Wherein Bryn Oh Makes Me Cry, Again, in Second Life

The Singularity of Kumiko (moderate)

It’s very dark in Bryn Oh’s world. This is not a bad thing, mind you, and certainly not as far as the art is concerned. I’ll note though that, when you combine the darkness with jeopardy, it is (as far as a photographer is concerned) a b*tch. Click on the images to see the larger, clearer, versions.

My avatar was killed multiple times this morning – something I usually avoid by staying away from war games and overeager teenagers with scripted weapons. It’s a testament to my love for her work, and my enjoyment of her latest creation, that I kept returning to give Bryn another chance at homicide by art.

The Singularity of Kumiko (moderate)

From a technical perspective this installation is superb. There is a setup room where you must prepare your viewer settings before you enter the world of her character – don’t try and bypass this section. She has instructions for a variety of viewers and you really do need to follow them.

The installation itself is not only hauntingly beautiful, but the scripting and sounds are exquisitely necessary to both the atmosphere and the storytelling.

The Singularity of Kumiko (moderate)

I asked Bryn, when she first told me about The Singularity of Kumiko, if she was going to make me cry again. She said “maybe”, but I’m pretty sure she knew the answer was a definitive “yes”. Damn her! It wouldn’t be the same artist if everything was all sunshine and roses and I know that going in. But, still, damn her!

This installation will require time on your part. It is not something you can rush through or just glance at quickly. Be prepared to carve out a couple of hours to experience what is there, it is well worth the time. Bryn’s story is melancholy but beautifully told.

The Singularity of Kumiko (moderate)

She hasn’t created a “game”, but it is an experience fraught with peril. Particularly if you’re trying to take photographs and ignore what’s going on around you. There’s a clue to the dangers in one of these images – although I didn’t realize that at the time.

It actually won’t help you much unless you realize the significance and link it to other clues onsite. I wish you luck, but no matter how many times you get sent home and have to start again – I’m telling you it’s worth it!

I’ll close with her video teaser. She allows a maximum of 10 avatars at a time to immerse themselves in this story, make sure you’re one of them!

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