Tag: MetaLES

Piratebay by Igor Ballyhoo

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The exhibit Piratebay by Igor Ballyhoo at MetaLES, curated by Ux Hax, Romy Nayar, and Lanjan Roche, is accessible until tomorrow, Friday, March 6, 2015 only. This is an installation, or a symbolic representation really, devoted to the phenomenon The Pirate Bay, a file sharing site, which was shut down by the Swedish government in December 2014, but then came back online again in January 2015. The Pirate Bay and the term torrent itself are defined in a notecard provided at the landing. Below please find the documentary TPB AFK, a film by Simon Klose about The Pirate Bay. Lastly, as stated by Igor as a header in the exhibit notecard; Love and sharing are the only hope for humanity.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Taxy! to the Zircus

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Visiting an installation by Eupalinos Ugajin is like becoming part of a surrealist painting. His newest work, Taxy! to the Zircus, opened on MetaLES today and is as intriguing and playful as anything he has done before. The visitor clicks objects and is transported from one level to another (I fell into the water several times, please be careful). The objects themselves are skillfully crafted and most appear sort of faded and old-fashioned. The music fits. I will not even pretend that I understand the meaning of the swirling of letters or a paper horse head or parts of a bicycle stuck in a radiator (or the painting of red while holding a hairdryer, for that matter), but I do know all these things move me in a certain way. While all these things may come across as haphazard, I am pretty sure Mister Eupalinos must have had a carefully thought-out master plan when he put it all together. It is perfect chaos.

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Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

Happening on MetaLES

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MetaLES, by Ux Hax, Lanjran Choche and Romy Nayar, has been hosting full sim art installations for years in Second Life©.  Alongside the art sims sponsored by Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA), as well as the sims showing work Bryn Oh and Rose Borchovski, the art installations on MetaLES are predictably noteworthy. This goes for the current exhibit, Insanity, by Cherry Manga as well. Large human-like figures and surrealist-inspired objects are spread out on a vast space, introducing to the viewer a sense of the unspeakable. But while objects themselves are certainly inspiring and well-made, I didn’t experience them coming together as a whole. Regardless, this work does tap into the dark depths of the psyche and is well worth a visit. Several blog posts have of course already been written about this work, one of the best ones I thought was by Thirza Ember in her blog Second Life ArtsParks.

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Upon entering MetaLES you will also find on the ground a small teleport that transports visitors to a newly created space above the sim. It is an area that houses videos of all prior exhibits. Simply click on the image of the installation you would like to view and you will be re-directed to a Vimeo page where you can see the video. This is a wonderful thing; not only is it an archival treasure, but also of course a walk down memory lane. Head over and take a look!

Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

Romy Nayar: Overto Omonto

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The work of Romy Nayar is known to me and her fine creations never cease to impress me with their darkness and sense of poetry. Her work is often based on stories, usually with a moral, and there is a magical quality, as sense of unreality, that one also finds in the work of Bryn Oh. Her newest creation Overto Omonto can be seen on MetaLES, a sim she manages with her partner, Ux Hax. This creation, like many other of her works, is veiled in the macabre and mystery. It consists of a large, deserted space where buildings, trees and figures can sporadically be detected. The figures are part of various scenes and sort of come across as avatars, but also not. There is something very doll-like and inanimate about this virtual figure who is part of the scene, which lends it a quality of being a work of  art and thus different then the customary virtual avatar per se. All scenes are part of the installation and also part of a riddle; note card with instructions is provided at entrance. If you join the MetaLES group you can use a vehicle provided at the landing point.

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Photography by Kate Bergdorf