I am super excited to share with you here this machinima that Tutsy put together of our most recent October 2015 exhibit opening at Berg by Nordan Art where we are showing Memories by Giovanna Cerise and Passively by Sina Souza. This is the second of two Berg by Nordan Art opening machinima, the first one was of the opening of Harbor Galaxy’s exhibit back in July, take a look here. Thank you very much Mister Master Machinima Maker Navarathna, this machinima is like art about art!
This is my third and absolute last post for today! Just wanted to make you aware of the Flickr event MoVember 2015 organized by my friend daze that is going on right now. The event was held last year too and I submitted a photo then and had a lot of fun putting it together just as did I this year. MoVember is an annual event involving the growing of mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as depression in men, prostate cancer and other male cancers, and associated charities. The MoVember Foundation runs the MoVember charity event, housed at http://www.Movember.com. The goal of Movember is to “change the face of men’s health.” Help spread awareness and join the MoVember Flickr group and submit a photograph of yourself wearing a beard or a mustache.
Poster on top by daze
Photograph below by Kate Bergdorf
Berg by Nordan Art 2015 is now published. This is a book showcasing the work of the artists who showed their work in the Berg by Nordan Art gallery in 2015, published by Nordan Art Issuu, with a foreword by Tutsy Navarathna and put together by Huckleberry Hax and myself. Thanks to the artists, Tutsy, Piedra, Harbor, Sina and Giovanna, for making 2015 a great year!
Photograpy by Kate Bergdorf
The meaning of the Flickr Fave is bewildering to me and perhaps to others too. I will try to decipher it here as best as I can. This is not an easy task since the favoring system doesn’t really make sense. But it seems to me that the most apparent and purest meaning of the Flickr Fave (or any social media Fave for that matter) is that it is being used to express that the photograph is liked. However, to complicate things, the reason to like or dislike is subjective and varies tremendously. In my humble attempt to make sense of it all, I have come up with a list of categories for people who favor photographs on Flickr. The list is by no means complete or exhaustive and I welcome comments and suggestions for additional categories.
- The Fave Addict: This individual is repeatedly and compulsively checking his or her own Faves and also the Faves of others. The quality of the photographs posted by this person may in fact be great, but the main purpose is not to share creative work but rather to gather as many Faves as possible. This category overlaps in part with the Fave Collector.
- The Fave Bully: This person does not favor a photograph even if it is outstanding simply because they dislike the person who posted it. The reasoning behind the not adding a Fave is purely subjective and at times a friend may even be recruited not to favor also. This is when feelings of dislike of another person interferes with appreciation of art.
- The Fave Catcher-Upper: This person favors many, many images of one photographer at one time because he or she is simply too busy to regularly check the Flickr People postings. There is not enough time in the day to favor photographs individually, however, he or she still wants to be part of the Flickr experience. This person will check in now and then when time allows.
- The Fave Collector: This individual Faves most photographs whether he or she likes them or not. The reason for liking someone’s photograph is simply to get as many likes back as possible. There is a great deal of planning invested here, like adding photographs to hundreds of groups to get as many Faves as possible. Collecting Faves becomes like the thrill of a game.
- The Fave Forgetter: This is the absentminded person who simply forgets to Fave a photograph on the spot when they really intended to. He or she may remember months later when seeing the photograph again and Fave it then. This individual is then left feeling like he or she has perhaps “missed the boat.”
- The Fave Ignorant: This is the individual who could care less about getting Faves. He or she also doesn’t care about giving Faves. This person is solely invested in posting and sharing photography for the sake of displaying their creative work.
- The Fave Purist: This person will Fave a photograph simply because the image is appealing and he or she genuinely likes it. His or her reason for liking a photograph is purely objective. This is the true Fave giver!
- The Fave Socialite: This person Faves the photographs of friends generously, not because the photograph is great, but simply to support the friend. These individuals are not really that invested in getting Faves back, but merely interested in using Flickr as a means of social communication.
- The Fave Supporter: This person Faves a photograph in order to provide support. He or she will liberally give Faves and sees positive elements in most photographs. This individual is someone who offers encouragement and positive reinforcement whenever possible (provided by ~ Cody Zaytsev ~).
Most of us can probably identify with several of these categories. Some of them overlap. So what is really the meaning and importance of the Flickr Fave then? Is in our checking for Faves on our photographs perhaps simply reflected an innate need that we have as humans to be liked? And most confusing to me, what about the stellar photographs that barely get any likes and the mediocre ones that get hundreds?
Addendum: This topic ended up becoming a meaningful discussion between a few Flickr members, take a look here!
Photograph by Kate Bergdorf
There is this place called Deadman’s Island, put together by Alex Luciano, that I visited today. The sim is Halloween-themed, but done in such a way as to not be too obvious about it. It could also just pass for a very dark place. There is a cemetery, of course, a church and a few decrepit fallen down houses, mist hovering over the ground and some ghosts floating around. But what I really love about this place besides the darkness, are the trees. These trees, created by HOOLEECHIT of Pandemonium, are haunting in their own unique way and come together in clusters surrounding a small swamp area and also frame the entirety of the island beautifully. The outskirts of the island are surrounded by Swamp Tree Foliage that float on the water, also created by the talented Miss HOOLEECHIT, and seem to somehow hold the space in place. Go take a look!
Photographs by Kate Bergdorf
There is a new show at Nitroglobus Gallery that I mentioned in an earlier post; we went back to visit and I decided to put together a more detailed impression of this outstanding exhibit. The exhibit, curated by Dido Haas, really consists of two parts so I ended up also putting together two posts, one about The Path by Nitro Fireguard here and another one about What If…by Senna Coronet and MM (Mysterr).
The statues created by Nitro are avatar-sized mesh figures and other abstract objects with a shiny metal finish. These have been placed in various positions on paths that branch out and extend throughout the gallery and are framed by the photographs by MM (Mysterr) and Senna Coronet. Each little road offers a different experience and ultimately also a different destination. Based on the myth of Sisyphus, the installation touches upon issues surrounding man’s search for meaning in life. In Greek mythology Sisyphus was the king of Ephyra, punished for his actions to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, repeating this action for eternity. Nitro successfully integrates this notion into his beautiful installation, taking us down winding roads on journeys of struggle, love and discovery. This is such a strong body of work. Bravo, Nitro.
I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain! One always finds one’s burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night filled mountain, in itself forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy. (Albert Camus, 1942, The Myth Of Sisyphus)
Photographs by Tutsy Navarathna
What If… by Senna Coronet and MM (Mysterr) is one part out of a two-part exhibit that opened a few days ago at the Nitroglobus Gallery. I will add a post about the other part of the exhibit, The Path by Nitro Fireguard, here on this blog very soon. Curated by Dido Haas, this show is an extraordinarily beautiful fit for the gallery with its expansive size and reflective floors. The large-sized images on the walls work incredibly well. The photographs also complement the sculptures by Nitro without overpowering them; all in all this is one of the best shows I have seen in this gallery so far.
This exhibit by Senna and Mysterr is inspired by the poem If by Rudyard Kipling. The photographs are about longing and the possibility of love as well as the fear of loss. The images are all large and seem oversized, the nude bodies depicted expand over the entirety of the surfaces and cover them completely. It is hard to look away. The bodies in these images are either entangled in poses or alone. There is such strong sensual emotion depicted here. For those of us who know the photographs by these two artists from Flickr, this show is even the more remarkable I think. The work we have seen by them is already so stellar and now this. Fantastic work, Senna and Mysterr!
Photographs of images by Senna Coronet and Mysterr by Kate Bergdorf
★ Jacket: Ileana (Smoke Black) by LpD for Shiny Shabby
★ Skirt: Ileana (Black) by LpD for Shiny Shabby
★ Boots: Bratislava (Black) by Essenz for Shiny Shabby
★ Tattoo: 7P by Paradise for Shiny Shabby
★ Eyeliner: Kat Eyes Little Pricks
★ Hair: Love (Light Brown) by Lamb.
★ Skin: Emma (*peche*) by Essences
★ Mesh Body: Lara by Maitreya
★ Freckles: Chocolate Splits by DeeTaleZ
★ Eyes: Look Eyes (Emerald) by Amacci
★ Pose: Winter’s Breath Breathe V2 by (marukin)
★ Location: Furillen
Photograph by Kate Bergdorf
It seems I say every year in this blog (here and here) that I am not that into Halloween, but I always then get pulled in anyway. This year is no different, I was bored by all the monsters and stuff already when I was made aware of the Monster Mash machinima from a few years back by Tutsy Navarathna. It is so much fun to watch and incredibly well put together, I just had to share it here. Enjoy. Also head over to Berg by Nordan Art or L’annexe to check out a new death-monster statue by Igor Ballyhoo that will be up for the month of October only. This well-crafted, and I must say quite scary looking, statue is the only Halloween related object that I will put on display in the galleries. Take a look. And, yes, Happy Halloween to everyone!
Now and then comes along a new sim that just blows me away. Furillen, put together by Serene Footman, is such a place. This is a depiction of an island off the north-east coast of Sweden containing abandoned industrial builds, supposedly parts of a former limestone factory. While the sim is not yet fully complete, one already senses what kind of place it will become. Remote, bleak, beautiful, just as noted in the description of the land. This is a dreamlike space were all parts come together so very perfectly; magical music, suggested windlight (Bryn Oh’s Immersiva Grey Dust), grey cement-like ground texture, grunge industrial builds, carefully selected objects, and delicate trees. And it is snowing on Furillen. Several photographers have already found their way here, check out their pictures posted in the Furillen Flickr group. Bravo, Serene Footman, such stellar work.
Photographs by Kate Bergdorf