Art in Second Life 2020 (11) The Meaning of Love by Natalia Seranade

For my art afternoon on Wednesday, March 4th, I first picked the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery from SL Destinations. Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is a Second Life gallery that has exhibitions and installations of both emerging and well-known artists and is owned and curated by Dido Haas. Besides the art of Dido Haas herself the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery currently features an exhibition named “The Meaning of Love” by Natalia Seranade.

Natalia Seranade is almost 10 years in Second life. She captures encounters, random incidents and morphs them, using Photoshop, into works of art. Natalia has had quite some exhibtions in Second Life already, yet it is the first that I came across her. She titeled the exhibtion “The Meaning of Love”. Along with a short biography of her you can grab a notecard at the gallery with Natalia’s thoughts about the exhibition:
Love in Second Life is not different from Real Life, it is a relation between two people – it works out happily or it doesn’t. But there are many risks when getting involved in a virtual relationship: ‘the dark side’, as Natalie calls it. She gives just a few examples: “the large amount of people who lie, who pretend to be a person they are not, giving false information, showing fake pictures, etc. People with addictions, people with mental  disorders, people with more that one avatar (ALTs) used for ‘bad’ purposes like spying or harassing, or, used even to have other ‘lives’ with other relationships. People who do ghosting: the practice of ceasing all communication and contact with a partner, without any apparent justification and subsequently ignoring any attempts to reach out or communicate made by said partner.
Behind the screen people tend to show the good and hide their flaws. There are many disappointments.
It seems that everything in SL happens more fast then in RL: some people meet, immediately start a relationship and get married (partnered). However, most of the time a fast start indicates a fast ending. One of the reasons being that in the minds of the partners they create an ideal figure of who they hope to find. This idealization creates expectations and people get hurt when things don’t go as they expected. The mind can turn ‘nothing’ into ‘everything’ and ‘everything’ into ‘nothing’. Love in SL is it real or just a fantasy?”

“The Meaning of Love” by Natalia Seranade at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery

Natalia’s pictures impress through their strong colours. It takes some time to see the details. I was in particular impressed by a picture named “The first filter” showing two persons holding up boards, on one board you find a very common motto in Second Life: SL=SL / RL=RL, meaning the strict separation of the two, on the other board you find the opposite SL=RL. The picture expresses perfectly that people with different attitudes won’t fit unusally and the one who wants to cross the line between RL and SL might be hurted.

“The Meaning of Love” by Natalia Seranade at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (lower right shows the above mentioned “The first filter”

Hurted feeling and fears is the common theme of “The Meaning of Love” but there are also quite some pictures that can be interpreted as joyful. The pictures of Natalia Serenade fit very well in the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. The mirrowing floor showcase them perfectly and adds another dimension to them. The statues and the other stuff of Dide Haas complete the exhibtion room. Overall, I really liked this exhibtion. Very well done!

The permanent exhibition of Dido Haas’s work at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (1)

In a second room Dido Haas presents her own art. Dido is a photographer, she is the owner and curator of Nitroglobus Hall, as well as a blogger (Exploring SL with Dido). At least right now her permanent exhibition presents erotic portraits and pictures, I assume of herself. Once again the pictures develop a particular strength through the mirror effect of the floor – beside that the pictures are highly erotic in my personal opinion. And they fit perfectly to the current exhibtion “The Meaning of Love”.

The permanent exhibition of Dido Haas’s work at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (2)

Thank you Dido for providing the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery, for featuring “The Meaning of Love” by Natalia Seranade and for your own art. I enjoyed my visit a lot!

Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
Dido Haas’ blog “Exploring SL with Dido”
Dido Haas about “The Meaning of Love by Natalia Seranade”

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. didohaas
    Mar 14, 2020 @ 19:16:54

    thanks sooo much for this great blog post about my gallery! Love it.
    big big kiss
    Dido Haas,
    owner/curator Nitroglobus


  2. Natalia Seranade
    Mar 14, 2020 @ 21:36:53

    Thank you very much! 🙂


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