I first read about the Bryn Oh LEA exhibit in the blog Living in the Modem World by Inara Pey; it was a well-written post, I was intrigued and headed over to LEA 9. I spent a long time walking around this retrospective exhibit. It is beautifully put together and the works themselves are presented in such a way as to highlight their historical significance. I also thought some of the comments posted by Bryn throughout were quite touching and meaningful. When I left I had a sense that I had gained insight into who Bryn Oh might be, as a person, anonymous or not. I am not going to write anything more about Bryn Oh’s works themselves here, so much have already been said and written. Rather, I’d like to post here images and machinima of her work from the 2007-2014 period and also statements found at the exhibit. I will start off with this short written piece by Bryn Oh named Building Blocks:
When I first came to Second Life the most remarkable thing to me was that you could change the world by adding content to it. The idea that you could create something add it to the world, log off and potentially come back a week later to find it still there was quite unique and still is.
Any user could, on build enabled land, create objects using any of these basic shapes I have placed, in fact there may have even been less options when I first came I forget now. It was very much like playing with lego as a child except there was also the magic of scripts to rotate, flap or do almost anything you could imagine. Linden Lab provided the tools and the users figured out what to do with them.
When interacting with my work you should be aware that I tend to hide things. Often you will need to click on objects for machinima links or type specific words in local chat to open secret doors with things inside to click. For example, with “Irrevocably” the sculpture with two figures under a street lamp, you can type the title in local chat. Irrevocably. After you do, look at the face of the figure in the background and you will see it open. Inside is a oil sketch I made which you can click on for a poem and music. Many, naturally, would never find these secrets. They were created for people, such as myself, who get overly excited by such discoveries and over time people who followed my work came to expect that there would be rocks to overturn and things to piece together to find the various layers.
Photographs by Kate Bergdorf