Symbolic Decay

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The Symbolic Decay exhibit is of Generative art, a contemporary remix of tribal symbols, with added rust and decay. It is the November AiR exhibit on the InterstellArt sim. 

The digital art is by Elle Thorkveld, an artist focusing on generative and glitch digital 2D and 3D works. Elle says she enjoys creating SL sculpture, installations and experimental machinima. She is a SL and RL photographer, and a RL mixed media artist.

Her work focuses on the use of color, novel combinations, movement, randomness & unpredictability.

I enjoy Elle’s work and am especially drawn to the pieces in this exhibit.

There will be an opening reception this Sunday, November 11 at 10:00 a.m. SLT.

The exhibit runs through November.

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Black Bayou Lake

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One of my favorite getaways at this time, is Black Bayou Lake in Gainesville. It’s a Louisiana swamp, based on a real place. I’ve not been to the real life place, but I grew up near the Mississippi River; I know a little about the crawling, biting, slithering things in river water.

The sim opened the first week in October. I was fortunate to hear of it then, and took these photos when there were few people around. The windlight is beautiful. These photos have had the exposure lightened for the post, and don’t show the sparkling water and beauty of being immersed in the sim.

My favorite thing about Black Bayou Lake is the outstanding music stream. I also enjoy the birds and other wildlife. They often add a pop of color. There is, of course, a Flickr group. 

Photos in the Flickr group show a variety of light being used.

There are shacks and a houseboat, and plenty of seating for hanging out. I am laying in a hammock, listening to the blues, while I type this post.

 

The sim was created by Serene Footman and Jade Koltai. It is rated Moderate. The real Black Bayou Lake is located in Ouachita Parish in Louisiana and is part of an 800 acre nature reserve.

You can read more about the inspiration for the sim on the Furillen website.

There’s a guestbook near the landing, but no tipjar or planned events. I don’t know how long the sim will be available, but it won’t be for long.

I’ve found it to be an effective antidote to some days in real life.

You can hear nature sounds as you move around the sim, and also safely wade into the water with your camera.

 

 

 

 

Burn 2 ~ I Robot part 2

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Burn 2 is winding down. Due to Sunday’s log in issues, the Temple Burns were postponed. The Leave No Trace deadline is Thursday, November 1st and there’s still time to enjoy some of the builds.

Organica

There’s a Bunny Ride Tour rezzer, just past the gift tent, after you walk a little ways from the landing.

Machine Wall by Elle Thorkveld

I enjoyed this years Burn 2 and appreciate all that the  builders and volunteers put into it.

The 11th Principle

There is a timely build with reminders about consent.

There was much more to see here, during this busy season with Halloween in SL, RL seasons changing and elections in the U.S. Well done.

 

1 Biennale ~ Opensim ~ part 3

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In this post I am sharing photos of the work of three of the artists participating in the 1Biennale, currently located on the Metropolis Metaversum grid in opensim. The first five images are of All the Songs We Never Sang by Blue Tsuki.

“All the Songs We Never Sang” is intended as an elegy. It touches on themes of memory and loss…..”

The scope of 1Biennale is huge, and I find it best to first focus on the “artists cubes”, installations created by the participating avatars. Other builder/artists created pavilions. Each pavilion can hold one cube at a time. The pavilions, with selected cubes, can be rezzed whole in “landsets” which contain either two or three of them. They were assembled by Juliette Surreal-D. Juliette also created the landscaping for them. The scripting was done by Art Eames.

Immersing in this installation felt poignant.

In future posts I can show photos of the pavilions and perhaps of the inworld tours.

The second set of five images is of Reflexion by Louis Wu Cyberklon, who is know for his Lichtbringer performances. The floor of the cube glistens, and the animated 3D art swirls around. Juliette added figures to the scene.

I did a little filming here. WizardOz Chrome is making a machinima of the project, which will be available to view. For those who want to know more, there’s a book, Living in a Coded World, and you can look through all the pages online as well as order it or an instant pdf version.

1Biennale is the contribution to the Digital Section IMMERSIVIA of Santorini Biennale 2018, in the real world. The machinima, Touching Reality, by WizardOz Chrome will premiere.

I’ve enjoyed experiencing this project and was pleased to learn there is a CC license for sharing it, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

These photos have been cropped, and I’ve kept the lighting as I viewed it.

Precession is the cube installation by FreeWee Ling. The photo above is a still shot of the swirling ceiling.

The floor is rotating, as well as the spheres.

There are glimpses of images in the spheres and I had to be quick to capture my favorites.

This will be better experienced by viewing the machinima, or better yet, to immerse in it.

A glimpse of the pavilion across from this one can be seen through the open door.

I appreciate the valuable assistance given by Elle Thorkveld so I can do these posts.

 

 

Burn 2 ~ I Robot

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It’s a busy time of year in both lives and I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this year’s theme for Burn 2I Robot, as much as I have. One of my favorites is XD Robotics by Daark Gothly and Xiija. You must see the changing expression on the robot faces.

Behind XD Robotics, on the Time Machine sim, is Boxanne by Elle Thorkveld. I would like to include landmarks to each of these builds but it isn’t working for this post.

This year, there are also smaller installations scattered around the playa. The chillbots above, are by Elle Thorkveld.

Another small exhibit shows drawings by Enola Em. Her drawings are done in pencil, pen and ink.

Another build nearby is called Unemployment Line. It’s very large and green.

You can rez an art car and drive inside, or walk. I chose the Root Beer Float to drive; there’s also a Martini car.

At TumbleCat Playground, a small robot kitty chases a colorful ball around. The characters higher up on the structure are spinning around.

Next to the TumbleCat Playground, and across the road from Boxanne is a colorful build by Midori Rotoru.

This build by Kerryth Tarantal is called Therefore I dance. It’s nearby on the Don’t Panic sim.  I’m sharing photos of builds I can photograph more easily but am enjoying the interactive builds.

This build, Dean4225, is further away, in Alkali. It was satisfying for the pleasant time I had sitting with a friend on top of the modular habitat and drinking pixel beer.

Back In “Don’t Panic”, this build is quite beautiful. It has an I Robot Censer, in which you can leave a message. There’s a teleport to easily get up into the center.

In front of the modular habitat in Alkali is a Post-Singularity Sleep Deprived Survival Unit by serra Qendra on which you can pose. The tree that shows up as blue in the  photo is color changing inworld.

Also in Alkali, is the Psy ROBOT build. There are dances and it’s great for photography.

Burn 2 is outstanding this year, (and I had really liked the Da Vinci Burn a couple of years ago). The sense of humor and mostly light-hearted approach to the theme is much appreciated. There are plenty of places to peacefully sit, and also places to dance, which I usually don’t take time to do. (Yes, there’s some lag during times of events.)

I intend to do at least one more post about I Robot, but having fun comes first.

 

Nature’s Way

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Roots, Wings, Shells, and Lights. The four digital collages on the walls at Nature’s Way represent these four aspects of nature.

Avatars are invited to use this virtual space for reflection, drawing, journaling, and staring into space in this room in Another Coffee Shop in Another Town.  More detailed suggestion are given in the notecard from the image on the easel.

Roots ~ What grounds you?

Wings ~ What lifts you?

Shells ~ What protects you?

Lights ~ What guides you?

Nature’s Way will be available through the end of October, at least. The images, prompts and room were created by Klaus.

There are other rooms in Another Town plus a coffee shop. Located in Pahto.

Meadow Rose, Neverland

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One of the destinations I’ve visited more than just a quick one-time look around is Meadow Rose. The 65,520 square meter sim is rated Adult.

The land description includes the statement, “Meadow Rose is just the start of the story.” It sounds inviting to couples but I found it not to be exclusively so.

On my return visit, I brought my horse and my camera.

At the landing is a fence with info about the usual Flickr, Group Joiner and such, plus an info giver for Kismet builds.

I have distant, fond memories of the huge Kismet home owned by a weird family of vampires that took me in somewhere around 2012. I was delighted to see the same build is used here. I recalled that it had a secret room. I found it, and that is where the adult stuff is on the sim, whether you want to find it or avoid it.

On my second visit I noticed some paranormal activity in the local cemetery.

I most enjoy the paths around the sim and the use of wildflowers. Textures rezzed quickly for me, unlike many other places, and I noticed less lag.

A friend mention one of the gazebos or pavilions was an older build, and was pleased to see it in use.

I noticed a few other avatars on horseback too.

There are several scenic areas to sit and spend a little time. No one living or dead bothered me on my visits.

Bench Art Park ~ Sep & Oct

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Wheedle, Klaus, Pearl Grey

These are photos from the September and October exhibit at Bench Art Park in Quentin.

Elle Thorkveld, Quinn

Several artists and photographers are showing their creations in the current exhibit. There has never been a theme, and it always works.

Kate Silver

For the upcoming exhibit in November and December, those who enjoy prompts can create around Kurt Vonnegut’s essay on the Six Seasons, particularly Locking Season.

art screen by Lynette Trinity

“Here is the truth about the seasons: Spring is May and June. What could be springier than May and June? Summer is July and August. Really hot, right? Autumn is September and October. See the pumpkins? Smell those burning leaves? Next comes the season called Locking. November and December aren’t winter. They’re Locking. Next comes winter, January and February. Boy! Are they ever cold!”

Amy Inawe, Klaus

Amy is our newest artist and we’re pleased she’s showing her work here. Clicking on the digital collage by Klaus, you’ll receive an essay on Consequences.

Art Oluja

The park has seating; the sun rising and setting is lovely. No wine has been sloshed on the digital art piece propped against the fence.

Veyot, serra Qendra

There’s been a lot of building activity in the neighborhood over the past few months, and the park remains a pleasant place to hang out.

Seraphim Placebo

Many of the photographers and artists have galleries and current exhibits on the grid. You’re welcome to get landmarks from the destination posters or check the avatar’s picks.

The posters on the wooden fence at Wanderlust Cafe and Art Park Expansion show some of the activities; many are on the mainland.

In the courtyard by the cafe, is a 22 texture essay in pictures by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell. It links to a couple of web pages and you can pick up a copy of this display which was distributed by J J Drinkwater.

Lynette Trinity

The cafe is open 24/7.

Giselle Seeker

We’d love to have you visit.

 

 

 

Deco Marina, Rossa

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Close to the water, in the snowlands of Sansara, is a 1520 sq m parcel called Deco Marina. 

The land description: “Vintage boats, ticketmaster, and music. Free canoe rides in snowy canyon river. Music from the 20’s and 30’s. Fireplace scene. Aircraft posters. Sea airport. 52m, 3 mast sail boat.”

Pod boats go by on the river about 17 minutes after the hour; I’m guessing they run every half an hour. I’ve ridden the Pod, and had some trouble as it rounded the coast; it turns into a land pod and returns to the station in Durango.

I’ve also paddled their vintage canoe on the river.

Most of the surrounding parcels are private residences, but there are two public places above the marina, a greenhouse and a snack bar a little above, connected by stairs.

The area looks great at all times of the day and night.

Rev. William J Barber 11 ~ Quotes on a Prim

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Rev. William J Barber 11, has been awarded a MacArthur Foundation genius grant in recognition of his whole legacy of activism. About the time he was learning of this award, he was being arrested in Chicago, for protesting on behalf of higher minimum wages in front of McDonald’s corporate headquarters.

I have an old school, personal sky gallery on my (group owned) land, Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down Gallery. It is always a work in progress, with random objects I’ve made, plus some quotes that are important to me.

Two such quotes are by Rev. Barber 11. I’ve just made them copyable, if anyone would like them. Yes, there are typos in his name, but there’s enough accuracy that someone could look further into his work.

Sometimes I log on at the gallery, after a day of living my best in a world that desperately needs changing. I stand there and read the current quotes. I kick the balls around. Then, I move onto something uplifting as best I can.