LEA 9: Bryn Oh – A Retrospective 2007-2014

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.

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Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

 

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Favorite DM Arty Farties

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Del May needs no introduction. But for those of you who may be new to Second Life©,  it is probably safe to say that she is the best pose maker we have. Del May is also a photographer and a few of her brilliant and very playful works can be seen in her store. I am a great admirer of all of her creative work; to me, more than anything else, she is a trendsetter and ahead of her time. The Del May Mainstore has been in Second Life as long as I can remember and it such a treat to visit and try out new single and couples poses. (There are intermittently new poses released; join the Del May Group in-world for updates.)  I lost track of time today because I got so into trying out poses and decided I would pick my favorite pose from each DM Arty Farty vendor and post them here. But rather than using the pose in a fashion photo like I normally would, I am just posing on the pose-try-out platform itself. All photos are raw and not manipulated in Photoshop.

DM1_010DM Arty Farty Vendor #1: Half Empty (27/50)

DM1_007DM Arty Farty Vendor #2: Avalanche (2/50)

DM1_008DM Arty Farty Vendor #3: Strange curtsey (32/50)

DM1_009DM Arty Farty Vendor #4: Anglepoise (1/17)

    STYLE CARD:

★ Dress: Leather Trim Dress (Black) by ISON
★ Shoes: Mae Platform (Black) by [Gos]
★ Earrings and Necklace: White Diamond by Paper Couture
★ Skin: Emma (*peche*) by Essences
★ Hair: Carol (Nutmeg) by Amacci
★ Eyes: Look Eyes (Shock Green) by Amacci

Photography by Kate Bergdorf

LEA 25: The Sea of Cubic Dreams and Morlita Quan

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I am finally back after a brief hiatus. Let me tell you, there is nothing like coming back to Second Life© after having been gone for a while and then right away hang out at a concert that takes place in an art exhibit; Morlita Quan’s electronic music performance at the current LEA 25 exhibit The Sea of Cubic Dreams, by Noke Yuitza for Alegria Studio, was packed. The exhibit itself is immersive and feels very virtual. Large, metallic black and turqoise cubes float around above water. When one clicks a cube one floats (instructions provided at the landing point). I found the electronic tunes by Morlita dreamy and incredibly fitting for this setting. Go check out the exhibit for your self: LEA 25: The Sea of Cubic Dreams.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf