Art in Second Life 2022 (49) Exoplanet 2 by Gem Preiz

Wednesday, June 1st, Exoplanet 2 by Gem Preiz was opened at Akijima, 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!).  I visited Exoplanet 1 in February and reported about it (read Art in Second Life 2022 (21) Exoplanet by Gem Preiz)
Exoplanet 1 featured the crew of a space mission preparing to explore extra-solar planets and you can still visit it.
Exoplanet 2 is an extension and you visit a space station on the eve of its return to Earth.

The landing point on the space station is next to an entrance control. Here you’re asked to adjust your viewer settings for the visit and you can grab a notecard as well as HUD’s for setting the environment and for teleporting around Exoplanet 1 and 2.

Impressions of Exoplanet 2 by Gem Preiz (1) – landing on the space station

From the landing point you enter a huge hallway, the outer ring with many moduls used as warehouse, for storing and launching drones, as cabins for the crew, for several laboratories, as entrance to the the shuttle ships, and a module for emergencies: “All modules contain many interactive devices where you can: rest in cabins; contribute to experiences; launch drones and follow them on radar; pilot spaceships around the station; test emergency systems; and finally leave the station to reach Exoplanet 1 with the main Shuttle.

Impressions of Exoplanet 2 by Gem Preiz (2) – Drones (upper left), Warehouse (upper right), Cabins (lower left and right)

I launched a drone and I visited several cabins. I felt like within a science fiction film and my black latex dress fitted not too bad in this environment. I also visited the rescue modul. Behind a security glass panel you see the rescue ship. I entered through the door in the panel and sat into the rescue ship. It was released downwards and I was in space. The ship was easily to control and I used it to for a litte tour around the space station. Manoeuvring it back into the rescue modul was a bit tricky, but possible and I could continue my tour.

Impressions of Exoplanet 2 by Gem Preiz (3) – A trip into space with the rescue ship

There are quite some laboratory modules and I had a look into all of them. To be honest, I didn’t really understand what the single labs were intended for, but in the short time of my visit I also didn’t have enough time for that. I’m pretty sure that you can discover a lot there and Gem wrote that you can even participate in the experiments.

Impressions of Exoplanet 2 by Gem Preiz (4) – The labs

There are several gates from the outer ring with the modules to the center ring and the main room, that is called AGORA. Gem Preiz’s intriguing fractals, that look like planets and stars are showcased in the hallway around AGORA. In total there are “16 fractals (8 unfriendly planet + landscape), illustrating sites visited by the crew during the mission”. And as the space station is preparing the return to earth, the upper level of the gallery shows 8 landscapes sketch-like photos illustrating real sites on Earth.

Impressions of Exoplanet 2 by Gem Preiz (5) – The AGORA Main Hall and the galleries

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.
The pictures shown in the galleries alone are worth a visit to Exoplanet 2.

I used the teleporter HUD to visit the next destinations and there’s a lot more to discover and try out. I visited the Hibernation room, the reactor, the Communication center, the Data Center and the Main Control Room. I did not visit the Medical center, Training center, Cinema and Offices. Gem wrote that there are many interactive devices (medical equipment, gym, movies etc.).

Impressions of Exoplanet 2 by Gem Preiz (6) – Main Control room (upper left), Data Center (upper right), Hibernation room (lower left), Communication center (lower right)

Gem Preiz provided a few of his thoughts about “Exoplanet” in his notecard:
“Scientists have classified about 5,000 exoplanets, that were discovered up until today, and prioritized them according to whether they allow the development of life as we know it.
Forgetting for a moment the vast distances that separate us from these extra-solar worlds, Exoplanet 1 staged the beginnings of their in situ exploration. Exoplanet 2 presents the mission on the eve of its return to Earth, reporting on the visit to some worlds with inhospitable reliefs and conditions for humans. By contrast, a gallery of familiar terrestrial landscapes reminds us of the simple evidence that the most suitable universe for man is the one from which he was born.
Because if the study of exoplanets is an essential discipline for what it can teach us about the universe, and for the awareness that it can generate in humanity in case the existence of life is discovered, it should not obscure the urgency of preserving our planet the Earth, by dreams of unrealistic conquests.”

By visiting all areas I learned about the structure of the space station and began to create a little orientation map for myself for further visits or for you find your way in this huge station.

Impressions of Exoplanet 2 by Gem Preiz (7) – Orientation map

I ended my visit with another trip into space. This time I used a space shuttle. That was fun!

I have seem quite some of Gem’s former installations and exhibitions. 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! And a big thank you for the fun that you also provided with Exoplanet 1 and Exoplanet 2. It really was a trip into another world.

Impressions of Exoplanet 2 by Gem Preiz (8) – Another trip into space

Thank you Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori) for providing the space for this artful installation. I enjoyed my visit a lot!

Landmarkt to EXOPLANET 2 by Gem Preiz – Landing Point
Landmark to Exoplanet 1 by Gem Preiz
Gem Preiz flickr

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