The Dreamers

The opening of the final Berg by Nordan Art installation, The Dreamers, by Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu will take place on Saturday, October 21, at 1PM SLT. The exhibit will be up until the last day of December, which is also the last opening day of the gallery. Like the preceding work by these talented artists, this promises to be extraordinary. To me, the description of this work alone reads like poetry.

Because violence will not take away our ability to dream!

When we were just beginning to create this project, the events of Charlottesville happened. Our hearts stopped. We cannot do this – we thought – we must alert to the political situation we live in! The danger of tyranny. The danger of environmental disaster. The danger of xenophobia, sexism, homophobia. The danger of hate! But then we stopped.

From within us came this beach, this horizon. This sea, this lake, these white clouds grew. No! We will not give up on The Dreamers. We will not give up on beauty. They will not steal the beauty of the world. They will not steal tenderness. They will not steal the life we have left. And so, our beach is our resistance!

Meilo and CapCat are again generously offering free gift avatars available at the landing. The gallery is temporarily closed now for installation until the opening and we will then provide the exhibit landmark via group announcements and Flickr.

Poster by Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu

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The GBTH Project

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The G.B.T.H. (Grab By The Horns) Project, curated by Marina Münter, opens tomorrow, Sunday, October 15 at 12PM SLT. Marina notes that the project is a proposal of occupation of abandoned spaces in the city with exhibitions, taking them to public spaces in counterpoint of the closed environment of a gallery or museum. The first show, or edition, is a collective exhibit named #mutualrespect part1, in which 16 photographers were invited  to portray male vulnerability and asked to take a photo of a man they are close to, completely disarmed in a way only they can see. The photographers are, in no particular order, Marina Münter, Irina Fowrzy, Pari Dolia, Mich Michabo, Kate Bergdorf, Isa Messioptra, Catalina Staheli, Miu Miu Miu, Megan Prumier, Elodee, B. tomstone (aka Billie), kiki Ergenthal, Hillany Scofield, Wiona, Ania Baxton and Gartruth Garmonbozia. Marina explains about her project that the idea came when a friend that I adore told me that he can’t cry nor express feelings because it was not what people expected from him, and I am sure others can relate to itThe result turned out in an interest mix of images, from painful nudity to subtle sweet things like pollen allergy set up on broken concrete floor, hidden by tall buildings, ruins and sneaky, uncontrolled wild nature. The multi-talented Pari Dolia will DJ. Please be on the lookout for the G.B.T.H. Project poster on Flickr for the landmark that will be posted on the day of the opening.

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Poster by Marina Münter
Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Fear, she is the mother of violence: An Installation by Livio Korobase on LEA1

There is currently an installation, Fear, she is the mother of violence, on LEA1 by Livio Korobase. As is usually the case when it comes to this artist, there is no opening date; the installation is a work in progress and will close at the end of December. This work consists of a sim-sized space, the ground covered in a blackboard-like texture covered with scratches and partially with black and red text. Scattered throughout are groups of objects; clusters of people, statues, and a large TV. The TV displays, just as does the text on the ground, messages about violence and fear. Livio notes about his exhibit that I wanted to build a field of fears, where people can listen to little audio talks of people talking about fears, personal fears, anything related to fear. Livio will install invisible sound emitters and visitors will hear recorded voices talking about fears as they walk through the exhibit. He invites every one who is interested to submit a 10-second-long audio file about personal fears (the fears can be about anything). The audio will be anonymous. If interested in submitting your voice sample, please email an audio file to livio.korobase@gmail.com.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

north updates

North has been up for almost two months now and there is a steady stream of people visiting the sim. It is not yet listed in the Second Life Destination guide, which to me is a good thing since it would ultimately just bring large crowds of visitors, something I am hoping to avoid. The North Flickr group is flourishing and pics are posted daily. I take great pleasure in seeing how you experience and interpret with your photographs North and, truthfully, every time I see a new image posted my heart beats a little faster. I will continue posting the five North Friday Pics on the board next to the skateboard rink and announce them via the North inworld group every week.

I would like to continue keeping North simple. I am reluctant to bombard visitors with messages when they arrive at the landing point and thus just provide the most basic information. People who have joined the North inworld group for rezz rights have mostly been great at removing their objects when done. Thank you for that. Some of you have asked me why there is no “tip jar” and the answer is that I am not looking for donations. I want people to enjoy the environment without feeling pressured to pay.

Moving forward I would like to work on getting a proper North windlight and also a unique North music stream. As many of you know, I am itching to transform the sim for winter! I already started removing and adding little things here and there, but there will be a major transformation in a few weeks. I will then close the sim for a week or two. The North foundation will remain the same, but I imagine the general ambience will end up being a bit more raw and austere.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Laurie Anderson: A Virtual Reality of Stories

Please click the link below to see one of the most outstanding contributions to virtual art/machinima that I have seen to date, The Chalkroom, by Laurie Anderson. Thank you moonie, for making me aware of it.

Explore Laurie Anderson’s ‘Chalkroom’ – a new artistic discovery in virtual reality – and learn what it feels like to navigate through an exciting universe of drawings and stories while flying around disembodied and free.

Source: Laurie Anderson: A Virtual Reality of Stories

Berg by Nordan Art Closing

I will close my gallery Berg by Nordan Art December 31. Until then, we will continue operating as usual; CapCat Ragu and Meilo Minotaur have a new exhibit coming up October through December, as does moon Edenbaum. Gallery M, the permanent exhibit space by Mich Michabo, remains open. I hope to be able to extend at least a smaller version of Marina Münter‘s installation Non-Perishable beyond the end of September as well. More about this to come.

Berg by Nordan Art started as Nordan Art. The gallery operated as Nordan Art from 2010 through March of 2012 and then as Berg by Nordan Art from 2015 through 2017. The vision of the gallery has remained consistent; to offer the highest quality virtual art, both when it comes to large immersive installations on the ground as well as to virtual images in the gallery build. Thank you to the outstanding artists who exhibited in the gallery since 2010; they are, in chronological order, nessuno Myoo, Paola Tauber, freebee Withnail, Kicca Igaly, Natsha Lemton, Del May, Bliss Violet, typote Beck, Syn Beresford, Feathers Boa, soror Nishi, Betty Tureaud, Rebeca Bashly, Rose Borchovski, Helene Lytton, Simotron Aquila, Claudia222 Jewell, Shelina Winkler, Theoretical Afterthought, Igor Ballyhoo, Cherry Manga, Anley Piers, lalie Sorbet, Romy Nayar, Trill Zapatero, Artistide Despres, Alizarin Goldflake, Stephen Venkman, Robin Moore, Scottius Polke, Tutsy Navarathna, Piedra Lubitsch, Harbor Galaxy, Giovanna Cerise, Sina Souza, Haveit Neox, Mich Michabo, Imani Nayar, Maloe Vansant, Livio Korobase, Mi, Meilo Minotaur, CapCat Ragu, Huckleberry Hax, daze Landar, Senna Coronet, Marina Münter and moon Edenbaum. Some of these artists exhibited twice and of note, there was a period in the beginning of 2012 where documentation about the gallery is not available. Please let me know if you exhibited then and are not on the list and I will make sure to add you.

Retrospective publications (Nordan Art: A Retrospective 2010 to 2011, Berg by Nordan Art 2015, Berg by Nordan Art 2016), machinima (Rebirth by Iono Allen, Penumbra Machinima by Erythro Asimov, Penumbra Opening at Berg by Nordan Art by Tutsy Navarathna, Berg by Nordan Art by Zarrakan the Cat, Berg by Nordan Art Opening 2016 by Tutsy Navarathna, Fading Mask by Haveit Neox, Berg by Nordan Art Opening October 2015 by Tutsy Navarathna, Harbor Galaxy at Berg by Nordan Art by Tutsy Navarathna), lectures, Nordan Art awards (both at UWA and at Nordan Art), inworld groups (Nordan om Jorden and Berg by Nordan Art), blog posts (The Bergdorf Reports and The Virtual Review) and Flickr groups (Berg by Nordan Art, Nordan Art Issuu Publishing and Non-Perishable) came about as extensions of the gallery. A special thank you to Igor Ballyhoo, Huckleberry Hax and Tutsy Navarathna. You were integral as creative collaborators and contributors.

Moving forward I will focus on my sim North, create my own virtual images and maybe write some art blog posts here and there. We will publish a Berg by Nordan Art 2017 retrospective next year. The Berg by Nordan Art inworld group, as well as the Nordan om Jorden inworld group, will remain open and active. I also anticipate that I will be involved in various art undertakings in the future, which will then all fall under the auspice of Nordan Art/Berg by Nordan Art.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Marina Münter: A Talk About Non-Perishable

Marina Münter’s Non-Perishable, currently at Berg by Nordan Art, has been up for about a week. We have received great feedback and there are some incredible images in our Non-Perishable Flickr group. We will have an informal talk about the exhibit on Sunday, September 10, at 11AM SLT, where Marina will discuss her work and answer questions. We would like for this to be a talk about Non-Perishable specifically, but also about art, virtual and otherwise.

Marina’s Non-Perishable strays from the traditional notion of a virtual art installation. She notes that I realized that I was putting up an exhibition that could have been done in RL and I actually searched for more realistic objects. The immersive experiences I’ve seen in SL tend to be more surrealistic. That is not what I am trying to do with my work. Marina has used objects by established SL content creators for her exhibit and successfully created with these both the inside stories in the five containers as well as the dock-inspired surroundings. She further notes that I’m not there to claim that I am the creator of these objects, I’m there to give them a purpose, insert them into a context. Taking the immersive installation process one step further, Marina invites visitors to take images using their own avatars within one of the five containers. The virtual images by visitor avatars in the containers have become an important extension of the exhibit.

Come join us if you can on Sunday at Berg by Nordan Art for what promises to be an intriguing art talk. Marina will speak about her work and answer questions and I will moderate, all in voice. We ask that the audience please write their questions in chat and we will answer them in the order in which they are received. See you then!

Poster created by  Marina Münter

Non-Perishable: An Exhibit by Marina Münter at Berg by Nordan Art

Marina Münter and I were just recently introduced by a mutual friend. Pretty much immediately after we had exchanged only a few words we embarked upon a whirlwind of planning and action for a new art project at the gallery. Marina’s exhibit, Non-Perishable, will open at Berg by Nordan Art on September 1, 2017, at 2 PM SLT. Her installation consists of five containers in different colors placed upon a cement slab attached to a floating pontoon. Each container holds various objects and all, except for one or two of them, are in the same color as the container itself. Throughout her work on this immersive project, Marina and I chatted intermittently. Below find excerpts from our exchange.

[2017/08/25 12:09] Kate: there are like little stories in each space?
[2017/08/25 12:09] Marina Münter: yes
[2017/08/25 12:10] Kate: great for photography too, little scenes
[2017/08/25 12:10] Marina Münter: yep
[2017/08/25 12:10] Marina Münter: it started like a photo project for myself, but then started growing

[2017/08/27 16:22] Marina Münter: I think working with the subject of memory is always interesting, makes it more personal
[2017/08/27 16:22] Marina Münter: and even with those objects I can relate to something from my life or a mood, feelings of a memory as well, if it makes sense for you
[2017/08/27 16:22] Kate: yes
[2017/08/27 16:23] Kate: the objects become the language
[2017/08/27 16:24] Marina Münter: the green container is a trap
[2017/08/27 16:25] Marina Münter: once you get it you can’t go out
[2017/08/27 16:25] Marina Münter: literally
[2017/08/27 16:25] Kate: omg i thought it was my lag lool
[2017/08/27 16:25] Kate: heeeeeellllllp!!
[2017/08/27 16:25] Marina Münter: hahahaha
[2017/08/27 16:25] Marina Münter: need to fix that
[2017/08/27 16:25] Kate: mabye not 😀

[2017/08/27 16:32] Kate: have you showed art in SL before or is this the first time?
[2017/08/27 16:33] Marina Münter: it is my first time here in SL, but in RL I was part of a collective exhibition of photography back in 2009
[2017/08/27 16:40] Marina Münter: my mother is an artist, and I grew up between exhibitions and installations
[2017/08/27 16:40] Kate: so it’s in your blood
[2017/08/27 16:40] Marina Münter: and I have this thing that I don’t see myself as an artist because no one really want to be like their parents haha
[2017/08/27 16:40] Marina Münter: it is a real struggle for me
[2017/08/27 16:40] Kate: true you want to do your own thing lol
[2017/08/27 16:40] Kate: yes i can imagine
[2017/08/27 16:41] Marina Münter: for the first time, with this exhibition now, I am allowing myself to be an artist
[2017/08/27 16:43] Marina Münter: the moment I told myself “ok, let’s do it” was when I found out a way to take better photos with my laptop
[2017/08/27 16:43] Marina Münter: and then is labor
[2017/08/27 16:43] Marina Münter: repetition
[2017/08/27 16:43] Kate: yes
[2017/08/27 16:43] Marina Münter: because if you have, for example, an empty glass
[2017/08/27 16:44] Marina Münter: you can pour water
[2017/08/27 16:44] Marina Münter: drink it, then maybe use this glass to organize pencils
[2017/08/27 16:44] Marina Münter: or make a small garden in it
[2017/08/27 16:44] Marina Münter: break it and glue the pieces together
[2017/08/27 16:44] Kate: yes
[2017/08/27 16:44] Marina Münter: pile a bunch of glasses together
[2017/08/27 16:45] Marina Münter: the possibilities are infinite
[2017/08/27 16:45] Marina Münter: and I really think that the choices you make towards the subject are who you are
[2017/08/27 16:45] Marina Münter: the luggage you bring
[2017/08/27 16:45] Kate: so once you start doing it you know at some point where it will end or what it will become
[2017/08/27 16:45] Marina Münter: oh no
[2017/08/27 16:45] Kate: yes a subjective process
[2017/08/27 16:46] Marina Münter: I never know how it will end
[2017/08/27 16:46] Marina Münter: but I know from the moment it is done I want to get rid of it
[2017/08/27 16:46] Marina Münter: haha
[2017/08/27 16:46] Kate: you need to rid yourself of it lol
[2017/08/27 16:47] Kate: a really meaningful process, also hard, that you are going through right now then
[2017/08/27 16:47] Marina Münter: oh yes
[2017/08/27 16:47] Marina Münter: I am really obsessed with it
[2017/08/27 16:48] Marina Münter: started working on it from the moment I received the containers
[2017/08/27 16:48] Marina Münter: and didn’t really stop since
[2017/08/27 16:48] Kate: and you’ve been writing about this also
[2017/08/27 16:49] Marina Münter: lines
[2017/08/27 16:49] Marina Münter: I write lines
[2017/08/27 16:49] Kate: part of poems perhaps
[2017/08/27 16:49] Marina Münter: not sure
[2017/08/27 16:49] Marina Münter: maybe confessions
[2017/08/27 16:49] Kate: but they belong with the containers
[2017/08/27 16:52] Kate: its like sorting through chaos somehow
[2017/08/27 16:52] Marina Münter: yes
[2017/08/27 16:52] Kate: there is really nothing like the creative process to sort your feelings
[2017/08/27 16:52] Kate: you just get so caught up in it
[2017/08/27 16:53] Marina Münter: yep
[2017/08/27 16:53] Marina Münter: you grab them by the horns
[2017/08/27 16:53] Marina Münter: I can’t remember who told me that the first time but I try to keep that thought with me
[2017/08/27 16:53] Marina Münter: grab by the horns
[2017/08/27 16:53] Kate: tackle things

[2017/08/27 17:06] Marina Münter: so the containers are what i ended up using because I was born and I live in a port city
[2017/08/27 17:07] Marina Münter: I always see those bad boys being carried away or at the traffic jam
[2017/08/27 17:07] Kate: yes
[2017/08/27 17:08] Marina Münter: and I kept thinking what on earth are they carrying
[2017/08/27 17:08] Marina Münter: and have you seen a port before?
[2017/08/27 17:08] Marina Münter: it is amazing
[2017/08/27 17:09] Kate: well there are a lot of ships and a lot of hustle and bustle
[2017/08/27 17:09] Marina Münter: and the colors are intense
[2017/08/27 17:09] Marina Münter: the smell of fuel and salt
[2017/08/27 17:10] Kate: yes
[2017/08/27 17:10] Marina Münter: so I decided to put stories inside those containers now
[2017/08/27 17:11] Marina Münter: make them home of beautiful and disturbing things
[2017/08/27 17:11] Kate: make them alive somehow i guess too
[2017/08/27 17:12] Kate: this is really about subjectivity again
[2017/08/27 17:12] Kate: making objects subjective
[2017/08/27 17:14] Kate: well i imagine the content of each container is a collection of memories that come together and each create a story that doesn’t really have a name, but there is a feeling
[2017/08/27 17:14] Marina Münter: yes, you got it
[2017/08/27 17:14] Kate: we don’t really need to name things
[2017/08/27 17:14] Kate: naming is overrated lol
[2017/08/27 17:14] Marina Münter: but it is all there
[2017/08/27 17:14] Marina Münter: haha yes
[2017/08/27 17:15] Marina Münter: one of the things I like the most about contemporary art is that you can relate to them
[2017/08/27 17:15] Marina Münter: you can feel something or not
[2017/08/27 17:16] Marina Münter: art is language for me
[2017/08/27 17:16] Marina Münter: so if they can speak to me through their work, fantastic
[2017/08/27 17:17] Marina Münter: sometimes it gets lost in translation

Marina will be exhibiting in the same Non-Perishable exhibit space photographs that she took of the five containers. She will be inviting photographers to take pictures and we will show some of these images also. Visitors are welcome to take pics too and we are creating a Non-Perishable Flickr group for people to show their work. In an effort to make this project as interactive and immersive as possible, poses will be available in addition to the chairs that are already in the containers.

Finally, a special thanks to, in alphabetical order, Agustkov, Irina Forwzy, Lux Chiantelle, Megan Prumier, moon Edenbaum, Pari Dolia, William Weaver and Zygo Decosta, all of whom were integral parts in putting together the exhibit. Hope you are able to join us for the opening of this extraordinary installation on Friday. Please be on the lookout for in-world announcements as well as Flickr posting for details. Landmark will be available on the day of the opening.

Photographs by Kate Bergdorf