Sl Art: The Vordun, the Titanic, Celeste Forwzy and Fancy Decor

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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.

 

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A tale within a tale: audio tracts.

 

 

 

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more Vordun.

 

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.

 

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A  night to remember.

 

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.

 

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The captain of the Titanic

 

 

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A partial view of the exhibit.

 

 

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The iceberg and the guy who spotted it.

 

 

 

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The guy who made the exhibit.

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.

 

 

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Modern art: Celeste Forwzy

 

 

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Art by Celeste Forwzy. 

 

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Celeste also has a shop.

 

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Fancy Decor

 

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.

 

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Altar piece.

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.

 

 

 

 

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…

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.

Identity: American Gothic 2015

I am working on a series of images that play around with identity. Next to the Fatherland and With A Pearl I made American Gothic 2015. It is Inspired by the famous painting by Grant Wood. It is not just a parody as it is meant to be more than a funny change of the original. It is meant to be explored.

The essence of the picture is the two avatars. They are both male avatars with male hair and such. The only female part is their skin and, of course, the way they dress and your thinking. For it is your mind that tags gender on them.

Below is a link to the original.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Gothic

Relay for life 2015: The future of your money.

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This year the American Cancer Society(ACS) organizes another Relay For Life(RFL) charity event in Second Life. The impact of this event can be estimated from their site: “As of July 2014 RFL of SL ranks number 17th out of 5000 teams worldwide in donations receive.We have brought in over 2 million US dollars to help with the fight against cancer.”

17th out of 5000. That is no mean event!

I ran into the Relay For Life charity some years ago and still recall the event vividly. I was confronted by a donation stand near a castle named Camelot and a big star spangled banner was waving in front of the home of the British king Arthur.Was this over-sized flag signalling something?

I became curious and looked for information. It soon became evident that it was an event specifically organized by the American Cancer Society for their own benefit. Indeed. All the money that is gathered world wide is used to financing activities of this All-to-American organization.

Nothing wrong with that you might say? If it is used for a good cause which eventually benefits the whole world, why would you be against it?
Actually, there is nothing wrong if they were upfront about it.
But for a long time they were pretty secretive about it and they still are.
But at least the are now more open about who is behind RLF as compared to last year:

For 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been working to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based, voluntary health, and international organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

So from this statement we gather that the ACS is both a nationwide organization and an international organization. Which would stand to reason considering that  Second Life is a global community and as of July 2014 RFL of SL ranks number 17th out of 5000 teams worldwide. It means that part of that money raised comes from the world and it would be a sad thing if all that money was just used to benefit one nation.
So does it?
Have you checked?
I bet you didn’t.
Actually the ACS is an American organization that is bound by American laws and their grants are exclusively focused on funding US based research. You can look it up for yourself on their website. Not one grant is given to a foreign university. Hence all research is done in the US within the restrictions of the US laws. And that will probably also apply to sharing research data, if they even posses such data, as they mostly finance research.
This doesn’t mean the ACS exclusively focuses on the US. It does provide information and help within the limits of the  laws as they show on their website. But all of that help is of an informational nature and aimed at those countries that are on the friends list of the US.

But what happens to countries that are not on the friends list? Have you checked if your country is?

It would be fair if the ACS was honest about what they do with the money they raise and make explicit who benefits and who doesn’t. Now it seems to me that they invest non US money in US based research which they will only provide to your country if they are allowed by law.
And this is just about research. How about all the community programs that are solely based on the US  and the world raises money for?

If you decide to fund Relay For Life as a world citizen or a foreigner you might never see any direct benefit from it. Perhaps it would be better to give your money to your local cancer organization or. preferably, to a truly international one.
Perhaps if the ACS pays attention to rest of the world it might become a true world leader. It seems that being transparent and open about it would be the first step.

But even as an American you might think twice before donating to the ACS. Their president makes a whopping 2 million a year… which is about the amount of money relay for life in SL raised in 2014. You could say SL paid his wages.
And the ACS seems to have dubious ties with companies, which seem to influence their policies.  More criticism can be found in links below.

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ACS & Relay for Life

http://www.cancer.org/
http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/

Charity status

https://www.charitywatch.org/top-charity-salaries
http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6495#.VOjbpfnF-So

Critical articles
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/05/24/american-cancer-society–more-interested-in-wealth-than-health.aspx
http://www.preventcancer.com/losing/acs/wealthiest_links.htm

http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.nl/2014/04/american-cancer-society-sells-out-its.html

Second Life Scrapbook: Discovering Innsmouth(once more).

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Innsmouth needs saving.
That is what I gather from the save Innsmouth tip-jars in Second  Life.
Innsmouth is a place in Second Life that is named after the place of the same name from the novella ‘The shadow over Innsmouth’ by H. P. Lovecraft,  and it promotes the works of Lovecraft and offers a place for people who like to role-play in the world of Lovecraft. This world of Lovecraft is maybe better known as the world of the Cthulhu mythos. I specifically mention this because this world includes more writers than Lovecraft such as Clark Ashton Smith(one of my favorites)  You could say that Lovecraft was the one who laid the foundation and because he corresponded with a lot of other writers he influenced others and others of course influenced him. One such writer is the writer of Conan the barbarian, Robert E. Howard.  Another such writer was August Deleth who founded the publishing house Arkham House, a publisher specializing in printing works of weird fiction, such as that from Lovecraft.Lovecraft’s world actually inspired a lot of other people who made movies(The Dunwhich horror, Dagon, the call of Cthulhu), board games(Arkham Horror, Elder Sign), video games(Alone in the dark and lots more) and even art( through the iconic Necronomicon: see Giger’s Necronomicon. Which in itself influenced the movie Alien. Can it be said that Lovecraft indirectly influenced the movie Alien? Perhaps it can :P).

I thought to make a few pictures there as kind of exercise but perhaps also as a kind of memorial.

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Second Life: Dirty Rat & Vintage Village

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Vintage Village during the day..

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I haven’t been posting much of late due a very exhaustive real life. Also I am working of various projects that take long to finish, partly because I am struggling to find a graphic style I am happy with and I am not too happy with the results. Currently I am working on a graphical version of my bridge story. But more of that in another post.

Here follows a set of pictures I made at two places called Dirty Rat and Vintage Village respectively. The pictures were taken quite some time ago, but I like them and I wanted to post them anyway.
There is not much too tell. Second Life is mostly an empty place for me. I am basically a loner and a very private person, so I don’t mix easily with people. Besides, most people that I knew in SL left, mostly because after a while Second Life no longer interest them in one way or another.

Dirty Rat is the name for a shop selling various  buildings, furniture and the like. Next door is Vintage Village, which is a small town that looks nice, containing various shops. I am to believe that at times events are held at the place.

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Vintage Village during the night//

This is the url for the location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Verdigris/207/85/66
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SL11B: Monkey Mind: a movie.

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.