The Art of Mirrors in Second Life

Speculum by Giovanna Cerise on LEA6 (moderate)

Giovanna Cerise is one of a very large and active community of italian artists in Second Life. I love her, and I love her work, and her latest installation is wonderful.

It’s all about mirrors:

The mirror, as multiplicity and continuous playback.
The mirror, where the invisible overlaps the original and the hidden appears suddenly.
The mirror, as an illusion of which you can not do without.
The mirror as a projection in an unreal dimension.
The mirror that opens the door to ….

Speculum by Giovanna Cerise on LEA6 (moderate)

This exhibit will, however, now put Giovanna in a category of people (which up to this point only included Maya Paris) whose works result in my blog getting hits from some very strange types of people. I’m starting to think they do it on purpose.

The title of her installation is Speculum. There’s nothing wrong with this word and it certainly refers to “mirrors or reflective surfaces”, unfortunately it also brings to mind stirrups, cold metal, and blatant lies about a tiny pinch.

Speculum by Giovanna Cerise on LEA6 (moderate)

I was discussing this with Ziki as we both explored this morning. Her (not serious) suggestion was that I “do a review that says how it mirrors the nature of an invasive gynecological tool”.

I’m not going to do that. Put aside any concerns about discomfort or ugly metal devices. This is a beautiful and immersive build which gives pleasure as you move through it, changing your surroundings as you do.

Speculum by Giovanna Cerise on LEA6 (moderate)

If I’m crossing my legs as I write this, it is certainly not an instinctive reaction to the art itself – perhaps a subconscious defense against flashbacks, but nothing to do with this exhibit.  I saw no white coats or examination tables, still if you hear the snap of rubber gloves then you might want to move away.

I used Verdigris as the Windlight. Giovanna suggests that, or Sunset, to best appreciate what you’ll experience. Just keep thinking “mirrors” and you’ll love it! :)

Speculum by Giovanna Cerise on LEA10 (moderate)

Plans & Hopes & Openings in Second Life

Ionic (moderate)

My time is not my own. So, rather than doing what I planned for today’s post, I’ll just throw in some shots of Ionic cute. I can share some information about two openings this weekend though, and these involve friends of mine.

Giovanna Cerise is having a major Retrospective of her works which begins this afternoon. Note that the sim is “adult”.

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In addition, two of my favourite people are behind an installation which will start tomorrow with a party (Feb. 1 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm slt). Slatan Dryke will have the first public exhibition of his photographs at Jo Balogh’s Seaside Gallery.

I plan to make it to both. I also plan to tell you about another major opening. Plan might be the wrong word these days. Mostly, much like this little bunny, I just have hopes.

Ionic (moderate)

Somedays I don’t want to have to explain Second Life

oporuto (moderate)


What are you doing?

I’m exploring.


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Why are you walking around in the water?

Because it’s there.


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I don’t understand. What is this place?

It’s sort of a cross between an art gallery and a store.


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What kind of store has a giant fish swimming in the air?

The kind that is really, really special.


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