Movie: here and now

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‘Here and now’

Just for a short while,
the memory lingers.
Enduring imprints,
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.

 

Poem

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
you don’t
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
but you
are in the perpetual
Here and Now.

text © rob walker, 2010

http://www.robwalkerpoet.com/?p=1134

 

SL Art: Poetry of the human body

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.

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Synthesis by Angelika Corral(left) and Curvature by Sheldon(right)

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.

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Left to right: Female Back, Distant Memories, Pay what you want, all by Sheldon.

 

I  somehow like the right one.

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She sleeps by Angelika Corral

 

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Absolution by Sheldon

 

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Abyss by Angelika Corral

 

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Protective by Sheldon

 

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Washed in Black by Angelika Corral

 

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Lumious by Sheldon

There is more made by the two and they can be seen at:

Their home base:

DaphneArts Art Complex

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tabula%20rasa/45/175/25

Galerie 17

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wunder%20Land/151/102/1101

And no doubt at more places…

Bauhaus museum

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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.
(http://bauhaus-online.de/en/atlas/werke/marcel-breuer-and-his-harem)
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.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flapper
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bauhaus
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LEA 10: The Oracle by Asmita Duranjaya.

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.

Merit Coba.

 

 

 

Art: Hat Art

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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.

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Little man

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http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Space%204%20Art/70/44/1083

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.

Another story: Trinity

When talking about collages, a friend of mine asked me why I think that making a pictorial story would work because as far as he knows most imagery, a catch all phrase for pictures, photographs and other ways to display (un)reality, is often one single depiction of a single event. Like a snapshot or a painting of, say, Mona Lisa.
Perhaps he is right, but then I find it fun to work some kind of story into a depiction or playing around with imagery that is just something more that just one picture.
So here is another one that I worked upon. It is called Trinity.
Now I personally think that pictures should tell their own story.. or at least should inspire or fascinate, without needing words to explain more, as it is probably that the words will not always be connected to a picture. Perhaps I should looking into that.
This picture was inspired by the fact that in Second Life you can make a copy of yourself that looks exactly the same as another avatar, however through behavior and other ways of being they can be different and perceived and treated differently by others.

 

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Beautiful Second Life: Unia: Unleash the monster within, an interactive game from Madpea.

Whenever you log on to Second Life, you will be supplied with suggestion of places you can visit in Second Life. One of these was called Unia and I went over to take a look. Unia is a place where you can place  an interactive action game.
I didn’t quite get into playing the game, but I liked the mood of the place and used it to make some pictures. Before I show them here is what Unia is:

Interactive Action Game from MadPea. The desert town of Molimo welcomes all travelers from near and far. All small towns hold many secrets. Dare to discover what’s going on here?

And there is even a website: http://www.uniathegame.com.