Lobby Cam by Bryn Oh in Second Life

Lobby Cam by Bryn Oh (general)

You didn’t really think I’d ignore the opening of a new installation by Bryn Oh did you? I admit to waiting a couple of weeks, but that doesn’t indicate a lack of enthusiasm. I do have to prepare myself emotionally for her work – she takes great pride in making me cry.

Lobby Cam is situated in the middle of the Canadian prairie – in Saskatchewan to be precise. You’re surrounded by wheat fields moving gently to the rhythm of the wind.

Lobby Cam by Bryn Oh (general)

The HUD will help you navigate the story – that of a lonely, isolated farmer.

I have to make a slight digression here. Bryn does a great job of giving you a sense of the endless prairie – unfortunately she has to build up the terrain around the edge of the sim so you don’t see the water. Pretend it’s not there and that those flat wheat fields go on forever. If you’ve ever driven across them you’ll know what I mean.

Hollywood once made a movie called Saskatchewan which they filmed in the Rocky Mountains. Not exactly a documentary. :)

Lobby Cam by Bryn Oh (general)

Our lonely farmer lives in a renovated grain elevator and makes toys. The story got to me (as usual), the visuals are stunning (as usual), and I spent an enormous amount of time fixated on taking images of details.

Bryn’s builds have many layers, and it’s finding the tiny things which helps me deal with the emotional impact her exhibits have.

Lobby Cam by Bryn Oh (general)

As for the title – well I’m not going to explain that. You’ll have to wear the HUD, follow the story, and explore this wonderful creation.

I would have titled this post “The Loneliness of the Isolated Farmer”, but I don’t want you to think that all of Canada’s prairie residents have this one’s psychological profile.

Visit and enjoy Lobby Cam – it’s another example of why the virtual world is such a fabulous platform for art.

Lobby Cam by Bryn Oh (general)

When Balloons Escape, Cica Ghost in Second Life

Balloons by Cica Ghost (moderate)

Cica Ghost has already replaced Ruins with a new installation. Balloons officially opens tomorrow, but you can sneak in now.

As usual with this talented artist, you will find something magical. We only have a few weeks to enjoy it – so make sure you go soon!

Balloons by Cica Ghost (moderate)

This is a city suffering from neglect (also the cats are being ignored, don’t worry I did feed them because somebody has to).

The local residents are totally focused on their balloons – most of which seem to have escaped. They can’t think about anything else.

Balloons by Cica Ghost (moderate)

I don’t actually know what Cica had in mind when she designed this build. I can only tell you that it made me think of addiction.

We occasionally hear stories of people who have allowed their children to suffer because of an obsession with games. Think of the reports of those who lose everything to drugs. The rest of their world becomes unimportant.

Balloons by Cica Ghost (moderate)

Inflated plastic bubbles might seem like an odd thing to create such a personal fixation, and collateral damage, but we’re not the ones with that desperate passion.

You can join them though – just to share the experience. Get your own balloon at the landing spot and see what they find so compelling. :)

Balloons by Cica Ghost (moderate)

City Inside Out, The Impossible Beautiful Thoughtful Build by Haveit Neox in Second Life

City Inside Out by Haveit Neox (moderate)

“City Inside Out is built ON the land, UNDER the land, and OVER the land.  But you will find no interiors here.”

This has been a very good month for immersive art in Second Life. Some of my favourite artists have new builds (e.g., Cica Ghost and Romy Nayar), and I’ve seen wonderful creations by talented people previously unknown to me (e.g., Sable & Asmita).

Today, though, I can finally talk about City Inside Out by Haveit Neox. I’ve been dropping in on LEA20 for months, watching it develop and dying to take photos to try and capture some small part of its wonders.

City Inside Out by Haveit Neox (moderate)

Hav builds cities. They are fully imagined with extraordinary detail and backstories and characters. Every time I think he’s gone as far as anyone could, he pushes the boundaries again and proves me wrong. Who else would construct a city in his mind and then turn it inside out?

There is, of course, a purpose behind this flouting of all natural laws and physics.

City Inside Out by Haveit Neox (moderate)

To someone without a home living on the streets, the bustling city becomes one united exterior. “City Inside Out”, explores a world that lacks interiors. Some pedestrians throw coins into the beggars’ hats, others bark insults to their faces. Joggers, dog walkers, groups of boisterous friends, clean people in new clothes, romantic couples, cell phone conversations, shiny traffic, wash their daily tides of health and prosperity past the homeless.

City Inside Out by Haveit Neox (moderate)

Late each night, the people living on the streets are confronted by another kind of crowd, dangerous as the sharp knife and gun. They are defenseless, even within their own bodies. Sensations abound, prickly as lice and poisonous insect infested clothing, blurry as sight without glasses, with ringing ears of imaginary voices, and resignation to untreated illness. The survival test is administered without consideration for those who will see the next day.

City Inside Out by Haveit Neox (moderate)

The City is built on 3 levels and you wander through the impossible landscape using bridges and walkways. You catch glimpses of the lives of those who have a life. In some cases you can take a ladder and climb down into their existence.

For the most part you are on the outside trying to look in. Your “reality” includes dangers unimaginable to those in their more privileged world.

City Inside Out by Haveit Neox (moderate)

I’ve shared an extra couple of shots today, but I haven’t even scratched the surface of this installation. It’s HUGE, not only in construction, but also in thought. You can see even more images on the LEA Blog of areas I haven’t included, but you really must go experience City Inside Out for yourself.

The official opening is this coming Thursday, March 26 at 1:00. Don’t wait though – this is something you’ll want lots of time to explore.

Experience a world from the viewpoint of those who aren’t part of it. Thank you Hav!

City Inside Out by Haveit Neox (moderate)
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