Ecological Histories of a Synthetic Future by Poppy Morris

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Ecological Histories of a Synthetic Future is an installation that you may have seen at SL18B in June. It was one of my favorites. Our world here is of an ephemeral nature, and we can miss out on many things. I was delighted to point friends in the direction of the build while it was rezzed.

Now, I’m happy to share that the creator, Poppy Morris, has been invited to set up the visual and audio art installation once again.

The location is in the Maryport region of Sansara, a visitor and newbie friendly area with some long established parcels.

Poppy built the bunkers that holds her 2D art pieces.

ARTIST STATEMENT –
“As an artist, I am concerned with the interplay between class, economics, and environmental collapse. Thinking about our place in history and our possible future trajectories, I consider our relationship to freedom and our submissions to the controls over our time while the environmental casualties pile up around us. Since the period of the Industrial Revolution, our modes of labour and production have radically transformed the way we relate as humans, to each other and the land. I think it is of critical importance to observe the differences between competition and mutual aid as it relates to the organization of societies while considering ourselves in community with the natural world. “
“The music heard on the parcel are the recordings of the real life artist behind the avatar Poppy Morris. These recordings are from two albums being released in the summer of 2021. The sounds are created using contact microphones and effects pedals on a weaving loom and spinning wheel as well as vocals, and light activated drone machines built by the artist (drone machines can be heard on the track titled Persistence Beyond All truth). Poppy Morris performs in world using an exact replica of her weaving loom and effects pedals built by Bounce Greggan.
Debut album FORMS released in 2019 was voted number one on the top ten noise albums of 2019 list by Magnet Magazine.”
The link to the artist’s bandcamp can be found on the notecard from the nc giver on the parcel.  The guestbook is located next to the weaving loom.

I had the pleasure of attending an inworld performance July 3rd on the rooftop of Infinite Art Gallery in Bembecia where the artist exhibits her work for sale.

ARTIST BIO
“Poppy Morris is an avatar representation of a real life Canadian artist beginning her art career working in paint and has since expanded her practice to include textiles, new media and sound. Exhibiting and performing internationally, she currently exhibits installations featuring textile, sound sculpture, and video and performs live as a sound artist. In her practice she looks at the human’s relationship with technology through employing early technologies such as weaving and dying with plants, to building machines using electronics and micro controllers, to most recently developing an interest in creating worlds and machinima in the virtual world.”
A zipline runs from one of the bunker tops to the park-like setting below. The parcel is owned by Prokofy Neva.
I especially enjoy that the installation is located on the mainland.  There are other places of interest in the area.
The hangout area with the campfire is especially lovely at night, with the parcel’s ambient nature sounds.

 

Cozy Vibes Forest Park- Montlaur

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Cozy Vibes Forest Park is a new mainland public destination less than a month old.

The park is located In Montlaur, just off Route 8C, on Satori.

The 2432 sq m parcel is very close to Last Drop Cafe in Montlaur, and to another pretty park, Birdies Nest, which has just been constructed, and at this point appears to welcome visitors.

An abundance of seating, and spaces for dancing are available. A group can be joined for announcements of events.

For those who enjoy mainland sunsets.

Pine Hill Coffee, Fivepenny

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Pine Hill Coffee has had a remodel since I last visited.  Located in Fivepenny, the 3072 parcel is owned by Henry Rowley.

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The Coffee Shop sits atop a small rolling hill, looking down through the trees at the road.

 

The detailed decor is inviting.

The land description reads: “Rustic coffeehouse, waterfall, walking path”

The winding path goes past a hangout space.

Everyone is welcome here.

Wanderlust Bench Art Park ~ Fifth Anniversary

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In mid-April, the Art Park turned five, quite a while in SL years, and even RL years considering all the changes, and the pace of that world. Several of the artists and participants have contributed consistently since the very beginning. I see my roles as Park Ranger, Documentarian, Role Model for Persistence, and Artist.

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The photo above shows my work on the ground floor of the gallery building at Wanderlust Cafe and Art Park Expansion, owned by Minty Vanilla, who has generously shared the parcel for the past five years.

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The Cafe currently holds some pieces by Klaus. These photos are of the March and April exhibit, and over the next week and a half the works will shift to the next two months.

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On the 512 Wanderlust Art Park parcel, there are two virtual photos by Kate Silver, taken at Orange by Livio Korobase, which is closing at the end of this month.

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This piece is by Quinn, who has hosted the Art Park for the past five years.

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On the left, digital art by Elle Thorkveld, and a virtual photograph by Veyot. They’ve both been consistently supportive with their work, and adding to the sense of community.

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Klaus has been a contributor since the beginning, not only with images, but also with the written word in the form of original Art Park Essays, and sometimes quotes which can be received via notecard. He is also a handyperson and sounding board.

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My digital piece is on the left. Wheedle’s art, on the right, is actually for May and June. I didn’t get to the park with my camera in time for his previous piece. He has consistently updated his art since the beginning, and has also gifted us with creative posters for Wanderlust, and for Second Life.

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Klaus’ Art Park Essay is notecarded in the image on the right. Veyot’s lovely Owl photo is on the left, which was preceded by a photo of one of Cica’s Saxophonists, echoing Klaus’ saxophonist. The colorful, digital art in the middle is by Amy Inawe, who has shared a wonderful variety of pieces over the years. She is also a poet.

All kindly avatars are welcome to visit. Anyone interested in showing their art or writing, please contact pearlgrey resident.

Glory Bank ~ Effingham

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Glory Bank 6Just off Route 13 in Effingham, Glory Bank is a sweet little coffee and dessert shop on a pretty 2560 parcel. The owners have a happy photo of their February opening this year, located on a wall among cat prints.

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There are lots of sparkles at Glory Bank. You can walk to Route 13 easily, but the establishment isn’t discernable as a public spot from the road. As I approached it, I noticed the welcome sign.

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There’s seating in which to contemplate or read, and more chairs at a counter for a small party. 

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There are cakes and pies on the counter, with more in a glass case;  the careful attention to detail is impressive.

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The backyard has whimsical elements, with more wildflowers and sparkles.  

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The owner profile says they don’t speak English. This was a delightful find to happen upon.  

Whimberly – Spring 2021

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It’s seeing the photos of the fields of gold at Whimberly that cause me to make time for my seasonal visits, even when I’m busy with my projects, and neglecting to explore.

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The landscaping is superb; I especially like the trees and rocks. This visit was made on foot; some seasons there are more trails for riding horses.

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A spa retreat is available on the grounds, with two pools, and outdoor lounging for soaking up the sun. There’s a massage room with all the appropriate amenities. Wouldn’t we love to spend a week here in real life.

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There’s also a well-appointed kitchen. Whimberly is rated Adult, but no nudity is allowed.

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There are many seating areas to choose from, especially on the shore. The photo above shows my favorite.

Do Small Things with Great Love; Crameri

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Set between The Atoll Coast Road, and the sea, “Do small things with great love” is a parcel that welcomes visitors. The textures on each side of the wooden fence complement the respective parcel.

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“Welcome friends! Please feel free to take a break, meditate, do some tai chi, play with the turtles, or just chill above and below the waves Please help yourself to drinks and snacks. Enjoy your day on the Atoll!”

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The land is a 512 sq meter, and is owned by virtual christine, who has at least one other place on the grid welcoming visitors. It’s located in the snowlands near the end of the train route.

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A Mer clam bed and swimming turtles are located underwater. The sound of waves and wind chimes can be heard, whether resting on the sand or the sea bed.

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The seagulls, which are often very noisy elsewhere, are thankfully quiet here.

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The parcel is fairly new, for those who haven’t travelled The Atoll Coast Road for awhile. It was claimed November 4 of last year, and has had at least one remodel since.

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On the other side of the wooden fence, you can rez your vehicle. The parcel is called BORING BUFFER 3.

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“It’s here, welcoming open space,
harmonizing natural terrain,
independent to neighbors’ free space,
without claim for own business.

Cherrys are blossoming currently, have a fun!”

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The small parcel adjacent to BORING BUFFER 3, owned by the same group, “If we are truly the music”, is called “Act honestly for all, not chant great words for own.”

There’s a vehicle rezzer; the picture of the car looks like one of those fast ones I can’t control on the roads.

“For your driving :3
Anyone can use here without any properties!”

Wanderlust Art Park January – February 2021

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Winter scenes are well represented at the Art Park these past two months. Above is a mixed media piece I made.

by Wheedle, Klaus

by Veyot, Amy Inawe, Klaus

by Elle Thorkveld, Veyot

by Quinn Leilani

Winter scene photos by Kate Silver

Next door, there’s a collection of bear art at Wanderlust Cafe and Art Park Expansion.

A collection of sculpture graces the courtyard, and both floors of the gallery exhibit 2D art.

When the Mittens Match the Wallpaper.

Barock by Caly Applewhyte -Artists Village, Campbell Coast

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I missed Caly Applewhyte’s exhibit Barok when it was at DixMix Gallery December 5 – January 15, so I enjoyed finding the art displayed upstairs in her space at Artist Village, Campbell Coast. 

The richness and old painting effects are apparent when viewed inworld.

Calypso Applewhyte is a SL photographer who joined this virtual world in 2010.

The upper floor can be accessed by clicking on the exhibit poster and teleporting.

The ground floor displays other pieces with avatar subjects.

 

 

Festival of the Arts – WEDCOT Center Park

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Coinciding with the real world Epcot International Festival of the Arts at the Walt Disney World Resort, the virtual Festival of the Arts at WEDCOT Center Park, Real Dreams, in Second Life is being held through Sunday, February 21.

The kiosks of art by Second Life avatars are situated along streets of “permanent” builds, festival activities, and booths. The artwork shown above is one of many photo opportunities. Avatars can insert themselves into the pieces, snap a photo, and also share them if they wish.

The kiosks are placed on a wandering path which circles back to the beginning of wherever one started. I’ll provided a few landmarks; the above photo showing paintings by Masako.

Uleria Caramel’s kiosk.

Xirana   

Kayly Iali

Nils Urqhart

These are just a few of the avatars exhibiting.

This is the second year I’ve participated, and I’ve found it to be a pleasant experience that fits easily into whatever else I have going on. Trevor Sleydon does excellent work with the event and the park. My kiosk is here.

WEDCOT Center Park is open year round and the weather is always perfect.

“Disney tribute – Celebrate the future with this tribute to the RL park. Ride, Spaceship Earth, Soarin’, Test Track visit World Showcase and more!”