Shuffling Prims

Shuffling Prims

I didn’t think this would happen anytime soon, but I find myself in a position where I need to reduce the amount of prims I am using on my sim Nordan om Jorden. I decided to remove my beloved house Normandy, and the entire platform with the winter garden on which it is placed, and replace these with something less prim heavy. Those of you who follow this blog know that I am a bit obsessed with all things POST by Van Auster (here and here and here) and that a decision like this did certainly not come easy. Moreover, I have to confess that I have strayed; I purchased a house by Apple Fall. The talented Mr. Fall is of course also amongst my favorite designers, in fact, I don’t think I know of anybody who is not crazy about his work. Honestly though, I have always preferred his exquisite furniture and other smaller design objects over his buildings. While I always found his houses as beautiful as his smaller items, I also found them cramped and hard to move around in. This is not the case with the house that I got yesterday, the Old Manufactory. This is a perfect winter nest. In addition to adding some new stuff, I have moved some of the things I already had inside the Normandy into the new house so it still feels quite familiar. The platform is much smaller than the one I had previously, but it still totally serves the purpose of having a space outside the house where we can sit and walk around. This house is an incredible charmer with its huge windows, high ceilings, distressed wall materials, attention to detail and gorgeous wood floors. Thank you Apple Fall for making Second Life a more beautiful place to live. ♥

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Roots

Roots

The new installation Roots by the immensely productive Cica Ghost opened today, Sunday, December 27, 2015. This is a place filled with magic and fantasy like all of the other places by Cica that we have been so fortunate to be exposed to in the past. Delicate flowers swaying in the wind and trees with branches extend down little mounds to the ground surrounding clusters of what looks like small rather primitive clay huts. This is an abandoned place it seems, overgrown and left to decay. But contrary perhaps to ones initial impression, there is much to discover. A few whimsical-looking balloons were in high demand when I arrived for the second time earlier today; I had to wait for a while before I could finally quickly hop into one and sit and it then slowly started swaying above ground. Below me the dirty-brown-greyish-rusty red landscape stretched to meet the surrounding water. Things were moving around down there; platforms up and down and a lazy looking snail with a tiny clay hut on his back shuffled in and out of a cave. I discovered a girl in pig-tails peeking out of a window. There is lots of stuff to see here and to click and become interactive with. Also, turn on the music it works really well with this installation. Head over and take a look, this should not be missed. Also, a reminder again, Cica will show at Berg by Nordan Art from July through September 2016. Please be on the lookout for announcements.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

January through March 2016: Haveit Neox and Mich Michabo

Berg Logo

We still have about a week left of the current exhibits by Giovanna Cerise and Sina Souza at Berg by Nordan Art. Please head over and take a look if you haven’t already. Haveit Neox and Mich Michabo are up next, from January through March 2016. As mentioned earlier, the gallery will be closed on January 1 and 2 for installation of the new exhibits and the opening will then take place on Sunday, January 3 at 11 AM SLT. As usual our house DJ d-oo-b (aka Eif) will provide music.

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Haveit Neox’s new exhibit Fading Mask promises to be just as stunning and intriguing as his previous installations in Second Life. He has put together a machinima-preview of his work, which I have posted separately here. Haveit’s accompanying notes to this important piece are:

I don’t believe you
lies
you don’t believe me either
the human brain is made of story cells
we concoct the truth, don’t we, rather than see it
then we march with the like-minded to affirm our stories
no, dear reader, you are not an exception without victims
but our mask can fall at any moment
beware, we enlightened ones, for the store of hatred we have,
or worse, for the amount of love
we’d stolen away for all the years.

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Mich Michabo’s exhibit, Simple Samples of Her Repertroire, is equally close to my heart. Mich is someone who rarely shows her work in galleries and I am so proud and honored to have her show her very unusual and poetic photographs in mine. About this exhibit she states:

Just making pretty pictures in Second Life. I like to show emotion through faces, a chair leg and yes, even your shoe!

It’s not just pictures, it’s love… I throw dedication to those in the know.

I love looking at your misty pictures, your love of art. I like the nature of rain, trees and snow. Windows, curtains and what they show. Moody pictures and bright happy ones too. I like a little bit of nude, black and white – and I really love enthusiasm, love for and trying.

Yes that’s me – I love most things about you.

I thank Giovanna and Sina for a fabulous three months of art at the end of 2015 and welcome Haveit and Mich for the first  period of 2016. See you in the new year!

Berg by Nordan Art 2016

Berg by Nordan Art 2016

We now have a complete list of artists exhibiting at Berg by Nordan Art in 2016. Most of you are already aware of that as of October 2015 the gallery consists of two parts, one is the original small gallery-build in the sky and the other the sim-wide installation space on the ground. There are eight artists in total showing their work in 2016, two for each time period of three months.

January through March: Haveit Neox (installation) and Mich Michabo (photography)
April through June: Igor Ballyhoo (installation) and Imani Nayar (photography)
July through September: Cica Ghost (installation) and Kyhiro (photography)
October through December: Livio Korobase (installation) and ◦⊱ Mi ⊰◦ (photography)

I am hoping that Tutsy Navarathna, who has become an integral consultant and co-organizer in the gallery at this point, will film at exhibit openings and put together more of the Berg by Nordan Art opening machinima that we have come to treasure so much. We will publish again a Berg by Nordan Art book, most likely in October 2016. Please do join the Berg by Nordan Art group inworld for ongoing updates and announcements.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

The Egg on LEA19 Closing

The Egg Closing

I visited The Egg on LEA19 by Livio Korobase back in July and wrote a post about it here. This installation will be closing by the end of the year and Livio is opening it up to people who visit to part-take building, starting December 21 until the date of closing, which is December 31, 2015. Opening the sim for public building is the result of Livio’s contemplation of art itself and part of the closing The Egg FuneralSo what is art? Does it have to be beautiful? Expressive? Original? Uplifting? Intellectual? There are many passionate discussions on this topic, shared or not. For me, over all, Art is you. The sim is set to 24-hour auto-return for those of you who wish to build. A great idea I think for the last 10 days of this interactive and fantasy driven installation to let people who visit become part of the project itself. Head over and take a look. Lastly, let me also add here that Livio has graciously agreed to show at Berg by Nordan Art a new installation in October, November and December 2016, he will be accompanied at that time by co-exhibitor ◦⊱ Mi ⊰◦ in the gallery in the sky. Please be on the lookout for announcements.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

DaisyDaze at LA Gallery

UntitledMy talented friend DaisyDaze (aka daze) is showing her work at the LA Gallery. Her exhibit Evolution is curated by Wintergeist and will be up until the end of the month. This is a very personal collection of images, some have been seen already, others are new additions. daze notes about this exhibit that [a]s a consummate observer, I often hang back and get caught in my own head and projects. This can, at times, create a sense of detachment and loneliness. In SL as in my RL I’ve come to realize that LIFE, in whichever space, is about growth, learning, and the relationships that you form… it’s about taking chances, getting outside your own walls, and living with joy. And just like in real life, you have to be open to these things and then foster them. My collection “Evolution” is a reflection of this journey. From a singular existence, living on the periphery, letting in the light and color , and finally stepping forward to make the connections that I know will bring joy to my world. I hope to meet you along the way. Head over and take a look!

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Winter Wrap

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★ Top: Winter Wrap (Black) by (fd) for Collabor88
★ Pants: Knitted Tights (Gray) by Aphorism for Uber
★ Boots: Leather Knee Boots (Baked Clay) by ISON for Collabor88
★ Hair: Bonnie (Brown) by [monso] for Collabor88
★ 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: [winter] (standard parka pose) by (marukin) for Collabor88
★ Location: Home of Kate Bergdorf

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf