For my youngest daughter I made a birthday picture. She likes to play soccer. Made with prims.
In second life there is a large area where people sail and fly their planes. You can catch a ride with one of the airliners when you sign up with the passengers of sl. There was also a contest which Tau won.
Here is the winning picture.
‘Here and now’
Just for a short while,
the memory lingers.
from the here and now.
The final version of small movie containing a poem by Rob Walker called Transcending Silence and the art installation by ‘Dance’ by Myra Wildmist. The whole tied together by shadows, a misty mountain in Japan, second world war. A the burned in patterns on the skin of a Japanese woman. I would say: enjoy.
two weeks ago in japan i sat on that Mountain
the bald young monk explaining zazen meditation
the release from past and future
and the silence of engyoji temple
teaching me the here/now
and here and now we sit in The Vales
a silence broken
by the eternal happiness of hi-5
on a blaring tv
which is everlasting
you my balding father
hair stolen not by time but radiation
you sit on the bed in your tracksuit pants
bulging with the incontinence nappy
below your buddha belly
your corporeal form shapeless as a toddler’s
i ask if you need anything
all your physical needs met
in this daily malignant shallowness
the blastoma has excised your past
and your future is inoperable
you don’t remember who came yesterday
or what you ate for breakfast
you have achieved a kind of benign transcendence
only those around you
feel the eternal depths of sorrow
are in the perpetual
Here and Now.
text © rob walker, 2010
Second Life is an ever evolving place and it is hard to keep track of all the changes. I happened to bump into a Titanic exhibition that was at The Vordun gallery. Now normally such things pass by unnoticed, but there are a few reasons I wanted to post the exhibition and related things here.
One thing is the Vordun gallery itself. Next to the Titanic exhibition there are the exhibitions in the gallery itself. These were interesting because the Vordun gives you a hud that has a voice tell you something about the picture. Below is an example.
This picture is called the Allegory of Fortune. There is a story behind it. The picture caused a row at the time and it artist had to be saved from retribution. I won’t go into details here. Either go to the gallery or look it up. The main reason I mention it here is that by using this hud the Vordun created an extra level of narrative. A story within a story. My suggestion would be this. Go and watch the pictures without activating the hud. Make up whatever you think they are telling, then use the hud to hear the story behind the picture.
But maybe, perhaps, you might not want to because maybe the story you got in your head is the better one. Who knows.
A night to remember is the main exhibition for the Titanic disaster. I like the detailed exhibit as the maker used mesh to its fullest. He also used various means to convey the tale. It is a small exhibit, but a likable one that tries to push the envelope. I still had something to moan about of course.I would have wished it was embedded in a broader tale. Not a personal one alone, but one that went to trace what impact it had in general and most of all, the allegorical sign. The Titanic was perhaps the pinnacle of shipping prior to WW 1. It was part of the very upbeat times prior to the Great War called the Belle Epoque marked by optimism, regional peace, economic prosperity and technological, scientific and cultural innovations. Its demise symbolizes the demise of that time with its good things, but also with its bad things(class distinction for instance). If you like to read something about that try Stefan Zweig, “The world of yesterday”. I have to admit, I have never read anything by him, but a friend of mine recommends him.
The Titanic exhibit is in the North Wing, in the south wing is something completely different. It is art by Celeste Forwzy. I like it that the gallery is not themed to one thing.
On the same sim there is also a shop called Fancy Decor. It is a neat shop with mesh things that are really neat made by Jake Vordun.
This is one example of the neat things you can get. It is not a big store. But it has some neat things. Everything is made out of mesh, so you won’t have to worry too much about your prim allowances.
I like to roam through the ever changing galleries of Second Life and sometimes I hit on a work or an artist I like to promote on this blog. As little as it does for them. There are actually more than I display here, many more even, but because I sometimes have to balance other people’s works against our own works. So I don’t display them here. There are enough blogs promoting SL art. But even because of the sheer numbers alone I lag behind.
Some of the artists I like actually show adult-related depictions.I am usually not really in favor of adult depictions, not because I feel ashamed, but more because I suspect that the adult content is to make up for the lack of art. It is more about arousal than about art. I never quite understand adult related content in that way. I was once at a gallery dedicated to adult pictures and I met someone who bluntly asked me if they didn’t arouse me as it did her. And I replied kind by answering no. I can appreciate intimate pictures even to the point of feeling a longing, but for me art isn’t something that arouses me. However, to be honest, it sometimes can.Ain’t I the dubious one.
Anyway.. this rambling is done to introduce an artist named Sheldon in SL, who is not about arousal but uses what we call nudes not because they are nudes but are the poetry of the human body(sic). I was myself more interested in the materials he used than the imagery itself. And when I asked him about it, we had a conversation about nudes. That is art that shows nudes but is not about them. For me: I like the combination of materials and the use of light. And since I am a movie person light fascinates me, therefore I have him here on my blog. For it is after all about the image. Or the story that lies within.
I also like, without trying to insult, to present the work of Angelika Corral, as it is sandwiched into the works of Sheldon. I do this because while Sheldon uses real life models, she works with SL models. And there we have another fascination of mine: SL avatars. I am fascinated by them in a way.
Above is a side to side depiction of the works of Angelika en Sheldon. One is showing SL avatars(Synthesis by Angelika Corral) and the other an image inspired by real life(you see from this where I come from) called Curvature by Sheldon.
I somehow like the right one.
There is more made by the two and they can be seen at:
Their home base:
DaphneArts Art Complex
And no doubt at more places…
A small and nice exhibition about Bauhaus on Lea 2 (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA2/80/120/2007).
Had some fun with Gray Child(the neko(cat human hybrid) in the picture) and a few lyrics of Massive Attack to which I was listening. Some of which had relevance to the exhibition.
Bauhaus(1919-1933) didn’t last long as an independent art movement in Germany once the Nazis came to power(1932) as it quickly became un-German and ‘degenerate art’, not strange if you look at how some of the women dressed up and behaved(go and watch the exhibition).
Being unconventional is something no repressive society can cope with. And since women had to fit a specific mold, (blond, blue-eyed, docile and focused on motherhood) being manly(smoking, unmarried and having unruly hair, look below) was a no no.
Bauhaus did live on because it influenced and interacted with other art mostly because the artist fled from Germany to other countries of the world. In a way this was their luck as apparently the rest of the world was prepared to be influenced by them.
There is a certain irony in the statement at the top of the picture below. The picture is called Marcel Breuer mit seinem Harem= Marcel Breuer with his harem.
Mag ich flapper sein? pfft! Nein danke means something like: Can I be a flapper(but in German it actually also can be: Am I allowed to be a Flapper)? Pfft!. No thanks.
Flapper was a nickname for young women in the 1920’s who broke with conventions by wearing short skirts, bobbing their hair and listening to jazz(another degenerate art form).
There is an irony in the statement in that these women are Breuer’s group of women who were associated with him and they actually do not look like flappers to me(usually they were more elegantly looking) but neither do they look like the conventional women of the day. They were a third kind 😛 At least that is my take on it.
The Oracle is an art installation made by Asmita Duranjaya at LEA 10. Lea 10 is an area that is made available by the Linden Endowment for Art to promote Secondlife and art.
The art installation is also meant as a game and a story that one can experience. The movie is made with this concept in mind.
Music is by DeVenus and called Mind. It can be found at CCmixter, and on You Tube. I edited it a bit.
The movie is my own creation, that is the way I operate.
I have licensed the movie under the normal copyright at the moment because I have to figure out how different licenses work in the context of one product.
You are welcome to any comments regarding anything.
Oh and the neko: that is me.
On my work we suddenly got a sign at the entry that camera’s were about watching the premises. Inside another sigh had been added stating that all the items were marked, either visible an invisible. The we got a notice that company resources were only meant for the use of company purposes. So I made this sign as these warnings reminded me of the enemy listens. The enemy being you.. or them.
Here is another one:
I visited the place and found it inspiring to see if I could play around with the imagery, the windlight(that is the name for the lighting scheme) and text. My aim is to make little stories by using different media and mixing it with style. This eats time actually as next to making a picture, you have to find or make the appropriate text and fuse it together. Also there is always the hurdle that most of what is displayed has actually been made by others, which raises the question when something is simply presenting other peoples work in a new way and thus basically getting credit for other people’s merits, or something you made using other peoples input.
Unfortunately I haven’t kept track of the makers.. so if you think you are one, let me know and we can discuss it.
Here we go.
After delivering his key-speech on the necessity of outsourcing his employees to another company to prevent layoffs and cutbacks, the general manager made as if to fold some papers, but he had none as the company had become a real paperless office and communicated only electronically.
The select few in his room moved to congratulate him. They were familiar faces: the painted one of his personal secretary, the stubbed ones of his senior managers and the fresh ones of the junior assistants who would become managers themselves some years into the future.
The mass of employees whose fate was just sealed watched them on small and large screens in small and large rooms all over the world and saw only the smug smiles on those remote faces. Unknowingly the live broadcast had not yet been disconnected, but it didn’t really matter anyway as they had never been connected in the first place.