Art in Seocnd Life 2020 (40) “Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang

When I scrolled over scoop.it SL Destinations on Tuesday, June 16th, I came across a new installation of JadeYu Fhang. The entry led to a post on the The Sim Quarterly blog “Welcome to “Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang“.

“Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang at The Sim Quarterly (1) – arrival

Sim Quarterly is a sim and initiative of Electric Monday:
Art and the virtual world, Second Life© are very similar — you are able to both find yourself and immerse yourself (and maybe even lose yourself) in something totally unlike what you already know. The experiences you gain help you grow and form new opinions about the world. That is what I hope this sim can provide over time. I am very excited to bring to you a quarterly art project by way of The Sim Quarterly.
The project features one creator every 3 months (every quarter) as an artist in residence. The purpose of the sim is so that residents can experience something new and even create a community.”
The current installation “Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang will stay opened until until Sept 14, 2020.”
Learn more about Sim Quarterly at their website.

“Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang at The Sim Quarterly (2) – a broader view at the installation

The above mentioned blogpost “Welcome to “Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang” provides a perfect start for a visit to this installation:
Upon arriving at Le Déraciné you will notice a village with sounds, lights, and dancing animesh characters. The ritualistic dance is only the beginning of your journey here. Just beyond these dancers is where you will discover a door or portal to transport you to JadeYu’s full creation.
Once you arrive at the main landing spot, you will immediately notice JadeYu’s use of light and sound. You will discover many ways to wander this vast, sim-wide installation from walking, flying, and discovering “paths” made simply from light and transparent mesh.
There are many ways to interact with the works, and since it is still so very early in the time of the residency I do not wish to spoil the treasures you should discover with your own experience there. Just make sure you click on objects to find out what is in store for you!

“Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang at The Sim Quarterly (3) – at the beach and in the “forest”

And I had this experience! “Le Déraciné” is French and means something like uprooting. In the center of the installation is a huge tree that has a human body in itself, particularly an head. From the tree ligths and branches reaches down to the ground. Right where you land an human lays on the beach and animesh figures dance around the human. Also this human is surrounded by branches and lights.
Looking up to the big center tree you see two platforms (I think it is one platform) with buildings that look like the village at the landing point from where I came. Lights rise from there into the sky, lights reach over to the center tree.

I went to what I would call a forest first. It is on the ground and you can really get lost in it. The forest might stand for the young trees, it might also have no meaning at all – it is a very artful background for sure.

“Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang at The Sim Quarterly (4) – some poses at the center “tree”

It is possible to fly at “Le Déraciné”. It is also possible to walk on the lights but not on all and you may fall down (I did several times). I sat on the center tree and got several poses offered. One is holding an apple – did I steal the apple? Other poses take you to sit on a branch or to almost hug the tree trunk. Other poses bring you close to the head.

I went over the the two (or one) platforms and from there you have another great view on the installation. You also find more animesh figures dancing around another human figure and you can join their dance.

“Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang at The Sim Quarterly (5) – on the platform

I do not dare to interpret what I saw, I just enjoyed the art and the lights, I had my own thoughts about roots and uprooting, about the human body and head integrated into the tree. Trees have many symbolic meanings to mankind, starting from the story of Adam and Eve. Trees are the symbol of life, they provide homes and heat, and nowadays we know about their function for our climate. Art and what it means is in the eyes of the beholder. I can just say: A great piece of virtual art, JadeYu!

“Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang at The Sim Quarterly (6) – Diomita posing / another zoom out / close to the head

JadeYu Fhang writes about herself:
Living in Paris, France, i followed the evening classes in academic drawing at Fine Arts School of Paris and was trained at the Applied Arts School of this city.
After these studies I completely stopped all artistic work. My journey is atypical made of multiple experiences. I returned to artistic work when I was able to get rid of all the academic rigidity that had been taught me.
My experience on Second Life since 12 years allows me to continue and improve my work and extend it to 3D.

It is not the first time that I came across JadeYu Fhang and her art and I hope it won’t be the last time either. I enjoyed visiting “Le Déraciné” at The Sim Quarterly. Many thanks also to Electric Monday, who provides the space for the art.

Landmark to The Sim Quarterly and “Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Sim%20Quarterly/7/10/1403
Post on The Sim Quarterly blog “Welcome to “Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang”
http://thesimquarterly.com/2020/06/14/welcome-to-le-deracine-by-jadeyu-fhang/
Sim Quarterly website
http://thesimquarterly.com/
Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/thesimquarterly/

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