A few days ago Santalarity closed. Santalarity is a spin-off from Burn 2, the burning man art festival in Second Life. Tau hitched a ride on the small train that went around the site and then got sidetracked in a forest. Since I liked this forest with it strange trees, I decided to take some pictures and while I was at it, I took some of the other builds. Unfortunately I did not get all the builds, nor did I get the names of all the artists as some of the builds had already been removed and some were removed after I took a break so that I did have a picture of them, but not the artist who made it. If you know the artist or the name of the art(most did not have a name) then by all means place a comment or mail to email@example.com.
This forest was owned by Miko Kuramoto although it listed someone else as the creator. I just list it under the owner. I find the mesh trees very intriguing sorry so I made a lot of pictures, especially because the forest was on the edge of the sim and it gave the idea that beyond the wood was a vast tundra stretching out. I also took the opportunity to tweak the pictures by using various settings of poster edges and blending layers. The above picture uses poster edged for the trees, but I did not apply it to Tau. I will intersperse pictures with that of the rest of the builds.
This is a view of the center of the sim. It is the central gathering place where sometimes parties are held. Tau never goes to parties as she is too shy. I seldom go because I got other things to go to.
The above picture is from the Empathic Eccentricia build which is made by Veleda Lorakeet, Ohmy Shalala and Tau. The monkey is made by Tau, below is a close up to show the rat sitting in the bowl the monkey hold. The rat hold a camera has an animation for posing.
This a far off shot of EE. The snowman disappeared when touched.
” A mysterious overgrown & abandoned garden, filled with weeds, rust, reverie and birdsong Come explore where forgotten stories have come to life…” – Talullah Winterwolf.
IT took me a while to get around to this post because I understand that Talullah Winterwolf is pretty well known in some art circles.. It is not that I am against showing work of known people, but I am heistant to do so because such people will already have enough exposure while obscure artists or new artist or fringe artists probably benefit more from a post by an obscure blogger.. In addition I am not inclined to show work as is nowadays but rather make pictures of the works of others that give an impression or capture the essence, mostly to protect these artist against theft. As suck the pictures get changed and this might not always be in agreement with the artist. If you get my drift.
In the case of Talullah Winterwolf however I was also intrigued by the place where this work was shown, which created an interesting atmosphere grungy atmosphere and I therefore decided to make a post about her exhibition at eleventh birthday of second life exhibition. I want to make a note that this post shows an impression of her work and it is my impression. What you see is not always what you get.
The exhibition look a bit like an unattended garden like you sometimes encounter by houses that have been abandoned. I like the art because it has a kind of disturb beauty in it.
More Talullah Winterwolf:
A movie about the Emphatic Eccentrica build as the Eleventh birthday of second life. The EE team consisted of Almut Brunswick, Ohmy Shalala, Veleda Lorakeet, Laughton McCry, Merit Coba and Tau.
This is yet another one of my uhm.. conceptual art kind of mix of language and visuals. Is it a poem? Or is it conceptual art. I don’t know really. I was not satisfied with type fonts I had on my computer.. so after some consideration I decided to make my own instead of trying to find a set that I would like.
We were a bit pressured for time, because the SL11B event was approaching it’s end, so we are not in them pictures this time. Just takes some organizing to get everyone together. Nevertheless here are some we liked or which somehow caught our attention. It will be almost be last one. The last one? No wait there will be two more. The next one will be a post dedicated to one artist alone. It is one that we discovered quite late and we liked. Most of all Taubie,she goes for eyecandy. 😛
All the pictures you see here are not exactly as they might appear on your viewer. That is because Taubie likes tweaking a bit with Photoshop, which is why we do this anyways, so Taubie can learn Photoshop.
Above the first picture: Slave by Igor. It is best just to have a look at the picture. You’ll get the drift.
The next one is Exhale by Eliza Wierwight. No comment either. cause you can read the text, can’t you? We liked the shadows and the light from the back. The installation looks better then this picture.
This one was a bit funny. I hope that it was meant to be funny that is. (You never know in SL). Didn’t say much else beyond: UFO Abduction. I guess we got a peculiar future to look forward to.
The box was an art installation we (that is Taubie and me) made for the anniversary of Emphatic Eccentricia. A slightly altered version was made for the eleventh birthday of second life. That is the one these pictures are from. The box started when Veleda Lorakeet made a frame in Osgrid from prims. She is currently making this frame in real life. The frame made me think of self contained worlds within a larger world. So after some fabrication I came up with an installation based on a thought experiment by Schroedinger know as Schroedinger’s cat. The experiment can be found here.
So here are picture of The box, the metaverse containing the universes for these mouse-like creatures.
The box works like this. When you press the red box you see floating in the above picture, the box will open and show a random set of universes brought to live.
Originally this was the last picture. It is Dream, my prince by Nintin. I decided that it should not be last, but first. There is this single object, but it has a little story around it, and a machinima. Here is the text from the notecard of the artist
While advances in technology give us exciting entertainment and allow us to play and dream, “we are put to sleep with a lullaby.” The installation reminds us of how vulnerable we have become and how crucial it is to stay alert and fight, if necessary, to keep our freedom.
Description of exhibit: A sphere made of graphic figures, representing the global network, rotates around a sleeping figure. A lullaby starts playing when someone steps on the exhibition parcel via collision script.
The Making: https://www.facebook.com/Nintinarts?ref=hl
We kinda cut loose from the original two nekos concept, so instead of two nekos we are doing a bunch of nekos and a raptor, but we are still calling it two nekos. The processing center was a quaint little building with various displays inside it. There seemed to be no connecting theme, but that didn’t seem to spoil the fun. And we kinda went overboard with a few pictures. Above is a picture of me and Taubie. Me is to the right and Taubie to the left. We liked the cardboard trees, so Taubie gave a bit of cardboard feel to the picture.
The second picture shows the entry of the processing center. We wanted a kind of strange feel, like they do for covers of albums, with people standing around.
No comment really. Yes, it is a raptor in the back and it is wearing a tophat and a tutu.
The processing center can be found here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL11B%20Spellbound/59/198/22
Before visiting the processing center we actually landed on Thought-Birth-Existence and we spent a while there to get some good shots, but it was all wasted. So after some tweaking in photoshop Taubie made this. The real installation looks totally different., but it was this or nothing. Thought-Birth-Existence can be found right across the processing center: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SL11B%20Spellbound/36/202/22
That is all folks.
The other day I asked Veleda what inspired her to make the talking and moving robot heads for our Monkey Mind build at SL11B(Seconds Life’s 11th birthday) and she said it something along the lines of that is seemed like a fun idea. And here you thought I would write down some overarching philosophical artistic expression. I could make one up of course.. but let’s leave it at this.
It is interesting to see that the builds is actually never quite finished. When Veleda was done with her heads, she added a core to the build, which is funny as I was doing the same. But my idea went along other line’s and it ended up as an arty thingy you can walk through. It is called data towers and the idea I had was to have the data stream upwards towards the central processing unit. But this is not a post about me, but a post about Veleda’s contribution.
Veleda made these robot heads who say Monkey Mind in binary. The name Monkey Mind is a Buddhist concept, meaning “unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable” . This made me think of the movie Koyaanisqatsi. In the hopi language, the word Koyaanisqatsi means “unbalanced life”. Seems something philosophical filtered into the build after all, ey.
The robot heads are scripted to travel around the exhbition along piplelines of the same color as the eyes. Eventually they end you up at the top level. Veleda showed me the formula that makes the heads go. If I can find it I’ll post it here someplace. It’s quite mind-boggling. For me that is (not for Taubie).
Next to the robot heads Veleda made a central core unit to which Almut added this warped binary texture.
The core revolves with the various parts having different speed. Will look better on the movie I am trying to make.
And once you are done, you end up in the monkey house. If you take the blue head I think. Otherwise you end up next door.