I have envy. There, I’ve admitted the truth and, although some shame exists, there’s not much I can do about it.
There are a great number of Second Life artists I wish I could be when I grow up – Cica Ghost↑ is one of them. I wish I had her talent and textures. :)
Cica’s latest work, Little Village↑, officially opens today at noon SLT. She has raised the bar for “cute” without diabetes-inducing saccharine sweetness.
Put this wobbly, wonky little town on your itinerary – it’s a delightful escape from whatever ails you!
Posted by honourmcmillan on March 6, 2014
Blogging is one of those things I (we?) do because we enjoy it. I’ve always said it’s really a case of thinking out loud or talking to ourselves in public. It seems then that most of the internal dialogues I decide to share are triggered by destinations and/or art in Second Life.
I read a post on another blog yesterday which told me that I’m doing it all wrong. :) I’d link to it if I could remember where it was so you’d know how inadequate I am, but I can’t find it again and, frankly, my rut is so deep I’m not prepared to change. This doesn’t mean, however, that I refuse to learn or change my mind on all subjects.
Today’s lesson came courtesy of Coppelia↑, an “artist cooperative sim where all resources and expenses are shared equally by its members”. They will mark their first anniversary this afternoon with a celebration and group show at 6:00 pm SLT.
The group is composed of a truly impressive collection of talents:
- Serra Qendra
- Philodemus (Dave Searby Mason)
- Eifachfilm Vacirca
- Jo Ellsmere
- Glyph Graves
- Oberon Onmura
- Artee Despres
- Pol Jarvinen
- FreeWee Ling
One of the names on that list was new to me (it’s not like I’m an expert) and I did a bit of online research. Stelarc↑ is an Australian performance artist “who is a pioneer of extreme performances and of performances helped by interactive robotic systems and virtual reality”↑.
I can’t even begin to articulate his premise/fears/loves/philosophy because I certainly don’t fully comprehend it. What strikes me though, apart from his intriguing (and decades long) exploration of human evolution as it is impacted by technology, is his level of commitment. The man has an ear grafted onto his arm.
When I first saw the words “performance artist” I was prepared to dismiss him without any effort or consideration. I’ve become extremely jaded by the reality that anybody can call themselves an artist and by a troll who uses the “performance artist” label to justify juvenile griefing pranks.
I was wrong to turn my back on an entire genre because of my loathing for one individual. Coppelia↑ is a fascinating collection of artists and their works. It also taught me a valuable lesson. I wish them a very happy anniversary and hope for many more! :)
Posted by honourmcmillan on February 28, 2014
I revisited the Moving Islands↑ exhibit this morning to see all the new additions & changes. Eupalinos Ugajin↑ is the curator of this seemingly impossible collection of art works and part of the joy is that, somehow, they all work together.
Hop on a boat when you arrive and take a tour, but don’t stop there. Make sure you visit as many of these rafts as possible – there are surprises everywhere you land. This is a wonderful exhibit to explore, even if you’ve been there before.
This is (in my mind at least) an art gallery that takes advantage of the possibilities of Second Life. I don’t just mean the art itself, although in most cases that’s true, but also that the works can move (float) around rather than sitting fixed on a wall.
Eupa pointed out that I was the 9,999th visitor to Moving Islands↑. That’s the story of my life – if there was a prize given out I’m quite sure it was to the next person. :)
I’ll celebrate anyway with a video highlighting the delight of combining the seemingly incompatible. Sorry if there’s an ad, it’s worth it though! (PS They also do a great Highway to Hell!)
Posted by honourmcmillan on February 24, 2014