Things About the Gallery

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As the year is soonish coming to an end I thought this might be a good time to reflect on  things pertaining to my gallery Berg by Nordan Art. Right now we are showing in the small gallery the exhibit Passively, by Sina Souza, and on the full-sim ground space the installation Memories, by Giovanna Cerise. These two exhibits will be up until the end of the year. Planned so far for the first half of 2016 are, in chronological order, exhibits by Mich Michabo, Haveit Neox, Imani Nayar, Igor Ballyhoo and Cica Ghost. Looking back, it was an active year; incredible exhibits by Tutsy Navarathna, Piedra Lubitsch, and Harbor Galaxy; publication of Berg by Nordan Art 2015, co-edited by Huckleberry Hax and myself and published by Nordan Art Issuu Publishing; release of Harbor Galaxy at Berg by Nordan Art and Berg by Nordan Art Opening October 2015, two excellent machinima, by Tutsy Navarathna, covering the two past exhibit openings; and the addition of an informal gallery space L’annexe showing some of my photographs. I am excited about another year of outstanding art at Berg by Nordan Art. I hope you will join us both at openings and come to visit the gallery throughout the year.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Straight Flush

Straight Flush

★ Dress: Camilla (Smoke) by *LpD* for Shiny Shabby
★ Shoes: Wrap Around Black Sandal (Coral Feather) by TETRA for Shiny Shabby
★ Tattoo: Mystical by Queen of Ink
★ Hair: Johnny (Browns) by Tableau Vivant for Shiny Shabby
★ Skin: Emma (*peche*) by Essences
★ Mesh Body: Lara by Maitreya
★ Freckles: Chocolate Splits by DeeTaleZ
★ Eyes: Look Eyes (Emerald) by Amacci
★ Eyebrows: Natural Eyebrows by iGOTit for The Chapter Four
★ Pose: Straight Flush (Wild Card) by Le Poppycock
★ Location: Saint Pete City

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Lab Chat #1: Ebbe Altberg – transcript and audio

I’m reblogging here this excellent post by Inara Pey of Living in a Modem World about the first Lab Chat session in Second Life that took place on a LEA sim on November 19, 2015. I attempted to attend this event myself, but after four crashes (I was simply sitting and kept crashing, a sad state of affairs), I gave up. Thanks, Inara, for this post! ♥

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Lab Chat LogoThursday, November 19th saw the launch of what is hoped will become a new series of monthly discussions. Lab Chat is billed as “an opportunity for you to ask Lindens your questions during a live taping that will be recorded and archived for everyone to view.”

The first show featured the Lab’s CEO, Ebbe Altberg in his alter ego of Ebbe Linden. In preparation for the recording, Second Life users were invited to ask questions about the Lab, Second Life, “Project Sansar”, etc on a forum thread.

Over 40 questions were asked, and members of the production crew selected seven questions they thought would be of most interest to the attending audience, to be asked during the show, whist also leaving time for further questions from the audience itself.  Discussions are under way with the Lab to try to ensure those questions from the forum thread which weren’t asked as…

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ARnnO PLaneR at TAF

UntitledOne of my all-time favorite Second Life photographers, ARnnO PLaneR, has his first inworld exhibit, Snapaholism, at the The Artists Factory Art Gallery (TAF). The opening was on Friday, November 20 and, unfortunately, due to work, I could not make it. I returned today to take a look. For those of us who are active on Flickr, we know ARnnO as the “paparazzoted” photographer. Displayed in this exhibit are of course many of the intriguing avatar portraits that ARnnO does so incredibly well, capturing with each shot masterfully the very essence of the avatar.  But a smaller part of this show is also devoted to landscapes and various scenes and are equally intriguing and beautifully captured.

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I also really like this gallery and it is the second time I’ve returned in a short period of time. The minimalist concrete build itself by Neigeux is totally suitable as gallery space. It is the perfect size, with one ground floor and a small extension, has a great layout and is tastefully put together. Part of the gallery space, Hall 2, is used to show a handful of selected quite beautiful works by the gallery owner and curator Jarla Capalini Sperber herself. Head over and take a look.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Piper Dress

Piper Dress★ Dress: Piper (Black) by TETRA
★ Sunglasses: Lolita (White) by Tres Blah
★ Shoes: Marilyn (Nude Patent) by Just Design
★ Tattoo: Mystical by Queen of Ink
★ Hair: Ghost (Butterfinger) by !Lamb
★ Skin: Emma (*peche*) by Essences
★ Mesh Body: Lara by Maitreya
★ Freckles: Chocolate Splits by DeeTaleZ
★ Eyes: Look Eyes (Emerald) by Amacci
★ Vehicle: Dolce Vita Scooter by Kalopsia
★ Location: Home of Kate Bergdorf

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

MoVember Exhibition

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Today, Sunday, November 15, between 2 and 3 PM SLT, is the opening of the MoVember 2015 exhibit at the Club LA Gallery. This event is organized by my friend DaisyDaze (aka daze) and Fuyko Amanto and I blogged about it a few weeks ago here. 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, spearheaded in Second Life for the second year in a row by daze. Lot’s of fun images on display, head over and take a look!

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Virtual and Real World Overlap

Virtual and Real World OverlapStrawberry Singh’s latest blog post, Second Life Addiction, struck a chord. In her post Berry discloses that [e]ven though my mind is preoccupied with work, I still feel the longing to login. The addiction keeps calling me back. I say this is just a hobby to me, which it is, but it also seems to have a hold over me. I think many of us can relate. I know for sure that I can. To me, however, the word addiction implies something negative and I don’t think our being in the virtual world is simply that. We experience at times perhaps components of addiction, like anxiety about not logging in and similar so-called withdrawal symptoms. These can be kept at bay by most of us by simply not logging in for a while, perhaps taking a break. Our challenge being in the virtual world is about finding a balance in terms of time and mental investment that does not interfere with our non-virtual existence. Some people are better at negotiating that balance than others. It is useful to keep in mind that the concept of a virtual world is still relatively new to us. I think of us sort of as pioneers trying to make sense of things here as we go a long. I should point out that I am someone who initially thought of reality and virtuality as separate and I no longer do. I think that the virtual and real worlds overlap as we are thinking/feeling/being in both; they are the same and also not and we are trying to come to terms with this new way of experiencing things. It is not always easy and questions about addiction and also about separating the real and virtual worlds will come up and are part of making sense of the process. Having said all this, clearly, things like working, paying bills, exercising, eating right, spending time with friends and loved ones, devoting time to culture and creativity in the real world must not be neglected. Like with most things in life, being mindful of time and finding a balance are very important. Developing an awareness of the meaning of virtuality is helpful as well.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

House and Home

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I am kind of a homebody in real life and a little bit that way in the virtual world as well. My house in Second Life is important to me, partially because of esthetics, but also because it is the place that I can return to and call home. I have switched homes numerous times in the past, but my current house, The Normandy by Van Auster of POST, has been a constant for a while. Since my sim Nordan om Jorden is as of recently occupied by the gallery Berg by Nordan Art, the house is not on the ground, but sits on a platform in the sky. I thought I would not like this as much, but as it turns out, I actually prefer it. I find that while of course there is no water available or ground to terraform, the space itself is more intimate and manageable to design. I am already looking forward to in a month or so to re-design the space for winter.

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But we visited then recently a beautiful sim with houses for rent and predictably I felt the pull once again to move. We decided to look at the homes. These were such beautiful buildings and attached were the prettiest gardens one could imagine and all designed by outstanding content creators in Second Life. It was perfection. We entered several houses and found that though really well constructed and  amazing looking from the outside, there were consistent problems with interior layout and very little space to move around. We kept falling down stairs and bumping into one another. In addition, lag was a problem. We learned that day that it doesn’t matter if the house design and the setting are both stunning, tight living quarters and difficulty moving because of lag are undesirable. Teleporting home and landing in a spacious and bright lag-free living room was a big relief.

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My attachment to my home also has to do with permanence. There is something valuable about our own sense of history in this virtual world where time sometimes seems a little warped. It is important to me that the stack of books next to my laptop on my desk have been there for a while since it contributes to a sense of familiarity and homeliness. I should also mention here something about objects that have stood the test of time, specifically the classic builds  and objects by Van Auster. He figured out a long time ago that it was crucial to use only the finest textures and attend to the littles of details. Mr. Auster also realizes that avatars need interior space to move around. Finishing up writing this post, I realized I wrote a very similar post back in July about POST, where I am going on and on about the talented Van Auster just like I am here! It seems some things do not change.

House and Home

Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

Lisbon

Minimal

★ Top: Lisbon (Eggshell) by Maitreya
★ Necklace: Necklace B (Silver) by MINIMAL for The Chapter Four
★ Tattoo: Mystical by Queen of Ink
★ Hair: Ghost (Butterfinger) by !Lamb
★ Eyebrows: Natural Eyebrows by {iGOTit} for The Chapter Four
★ Skin: Emma (*peche*) by Essences
★ Mesh Body: Lara by Maitreya
★ Freckles: Chocolate Splits by DeeTaleZ
★ Eyes: Look Eyes (Emerald) by Amacci
★ Pose: My Belle 4 by Bauhaus Movement

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf