Private Sphere III

There is a new exhibit, Private Sphere III A Retroactive Installation, by artist Prairie Kawashima, curated by Toodles Telling, that opened on December 1. This is one of the most remarkable interactive installations that I have seen in Second Life in recent years and a must see. One teleports in to the landing point on a platform in the sky and stands in front of an apartment building created by Soy (many other items in the exhibit are also by the talented Soy). The two-story house contains several rooms, each consisting of various objects that fit into each particular room, as well as images by Prairie, taped on the wall or scattered on the floor. There are objects placed on the outside of the house as well. The attention to detail here is remarkable and one is left with the sense of having visited someone’s lived in home. Aran M. June, one of our most esteemed image creators, notes about the exhibit that having it seen it I know one thing for sure: Prairie is not an imaginary person. She actually lives there but has just gone outside to get some groceries. The installation is an open, interactive and very intimate space for visitors to take part in. From the exhibit note card we learn that [t]hrough this microscopic look on contemporary urban life, dissecting loneliness, isolation and desire, her [Prairie’s] work almost painfully unveils issues of female identity, sexuality, and psychology, placing her in the newly awakened feminist discourse of recent years. Head over and take a look before this work closes on December 17.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

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DownFaLL

There is a new place, DownFaLL, created by Junn. Located at the south corner of the sim Azura Oasis, this is an inviting setting that makes wonderful use of space. There is a great attention to detail here, both when it comes to the partially rainy outside and the interior. The outside part consists of different kinds of trees and grasses, a small beach and plenty of seating areas, intermingled in between three builds. The inside of Apple Fall’s Country Hall has been decorated beautifully and paintings, candles as well as a set dinner table contribute to an intimate ambiance. DownFaLL opens to the public tomorrow night, head over and take a look!

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

north opens today

North, covered in a soft blanket of snow, opens later today. Heavy snow falls on the mountains, but the valley remains clear. While much is still the same as it was, there are also some new additions that I think contribute to an overall sense of cohesion on the sim. Two buildings were added to the cluster of houses in the center and all of them are now snugly contained by walls and fences. There is a pavement with streetlights and a road. The new North abandoned motel is facing the ocean. Christmas decor is minimal on the sim, most notable is a large christmas tree by AM Radio in the courtyard from which stretch strings of light. As the astute observer may also notice, the waves have been turned properly (they were facing the wrong way before lol). The new North music stream is up and a new North windlight in the making. None of this would have been at all possible without the generous help of Toxx Genest, Mich Michabo, Bay Addens, Sasaya Kayo, Livio Korobase and others. It dawned on me once done with the makeover, the greatest part of it was the work we shared. Thank you ♥

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

the plant

There is a new installation, The Plant, spearheaded by Eupalinos Ugajin, that opens on November 1. The exact opening time is still to be determined. This is a remarkable project for several reasons. One, Eupa only rarely puts together projects like this and every time it happens, we know we are in for a treat. Further, the group of artists participating are a fantastic mix of talented creators, some of whos’ work we have not seen in a very, very long time. The artists, in no particular order, are Penumbra Carter, Dekka Raymaker, Suzanne Graves, Haveit Neox, Kikas Babenco and Marmaduke Arado, Art Oluja, Igor Ballyhoo, Meilo Minotaur, CapCat Ragu, Moewe Winkler and Artistide Despres. This multi-level work addresses technology and its impact on humanity and earth. Upon arrival one finds oneself on a platform, surrounded by posters with information as well as quotes (see below). Please read the instructions as they will be helpful to optimize viewer experience. Also make sure to turn up sound as its an integral part of this. There are gifts distributed throughout, see if you can find them! Teleports are available to each of the levels that display works by aforementioned artists.

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I will not go into detail here about each installation, but I assure you taking it all in is a delightful experience. What awaits the visitor is at first glance a whimsical and even messy, yet also organized, chaos. Delving further into this installation, however, one is struck by the masterful executions and intricacies of each individual’s work (above contribution by Haveit Neox). Eupa notes about this work that [t]hey were brought up believing technology could solve any problem facing Humanity. The right glasses would restore the sight of the Blind Locomotive. Being a . . . (fill) specialist you were invited at today’s meeting at “The Plant.” Please make sure to attend the opening if you can and if not visit later, this important work should not be missed. Sim will be accessible to the public at the day of the opening.

Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

The Dreamers

The opening of the final Berg by Nordan Art installation, The Dreamers, by Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu will take place on Saturday, October 21, at 1PM SLT. The exhibit will be up until the last day of December, which is also the last opening day of the gallery. Like the preceding work by these talented artists, this promises to be extraordinary. To me, the description of this work alone reads like poetry.

Because violence will not take away our ability to dream!

When we were just beginning to create this project, the events of Charlottesville happened. Our hearts stopped. We cannot do this – we thought – we must alert to the political situation we live in! The danger of tyranny. The danger of environmental disaster. The danger of xenophobia, sexism, homophobia. The danger of hate! But then we stopped.

From within us came this beach, this horizon. This sea, this lake, these white clouds grew. No! We will not give up on The Dreamers. We will not give up on beauty. They will not steal the beauty of the world. They will not steal tenderness. They will not steal the life we have left. And so, our beach is our resistance!

Meilo and CapCat are again generously offering free gift avatars available at the landing. The gallery is temporarily closed now for installation until the opening and we will then provide the exhibit landmark via group announcements and Flickr.

Poster by Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu

The GBTH Project

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The G.B.T.H. (Grab By The Horns) Project, curated by Marina Münter, opens tomorrow, Sunday, October 15 at 12PM SLT. Marina notes that the project is a proposal of occupation of abandoned spaces in the city with exhibitions, taking them to public spaces in counterpoint of the closed environment of a gallery or museum. The first show, or edition, is a collective exhibit named #mutualrespect part1, in which 16 photographers were invited  to portray male vulnerability and asked to take a photo of a man they are close to, completely disarmed in a way only they can see. The photographers are, in no particular order, Marina Münter, Irina Fowrzy, Pari Dolia, Mich Michabo, Kate Bergdorf, Isa Messioptra, Catalina Staheli, Miu Miu Miu, Megan Prumier, Elodee, B. tomstone (aka Billie), kiki Ergenthal, Hillany Scofield, Wiona, Ania Baxton and Gartruth Garmonbozia. Marina explains about her project that the idea came when a friend that I adore told me that he can’t cry nor express feelings because it was not what people expected from him, and I am sure others can relate to itThe result turned out in an interest mix of images, from painful nudity to subtle sweet things like pollen allergy set up on broken concrete floor, hidden by tall buildings, ruins and sneaky, uncontrolled wild nature. The multi-talented Pari Dolia will DJ. Please be on the lookout for the G.B.T.H. Project poster on Flickr for the landmark that will be posted on the day of the opening.

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Poster by Marina Münter
Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Fear, she is the mother of violence: An Installation by Livio Korobase on LEA1

There is currently an installation, Fear, she is the mother of violence, on LEA1 by Livio Korobase. As is usually the case when it comes to this artist, there is no opening date; the installation is a work in progress and will close at the end of December. This work consists of a sim-sized space, the ground covered in a blackboard-like texture covered with scratches and partially with black and red text. Scattered throughout are groups of objects; clusters of people, statues, and a large TV. The TV displays, just as does the text on the ground, messages about violence and fear. Livio notes about his exhibit that I wanted to build a field of fears, where people can listen to little audio talks of people talking about fears, personal fears, anything related to fear. Livio will install invisible sound emitters and visitors will hear recorded voices talking about fears as they walk through the exhibit. He invites every one who is interested to submit a 10-second-long audio file about personal fears (the fears can be about anything). The audio will be anonymous. If interested in submitting your voice sample, please email an audio file to livio.korobase@gmail.com.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

north updates

North has been up for almost two months now and there is a steady stream of people visiting the sim. It is not yet listed in the Second Life Destination guide, which to me is a good thing since it would ultimately just bring large crowds of visitors, something I am hoping to avoid. The North Flickr group is flourishing and pics are posted daily. I take great pleasure in seeing how you experience and interpret with your photographs North and, truthfully, every time I see a new image posted my heart beats a little faster. I will continue posting the five North Friday Pics on the board next to the skateboard rink and announce them via the North inworld group every week.

I would like to continue keeping North simple. I am reluctant to bombard visitors with messages when they arrive at the landing point and thus just provide the most basic information. People who have joined the North inworld group for rezz rights have mostly been great at removing their objects when done. Thank you for that. Some of you have asked me why there is no “tip jar” and the answer is that I am not looking for donations. I want people to enjoy the environment without feeling pressured to pay.

Moving forward I would like to work on getting a proper North windlight and also a unique North music stream. As many of you know, I am itching to transform the sim for winter! I already started removing and adding little things here and there, but there will be a major transformation in a few weeks. I will then close the sim for a week or two. The North foundation will remain the same, but I imagine the general ambience will end up being a bit more raw and austere.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Laurie Anderson: A Virtual Reality of Stories

Please click the link below to see one of the most outstanding contributions to virtual art/machinima that I have seen to date, The Chalkroom, by Laurie Anderson. Thank you moonie, for making me aware of it.

Explore Laurie Anderson’s ‘Chalkroom’ – a new artistic discovery in virtual reality – and learn what it feels like to navigate through an exciting universe of drawings and stories while flying around disembodied and free.

Source: Laurie Anderson: A Virtual Reality of Stories