Rebirth & The Machinima Expo in Second Life

Rebirth … together! by 2Lei (moderate)

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is on November 25. Every year, beginning in 2010, the 2LEI collective of “artists, musicians, gallery owners, and cultural figures” of Second Life has held events and exhibits designed to show their support for the cause.

Rebirth … together! by 2Lei (moderate)

This year’s theme is “Rebirth … together!”, with the tagline It’s not a full victory unless you’re reborn together. This exhibit of works by many 2D and 3D artists is being hosted on LEA6 and will continue there until the end of December.

You’ll find references to previous exhibits and new works by many favourite artists. There will be musical events as well and you can learn all about them on their calendar.

Rebirth … together! by 2Lei (moderate)

I didn’t take any close-up images of the 2D works – that always feels like I’m stealing them. Instead you get a rare selfie – I haven’t seen any of Pol Jarvinen’s work for a long time, so I took advantage of the opportunity to do a little meditation in the artist’s piece.

While I’m on the subject of LEA, there are two things I need to mention. The first is that you have one more week to submit your application for the next round of Artist in Residence Grants. You could have your own sim, for 6 months, to realize that vision in your head and share it with the rest of us.

Rebirth … together! by 2Lei (moderate)

The second is to let you know that today is the day for the huge Machinima Expo – the World’s only Virtual Machinima/Animation Festival. This is its 7th year and it will be live-streamed inworld from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm SLT at the LEA Theatre.

The full schedule is here and you should note that Second Life is well represented, including a profile of our own Hypatia Pickens at 1:45.

Rebirth … together! by 2Lei (moderate)

The Beautiful Chaos, Kosmos in Second Life

Chaos, Kosmos by Giovanna Cerise (general)

I admit there are mornings I’m lacking excitement when first logging inworld. That rarely lasts – particularly when I get to spend time somewhere like Giovanna Cerise’ latest installation.

Chaos, Kosmos refers to the relationship between the original greek meaning of the primitive space from which the ordered universe is created. It also references the creative process – from unorganized or formless thoughts to the aesthetics of a finished work.

Chaos, Kosmos by Giovanna Cerise (general)

In both cases the unstructured, unordered, primordial soup of chaos is still there – it’s just in the background, underlying and underpinning the order that’s been established.

Giovanna provides a flowchart of her process as a recurring design throughout.

Chaos, Kosmos by Giovanna Cerise (general)

This is an immense work, through which you can walk, and fly, and teleport. Use the compass to transport yourself to various locations and levels of “order”.

Midnight and sunset are recommended windlight settings – I’ve used a few different ones as well.

Chaos, Kosmos by Giovanna Cerise (general)

This is my favourite installation by Giovanna. It appeals to my interest in chaos/complexity theory as well as being a visual metaphor for the creative process.

It’s also beautiful. Plan to spend some time exploring and remember to look behind you occasionally. There is a lot of movement and the scene, much like the universe, rarely remains static. :)

PS. Remember, you have two weeks to submit your application for Round 8 of the LEA Artist in Residence Grants. The current grants, including Giovanna’s, will close on December 31. One of these sims could be yours on January 1!

Chaos, Kosmos by Giovanna Cerise (general)

Looking Back at Bryn Oh in Second Life

Bryn Oh Retrospective (moderate)

Today is November 11, Remembrance Day (that’s what we call it here in Canada). I would have used a title like “Remembering Bryn Oh”, but she hasn’t left us – she is, however, having a retrospective of her work. You’ll find selections, both familiar and (to me at least) not, from the past 7 years of her inworld creations.

Bryn Oh Retrospective (moderate)

One of the reasons I love the exhibit is that I can appreciate her development, and journey, without my usual reaction to her large, immersive, narrative installations.

Oh don’t get me wrong, I love them but they almost always make me cry. She likes that, which gives you some insight into her twisted Ontario psyche. :)

Bryn Oh Retrospective (moderate)

The breadth of work is impressive and so is the quality. This is a great reminder, not only of her talent, but also the influence she’s had on the grid.

It’s probably inappropriate to use this opportunity for a tiny bit of revenge for all the tears she’s caused me, but I’ll point out that having a “retrospective” means she must be really old. *grin*

Bryn Oh Retrospective (moderate)

Remembrance Day is, of course, a solemn, emotional occasion and coincidentally I finally just read Old Man’s War. Some younger individuals wonder why there’s a big deal about the 100th anniversary of the first World War, forgetting that it is within touching distance of many of us. It involved our grandparents (or even parents) and their families/friends.

It’s a good day to listen to Mike Oldfield’s Nuclear – his grandfather died at Ypres and he visited the battlefield before writing the song.

It’s also a good day to look back at something positive such as Bryn Oh’s art.

Bryn Oh Retrospective (moderate)
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