery currently has two new exbihitions on display: a 3D and 2D display of works by Mistero Hifeng and a collection of photographs “The Paperworks”  by William Weaver. DiXmiX is built by Megan Prumier and curated by DiXmiX Source, the building alone is great to wander around!

In this blogpost I will only show The Paperworks in this blogpost and will go back to the Gallery soon to have a better look at Mistero’s works. Both exhibitions deserve their time and attention!

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William Weaver, a well known SL (and RL) photographer (and the creator of Firestorms popular Phototools), his works often of a somewhat adult/erotic nature. I am an admirer of his photography since years and was happy to see his work in a gallery – I only know them from Flickr.

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Most of the works are displayed in slideshows, so you really should find a nice spot in the Gallery and take the time to let all the pictures pass through! Perfect on a quiet Sunday afternoon.

Links:
SLurl to DiXmiX Gallery
Website DiXmiX
DixMix Gallery Flickr group


It has been a while since I last visited Dathuil, located next to The Sable Club on the (Adult rated) sim of The Chamber Society and curated by Lucy Diamond and Max Butoh,  so when I heard about a new exhibition I went to go see it.

Currently on display is ‘Aisling’, explained as : ASH-ling; vision, dream, apparition and it consists of a series of images by artists who have have shown their works in previous exhibition in the gallery.

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Set in an old distillery I always enjoy this venue for its light and shadows and overall look and feel. Luckily Dathuil seems to have its own music stream – as opposed to the rest of the sim where a Christmas station is still playing ‘let it snow’ and ‘jingle bells’!

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But do not let this keep you from visiting, Aisling is a wonderful collection and worth your time!

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Artists and titles of their work:
– Gaus (cicciuzzo.gausman): Femme d’Essence, Togetherness
– mrs S (lauralar): Minimalism, Minimalism dark
– Mr S. (saka.infinity): All About You
– daze landar (daisydaze): A Show of Hands, His Warmth
– Yann Whoa (lottomann): Dedication, Admiration
– k a t e (katebergdorf): Beside Me
– Your Mother (elizabethnantes): AtHome
– Ash (ashratum): Bare Witness, Triangulation
– Io (io.bechir): Waiting for Dawn, In Life a Slave In Death a Warrior
– Maloe Vansant: Stand up for a new future
– Mi (kissmi): Snowy Path, Serene
– Joslyn.Benson (jolivea.tyran): and i’ve lost, stay close


One of my ‘New Years resolutions’, if you can call it that – as I never really do those – is that I want to visit more art in Second Life. All kinds of art. And so this means I will also be going to exhibitions of Second Life  Photography. As I have written often, I always find it difficult to fully enjoy Second Life photographs when on display in-world, I prefer to watch them full screen on Flickr.
Visiting an art gallery in Second Life, however, isn’t just about looking at photographs on display,  of course. It is about the whole ambiance and the experience of walking around and getting to meet the artists and other visitors.

My first visit this year was to Kate Bergdorf’s Berg by Nordan Art, which currently has two amazing exhibitions: Penumbra and lacrimioare. As I was not able to attend the official opening today at 9AM SLT, I want to thank Kate for allowing me a preview visit for my blog!

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Penumbra by Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu  is a 3D installation on the groundlevel – complete with sounds and interactive elements (some objects hand you an avatar as a gift!). An artwork to walk in and around, full of wonderful details and textures.
The story of Penumbra is somewhat explained in the note-card you can obtain at the landing point, and also in Kate’s blogpost in which she announces these exhibitions and gives more background information about the artists.

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I’ve enjoyed wandering around Penumbra, it felt a bit eerie but also magical and the sounds really add to the whole atmosphere. For the pictures in this blog-post I have adjusted the recommended region windlight a bit (old habit, I can’t help myself!), but not too much!

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lacrimioare by Huckleberry Hax is a collection of  Second Life photographs, which Huck has taken specially for this exhibition and they are therefor not published anywhere yet. (To get to this, intimate, collection you have to take the teleport at the landing-point)

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lacrimioare to me sounds like a combination of lacramioare (Romanian for the Convallaria majalis or ‘Lily of the Valley’) and Mozart’s Lacrimosa, though I have not asked Huck if this is what he means with it. The subtitle of lacrimioare is ‘the new absence of someone loved‘ and it comes with a poem called ‘Lily’. All this – together with the abstract photographs in Hucks well-known minimalist style, of delicate lilies – gives it a feeling of a lovely, caring tribute.

Both exhibitions are on display in Berg by Nordan Art till the end of March, so plenty of time to go visit!

 

 

 

 


Fitch Lekvoda’s “The Plain of Jars” is…well, that. A plain of jars. Giants jars. Hundreds and hundreds of them. Some half covered in the sand, others standing in the sun. And nobody really knows where they came from or what they mean.

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“Some now recall the legend of the giant King’s victory banquet. Believing the jars to be the leftover alcohol vessels from that banquet.  Others think of a more mundane purpose, to collect rain water for passing caravans….”

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A very interesting place, quite something else and that is what I love about it! The Plain of Jars is impressive and wonderful to walk around and let your imagination go.

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Showing how huge they are!

Some places, like this one..need no explanation…just go see it and enjoy! And if you take pictures, do not forget to add them to the Plain of Jars Flickrgroup!


“Always remember, it’s simply not an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.” ~J.R.R Tolkien

From Here On There be Dragons is an art installation, currently on display at Split Screen, by Alpha Auer.
A modern building in the sky, guarded by amazing golden Dragons. The mythological creatures stand on a floor which is textured with  a leaf from Abraham Ortelius’s “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum,” a Renaissance map of the world – as to visualise how renaissance and medieval map makers used to draw sea-creatures and dragons on maps of unknown territories (or the edge of the world, of course).

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Whether you love old world-maps or Dragons, or both!, the exhibition is certainly worth a visit, the Dragons (as far as I could see they are created by Jade Leaf Studio’s Ayuki) are wonderfully detailed and stunning!

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At the entrance you can pick up a free avatar, made by Alpha Auer!

SLURL

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Published last month, October 2016, SIM is the latest novella by Second Life author Huckleberry Hax. While for instance  Huck’s popular AFK-series and Amazing Metaverse (collected short stories) were set in Second life, SIM is not. It is however situated in a Virtual reality, Huck introduced SIM on his own website with this teaser:

‘What if, one day, you woke up inside a virtual reality environment with no memory of your life before. How would you know if it was real?’

The answer to that question is all up to you, as reader!
The 102 page novella is not difficult to read – even for me as a non native English speaker – but then, I find Huck’s writing and style pleasant.

So what if, one day, you woke up inside a virtual reality environment?
It happens to King, the main character, and SIM describes his daily routine and explorations, as much as those are possible – and perhaps even his struggles and pondering.
Interaction with others in his restricted Virtual Reality are limited to the use of a computer, via again: Virtual Reality.

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The physical struggle is real, for King, and written in a way I could actually feel it. But that is how I read books, I need to ‘feel’ it, and Huck succeeded in that. I have finished the book over a week ago – after reading it twice (but that is what I do with most books in English, to be sure I have not missed anything important and often the re-reading makes it even more immersive for me).
It is a thought provoking novella, and after a few days of letting it sink in I realised what made it a wonderful, real and yet confusingly unreal story. I first had to let go of the fact SIM is set in a Virtual Reality and even let go of my own experiences in Second Life. Yet, still, SIM felt like something I know all too well: dementia or Alzheimer.

I grew up with my Mom having Alzheimer from a very young age and have seen her losing reality over the course of a couple of years, until she did not remember anything anymore from her ‘before life’.
A world reduced to some square meters, where routine rules and new experiences and meetings are forgotten, often a few minutes after they happen. That is what Huck describes in SIM, for me.
But for any other reader SIM could mean something completely different or maybe even nothing. Isn’t that the beauty of fiction?

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You can find links to SIM here on Huck’s website, it is free to download in several formats.

Enjoy!