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)

Upending the Toybox, MadTone in Second Life

MadTone (general)

He’s all about sounds & music & noise & fun. He’s Lorin Tone and his latest installation, called MadTone, includes a variety of soundscapes encountered as you explore the contents of this man’s toybox. They’ve been collected for more than 8 years now and many of the whacky things you’ll see were created by his good friend Madcow Cosmos.

There will be concerts on a fabulous stage, but you don’t need to wait for them to be entertained.

MadTone (general)

Not content with simply turning his box of treasures upside down, and providing soundtracks for their adventures, he’s making it possible for you to add many of them to your own playtime inventory.

That ChooChoo Train avatar up top? It’s yours for free. There are more novelties available including; a Rodent Bumper Car Avatar so you can play Bumper Car Pinball, a Baby Godzilla (situated in the set for Godzilla Eats Las Vegas), and the wonderful MadTone Magic Singing Harp.

Turn on your sounds as you wander through the flotsam & jetsam of Lorin’s chest of marvels. You’ll be amused, insulted, intrigued, and lulled by what you hear. Look up and down, and don’t miss the Whale Choir. Have a good rummage – the child in you will be entertained and grateful!

MadTone (general)

Finding an Elusive Spring in Second Life

Pandora Box of Dreams (moderate)

I’m very suspicious of beds in Second Life. In my own defence, I have wound up in awkward situations by innocently clicking on chairs in adult clubs (I was there to listen to a singer, OK?) and a bed seems so much more likely to give me an experience I’d far rather avoid.

Pandora Box of Dreams (moderate)

In this case it turned out that the bed was a portal through which you enter the current dream on Pandora Box of Dreams – Sakura.

Given that much of the Northern Hemisphere is undergoing some serious winter sh*t, this seems like an ideal time to escape and surround yourself with cherry blossoms.

Pandora Box of Dreams (moderate)

You are encouraged to think about dreams, to explore them, and to find the mystical power of them.

I assume that this is what all the people lying/sitting/flying around were doing and that’s why their status was “away”.

Pandora Box of Dreams (moderate)

If you need to escape, want to ponder great metaphysical mysteries, or even just take a nap – this is a very pretty place to do it.

I believe Jackson Verlack and Mizaki will be creating more dreams in the future. This one is a great start! :)

Pandora Box of Dreams (moderate)
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