Art Oluja and Livio Korobase will be partying with submersive sounds at Glass Jars, LEA 11.
You’re invited. When: Thursday April 27, 12:30 – 2:30 PM SLT
Dreampop and shoegaze music.
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Glass Jars, an installation by Art Oluja opens Thursday April 6th, 9AM SLT. The location is LEA 11.
Glass Jars is an experimental narrative, where space contains emotions and memories in a fluid mindscape. Where fragments of nostalgia nest into vessels, drifting between glimpses of clarity and obscure dreams.
I have enjoyed watching the animation film several times and highly recommend it. A copy of “The Poetics of Space” sits on my bookshelf waiting to be enjoyed.
The installation incorporates some interactive elements that react as you explore and click things. Region windlight is also recommended.
Sound is an important aspect of Glass Jars, so please turn viewer “sounds” on (and up). All of the narration, soundscaping and music you hear around the region are designed from scratch, specifically for this project, and are the result of a collaborative experiment with intuitively talented Klaus Bereznyak, who uses percussion and woodwind to creatively reflect the vision and concept of Glass Jars.
More details about Glass Jars, the soundscaping collaboration, and Klaus’s own perspective are in the welcome poster.
“We comfort ourselves by reliving memories of protection. Something closed must retain our memories, while leaving them their original value as images. Memories of the outside world will never have the same tonality as those of home and, by recalling these memories, we add to our store of dreams; we are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost.”
― Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
Glass Jars is a wonderful installation and I’m looking forward to adding additional background info and insights from Art in future posts before this LEA round is over the end of June.
The 1120 sq m parcel, Art STIM, is located on the side of a sheer hill overlooking the Uli Peninsula on the subcontinent of Sansara Volcanic Sims.
The open cave in a huge boulder, with a view of waterfalls and Mount G’al, is a quiet place to do some work or talk.
A gallery is situated on top of the boulder.
From Second Life Wiki :
“This is the largest of all volcanoes and probably the oldest of all. It lies in Sansara, inside Mahulu sim (but also stretches into nearby sims). Maximum altitude rises to 179 meters, making it higher then many other continents. Its cauldron of liquid lava is large and dangerous. Do not try to enter there, it is deadly. Health drops instantly from 100% to 0%.
The cauldron is asymmetric, with a higher peak on one side, a great spot for photographers. From the other direction, lava is flowing down the cone, creating two rivers of fire, that in the end merge and enters back into the volcano to be reheated.
The volcano is important also from another point of view. This is the central piece of Sansara Volcanic Sims, a Subcontinent with a lot of history. All mountain ranges are formed from the volcanic cone and also this is the central point for the hydrological network (all rivers are formed at the bottom of the volcanic cone and flow to the ocean).”
The discs seen in the photo around the volcano are Skydancers made by Spotlight Promotions. The river and the waterfall area are accessible to the public; there are some banlines about.
The gallery holds a collection of of 2D and animated 2D works from Art Oluja’s Metamorfaces, an LEA sim the second half of 2015.
Just behind Saul’s Place Cafe, off Route 8B on Satori, is Art & Weird Words. The studio space displays blackout poetry art and a couple of cylents; it’s a bright and pleasant space for writing and conversation.
The rooms in the tree house hold books, art and have seating in quiet nooks for writing or daydreaming.
Art Oluja and Livio Korobase are inviting friends (old and new) to a third and final party at LEA 10.
When: Thursday, December 17th, 12:00 — 2:00 p.m. SLT
From Art Oluja’s invitation:
“With LEA round 9 coming to an end, and 2016 just around the corner, it’s time to celebrate what we’re leaving behind and what’s yet to come! So get your head-banging hair on, we’re going to rock your brains out to the best of Grunge, where distorted grit gets awesomely nostalgic.
Also, as a thank you to all your positive energy and love towards ::Metamorfaces:: I’ll be giving away free copies of most of my work from the Sim during the party!”
I really enjoyed the previous two parties at Metamorfaces and am looking forward to this one.
Also, congratulations to the recipients of the LEA round 10 grants!
Time: Thursday, November 12, 1–3 pm SLT. Place: Metamorfaces; LEA 10. From the invitation:
“Hey friends! Art Oluja and Livio Korobase team up again to bring you Hot Tubes & Psychedelic Grooves!
This time we’re tapping into our Hippie vibes and taking the music under the trees at ::Metamorfaces:: with Livio Korobase at the DJ table burning up the tubes with awesome psychedelic grooviness that’ll get your flower power on in no time. So throw on some colour and get into those bell bottoms we’re ready to party!”
The colorful invitation and LM giver is like the roof of the dance floor. They are available at the Metamorfaces landing.
There’s a party at Metamorfaces at LEA 10, Thursday the 8th from 1:00 p.m. — 3:00 p.m. SLT.
From the announcement: “Art Oluja & Livio Korobase Invite you to the Cave Rave at ::Metamorfaces::
Join us tomorrow for a unique experience with Livio Korobase at the DJ table pulsing music through the landscape, electrifying the water with rhythm. We want to dance and breathe in the music, until it transforms us, if only for a moment in time. So come and slip on a mask (some free ones here!) and get ready to lose yourself..”
The masks will be found in the fridge near under the stairs.
I played with the DJ equipment. Shhh.
Art Farm Co-op is divided into three six week sessions with two week breaks in between. Fall session 1 just began on Saturday. These are some photos of the summer session. There are many more on the group Flickr. Links are provided at the end of this post.
Each session is divided into four sections, each with a theme and a facilitator. The themes have just changed but I’m continuing forward with my creative projects. Just about any kind of performance or creativity in Second Life can fit nicely within the frameworks.
Everyone is welcome to participate and visitors are very welcome as well. This grant for round nine has moved forward and expanded on the round eight LEA grant for Medici University. Some of the avatars who participated in that, like me, are here; some left and we’ve gained new learners.
This is about sharing and community and so much more than plopping down a gallery, parking an afk avatar in it for one hour a week and much greater than a glorified sandbox. LEA has a wonderful art sandbox already.
Avatars can take classes or teach a class. At Medici University I took Van Caerndow’s Drinking and Drawing class for four months. I met and became friends with Art Oluja at MU. I’ve recently blogged news about each of them.
I’ve made awkward things in the 3D sculpture area and recieved encouragement. I’m learning to make machinima and have people responding positively to casting calls.
The best way to participate here is to take an interest in what other people are doing, respond when they say hello and to show up for events. Well that’s just common sense in all lives.
The photo above is by Kimika Ying. Like any farm, this place is never “complete and done”. Most of us call it ant farm and during the summer there was a fair amount of ant sculptures around. I just spotted an ant hill yesterday in the new pop up gallery area.
One of the highlights of summer session was a guest seminar given by Gloriana Maertens of Guerilla Burlesque, shown in the photo above. She brought her own stage, gave a performance, blew up the stage to give a breakdown of the elements that go into dance performing in Second Life and pointed us in the direction of tools, leaving us with a wealth of resources. The event and resources are very well documented by the facilitator of Low-Fidelity, Newton Mr (lex.perdide).
Gwynnie Beaumont had a glyph installation and Veyot led us on a field trip to The Egg where she filmed us in Eggs Over Easy.
I ended up with 60 pieces and some great memories, all of people I met at Medici University and at summer session. They’ve all been uploaded to the Flickr group.
Notice it’s called an art co-op, not a utopia. There are the usual communication breakdowns when humans and human-powered avatars get together. It’s highly recommended that anyone participating read the website info first and then ask questions of the leaders if something needs to be clarified.At the end of summer session we had parties, facilitated by Newton Mr, showing works in progress and performances, including what some of us are learning with the MetaHarper tools. It was a lovely finish to the six week session.
Most of the communication is done in local or VB Friends group but some news can be found here at MU Talk.
The official info on Art Farm Co-op Fall Session 1 at Edie’s Farm.
Gemma Cleanslate’s The Art Farm post for SL Newser.
Opening on Thursday morning, September 24th, ::Metamorfaces:: by Art Oluja is the Round 9 installation at LEA 10. Information and instructions for best experiences can be obtained at the welcome area. Sounds and animated art are important dimensions to the installation. There are instructions in the welcome card for best sound and for joining the ::Metamorfaces:: group for updates and events. The CYlents pieces, based on the First Life technique of lenticular motion images and made in collaboration with a model, are an especially interesting process. The region lighting has been changed and there’s more fog since I took the photo above.
“One morning, I woke up to troubled dreams, and realized, I was in a state of metamorphosis. Like a spider trapped under skin, paralysis slowly crawled across my face, suffocating the sensation in my lips, then taking away my ability to taste, swallow, or speak normally. For the following months the distortion continued; I couldn’t smile, frown, laugh or cry, and had become hyper-sensitive to sound.
At night, I would tape down my eyelid to sleep, and think about how to accept my new face, my new mask. I had to learn to express myself despite my lack of facial expression. I had to learn to be me, transformed.
(…In the meantime, I was quietly wandering SL’s landscapes, exploring and observing the loss of prims in SL, a transformation that resonated with me, as more and more prims faded away, and the grid’s face also went through a phase of distortion as it was gradually injected with more and more Mesh.)
My face was a Bonsai tree, raw and torn out of place; submitting to doctors, to technology. Organic roots shifted, branches pierced with wire, twigs tamed, leaves refined.
6 months of drugs, electric therapy, and facial exercises later, I began to heal.
Now, almost two years since I woke up on that Kafkaesque morning, I present Metamorfaces as a metaphor of my story, my journey of transformation. It made me realize, more than ever, that I am a process of constant flux, learning.
Thank you for taking a walk through my reflection.”
This morning I lean over the sink,
eyes half closed, dreams
waiting for that familiar reflection–
behind me, the shampoo on the wall
squints into recognition;
together we greet the mirror
I wonder how long I will have
to lather, rinse
until I’m in a better condition
to face myself today.
A hopeless smile peeks over
a corner of my raw lip, disturbed
as a peppermint sting
of froth flows down my throat. ~ Art Oluja *
I highly recommend experiencing ::Metamorfaces:: more than once.
*poem by Art Oluja used with permission