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)

Hidden Gems (& yes that’s a pun) in Second Life

Moonwell Village (moderate)

I didn’t realize I was going to have one of those adventures today. I just wanted to explore a build I found floating above Moonwell Village.

It turns out I wasn’t alone.

Moonwell Village (moderate)

I tried to establish a rapport in the interests of saving humanity. They are, however, a rather uptight group of individuals. Very serious, curt, and well armed.

Moonwell Village (moderate)

I wandered around the town square, ventured into the administrative headquarters, training facility, and even their pub.

Then, making sure nobody was looking, I went to check out their living quarters.

Moonwell Village (moderate)

Everywhere I went I saw obvious signs of strict military discipline. At least I did until I hit the showers.

I’m not going to tell you what happened next. I will say, get them out of those tin can uniforms and these boys can be a lot of fun!

Moonwell Village (moderate)

Look at The Trace Too in Second Life & Ignore My Rant About “Me Too” Activism

The Trace Too (moderate)

The Trace was always a beautiful sim, changing with the seasons and a great place to take photos. After a temporary hiatus Kylie Jaxxon is back with The Trace Too and it’s stunning!

I thought it would be a perfect day to show you a calm, soothing, pretty landscape because I know I’m going to offend somebody. Probably many somebodies.

This isn’t a difficult achievement these days, and that’s my problem. I’m not addressing the pejorative Political Correctness debate here – I’m talking about courtesy and the evils of “me too”. Sometimes inclusivity is another way of saying “my cause is more important than yours”.

The Trace Too (moderate)

One of the changes I’ve witnessed in my life’s journey is the power and spread of activism. Passion for causes and a willingness to speak up on behalf of justice, peace, equality and rights has become the norm – it wasn’t always so.

Others might point to different (and more accurate) starting points, but I believe that the demonstrations against the war in the 60s helped make our generation, and the succeeding ones, more vocal and more convinced that we had the ability to make a difference.

People are adopting serious issues and working to resolve them – many, many people and many, many issues.

The Trace Too (moderate)

There are a lot of causes worth fighting for because there’s a lot wrong with our world. I don’t just mean disease and hunger and war and poverty and inequality; we have new disasters and horrific tales of slaughter every day; species are disappearing; water has become a scarce resource; the ocean is a cesspool of plastic; genders are ignored or vilified, etc.  The list is endless.

In order to solve problems they must first get attention. They must be understood, get placed on a priority list in the right venue (wherever required to get the action needed to solve it) and addressed.

The passion behind somebody’s activism, in many cases, seems to come with blinkers; an inability to acknowlege the value or need of anything outside their narrow view or allow anything else to get attention.

The Trace Too (moderate)

The internet has made activism easier, particularly social media. Not only does your message get out there, but it finds sympathetic voices joining in around the world. It also breeds a sense of supremacy.

How many times have you seen somebody in your Twitter stream, or on your Facebook friends list, call for action to address a cause only to have somebody else shout at them because they’re ignoring something else?

Try to raise awareness of the horrible impact of a giant earthquake and you’ll get yelled at for not talking about mass murder in Syria. It’s not that your cause isn’t just, people seem to insist that their cause be “the only”. I understand that they don’t want to be forgotten, but they’re dismissing other legitimate issues in an effort to support their own.

The Trace Too (moderate)

People actually have the ability to care about multiple causes – they don’t have to talk about all of them at the same time. Supporting one worthwhile endeavour does NOT mean you are negating the importance of another. Seriously, hosting the Vagina Monologues (for example) does not mean that you are indifferent to women without vaginas. Caring about a death in Ferguson does not mean that people think Boko Haram are the good guys.

I think we have two options. We ought to be courteous enough to recognize the legitimate value of each of the enormous variety of activist passions, and acknowledge that they all deserve attention (just not all the time at the expense of any other topic).

If we really can’t do that, then let’s create one giant umbrella cause called “The World is F*cked”. All tweets, concerts, fundraising or awareness events, will come with that title.

Nothing will get fixed, of course, because that’s just way too general a subject. The good news is that the “me too” mindset will be satisfied.

The Trace Too (moderate)

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