Someone I used to know(a post about little stories)

I like story telling and using pictures for them. I am working on a various stories which I hope to put out now I have some more time on my hands and less stress. I make these scenes and stories using Second Life, which takes a lot of time to put together. A friend of mine says that it is probably faster to draw it myself and I guess he would be right, but somehow I like to do it the hard way.
I like to show you some of them and tell something about them in the way of story telling that hopefully inspires you or even entertains you.

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I ran into the song “Somebody I used to know” on you tube by Gotye featuring Kimbra. It inspired this picture of Dreary and Krisp. I wanted to capture the mood of the video and especially the puzzle feel of the painting. This painting is a crucial feature in the movie.
The song is a profound short story and is an nice example of how you can tell a story in under four minutes by using music, a few lines of text and imagery. The video is made by Natasha Pincus and it is in my opinion it  a great piece of art.
Here is the lowdown. You first see the lead singer Gotye singing about how their relation(between him and the person Kimbra represents) started off and then ended and that she suddenly broke off all contact after they split up despite she saying that they would remain friends. The movie starts quite intriguing by showing Gotye’s… foot.

Starting of with a foot
Starting of with a foot

He then sings his side of the story.

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Gotye

Gotye’s painting appears and he becomes part of the painting. The lines making up a puzzle like structure that engulfs him.

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There is a dramatic pause in which the camera backs off to show the two singers standing at opposites of the screen while the music switches kind of pauses to in giving you a kind of jazzy  music. Now the painting extends to include Kimbra who is at the other side of the picture. Notice also how they have totally different color schemes to denote their differences.

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Then Kimbra sing a few lines -just a few lines- that makes clear why she acts in the way he describes. She explains how being with him – even as friends – reminds her of all the bad things that they had together and his wrong doings.The crucial moment in the movie is at then end of the pause when Kimbra turns to Gotye and sings the first of her lines. She does something very distinctive. She loosens her shoulders, which communicates two things: it breaks the pattern and it is a movement people make to signify that they are ready for a fight. Then she moves towards him as if to confront him.

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Crucial moment. Kimbra breaks free from the constraints(put there by Gotye?) and is ready for a showdown. This is iconic imagery.
Kimbra confronts Gotye
Kimbra confronts Gotye

In the final scene, the painting is removed from Kimbra.. showing that she is free.

Final scene.
Final scene.

Nathasha Pincus is the director of the video.

 

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Natasha Pincus

If you wanted to find out the one person behind the video, you will probably never find him or her. The reason is that such a project is a combination of having the right people at the right place at the right time. It is like a jigsaw puzzle in which all the right pieces come together to create this video. In my opinion that crucial person is either Nathasha Pincus or Gotye himself(remember that the painting is made by his father).

 

My Picture of Dreary and Krisp was to capture the mood of this video and I want to show the distance by the gun and the connection by the hands, like that one from the painting:

The creation of Adam.
The creation of Adam.

 

 

 

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This picture I used for another post previously and it actually shows Merit. I wanted to have beach scene and I happened to have a few zombie statues there so I just rearranged them. I wanted to have a beach scene with a sun in it.   There had to be something happening.. as a kind of story.

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Two Nekos do Urupe


Two nekos (= cat peope) do Urupe for those who have never been there. Nice snapshots that might entice you to go and visit that country… or not as the case may be.

The first task they got was to actually find the capital city of Urupe and make some interesting snapshots.  But first on this page let’s meet the the two neko team.

And here they are.

Two nekos: Kris & Merit
Two nekos: Kris & Merit

The two neko team: that is Merit to the left and Kris to the right. They will be in the pictures.

Two nekos: Taubie

This is Taubie. You won’t see her that much cause she is making them pictures.

The next installment will be see them visit the Capital city of Urupe which could be Paris.. or London.. or Berlin. Those Urope people never can make up their minds about it.

Avatars: Sunny

I once had an avatar  in Second Life called Sunny. She was often black skinned. I deleted her a while ago, but because of changes in my life I recreated her.

I would not have really made a post about this picture, but I wanted to just talk a bit about it because I managed more or less to capture her being as wanted to.

Sunny was probably the most sweetest of my avatars. This needs a bit of explanation because most people have not like me had different avatars with different personalities.

I have had various one’s because I felt a desire to find out what works or works not. Merit is my most driven avatar and most opinionated. As such rubs people the wrong way, which is almost an inevitable consequence of being brash and opinionated. Sunny was probably the opposite, not so much in not having an opinion, but in the way she expressed them. Because she never forced her opinions on others.

Anyway.. I wanted to capture her on a picture and these are the pictures and I think I succeeded well. There is however a slightly difference. Sunny would never had the tattoos. That is something very Merit like.

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Merit-sunny-2 copy

A life in addictions: madness

The pictures are Merit.. Merit is an avatar I made in Second Life. I made Merit represent me everywhere on the internet.  You can say Merit outgrew Second Life and lives in cyberspace. Merit is a figment of my mind that is something more than a fantasy. It is a desire. Not that I want to be like Merit, but Merit gives me a way to be something I can’t be in real life.  And that is madness for you.

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Madness represents the psychological component that every addiction has. Addictions are often described solely for their physical components, but there is also a strong psychological component as well. In fact madness alone is a very important addiction, probably even stronger than any other because most people deny its existence. And things that are denied have the strongest effect.  But it’s greatest strenght it ties in with all the other addictions.

Addictions develop not out of the blue. Instead we are ushered into them. And that ushering is mostly done by ourselves.  When people start smoking it is not because tobacco they like it’s taste. Most smokers will tell you that the first time they smoked they did not enjoy it at all. When people start drinking it is not because they liked it. Alcohol is actually not very tasty and when taken in excessive quantities causes hangovers. Many addictions are not nice or enjoyable. That is because they are not about nice and enjoyable, they are about surpressing stress.

Addictions develop because we want something and it persists because we need to lessen our stress and this stress is mostly brought about by ourselves. We want to belong, we want to be part, we want to excel, we want to be better, we want to be richer, we want to be popular and we want to stand out while remaining part of a whole.. This creates stress. Stress is the gap between what we want and what we can achieve.

The dominant western culture learns us what we need to be. We need to be smart, pretty, sexy, fun to be with, a good mother, a good father, a successful worker, a caring community member, the best of our sports club. Feel free to extend the list. We should be the best and only want the best. From ourselves and others.

Like a friend of mine. Who is very popular with women. It is a kind of magic he has, which I can’t define. Women like him and you would expect him to be able to pick the best of all the women that like him. It doesn’t work that way.

You see the only woman he wanted did not want him. She was a lot younger and felt she needed to learn a little bit more of life before settling. So she said no. And he had a hard time getting over her. Unfortunately the consequence of her rejection was that she became the imaginary touchstone of all other women he met.

Imagine that you painted a picture or a statue that is your ideal partner. You ascribe all the best of qualities to it and then you compare all the other people to it? They will fail to match her or him. Nobody can beat an idealized fantasy

There is a short story about that, written by Clark Ashton Smith called ‘the last incantation that describes this idea. http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories/112

Our dominant western culture is one where success by any means has become the norm. It doesn’t matter anymore how it is achieved, as long as it is achieved. Success has become the only means to value people and unfortunately: few people will be successful.

This means stress and this stress is lessened by having addictions. Addictions are basically repetitive predictable patterns of behavior that lessen our stress. The whole procedure involving addictions is predictable. And so is the empty attempt to get rid of an addiction. The drama involved, the pointless attempts and the failure to kick the habit in the end,  is done to avoid the ultimate truth: that you are a failure. And double edge as everything is: to beat an addiction becomes a token of success. Choose your addictions wisely because you can be a success by beating your failures.

Don’t you think that it is amazing that in such a culture the rate of suicides does not grow to huge proportions or addictions abound?  It is actually not amazing at all if you take into account that a lot of people simple turn crazy.  Like me.

The culture of success grinds people to dust and madness is a way to deal with it. Psychological stress leads to derangements ranging from depressions to hyperactivity. The cause of this problem is never really addressed because that would require a major cultural change,  it is the consequence that is fixed. Depressions and burn outs are mostly caused by the constant pressure to achieve success, but instead of stopping the machine that creates these illnesses, we  patch up the victims and send them back into the ratrace. There is a movie about that: it is made by Charlie Chaplin and called Modern Times.
Do you recall that Charlie gets crazy in the movie? Perhaps he was on to something. Crazy is what one becomes.

It is clear that I am mad. Of course people will deny that. Say: you are not mad at all. What they fail to see is that I can fake sanity very well and I fake it by inventing make belief people like Merit. Or the dozens of characters that now inhabit my writings. I slowly publish them to the internet. Not that I think it helps. But it does give me a lot of things to write about though.. Maybe I reach success that way!

Who am I kidding?