As mentioned in a blog post a few weeks ago, there will be several changes made to Berg by Nordan Art, all effective starting April. First, I am happy to officially introduce Tutsy Navarathna as my co-manager and co-curator. Tutsy has already played an integral part in the gallery for the past years and it seems only fitting that he should now take on a more visible role. Our shared goal continues to be presenting you only with outstanding virtual art; photography, installations and machinima. Gallery M, the permanent exhibit space for the artist Mich Michabo, will remain as is. Mich has been working on a new exhibit and I anticipate we will have the opening in a few months. The format of the Berg by Nordan Art gallery in the sky remains the same; we have four photographers per year, each showing their work for a period of three months. We will replace the current a bit dated gallery build with a new building by Abiss. L’annexe, which I have been using to exhibit my photographs, will become a space where Tutsy and I present collaborative work a few times per year. We have already started work on a new machinima. Last, but not least, I just received word that Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu have graciously agreed to permanently exhibit their installations on the ground. We will see two or more new installations by them per year, the next one some time in May or June. I have been an admirer of the work by Meilo and CapCat since I first came to SL in 2009. It is a great honor for me that they accepted our offer to become resident artists. That is all for now. Please check this blog, or join the group Berg by Nordan Art inworld, for updates and announcements.
Photograph by Kate Bergdorf
We have two new exiting exhibits coming up at Berg by Nordan Art; one, the installation Penumbra, by Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu, and the other, a collection of photographs, lacrimioare, by Huckleberry Hax. The opening for both is on Sunday, January 8, at 9 AM SLT and the exhibits will on display until the end of March 2017.
The collaborating artists Meilo Minotaour and CapCat Ragu are familiar to most in Second Life. The two built the sim Delicatessen, that held projects like de Maria, de Mariana, de Madalena, Petrified and Meta_Body. Both have since 2008 devoted their artistic activities to the Metaverse, working individually and collaboratively in the Second Life virtual environment where they held several solo exhibitions and collaborated with artists from different fields and nationalities. Meilo Minotaur is an artist with a background in sculpture. She was as a member of the handicrafts group Gárgula, having participated in several international exhibitions and won various prizes. CapCat Ragu is an artist with a background in painting and art studies. She was a member of the artistic association Caldeira 213 and the artistic collective ZOiNA, having participated in the creation and organization of several artistic activities since. She is an assistant professor at Escola Superior de Educação do Instituto Politécnico de Viseu since 2007.
I am incredibly excited to show the very magical and awe-inspiring installation Penumbra by these two talented artists. Sound is an integral part of the installation so please make sure you have it on; voices are by Rita Eustáquio, Luís Eustáquio and Catarina Carneiro de Sousa. Sound capture and editing is by Takio Ra. We also highly recommend using the region windlight London 2026. There are several free avatars available and you can get them by touching the cocoon, or sitting and clicking on the first tree and the caterpillars. Please read and respect the license of the avatars you are given. About their installation Penumbra then, the Meilo and CatCat note that [t]he old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.” This is, usually, the quote we most see attributed to Antonio Gramsci, the Italian theorist, politician, and freedom fighter. However, this is not the true quote. In Italian, what Gramsci wrote in Quaderni del carcere (Prison Notebooks) was: “La crisi consiste appunto nel fatto che il vecchio muore e il nuovo non può nascere: in questo interregno si verificano i fenomeni morbosi piú svariati.”. This would more accurately translate to: “Crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born, in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” But Prison Notebooks suffered several translation mutations, such as: “Le vieux monde se meurt, le nouveau monde tarde à apparaître et dans ce clair-obscur surgissent les monstres.” This mutation was carried over to portuguese translation: “O velho mundo agoniza; o novo mundo tarda a nascer, e, nesse claro-escuro, irrompem os monstros”. Back to English, this would translate to “The old world is dying, the new world is slow to appear and in this chiaroscuro the monsters arise.” The word “penumbra” exists both in English and Portuguese. It means partial illumination, a chiaroscuro, the dusk. Going back to the original quote, this penumbra, this forest, is the interregno, mutated by the flux of words in translation, adding poetic resonance to Gramsci’s pragmatism. Beware of the “morbid symptoms” you might embody!
Huckleberry Hax’s fine photography exhibit lacrimioare (which means “Lily” in Roman), is his first. It is such an honor for me to show the work of this mulit-talented artist and close friend. Most of you may know Huck as a writer and publisher of numerous virtual world inspired works and, more recently, also a machinima-maker and builder. Over the past year or so we have also seen an increased activity by Huck on Flickr and his beautiful photographs have quickly become popular. About his exhibit lacrimioare, Huck provides a poem and notes that it is about [t]he new absence of someone loved.
she wobbles at the edge of the drop
she takes a fistful of dirt from the box
kisses her soiled fingers
and throws it down
upon polished wood and white petals
Both exhibits will be open until the end of March 2017, at which time we are planning some changes for the gallery. But more about this to come at a later time. For now, hope to see you all on Sunday, at which time sim will again open its doors to the public.
We have two new exhibits coming up at Berg by Nordan Art, The Joy Formidable, by Livio Korobase, and L’avion en Papier, by ◦⊱Mi⊰◦, lasting from October through December 2016. The opening is this Sunday, October 16 at 10 AM SLT and our Nordan Art house DJ, Eif, aka d-oo-b, will spin tunes as usual. It is such an honor for me to host these two artists as they are both close to my heart. Livio Korobase’s installation is inspired by the music by the group The Joy Formidable, specifically by the song This Ladder is Ours. Livio suggests that another clue about his work is “the trick is to go the cats circle near the big Luna cat, and look at the blue girl… .” ◦⊱Mi⊰◦ notes that this exhibit has given me the opportunity to work with the paper airplane. To me, the paper airplane symbolizes poetry and freedom. Most importantly, it is ephemeral; it takes off and flies. It is a gesture, a moment, a magical plane that eventually smoothly falls, but does not break and can fly again. A moment of dream and grace. The paper airplane can be created by anyone, anywhere; both children and adults alike recognize the transient poetry of this simple object. In my photographs, the paper plane is used as a paper airplane, but also as a sail, a wing, a hat, a boat hull, a safe keeper and it does not leave the woman as it is part of her. The Nordan om Jorden sim will open to the public again on the day of the opening. Please be on the lookout for group announcements. And look forward to seeing you all this weekend!
Fall is upon us and there are several Berg by Nordan Art updates I would like to share here. First, the two exhibits by Maloe Vansant, Close Ups of a Doll and Memories: Retrospective, will come to an end the last day of September. I will miss seeing these beautiful photographs, and also the doll houses, in the gallery so much. Come and check this out if you haven’t already. The Nordan om Jorden sim will then be closed to the public for the two first weeks of October while we install two new shows by Livio Korobase and by ◦⊱Mi⊰◦. The opening will be on Sunday, October 16 at 10 AM SLT and as usual Berg by Nordan Art house DJ Eif, aka d-oo-b, will provide music. More about this to come! The two other gallery parts, Gallery M, permanent exhibit space for Mich Michabo, and L’annexe, where I show a collection of my photographs, are easily accessible via teleport from the main gallery. Also in the main gallery, you will find general information about Berg by Nordan Art, the Paper Crown events, as well as link access to join the Berg by Nordan Art group, Flickr group and my two blogs. Finally, the October Paper Crown event will take place on Sunday, October 2 at 2 PM SLT. As I am on vacation then, the ceremony will take place at the Michabode this time. If you would like to attend, please contact Mich Michabo separately for access.
Photograph by Kate Bergdorf
We have a Maloe Vansant two-exhibit extravaganza coming up at Berg by Nordan Art. The opening is this Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 12 PM SLT and the exhibit will be open to the public through September. One artist showing her work both in the small gallery and on the ground is a first for Berg by Nordan Art. I can’t think of anybody who could possibly pull this off better than the talented Maloe with her two exhibits Yesterday: Retrospective and Close Ups of a Doll. In the first space, the gallery in the sky, we find a retrospective, a fine collection of photography never before seen by the public. Maloe choses the words in Emily Dickinson’s poem Yesterday is History to capture this exhibit.
Yesterday is History,
‘Tis so far away –
Yesterday is Poetry –
‘Tis Philosophy –
Yesterday is mystery –
Where it is Today
While we shrewdly speculate
Flutter both away
In the second exhibit space on the ground, usually reserved for large installations, we find Maloe’s second collection of photographs Close Ups of a Doll. These are all new photographs depicting close-ups of avatars, inspired by our perception of the avatar as a doll. The images so very beautifully capture the spirit of the work of Maloe and in every single one we recognize her uniquely sophisticated style. Come join us tomorrow for opening, our Nordan Art House DJ Eif, aka d-oo-b, will spin his masterfully put together tunes. Finally, many thanks here also to Burk Bode for his invaluable assistance putting this exhibit together.
Photograph by Kate Bergdorf
I would like to share with you here some updates about Berg by Nordan Art. First, we are about one-third through the second round of exhibits for this year. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback for the beautiful black and white photographs by Imani Nayar and the intriguing surrealist-inspired installation by Igor Ballyhoo. I am also happy to let you know that the gallery once again made the Featured Events section of the Second Life Destination Guide. Come over and check out these works if you haven’t already; the teleport to the installation on the ground is next to the door in the gallery. If you take photographs, please add them to the Berg by Nordan Art Flickr group, would love to see them! Second, we have made changes to the third round of exhibits (July throughout September 2016). Due to unforeseen circumstances Kyhiro (photography) and Cica Ghost (installation) will unfortunately not be able show their work; hoping to show their work in the gallery at some future time. The artists showing their work for that time will be announced at a later time. Finally, The Paper Crown Pass Ceremony, a challenge started by Mich Michabo, has now become kind a kind of tradition in our gallery. The current Queen Elizabeth is doing an extraordinarily fine job carrying the crown! She is about half-way through and will in a few weeks select a new King or Queen, at which time we meet again for our ceremony. Please look for the poster next to the door if you are interested in joining these events. Thats all for now folks, hope to see you in the gallery soon!
Photograph by Kate Bergdorf
We have less than a week left of the current exhibits by Haveit Neox and Mich Michabo at Berg by Nordan Art. Please head over and take a look if you haven’t already. Igor Ballyhoo, with his installation MECHANISMUS, and Imani Nayar, with the exhibit Black & White Photography, are up next, from April through June 2016. The gallery will be closed on April 1 and 2 for installation of the new exhibits and the opening will then take place on Sunday, April 3 at 12 PM SLT. As usual our house DJ d-oo-b (aka Eif) will provide music!
Thank you very much to Mich and Haveit for a fabulous three months of art and welcome to Imani and Igor for the second exhibit period of 2016. Hope to see you all at the opening on Sunday!