Becoming & Birds in Second Life

Becoming by Meilo Minotaur & Capcat Ragu (moderate)

It is time once again to revisit La Città Perduta (The Lost Town), where the locals invite artists to populate their community with the wild and wonderful. AKILAE Gant and Sivi Kelberry curate the art in their Town and they have a superb track record.

The current exhibit is Becoming by Meilo Minotaur and Capcat Ragu.

Becoming by Meilo Minotaur & Capcat Ragu (moderate)

When I think of these two artists it is in the context of avatars; the nature of avatars as an act of self, avatars as art, as expressions of inner demons or angels, as our constructs from whatever it is that is driving us or pushing us. Their works are also fun and sometimes bizarre.

I love them!

Becoming by Meilo Minotaur & Capcat Ragu (moderate)

If you’ve ever visited their sim Porto then you know they also create gorgeous, ethereal landscapes. Their installation here adds that dimension to the streets and buildings of La Città Perduta.

The theme, you will quickly realize, involves birds. Lots of birds. The avatars you’ll find include a pigeon in a bowler hat who is riding a skate board and wouldn’t sit for a portrait.

Becoming by Meilo Minotaur & Capcat Ragu (moderate)

As you explore the Town and the exhibit, be aware that there are supposed to be 4 Easter Eggs – if you find them you’ll acquire free avatars. The clue is “Good hunting and remember, there is not the hens that lay eggs … :)”

I found none of them – which is probably because I suck big time at hunts and because I was distracted. You see there’s this woman, who is a tree, and she burps hummingbirds.

Visit Becoming … it’s fabulous!

Becoming by Meilo Minotaur & Capcat Ragu (moderate)

Art & a Trigger Warning in Second Life

Transit’t-Taciturnly by Selavy Oh (moderate)

Mimesis Monday and Selavy Oh have collaborated on Transit’t-Tacturnly on LEA10. This is going to be one of those occasions when I can give you the same hints I received, and tell you about my experience with the installation, but I can give you no insights or explanation.

I will say this though, I suspect there are triggers here for anybody who has experienced abuse and would advise those individuals to stay away.

Transit’t-Taciturnly by Selavy Oh (moderate)

The sim is almost entirely filled by an endless rainfall of semi-transparent (and usually gigantic) balls. For the first time in my life I started to feel both trapped and completely helpless.

Every time there was some clearing, and I started to relax, my surroundings were consumed again.

Transit’t-Taciturnly by Selavy Oh (moderate)

There is a small area on the edge of the moving landscape with words that seem to relate to children and punishment. The only other clue I saw was in the parcel description:

The moaning and groaning,

The sighing and sobbing,
Are quieted now,

With that horrible throbbing
At heart:
—ah, that horrible,
Horrible throbbing!

(For Annie by EDGAR ALLAN POE)

Transit’t-Taciturnly by Selavy Oh (moderate)

There are two animations provided at the landing spot which may prove to be a way to address the feeling of an overwhelming inability to combat the forces raging against you.

One sets you rolling in somersaults so that you can try to move through the area without being beaten down. The other gives your avatar complete stillness, as if you were ignoring the elements around you.

I found Transit’t Tacturnly to be disturbing, but I’m glad I went. It’s not for everybody though.

Transit’t-Taciturnly by Selavy Oh (moderate)

Sauce: This Time it’s Personal in Second Life

Sauce by Maya Paris (moderate)

“It’s like sucking real life through a straw” Fishslappers Gazette

Are you looking for love? Are you navigating the personal ads trying to find the “one”? Is technology going to help you in this modern age? Or are you constantly running into specimens from the shallow end of the gene pool?

And what about your own attributes. Are you measuring up to the internet’s definition of the type of person who makes people reach for “sauce”?

Sauce by Maya Paris (moderate)

Maya Paris has just opened her latest satirical look at modern life, Sauce: This Time It’s Personal is a wild romp through the dating scene. I’m having a lot of difficulty talking about this installation without revealing any of the surprises, but I’ll try.

I can start by saying that sharks are present and vital to the experience.

Sauce by Maya Paris (moderate)

The invitation reads: “Fancy a bit of Seaside Sauce? Slap on your wig and flash those knobbly knees because this time it’s personal. Test your Sauce Factor, try your luck at the Modern Love Bureau, get sparky in the Saucy Science lab, and take a headlong dive into a sea of plenty more fish & chips.” 

That’s clear, right?

Sauce by Maya Paris (moderate)

There a few things I can safely share. First, take a friend. You’ll have even more fun if there’s two of you. Also, as a first date this could be very, um, bonding.

Secondly, read the tips at the starting point. They won’t make any sense either, at least until you need them, but the part about clicking on everything is IMPORTANT. Finally, when you get to the end you’ve got to spend time exploring the whole area. Don’t miss all the cool treats.

Plan to spend some time at Sauce. I think you’ll laugh as much as I did.  :)

Sauce by Maya Paris (moderate)
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