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

 

BURN2 2014 Santalarity: What’s in the Box?

 

 

Jedda-Zenovka
Jedda Zenovka

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 meritcoba@gmail.com.

 

Miko Kuramoto
Miko Kuramoto

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.

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Burn 2
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On the edge

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.

 

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Empathic Eccentricia

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.

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Empathic Eccentricia
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Empathic Eccentricia

This a far off shot of EE. The snowman disappeared when touched.

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Empathic Eccentricia

 

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Edge of the forest.
Huntress Catteneo
Huntress Catteneo
iSkye Silverweb
iSkye Silverweb
The far horizon
The far horizon

 

Daark Gothly
Daark Gothly

 

Daark Gothly
Daark Gothly
Unknown

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

SL11B: The box

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The box

 

 

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.

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Mouse?

 

 

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The box installation

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.

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A happy dance.

 

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Worship

 

 

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The one that got away and the one that fell off.

SL11B : Monkey Mind -2 – Merit Coba

This post about Monkey Mind goes a little bit deeper into the details of our build at SL11B.
The idea behind Monkey Mind was to create a framework in the shape of a computer that would contain the various expressions of the contributing artists. Since artists tend to have their own shenanigans(:)), a project like this, that starts almost at the spur of the moment will somewhat lack overall consistency. While I am writing this down I realize that it might be nice to ask each participant their views on their own contributions, so I will have to add those later, if any.
I am always a bit in doubt of providing explanations. Personally I rather have people make up their own mind instead of having artists spell out what they meant to convey. But then again, how else would we know if what we want to state actually is perceived in that way?
Enough words, let’s provide some pictures and they will be mostly about my contribution as to give me time to ask the others about theirs.

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Some time ago I went on holiday to Barcelona. Barcelona has an excellent subway system which, besides providing a fast way to travel around the city, also provides some coolness for the intrepid tourist who braves the heat of the day. Even in May the temperatures rose above the thirty degrees centrigrade(that is into the eighties for you Fahrenheit users). In Barcelona people aren’t much different from people in other cities and during their travels they chase away their boredom by plugging themselves in. Walkman’s, handhelds and various other electronic devices isolate them from their surroundings and transport them into another world . One of the mind. For some people this might be a deplorable experience, I don’t see it as such.  People might not talk to the person sitting next to them, but then again they might be talking to someone at the other side of the world. There is a certain liberty in that you can now choose with whom to communicate and befriend, which might be a good thing, but at the other end, you probably stick with people you feel comfortable with and thus avoiding people who might be different and give you new insights. It opens the eyes and closes them.

This concept inspired me to make the futuravi. Which is this guy/girl.

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The futuravi contains two aspects. It is connected to the rest of the world by various devices that opens it’s eyes and ears to a world of the mind.  Incidentally there are lines in the song Jumbo by Underworld that refer to this(the song by the way expresses a great deal of the concept.) So let me quote some lines:

you pick up the phone  and i’m imagining you.”

“the telephone breath between us
there are no borders between us
only these wires”

The futuravi pushes the idea a bit further because, as in the song, you can imagine the other. That is, you as an outsider can change the way someone looks. This might be a technological possibility of the future. Since our world becomes virtual it is technologically possible for you as viewer to determine the looks of the person you are watching. You might see the one you are talking to as a dragon, while the person sees himself as a human.

To capture this aspect I made this connector-device which allows an other person to change your looks.

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This is a pictural instruction I made so that people would follow it regardless of the language they speak. The futuravi jumps on the connector.

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There is a console connected to the device.

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People can use this connector device to change the looks.

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This is the texture I made for an elevator that we didn’t add to the build.

Here is a link to the song Jumbo by Underworld.