dream: everything is art, Hookton

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This parcel in Hookton, on Sansara, was claimed just a little over four months ago; the art and lounge spaces have often been in vibrant change, always worthy of visiting, never being too much under construction.

The land has gone through several name changes too. First binary, then post binary, and maybe some others before the current “dream; everything is art“.

The studio, gallery and mainland lounge are owned by serra Qendra. Currently at the landing there is a group joiner for machinima screenings planned for next month: “Cinema “Sunday Screenings” from 18 Feb >>> 8-10 PM
(8:15 start) playing machinima about sl… “.

Also available is an info notecard on Concrete Poem # 1 Dragons Tears:

“My ‘concrete poems’ are surrealistic assemblages of found objects

(No.1) Dragons Tears: is about the act of crying

The viewer is invited to sit in the middle of the sculpture…to ‘complete its verb’
…to take time from our usual work and let ourselves feel loss
Dragons so hate to lose any of their jewels
some private crying helps wash that away.

The Lounge is currently displaying snapshots by serra taken at LEA last round, mostly of The Plant.

The levels can be navigated by stairs, climbing, teleporter and flying. I’ve enjoyed wandering around the installations which have been quite fascinating.

There is a meditation area, rides, and floating jellyfish; spring has arrived with chickens wandering around.

One of the previous winter scenes here was selected for the cover of the most recent edition of The Antidote, an inworld publication celebrating continuing creativity, activities and community in Second Life in the midst and in spite of very challenging and often discouraging times in the arts and in the world. (Copies of the two editions may be picked up by the Peace Pole at nearby Wanderlust Cafe and Art Park Extension in Quentin.)

Walking all the way down to the water, you’ll find the Hookton Rez Zone close by.

I was delighted to find a gacha for affordable sculptures called “shell-likes”.

I’ve admired how the spaces here have adapted to and worked well with the aesthetics of the frequent changes in the area, some of which have looked unappealing.

There has usually been laundry drying in the sea breeze. At this time it is up on the roof.

A birds eye view looking down at dream: everything is art.

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Wanderlust Art Park ~ November and December

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The latest two month exhibit at Wanderlust Art Park will be ending around the time of the New Year. This year it hasn’t snowed in Quentin but there are some Christmas decorations around as of a few days ago.

From left to right above, art by Veyot, SAULGOODIE, Lynette Trinity, Elle Thorkveld and baker Bloch.

This experiment is over a year and a half in. It’s been interesting; I don’t consider myself a “curator”; mostly I do the communication and documenting. There aren’t themes but somehow things seem coherent, at least in my eyes.

Shown above is a real life photography by Adrianna Biziou, sculpture by Silas Merlin and a piece by Art Oluja.

There are times in any project when things seem to be kind of tedious or unclear but I like to make sure I’m not quitting too soon. To spice things up this year I, and my colleague Klaus, took the Wanderlust Art Truck on the road, had a lot of fun and met some great avatars.

A few months ago serra Qendra began building and installing on land near the park in Hookton. It keeps changing and has been an exciting and welcome addition to the neighborhood. The above photo is of * binary *. The parcel is now in Post Binary.

I doubt many could say this has been an easy, fair or smooth year. It makes it more meaningful for me to see avatars continue to create as best they can, with what they have and where they are. As the bumper sticker reminds us, “earth without art is just eh”.

Shown above is an image by Klaus, one in a series that contains a notecard with a very timely quote.

It’s been interesting in a lab-like way, to experience the various approaches and attitudes of other avatars, those who participate here and those who have been asked to and have declined. There are those who see this as an opportunity for showing their work and for some community. Others have behaved as thought it would be doing a big favor on their part and that this would be beneath them. Of course, there are all sorts of reasons and illogical, mysterious “reasons”.  In my eyes, actual talent isn’t the indicator.

Show above, from left to right, work by ChrysTeRox, serra Qendra, Kimika Ying, Wheedle and Klaus.

As a visual to remind myself to go for more balance in my life, I installed a small exhibit, called All the Legs, in the Bird House. A notecard in the poster shown in the right of the above photo has a statement. One of my digital artworks as well as two pieces by others from my collection are shown as well.

At the adjacent Wanderlust Cafe and Art Park Extension the weather is still lovely. There is outdoor and indoor cafe seating and I like to spend time here. It looks like I’m “working on something” and maybe I am sometimes.

The rusty sculpture is by Elle Thorkveld and is now a base for holiday decor the rest of the year. The vase is by Lynette Trinity.

Climbing the stairs to the roof above the cafe you’ll find more seating plus some pieces that several of us had at Radical Rituals, Burn 2 this year.

On the fence, the collection of posters for events and exhibits is fairly well kept up to date as are the destination posters further down towards the park. It isn’t always so on the mainland.

The digital art piece in the right of the photo is by Seraphim Placebo (Chris Attwell) who has been doing an exciting expansion of her art collection gallery.

The lower level of the building in the extension usually holds work by several avatars but it also makes a great solo exhibit room. This round, Giselle Seeker is showing her colorful pieces. And we enjoy having Silas Merlin’s blue elephant there.

The upper level of the building holds Art by Saul, a changing exhibit of digital art by SAULGOODIE who provides the Wanderlust Cafe and Art Park Extension for the public and participating artists to enjoy.

I’d also like to thank Quinn Leilani for sharing the Wanderlust Bench Art Park with us and Klaus for his assistance.

Thanks for visiting in 2017 and for your continued interest in what we’re doing in this little spot on the grid.

The Haze

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This past week I’ve enjoyed several explorations at The Haze by Silas Merlin and CK Ballyhoo. At the landing there is a signpost indicating the direction to the installation. You can pick up a map and The Haze Torch. It’s recommended to keep the windlight, which I did. These photos are cropped only, except for a few I also softened a little.

“A collaboration between Silas, CK and Cybele, incorporating mesh sculptures, sketches, paintings, textures and storytelling to create a sim wide experience.”

Cybele Moon recorded the story by CK and you can hear her lovely voice whispering as you wander the sim. You can hear the chapters when you are near the small, round story signs. (Have sounds enabled.) Clicking on the signs, you can collect the chapters. You can also read the story on CK’s blog post here.

“There are additional stories in the other round signs, giving a bit more depth to certain Haze characters.”

The sign post at the landing also has teleports to a souvenir shop and to CK’s Gallery which has a personal collection of work by SL artists. The souvenir shop offers work by CK and Silas, including some of the builds seen in the installation.

After wandering around the village, you can ride a Petrified Dragon to fly further up for some wonderful views. Touch the Dragon rezzer, turn off your AO, sit on the invisiprim on the Dragon’s back  and type “start” in local. Avatar flying is allowed too.

There is more color in some places in the sim wide installation.

The Haze is located at Storybrooke which is adult rated.

It’s rewarding to explore all the nooks and crannies of the buildings.

Silas made the suggestion to CK to use his new builds and sketches to form a story.

More from the invitation notecard:  “Darker than anything they’ve either done before, the story turned into a nightmare. A nightmare for Elle, the main character who you may know from the previous stories and installations ‘A Watercolour Wander’ and ‘The Forest Beyond’.

Using Silas’s new digital sketches and the ruins and creatures he has created, a world started to form. Slowly the scenes that would play part in the little girl’s nightmare came to life. Dream Trees were added to show the inspirational sketches. And, in the way that makes a co-production so amazing, the story led to new builds, characters, sketches and paintings to be created by Silas and CK!”

There is a Flickr group for photos taken here.

 

Exodus ~ A Trip for Life

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Round 13 of Linden Endowment for the Arts is ending December 31 and I’m making time to see some of the installations when I’m able. The current installation at LEA 24 has drawn me back several times. At the landing, there is a notecard available with viewing instructions. I did increase my graphics and draw distance but the recommended windlight is not on the Lab viewer. I chose something in the environmental editor; some of these photos are dark but you can likely locate some pictures that show the sim as the artists intended.

Exodus A Trip for Life, by is by Kicca Igaly and Nessuno Myoo; the first set of photos here is of Myoo’s installation.

Nessuno Myoo:

“At the origin of this new installation, called Exodus, there is a vision, small but powerful,
that which I have always had before my eyes every time I found myself listening or assist to debates
that in my judgment deal with the immigrant’s not easy question, or about immigration in general,
incorrectly mode and sometimes even instrumental mode.
It almost seems that all the evils of our society, unable to find effective solutions
to the problems that which from time to time appear to him, they have found the perfect scapegoat
in the dark threat of the foreign invader. The most grotesque reference and contradictory
that remains the huge amount of money that this real traffic of human beings generates,
and that filling the pockets of criminals who organize these crazy crosses of death, and criminals who
at the table with the “democratic” institutions they plan a lucrative welcome,
deprives of all fundamental rights and personal dignity…”

I like the colors (on my viewer), the shapes, the composition and the sense of substance here. There is an ongoing narrative, one we are all creating because the issue of immigration and refugees affects us all.

Like in many arenas of life, now and throughout our history, there are those who exploit the circumstances, pain and suffering of others.

I personally believe that those countries who find a way to include and value immigrants, which is a complex process, will be better poised to thrive in the future.

The photo above and the rest in this post are of the installation by Kicca Igaly. There is an openness to contemplate and explore one’s own views.

The more fifth dimensional we are becoming, the more I’m appreciating shape, form and narrative, a sort of boots on the ground approach to moving forward.

Kicca Igaly:

“After a life of suffering and persecution, after a long and horrible trip paid at a very high price and with the ever-lurking death that has already taken many of them, they, rich only of their own want to survive, they came to the beaches of an unknown land. They have gathered them in reception centers that, in line with an optimistic prediction, have quickly become too narrow and suffocating to hold them all. And other places of welcome are not enough or will ever be enough for the biblical exodus that takes them to the civilized West. But even the West goes into crisis, seeks alibi, can not fully understand what is happening in the Mediterranean and fights to find impossible escape. The shift politician inaugurates the new reception center and boasts of the little that others actually have given. Meanwhile, refugees and immigrants are moving towards a long road that will lead them to an unknown future, seeking relatives or friends, or simply a job that allows them to survive again.”

Exodus: A Trip for Life by Kicca Igaly and Nessuno Myoo at LEA 24, open through December 31.

Route 2 ~ Emmelia to Manduca

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Continuing my Route 2 journey on Heterocera Atoll near where I left off here, I begin again where the road makes a sharp turn to the left in Emmelia.

Not to much further the Jota Rezzing Area is found on the left of the road.

There are many ferns and shrubs along the road as well as a few barrels and old telegraph poles by Garden Mole. Through Algira there seems to be a lot of ranching and farming going on.

There’s a rest stop on the right in Algira.

A little further on the road begins to hug the coastline more closely. The above photo was taken in Togata.

Bridge in Togata.

The road changes a little further on.

There’s a rez zone in Togata. Pods stop here.

In the photo above, you can see a bench to the right. Perhaps to ponder whether you want to enter the tunnel or not.

The road paving changes again. On the left of the road, more signs warn of deep water.

This is what it looked like above the tunnel.

Entering the tunnel, I found myself in Moma. There were huge spiders. I soon found my self in Tiger when I exited.

There were several lights and a bench along the road.

The wood plank road curves around the land, still in Tiger.

There’s a guardrail made by Bloomin Mole and set up by Garden Mole on the right. Very briefly, I took a few steps in Congrua.

A few steps further on, in Manduca, there’s a rez zone. This shot is looking back the way I just walked.

Until next time.

Virtual Artefacts by Elle Thorkveld

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Virtual Artefacts is the November exhibit at interstellART AiR Gallery. it’s a wonderful collection of generative and glitch process art by Elle Thorkveld; some of the pieces are animated including parts of the 3D sculpture shown in the photo above.

The region light is shown in the photo above and perhaps you’ll find it the best to view the art. I chose sunrise setting on the Lab viewer for the purpose of blog photos.

The exhibit opened on November 5th when I believed it to run through the end of the year. I am disappointed to learn that it is closing sometime during the last week of November.

“Virtual Artefacts is a colorful exploration of creative 2D and 3D digital work produced using generative and glitch processes. Many artworks were created by iteratively using multiple techniques on the same file. Some works were further processed using Dreamscope software which uses AI techniques to create interesting artistic effects.”

“Generative art is a form of art which relies on an autonomous system for some of the artistic decisions. In this case, using computer software to develop the art and to randomly select some of the features of the work. Glitch work focuses on the introduction of error for creative results.”

The pieces are grouped in different sections, some for sale and some not. I am hoping some of these works will be seen again.

“About Elle Thorkveld

Artist focusing on generative and glitch digital art. Enjoys creating SL sculpture, installations, experimental machinima, video and music. SL and RL photographer. RL mixed media artist.”

One of the most striking pieces is the 3D animated “walls” shown in the photo above. I filmed a 2:33 minute vimeo to document the piece which you can see here.

New Toulouse Spectral Activity Survey

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Hunting in New Toulouse is an activity I enjoy and look forward to and The Spectral Activity Survey going on right now through December 5 is something I made time to participate in.

“Following a sharp rise in reports of local hauntings, a fresh survey of ghostly activity is taking place in New Toulouse Parish.

The Spectral Activity Survey will continue through December 5, so be on the lookout for any haints, spooks, wraiths, phantoms, specters, poltergeists, or other apparitions. Citizens who register 20 ghosts with the Beacon Spiritualist Institute will gain access to gifts organized by the Taloo Boosters Society.

‘The ghosts of this parish, among them the oldest inhabitants of the area, have for too long been without a voice,’ said Richard Mains, a recently deceased candidate for New Toulouse mayor. ‘Since many ghosts are housebound, we call upon the living to find us and tell our stories.’

The most recent survey of this type was undertaken in November 1914, when 2,720 spirits were reported in this parish.

To get started finding ghosts, visit the Beacon Spiritualist Institute at 23 Nightingale Street, New Toulouse, and pick up your “Ghost Hunter’s Kit.”

Upon arriving at the Institute to pick up the kit, you’ll get a HUD with 20 spaces to collect ghost sightings and an instruction notecard with the landmark for the first stop.

If you crash a lot, you’ll want to remove the HUD several times and then add again to save what you’ve been collecting. Fortunately, I didn’t crash once and enjoyed the Hunt in one visit.

This is a wonderful way to explore New Toulouse. Many of the haunted sites are near each other so if you’re familiar with the area you can easily walk to the next place.  There are established locations and I discovered some newer places as well.

I usually don’t do well with Hunts for a combination of reasons and don’t feel I have time or patience to bother with them. Most of the prizes these days don’t interest me.

Out of the 20 locations on this Hunt, I found only two to be difficult, but not impossible. There is an option to join a group for help.

It’s best to use the region light setting. It’s not only gorgeous but makes it easier to spot the ghosts. I lightened these photos for this post.

My favorite part of this Hunt was collecting the ghost stories submitted by avatars, one for each location. I found them to be entertaining and well written. One of my favorite prizes is the book from the Beacon Spiritualist Institute that when clicked, offers a link to a web page with the story collection. Being copyable, I have rezzed a few at some of my locations on the grid for avatars to read when they stop and no one’s home.

I also very much like the radio that plays Jelly Roll from Quelques Choses (which I co-own and operate) and some art prints and textures from Weeds Vegetarian Public House. Some of the other rewards are the likes of which you won’t find anywhere else.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this uniquely themed Hunt. It’s a lovely tradition.

Sujeewa Kumari and Sanjeewa Kumara at interstellART

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by Sujeewa Kumari Mixed Media on Paper

Opened at the SanSuJee Gallery at interstellART on Oct 23: “This gallery is dedicated to Sujeewa Kumari and Sanjeewa Kumara, a Sri Lankan artist couple, creating pictures full of fantasy, dreams and colorful beauty … ”

by Sanjeewa Kumara

Notecards with extensive info are available by clicking the notice board near the landing.

The 2D pieces are displayed on the outside walls of the gallery too.

The works can be purchased and look much better inworld than these photos can indicate.