Art in Second Life 2022 (21) Exoplanet by Gem Preiz

Gem Preiz sent an invitation to me to visit his newest installation “Exoplanet – One Step Further“. The installation is at Akikaze, a member of the Akipelago group of sims dedicated to artistic and natural beauty in its many forms, owned by Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori).

Exoplanet is a project in two parts. The first one, « One Step Further » opened on 22.02.2022 (nice date!). The second part will open later this year, and will lead us further into space. Both contain a fractal exhibition displayed in a science-fiction environment.

One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” (Neil Armstrong – July 20th 1969)
Gem Preiz invites us to take one step further by exploring Exoplanet through an exhibition of fractals, displayed in a sci-fi environment.

Upon your arrival please make sure that you use ultra graphic settings and the advance ligting model. Use shared environment and set your drawing ditance larger then 256m (better 512m). You can grab a notecard with more details and information about “Exoplanet – One Step Further” and I used most of it in this blog post. I recommend to take also the teleport HUD that is offered at the landing point. You can easily use it to explore everything at Exoplanet.

Impressions of “Exoplanet – One Step Further” by Gem Preiz (1) – First impressions and “Tower Hall”, the entrance of the Tower (lower right)

You land in a big dome somewhere on a planet in space. Under the dome is a full civilisation. Two large control towers and one large space needle building called the “Tower” dominate the ensemble of buildings. Outside of the dome you see some solar panels, radiotelescopes and other celestial bodies. If you look at the dome you see a big 80 m x 40 m cinema screen that displays 18 of Gem Preiz’ fractal pictures. It changes every 90 seconds. The screen enables you to watch the fractals from almost any place under the dome.
The same 18 pictures are exhibited in the “Tower” on 5 levels.

Impressions of “Exoplanet – One Step Further” by Gem Preiz (2) – a few of Gem’s fractal pictures

Besides the exhibition of Gem’s fractal pictures, that fit perfectly into a Sci-Fi environment, the space station provides a lot to discover, fun for hours!

  • The Tower with the exhibition, an observation deck and with the headquarters meeting room on the top. At the observation deck you can try out different environment settings, that fit to the installation.
  • Several other buildings like Data center, Dwellings, Shuttles Hangar, Arcades with industrial equipment and greenhouses and control towers
  • Vehicles: there are 3 flying shuttles in the hangar, 2 x 2 trucks parked besides the buildings, and speeders in the arcades parking. You can use them freely
  • The outside: you can walk outside and look at the dome and get an overview
  • Last but not least Gem added 43 crew members who populate the base. In the notecard gem wrote “please do not disturb them as they are very much focused on their job

Impressions of “Exoplanet – One Step Further” by Gem Preiz (3) – The Tower / headquarters meeting room / exhibition / observation deck

Gem Preiz “is educated in science and mathematics and is fond of anything related to Nature, Cosmos and Earth, from astronomy to geology. The world of fractals is, in the same way, ruled by Mathematics functions which, as Physics do in Nature, enable to create objects which features repeat themselves at every scale. There lies his passion for fractals: create thanks to the power and pureness of the Mathematical concept, images the complexity of which can suggest Nature beings, objects or sceneries.

Impressions of “Exoplanet – One Step Further” by Gem Preiz (4) – Control center / Dome from outside / Greenhouse / Diomita using one of the vehicles

I have seem quite some of Gem’s former installations. His way to build futuristic towns and settings, using geometrical forms and the way he combines sim design, his fractal pictures, light and light effects is really artful and always a highlight to visit. Thank you very much for your art and for this new installation, Gem!
Thank you Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori) for providing the space for the art. I enjoyed my visit a lot!

Landmark to Exoplanet by Gempreiz
Gem Preiz flickr

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