Little Town

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Ever so often there is an event in Second Life© that draws a large crowd. It is usually hard to teleport into these things, one has to try a few times, but then, once one finally arrives, it quickly becomes evident that it was worth all of the effort and the wait. One such popular event right now is Little Town, by Cica Ghost, a sim installation that opened its doors to the public today. Upon arrival, I immediately noticed that there was a lot of hectic running around, trying of Dreaming Balloons, driving of Fishy Cars, and just general mischief going on. In other words, it was kind of magical the way it can only be in Second Life.

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Cica Ghost has created remarkable sim installations like this one before, small fantasy towns and things made of drawings. This little town is also immediately recognizably as her work, though I got the sense here that she has matured quite a bit as an artist. Her builds are more intricate and the textures more refined. I am so impressed by her use of fantasy and the imaginary; Cica’s work it is very much something one could only really see in Second Life. Head over and take a look and be prepared to spend some time!

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Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

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Berg by Nordan Art

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One of the projects I have been busy putting together is a new exhibit space, Berg by Nordan Art. This is a small gallery showing work by Second Life© photographers.  It is the purpose of the gallery to provide a place where high quality work of both emerging and established photographers can be shown. The space is purposefully small as to highlight only a handful of outstanding work by selected artists. Photography categories are, but not limited to, fine art photography, fashion photography, landscape photography, erotic photography and portrait photography. Exhibits will rotate every three months. Come visit!

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Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

H220

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Those who know me know that I like rain and especially in Second Life©. One of the best “rain sims,”H22O,  beautifully put together by Miuccia Klaar and Squonk Levenque, is sadly closing by the end of next week. Head over and take a look before it is all gone, I really think this is a must see. What you will find is a large  area enveloped in heavy rain and thunder; some trees and bushes, decaying builds and a few other selected item are strategically placed throughout. Crows are flying around or just standing. There is a sense of poetry here, a lovely place. Go and take a look.

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Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

Halloween Town

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So every year throughout Halloween time in Second Life© I am bored and annoyed with all the commercial nonsense. Also, without fail, every Halloween I am caught off guard and impressed by something someone did that really worked. Last year it happened at Havenhollow, this year at Halloween Town. Halloween Town is put together by Laura Liberty who, judging by what it says in her profile, is part of a team that creates holiday themed towns in Second Life. Initially, when I first teleported in, I was struck by the whimsical architecture of the builds. They are like nothing I have seen before, quite intricate and sort of cartoon-like, lovely, really.  These little houses contain stores selling Halloween-themed goods and some of it is incredibly well made. For those of you who are obsessed with Halloween, go take a look, I am sure you will be quite excited. As I continued walking through town, now starting to feel a little more optimistic about Second Life Halloween again, I eventually found myself in front of the haunted house.  You will not be able to zoom through this house quickly; turn on the music, follow the arrows and be prepared to spend some time in suspense.  Some of the scenes are silly, some frightening and some even quite surreal, but they are all very well-thought out. Bravo, Laura Liberty, great work, you had me holding my breath a few times for sure!

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Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

Metaphore, by Tutsy Navarathna

 

I am in a hurry this morning and on my way out, but had to take a few minutes to share with you before I go the beautiful machinima Metaphore, by Tutsy Navarathna.  It captivated me to the point where I had to remain in front of the screen and watch it to the end. Really, I felt I had no choice. This short film is part of the Machinima UWA VII: Transcending Borders, the 7th UWA Short Animated Film Challenge, a competition of which Tutsy Navarathna is a three-time champion. The film Metaphore integrates in the most sophisticated way the visual and the psychological, resulting in a machinima that is both sensual and touching and, truly, nothing short of astounding.  This work is one of the best visual representations of Second Life© that I have seen to date. I could go on and on, but please watch it for yourselves.

Fall 2014: The Fur Vest

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I found my way to yet another pretty Fall sim today, Just Another Tequila Sunrise, which has been put together and is also owned by Arol Lightfoot. I had a blast trying out all kinds of poses that are readily available all over this beautiful space. I think part of why I really enjoy Fall is because it is coolish, but not cold enough to have to bundle up in layers. A vest, jeans and ankle boots are perfectly sufficient to stay warm; it is easy to run around without being restricted by what one is wearing. I remember last year around this time when I felt quite conflicted about getting a fur jacket in Second Life© (see Fall 2013: Virtual Fur). I found the fur vest in the photograph this year and felt similarly disagreeable, but got it anyway without getting myself too worked up about it!

STYLE CARD:

★ Vest: De Vrouw Fur Vest by DRIFT
★ Jeans: Skinnyjeans by COCO
★ Boots: Suede Ankle Boots (Grey Brown) by COCO
★ Earrings: Merriweather Diamond Studs by Paper Couture
★ Necklace: Vega (aruba/gold) by [glow] studio
★ Skin: Emma (*peche*) by Essences
★ Hair: Kalli, Type B (Citrine) by D!va
★ Eyes: Look Eyes (Dark Green) by Amacci

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Piedra Lubitsch at Lollygagger

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I used to write a lot about art in Second Life© and I used to really enjoy doing it. These days, honestly, there is not too much to write about. I predictably end up writing about the same artists. These individuals create solid work, meaning they produce outstanding work on a consistent basis (like, for instance, Igor Ballyhoo, Bryn Oh, Harbor Galaxy). But there are other great artists out there, I know it, I am just having a hard time finding them. Once in a while I will stumble upon a talented artist who is relatively new. Like Piedra Lubitsch, who is currently showing photographs at the Lollygagger Art Center. I headed over this weekend to the opening, but it was too crowded so I left and  decided to return today. Let me also just point out here that not only was Piedra’s work great, but the gallery itself was too. No fancy textures or glittery stuff, just plain old scruffy space with some writing on the ground, squeezed in between some other buildings on a  mainland area. Refreshing! Bravo, Lollygagger Art Center, cool space indeed. But back to Piedra. Her work is well-crafted and well-thought out; color and light are beautifully integrated. What captured my attention the most when viewing Piedra’s photographs was the  sense of being  part of a moment. Her photography feels very much alive. The images I am posting in this blog, don’t do her work any justice; please head over to the gallery and take a closer look for yourself.

Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

 

Fall 2014: All Bundled Up

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I spent most of my Second Life© time this weekend terraforming and organizing a new thing that I am planning (more on that to come another time). This undertaking has been both exciting and exhausting and I know I need a break from it. One of the best ways  for me to relax is to blog and there is plenty to blog about in Second Life any time there is a change of season. At the moment, most designers, sim-owners and bloggers are busy finalizing and presenting their work for Fall. In terms of design, and the fairly recent introduction of mesh, this season it seems more than ever that anything is possible in Second Life. Talented fashion designers, like Nevery Lorakeet (*LpD*) and cocoro Lemon (COCO), are taking their work to a whole new level. I am totally in love with the incredibly well-constructed winter coat and boots that I picked up at The Chapter Four this morning! In terms of craft design, the work of the content creator Alex Bader (Studio Skye) is so popular that at this point one almost expects to see it on any well-designed sim.  There are many, many sims to visit for a great Fall experience; I ended up taking my photograph at L’Arc-en-Ciel, which is put together and owned by Asa Vordun. Finally, for a truly outstanding compilation of Fall sims, please visit the Echt Virtuell blog by fellow blogger Maddy Gynoid.

STYLE CARD:

★ Coat: Nina (Brown) by *LpD*
★ Boots: Suede Ankle Boots (Blue) by COCO
★ Sunglasses: Miami Heat Shades (Black) by Yummy
★ Skin: Emma (*peche*) by Essences
★ Hair: Elizabeth (Praline) by LeLutka
★ Eyes: Look Eyes (Dark Green) by Amacci
★ Pose: Melancholic Flower by Del May

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf