Art & a Trigger Warning in Second Life

Transit’t-Taciturnly by Selavy Oh (moderate)

Mimesis Monday and Selavy Oh have collaborated on Transit’t-Tacturnly on LEA10. This is going to be one of those occasions when I can give you the same hints I received, and tell you about my experience with the installation, but I can give you no insights or explanation.

I will say this though, I suspect there are triggers here for anybody who has experienced abuse and would advise those individuals to stay away.

Transit’t-Taciturnly by Selavy Oh (moderate)

The sim is almost entirely filled by an endless rainfall of semi-transparent (and usually gigantic) balls. For the first time in my life I started to feel both trapped and completely helpless.

Every time there was some clearing, and I started to relax, my surroundings were consumed again.

Transit’t-Taciturnly by Selavy Oh (moderate)

There is a small area on the edge of the moving landscape with words that seem to relate to children and punishment. The only other clue I saw was in the parcel description:

The moaning and groaning,

The sighing and sobbing,
Are quieted now,

With that horrible throbbing
At heart:
—ah, that horrible,
Horrible throbbing!

(For Annie by EDGAR ALLAN POE)

Transit’t-Taciturnly by Selavy Oh (moderate)

There are two animations provided at the landing spot which may prove to be a way to address the feeling of an overwhelming inability to combat the forces raging against you.

One sets you rolling in somersaults so that you can try to move through the area without being beaten down. The other gives your avatar complete stillness, as if you were ignoring the elements around you.

I found Transit’t Tacturnly to be disturbing, but I’m glad I went. It’s not for everybody though.

Transit’t-Taciturnly by Selavy Oh (moderate)

Sauce: This Time it’s Personal in Second Life

Sauce by Maya Paris (moderate)

“It’s like sucking real life through a straw” Fishslappers Gazette

Are you looking for love? Are you navigating the personal ads trying to find the “one”? Is technology going to help you in this modern age? Or are you constantly running into specimens from the shallow end of the gene pool?

And what about your own attributes. Are you measuring up to the internet’s definition of the type of person who makes people reach for “sauce”?

Sauce by Maya Paris (moderate)

Maya Paris has just opened her latest satirical look at modern life, Sauce: This Time It’s Personal is a wild romp through the dating scene. I’m having a lot of difficulty talking about this installation without revealing any of the surprises, but I’ll try.

I can start by saying that sharks are present and vital to the experience.

Sauce by Maya Paris (moderate)

The invitation reads: “Fancy a bit of Seaside Sauce? Slap on your wig and flash those knobbly knees because this time it’s personal. Test your Sauce Factor, try your luck at the Modern Love Bureau, get sparky in the Saucy Science lab, and take a headlong dive into a sea of plenty more fish & chips.” 

That’s clear, right?

Sauce by Maya Paris (moderate)

There a few things I can safely share. First, take a friend. You’ll have even more fun if there’s two of you. Also, as a first date this could be very, um, bonding.

Secondly, read the tips at the starting point. They won’t make any sense either, at least until you need them, but the part about clicking on everything is IMPORTANT. Finally, when you get to the end you’ve got to spend time exploring the whole area. Don’t miss all the cool treats.

Plan to spend some time at Sauce. I think you’ll laugh as much as I did.  :)

Sauce by Maya Paris (moderate)

An Homage to Greenies in Second Life

Invasion: A Tribute to the Greenies Home (moderate)

You land in a garden outside a house – much like many small gardens on the grid. However, as you look around, things don’t seem quite right. Then you notice tiny creatures beaming down from a spaceship and all thoughts of normal must be put away.

The truth, you realize, is that you’ve landed on LEA23 in the middle of an Invasion.

Invasion: A Tribute to the Greenies Home (moderate)

For those Residents who were around in Second Life between 2007 and 2010 the experience may be very familiar. This is a tribute, an homage, to the legendary Greenies Home created by the Rezzables.

Invasion: A Tribute to the Greenies Home (moderate)

This installation by Sniper Siemens brings back those memories of being reduced to the size of a mouse as you explore a giant home. You’ll find karts for racing (look under the cupboard next to the sink) and small doorways which take you to odd things, such as a cannon you can use to shoot yourself across the room.

Invasion: A Tribute to the Greenies Home (moderate)

This isn’t a copy of the original, but it is a loving tribute. Sniper includes links to the Rezzables, and their original creations, and adds his own touches.

Whether you experienced the world of the Greenies or not, this is a fun place to visit. My visit brought back a lot of good memories and created many new ones. :)

Invasion: A Tribute to the Greenies Home (moderate)
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