merry christmas 2016

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I am sitting here at my desk in front of the laptop with a very sleepy dog on the carpet next to me. It is snowing outside my window. It is the first heavy snowfall this winter and I can’t help but feel like a kid; there is this pull to run outside and play in the snow. But I’ll save that for later and focus on this post… As the year comes to an end it is time to reflect on time past and what lays ahead. Much happened at Berg by Nordan Art in 2016; we had remarkable exhibits and installations, exciting openings with music by DJ Eif (aka d-oo-b), machinima made by Tutsy Navarathna, and the Gallery M showing Mich Michabo‘s art was added as an integral part of the gallery. We held the monthly Paper Crown Passing Ceremonies, which were so whimsical and fun. Still to come this year, as usual a collaboration with my friend Huck Hax, the gallery retrospective publication, Berg by Nordan Art 2016. The gallery will continue to evolve in 2017 and there are several important changes planned, the most significant being a change from single to joint leadership when it comes to administration and curating. The gallery will also reduce in size; we will no longer be showing installations on the ground, a new gallery build will instead be situated on the ground and we will show photography only. What will remain the same, however, is our continued commitment to only showing the highest quality SL art. But more about this to come in the next several months. 2016 also brought other exciting things for me; an increased focus on Flickr photography, I joined the junk. and Clef de Pleau blogger teams, and worked together with Mich Michabo on the lovely Paper Crown events. I will be happy to continue devoting my time to all of this in 2017. Finally, on a more personal note, I made many meaningful connections with people in our virtual world this year, something I know will also continue happening in 2017. Because as we all know, even though we are all busy and sometimes don’t find time, it is ultimately the connections with others that make our individual SL experiences priceless. So Happy Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa everyone and I hope 2017 will be just as great as 2016!

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

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Halloween, again!

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!

Happy New Year 2015

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First, wishing everybody a Happy and Healthy New Year! I’ve been busy the past week and haven’t been able to do much in Second Life© or put together any blog posts. But I am happy to report that I am now back in full force. I am working on finalizing an interview with Tutsy Navarathna that I will post in The Virtual Review blog, hopefully this weekend. Also, I have a guest blogger who has been trying out Oculus Rift and will be contributing to this blog a post about his experience. I have shuffled around prims on Nordan on Jorden and have been able to free up a huge amount, which I am totally excited about. Already, there are some new additions to the sim. Last, but not least, I just have to share with you how much I like the very elegant little grey dress that comes with a scarf and belt, by Valentina, currently to be had at FAMESHED. Head over and take a look, the dress comes in several different color combinations. The photograph above was taken in one of the new additions to Winter on Nordan om Jorden, the Sense of Gravity House, by {vespertine}.

STYLE CARD:

★ Dress: Jezebel (Dove) by Valentina at FAMESHED
★ Shoes: Mae Platform (Black) by [Gos}
★ Skin: Emma (*peche*) by Essences
★ Hair: Sonja (Dark Browns) by Rowne
★ Eyes: Look Eyes (Dark Green) by Amacci
★ Pose: [motelier] waitress by (marukin)

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas, everyone! Thank you to new and old readers alike for your continued interest in my blogs; more than anything else it is your reading my posts that makes blogging worth while. Of note, I also recently reactivated an oldish Flickr account and I have enjoyed tremendously taking photographs, posting them and connecting with all you awesome people in the Flickr community. So thank you for the likes and comments and thanks also for the inspiring photographs you all share. I spent this Christmas Eve morning hanging out with my dear friend Igor and I wouldn’t would have wanted to spend this morning any other way. He took a great Christmas photograph of us for this post and also a lovely new photograph for my profile. Thank you, Igor, you are one of the sweetest men I know (and, yes, I know I am totally cramping his style when I say that)! Now I’m off to wrap a few last gifts and will then settle in for the holidays! ♥ 

Photograph by Igor Ballyhoo

Halloween Town

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So every year throughout Halloween time in Second Life© I am bored and annoyed with all the commercial nonsense. Also, without fail, every Halloween I am caught off guard and impressed by something someone did that really worked. Last year it happened at Havenhollow, this year at Halloween Town. Halloween Town is put together by Laura Liberty who, judging by what it says in her profile, is part of a team that creates holiday themed towns in Second Life. Initially, when I first teleported in, I was struck by the whimsical architecture of the builds. They are like nothing I have seen before, quite intricate and sort of cartoon-like, lovely, really.  These little houses contain stores selling Halloween-themed goods and some of it is incredibly well made. For those of you who are obsessed with Halloween, go take a look, I am sure you will be quite excited. As I continued walking through town, now starting to feel a little more optimistic about Second Life Halloween again, I eventually found myself in front of the haunted house.  You will not be able to zoom through this house quickly; turn on the music, follow the arrows and be prepared to spend some time in suspense.  Some of the scenes are silly, some frightening and some even quite surreal, but they are all very well-thought out. Bravo, Laura Liberty, great work, you had me holding my breath a few times for sure!

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Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

Boohh!

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I’m not someone who is overly into Halloween, meaning this time of year I don’t go out of my way to find spooky-themed places in Second Life©. Don’t get me wrong, I love going trick-or-treating with kids in Real Life, but at the same time, honestly, I easily tire of the Halloween-hype that seems to swipe  in particular the virtual world like a plague around this time. Having said all this, and for those of you who still do get a kick out of this holiday, please go and visit Havenhollow. This is a place I first read about in Honour’s Post Menopausal View blog and I would lie if I didn’t say that it piqued my curiosity. As I soon discovered, this two-tiered, interactive Halloween virtual extravaganza is truly well-made and quite wonderful. And, judging by the crowds, I was not the only one having this experience.

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Teleporting in, one enters on a landing-point which is part of  some kind of suburban housing community. There is something eerily real-world-feeling about this place, which I think contributes to its overall mystique. Part of the experience here is to go trick-or-treating at the houses, which, I admit, was actually a lot of fun. At the outskirt of the housing area is a forest that serves as a connection to another Halloween area below. On a winding path, surrounded by fog, one wanders through these woods and eventually, rather unexpectedly, falls into a deep, dark hole (be prepared for a rather long falling period). Exiting the dark basement filled with spiders and spiderweb is not an easy task, but I eventually made it out.

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Having been chased by a large, black, loudly hissing spider, I was pleased to be above ground. I found myself in front of an old Victorian mansion. The old house is quite beautiful. Flocks of bats are flying around it making loud noises, the moon hides behind large groups of yellow Fall trees and darkness envelopes barren branches that seem to be reaching for the starry sky above. There is a lot of things to explore both outside and inside of this house, I especially recommend taking a look at the kitchen and dining room on the ground floor. Be prepared to spend some time.

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Well, well, well. For someone who is not really into Halloween that much, I certainly spent a lot of time on this rather spooky sim today taking photos and putting together this blog post. But see, that is exactly the thing about being in Second Life though, you easily get caught up in things and, sometimes despite yourself, you end up having a blast. Have a great Halloween everyone.