MetaLES, by Ux Hax, Lanjran Choche and Romy Nayar, has been hosting full sim art installations for years in Second Life©. Alongside the art sims sponsored by Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA), as well as the sims showing work Bryn Oh and Rose Borchovski, the art installations on MetaLES are predictably noteworthy. This goes for the current exhibit, Insanity, by Cherry Manga as well. Large human-like figures and surrealist-inspired objects are spread out on a vast space, introducing to the viewer a sense of the unspeakable. But while objects themselves are certainly inspiring and well-made, I didn’t experience them coming together as a whole. Regardless, this work does tap into the dark depths of the psyche and is well worth a visit. Several blog posts have of course already been written about this work, one of the best ones I thought was by Thirza Ember in her blog Second Life ArtsParks.
Upon entering MetaLES you will also find on the ground a small teleport that transports visitors to a newly created space above the sim. It is an area that houses videos of all prior exhibits. Simply click on the image of the installation you would like to view and you will be re-directed to a Vimeo page where you can see the video. This is a wonderful thing; not only is it an archival treasure, but also of course a walk down memory lane. Head over and take a look!
Photographs by Kate Bergdorf