Art in Second Life (18) The Carbone Gallery

After my visits of “American Shot” by Milena Carbone at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (read part I here and part II here) I got in contact to Milena Carbone (mylena1992). She invited me to see her gallery “The Carbone Gallery” and invited me to her gallery group.
Actually Milena has not just one own gallery, she also has an affiliate at Noir’Wen City, the city that develops more and more to a colony of artists. I visited The Carbone Gallery at Noir’Wen City first and published my review about it about a week ago (read here).

I visited Milena’s main gallery, The Carbone Gallery, on January 25th after it had just been refurbished. The landing is in a large skybox without any roof. Here you find at one wall Milena’s biography and opposed to it a wall with group gifts. Milena adds one group gift (one picture) per month: “They are unique pictures, created from exhibtion work and researches. They arise from my heart, and are made with love.
At a third wall you find an overview about Milena’s current exhibtions and projects at other places in Second Life, her current exhibtions at The Carbone Gallery at Noir’Wen City and her current exhitbions at The Carbone Gallery. At the time of my visit there were two exhibtions: “Twins” by Milena Carbone and “The privilege af aging” by Harbor Galaxy.

I visited “Twins” first. Twins is a series of eight pictures composed with four models and two pictures per model. Twins have always been the subject of many myths, artists and symbolic representations. The exhibtion “Twins” expresses four mythical aspects of twinship. These aspects are:
– The Opposite: One turns her head to the past, the other to the future. Twins try to do exactly the opposite of their twin.
– Replication: What will make twins happy are the tiny differences
– Identity: The seek identity for themselves, their rivalry occupies their whole mind
– The Fusion: There’s always their love for eachother
Melina wrote texts about these mythical aspects. These texts accompany the pictures and with this backgrounds the pictures develop even more strength. I spent quite a while at “Twins”.

“Twins” by Milena Carbone at The Carbone Gallery

Milena Carbone (mylena1992) is a French artist and is in Second Life since mid 2019. She discovered its artistic potential and since then has devoted all her free time to creation, associating, as in real life, images and texts: “Milena Carbone is a fiction in which, as in any artistic work, biographical and imaginary elements are mixed.” Her creative process is iterative: some of her images inspire her stories and these stories modify the development of the image, which itself transforms the story. Milena is a story teller with pictures and words. Find about more about Milena at the wall with her biography.

“The privilege af aging” is an exhibtion of pictures by Harbor Galaxy. It is a meditation of aging. Habor Galaxy says: “I’ve been playing with my older avatar for quite a few years now. She is a contrast to the illusion of perfection that we see so frequently in Second Life and to be honest she is a mirror to who I am at this stage of my life.
Milena created the set-up and how the pictures are showcased. Each picture is presented in a seperate box. If you like you can sit in front of the box, are just look into the box and zoom in. The pictures themselves are quite small. And yes, you will rarely see avatars in Second Life (or in any other virtual environment) that are old. As opposed to, we tend to make our avatars yound and beautiful. As a result, pictures of avatars who look old are quite rare. I have seen quite a lot pictures of older people in RL where the faces tell a story, are intriguing and of a particular beauty. Why are the pictures that small? I have a simple answer to that myself. Older people don’t like pictures of themselves that show all details and every wrinkle. From that point of you, it fits that the pictures are small.

“The privilege af aging” by Harbor Galaxy at The Carbone Gallery

I just recently reported about “Figure and Form” by Harbor Galaxy at DixMix Gallery (read here). Harbor is in Second Life for 12 years. She has a flickr page where I found a short description about her: “Just a pixel dolly exploring my creative side in SL. I don’t generally talk too much about my process primarily because it frequently seems kind of like a happy accident but in my work, I attempt to merge photography and digital painting. I take pictures using screen shots and then edit and manipulate the images in GIMP; frequently using distortion and color to invoke an emotional response from viewer.

I enjoyed my visit to The Carbone Gallery and I’m pretty sure that it won’t be my last visit and that I will see a lot more of Milena Carbone’s art in the nearer future. Thank you, Milena.

Landmark to The Carbone Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Woiler/172/158/3316
Landmark to The Carbone Gallery @ Noir’Wen City
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/243/203/32
Milena Carbone’s Flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/milenacarbone/
Milena Carbone’s writing (blog)
https://medium.com/@539568
Harbor Galaxy Flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/people/harborgalaxy/

Simploring 2021 (8) Dya’s little Jordan

On Monday, February 1st, Dya (Dya OHare) contacted me and invited me to see her newest installation called Dya’s little Jordan. As the name already gives away, Dya takes the visitor to the Jordan this time. In 2020 I had seen Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot (read here), Dya’s scent of the Caribbean (read here) and Dya’s Southern Twilight (read here). No doubt, I wanted to visit. Dya told me that for visiting you need to be member of her group this time. She had experienced attacks from griefers and haters, hence she decided to restrict access. I can fully understand her motivation, in particular as the moderate homestead is also Dya’s home. You can join the group (the group name is Velvet Soul) by visiting Dya OHare’s profile, the fee is 300 L$. To mention it right here – it is worth the money! And in this day and age where we can’t travel, 300 L$ is a real bargain to get away from it all and to immerse into another world for a few hours!
With the group membership you can even set your home at Dya’s little Jordan, you can rezz your own vehicle to explore the sim or hang around. Max. 45 prims per person are allowed – please don’t rezz huge backgrounds or buildings.

I have never been to Arabia. What a great opportunity to travel there in Second Life at least!

Dya’s little Jordan – Bird eye view and orientation map

As usual I first zoomed out to get an overview over Dya’s little Jordan. The sim is surrounded by sandstone and granite rock as you can find it in southern Jordan. The landing in on the waterfront right next to a tourist office with some information:
The Hashemite kindgom of Jardan is a peaceful, modern and progressive Arab state in the Middle East. Jordan’s landsacap is largely desert and contains countless ancient historical sites. Some ot them such as the iconic rock city of Petra and the desert Wadi Rum are Unesco World Heritage sites.
5 Hollywood blockbusters were filmed in Jardan: Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Indiana Jones and the Lost Crusade (1989), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), The Martian (2015) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2017).
Jordan, with its friendly people, is a very worthwhile destination. Unfortuantely, I can only show a small part of it. Enjoy!:)
Love&Peace Dya OHare

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (1) around the landing point

I started my visit at the waterfront. There are some market stands and next to the tourist information is a stall with a camel – you can sit on it and explore the sim riding! I did try that later. Across the street is a store that sells everything: Water, hats, kitchen paper, shoes, baskets, vases, clothes…., just as you’d expect it on an Arab market, that is called Souk as I learned.

Walking along the promenade I came along a food stand, a coffee shop and a fish restaurant. Dya placed 2 women drinking a coffee on the promende to live up the scene. There are more NPC’s (static non-player characters) spread around the sim. I recommend to have a look into the coffee shop. At least, that’s how I fancy such a shop in Arab to be. Of course, there are also some stands of carpet dealers at the Souk. Exploring the Souk is fun as there are a lot of details to discover.

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (2) At the “Souk”

I went to the lighthouse, the motel and the beach next. At the beach you can sit in the sun or walk on the peer from which’s end you have a nice view on little Jordan. At the end of the peer is a bed with a tent above it, that provides some shadow. The beach houses are modern and offer some luxury. Here the tourists can relax and enjoy. Dya succeeded to give the beach a touch of Arabia.

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (3) The motel, the beach and the beach residences

It is no surprise that the largest building in Dya’s little Jordan is a mosque. Just take of your shoes when you go inside – I did. In front of the mosque is a Jordanian with 3 camels, for sure that’s a great motive for a picture!

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (4) The mosque

But there’s more …
Exploring the back country I came across an oil pump right next to a wind mill – old and new energy next to each other, or renewable engery for an oil pump? I saw a shepard with a flock of sheep blocking the road, a small group of tents (inviting for another break) and the Wadi-Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon, a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southern Jordan 60 km to the east of Aqaba. It is the largest wadi in Jordan – well, it is a bit smaller in Second Life and in Dya’s little (!) Jordan *winks*

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (5) Exploring the back country

Almost at the sim boarder you find the renown Petra, a historic and archaeological city in southern Jordan.
The area around Petra has been inhabited from as early as 7000 BC, and the Nabataeans might have settled in what would become the capital city of their kingdom, as early as the 4th century BC. However, archaeological work has only discovered evidence of Nabataean presence dating back to the second century BC, by which time Petra had become their capital. The Nabataeans were nomadic Arabs who invested in Petra’s proximity to the trade routes by establishing it as a major regional trading hub.” (source wikipedia)

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (6) Exploring the back country / Petra

Finally I went to Arab village, quite distant from the tourist areas. In the center of the village Dya has placed 3 women in full burkas. Farm animals walk around, the laundry is drying outside, I sensed here I am amoung Jordanians. The houses are by far not as luxurious as the beach residences but offer some comfort inside.

Impressions of Dya’s little Jordan (7) The Arab village / a last view from the peer to the lighthouse and waterfront.

Dya’s little Jordan is another masterpiece. Just after my visit she sent me a message and told me: “I have tried to present Jordan realistically. For example in the city all signs are original signs from Aqaba: Falafel stand, motel, street signs, fish market and supermarket. In Aqaba is also a white mosque. In the desert Wadi Rum are camps where you can stay overnight and from where tours into the desert start. At certain seasons also crocuses grow in the desert. Saffron is obtained from these crocuses. What I didn’t see, when I was there, are the balloons of course, they are just decoration.

I enjoyed my visit, my short vacation in a foreign country, a lot. I learned a tiny little bit about culture and read about Petra, Souk and Wadi Rum, something I wouldn’t have done without my visit to little Jordan. In addition little Jordan offers outstanding backgrounds for taking pictures and camal riding (!).
Thank you for inviting me over Dya!

Landmark to Dya’s little Jordan
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Phantos/42/144/28
Dya’s Worlds flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/14737487@N22/

Diary 2021 (17) February 3rd/4th Shackle’s Club

After the return and release of Gwendi I was not in the right mood to play in Second Life. Mistress was absent during the day and hence I used some free time to make another simploring tour. That distracted me and was fun.
At night I first was alone with at home with Flo who was cleaning the house when I came inworld. With her hands and arms tied up in her armbinder corset she moves the brush and the duster with the pure power of her will – funny to watch! I updated the family calendar and the family clock (removed Gwendi). Then I played one greedy and one skipee with Flo first. As Mistress didn’t show up we while we played, we went to Carnal Intentions next. slave Zephaney joined us there and knelt quietly and obiently at my feet.

February 3rd: Flo cleaning with the power of her will / Diomita at Carnal Intentions with Flo and slave Zephaney

Finally Mistress came inworld shortly before flotime. We stayed at Carnal Intentions for a while, we both had private chats with Faye and Irene, then we left and went dancing at Runaround Sue’s Hop and finally went to Dark Butterfly. It was a quiet night, just the right for both of us.

February 3rd: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Carnal Intentions with Flo and slave Zephaney / at Runaround Sue’s Hop / at Dark Butterfly

I met Mistress again on Thursday, February 4th, in the afternoon. We made a tour through the clubs while we caught up with our news and had a few private chats with others. We were at Heavy Bondage Club, at Puerto Esclava and at Dark Butterfly.

February 4th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Heavy Bondage Club, at Puerto Esclava and at Dark Butterfly

We stayed quite long at Dark Butterfly as there were quite some new face and hence new profiles to read for us. One of these profile was from Miss Barbara Minx (barbaraswallows). It contained landmarks to her sim named Wild Things and to her fetish club named “Shackle’s“. Both are female only – men will be ejected. We decided to have a look and went to the fetish club “Shackle’s” first. On the upper floor of this club we found some gear, that we hadn’t seen before and Mistress and I tried it out. Mistress had fun with on chair there. It is made for M/f but some of the poses, in particular the solo poses are nice and unisex. While Mistress was occupied with something else, I got the chair on the marketplace and could gift it to her later at home – although I guess it will be mostly me being tied up on it *sighs and winks*.
Anyway we had fun kinkploring and might go back to this club again.

February 4th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Shackle’s and at home

Back home and after quickly trying out the chair, Mistress made me kiss her bum before she had to leave – she would not be inworld at night.

I had a quiet and relaxed night, that started with a skipee with Flo again. We went to Mesmerize DIngeon and to Carnal Intentions afterwards. At Carnal Intentions we had some enertainment as there was a bit of main chat. Faye came by and joined us there.
After Flo had left for bed, I took Faye to Dark Butterfly where we just talked – a nice and relaxed night 🙂

February 4th: Diomita at Mesmerize Dungeon, Carnal Intentions and Dark Butterfly with Flo and Faye

Art in Second Life 2021 (17) Khaos.Part 1 by Cherry Manga and JadeYu Fhang

On February 17th I visited La Maison d’Aneli where at night a new exhibition was going to be opened: Khaos.Part 1 by Cherry Manga and JadeYu Fhang.

I came across Cherry Manga’s and JadeYu Fhang’s artwork already a few times and reported about them. Last year I saw “Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang in 2020 (read here) and “Endometriosis” by Cherry Manga (read here). And I visited their art and music place ADreNaLin, that they own together.

Khaos.Part 1 at La Maison d’Aneli is really quite choatic, but in a positive sense. It consists of transparent and solid boxes, geometric object and oversized figures. These figures have in common that parts of them are in the state of disolving into small boxes or pieces. This style is very common for both artista. They like to play with the human figure, to change it and to use it for expressing their art. Most of the figures are static – but some are also moving.

Impressions of “Khaos.Part 1” by Cherry Manga and JadeYu Fhang (1)

When you walk through the boxes, on the transparent floor, you see all boxes moving and it’s hard to focus your view. You discover more figures within the choatic structure of boxes, and the structure is permanently changing. Don’t forget to switch your sound on, the technical, random sounds fit to this installation.

Impressions of “Khaos.Part 1” by Cherry Manga and JadeYu Fhang (2)

I couldn’t make out any specific move, but sometimes when you get close to a figure or step into a hole in the floor (it is transparent), your avatar gets shaken around like a ball, flips up and down, falls into the nothing and gets re-teleported to where the choatic movement began. What I noticed in addition is that you need sufficent time for your visit. The whole installation changes. New figures appear, others vanish. Sometimes there’s a well of small boxes that almost flood parts of the installation, sometimes there’s none. The boxes themselves change, sometimes they are just white, sometimes black, sometimes blac and while and grey.

Impressions of “Khaos.Part 1” by Cherry Manga and JadeYu Fhang (3)

New elements appear and dominate the installation… boxes or long poles .. or parts of the installation begin to rotate. You are admist the chaos! It is a really intriguing piece of art – and it is art that you can only experience in a virtual world like Second Life.

Impressions of “Khaos.Part 1” by Cherry Manga and JadeYu Fhang (4)

I did not find out a lot about the two artists.
JadeYu Fhang is in Second Life to almost 13 years. For another exhibtion she wrote 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.

Cherry Manga is in Second Life for over 14 years. I couldn’t find anything about Cherry, just that there is an own website where Cherry is characterized as VR-3D Artist (as if I didn’t know that by now *winks*).

Impressions of “Khaos.Part 1” by Cherry Manga and JadeYu Fhang (5)

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.
Thank you for enabling this facinating installation, Aneli. I enjoyed my visit.
Thank you Cherry and JadeYu for your art work.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/65/22
Cherry Manga’s website
https://cherryfrancogrid.wordpress.com/
Cherry Manga’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/42983210@N03/
JadeYu Fhang’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jadeyufhang
Landmark to ADreNaLin
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ADRENALINA/34/222/1954

Diary 2021 (16) February 1st/2nd The return and release of Gwendi

Monday, February 1st, was another quiet day for us in SL. I met with Mistress Jenny in the afternoon and we visited club Domme a Domme, Heavy Bondage Club and Puerto Esclava. Nothing at all happend, just Mistress and me chatting amoung us and a few unsolicited private chats. I even made just one picture (at club Domme a Domme).
My night began very nice as Mistress cared about my addiction and allowed me to lick her. It calmed me and made me feel better. We went shortly to club Domme a Domme again until Flo came inowrld and we returned home for our (almost usual) skipee game with her. Lucy (MissLucyWales) joined us and watched for a while. This time Flo had the best cards and won it. We took Flo and Lucy to Psi’s realm after the game.

February 1st: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at club Domme a Domme and at Psi’s realm with Flo and slave Lucy

As it was not that much going on at Psi’s realm – although it was full – I had the time to take a few pictures of Mistress and I made a quite good portrait picture of her. Well I think it is good, Mistress looks quite in charge on it, determined and strong-willed.

February 1st: Mistress Jenny Maurer

After Flo and Lucy had left for bed, Mistress and I went to Carnal Intentions shortly, just for a few minutes as Mistress had an early start the next day.

Tuesday, February 2nd, Mistress was not inworld during the day. I took the opportunity to visit a gallery and to make a longer simploring tour. That was fun.
At night, when Mistress came inworld, we played a skipee with Flo first. Ann came by and told us that she has had contact with Gwendi and that Gwendi were going to come inworld that night. As happy as we were that Gwendi is alive and doing well, we were also disappointed and confused that we hadn’t heard anything from her all these months. She had been away for more than 5 months and we hadn’t heard anything at all.
After the game we went to Carnal Intentions with Flo, but I couldn’t really focus, still disappointed and feeling strange. Then Gwendi came inworld and showed up at home. No IM, No hello, No “I missed you”, No sorry, No apology. We stayed at Carnal Intentions until flotime and returned home to bring Flo to bed. Gwendi was there with Ann at the landing point. We went seeing her and said hello. Gwendi told us that she had been seriously sick and had not been in the mood to come inworld until the day before.
I unlocked Gwendi’s collar, her cuffs and chastity belt and we said good night to Gwendi and Ann. Mistress had an early start the next day and it was time for her to go to bed.

February 2nd: Mistress Jenny and Diomita with Flo at Carnal Intentions / Gwendi

Simploring 2021 (7) Valium SL – MARFA

For my simploring tour on Tuesday, January 26th, I picked Valium SL – MARFA from scoop.it SL Destinations. The entry led to an entry of Susann Decuir “Neueröffnung: Valium SL- MARFA (Moderat)” (the post is in German). It attracted my immediate attention because of several issues: Firstly I visited often places created and/or owned by Vally Lavender (Valium Lavender), secondly Fred Hamilton, Lotus Mastroianni and Sofie Janic built the sim, and thirdly the published picture reminded me of “Kun-Tei-Ner”, another place that was built by Fred Hamilton (frecoi) and Lotus Mastroianni (read here).

In addition I visited Marfa, Texas, already in Second Life back in 2017 (read here) and had done some research.
Marfa was founded in the early 1880s as a railroad water stop. The town was named “Marfa” at the suggestion of the wife of a railroad executive. The Marfa Army Airfield served as a training facility for several thousand pilots during World War II. It was closed 1945. Marfa has a population of about 2,000 people, hence it is really small.

Impressions of Marfa, Texas (source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marfa,_Texas)

Today, Marfa is a tourist destination and a major center for Minimalist art. Attractions include Building 98, the Chinati Foundation, artisan shops, historical architecture, a classic Texas town square, modern art installments, art galleries, and the Marfa lights. The city is also 37 miles (60 km) from Prada Marfa, a pop art exhibit, which might be the most photographed and visited site in Marfa. The area around Marfa is known as a cultural center for contemporary artists and artisans. In 1971, minimalist artist Donald Judd moved to Marfa from New York City. Since Judd’s death in 1994, two foundations have worked to maintain his legacy: the Chinati Foundation and Judd Foundation. Every year the Chinati Foundation holds an open house event where artists, collectors, and enthusiasts come from around the world to visit Marfa’s art (Source: wikipedia).

As mentioned above Valium SL – MARFA is built on a full moderate region owned by by Vally Lavender (Valium Lavender). Fred Hamilton, Lotus Mastroiani und Sofie Janic have rebuilt Marfa quite realisitc. You recognize the buildings, the art and the weiredness of this place in Texas, art in the middle of nothing. No wonder that many people visit it nowadays.

Valium SL – MARFA: Bird eye view and orientation map

The landing is admist the town center next to the fire department. If you zoom out, you can see how in the middle of nothing Marfa is located. Close to the landing point is a Motel, a garage and a gas station. And right across the street is one of the largest buildings, the “Empty Chair Gallery”. I visited the gallery first before further exploring Valium SL – MARFA.

Impressions of Valium SL – MARFA (1): around the landing

In the Empty Chair Gallery Vally showcases pictures that she had collected. All pictures are about empty chairs: “I felt that the ’empty chair’ in most cases created the emotion of being lonely, sad, or waiting, and wanting from the observer. They seemed to ask the same question over again and that is “Do you feel what I am feeling about my empty chair?” And often time the chairs instilled a sense of happiness, knowing perhaps, that soon someone would occupy their empty chair.”
The pictures exhibited right now at the Empty Chair Gallery are from Adam Cayden, Cecilia Nansen, D e F o e, Duna Gant, GlitterPrincess Destiny, Key Monk, Loegan Magic, Powder Grau, Samyi Basevi, Sander Sunborne, Shawn Shakespeare, Sunset Theas and Venicio Armin,

Impressions of Valium SL – MARFA (2): The Empty Chair Gallery

After visiting the gallery, I first explored the little town. There’s a lot to discover and I didn’t see all. Close to the residential area is a nice flower store and I saw an antiques store, both decorated with love for details. The largest building in town is the countyhouse. It was built fitting the original building in Marfa, Tx.

Impressions of Valium SL – MARFA (3): countyhouse, flower store, antiques store

In the residential area you find several house, some of them were still empty duing my visit but that might have changed in the meanwhile. Between two houses closer to the town I found a nice little court to sit and enjoy. Also quite close to thre residentail area is Thor’s Café & Bar. I recommend that you have a look inside. The decoration is outstanding. I think these little details make Valium SL – MARFA so particular. For example you find a wardrobe in the form of a cactus.

Impressions of Valium SL – MARFA (4): Residential area and Thor’s Café & Bar

The visitors and I assume in particular those who visit the Marfa Lights Festial live in a seperate camp in containers, in tents and caravans. In the center of the site is an event area. really amazing is the the gate to the site has exactly the same form and symbol as in real life. The containers did remind me of “Kun-Tei-Ner” (read here). I didn’t have the time to go into every tent or container but they are furnished and I bet there’s also a lot to see. If you get hungry after all what is to see at Valium SL – MARFA you can take a break at the bbq stand right next between the camp and the Lights building.

Impressions of Valium SL – MARFA (5): containers, tents and caravans and the bbq stand

The “Lights-Building” is another landmark of Marfa, Tx. in RL. It has a pertciluar egg form and daylight just comes through a small gap in the ceiling. The entrance and the exit are built in a waythat avoids any light coming it. Marfa is renown for its art. And you find it spreaded around the town. There’s the renown Prafa store, a care on a concrete box, a large board showing James Dean (I think at least) next to a scaffold in the middle of nothing

Impressions of Valium SL – MARFA (6): Lights building, Prafa and other art

And finally there is art spread on ranch land, many boxes and cubes made of concrete, iglus, and inbetween grazing cattle, quite weired.

Impressions of Valium SL – MARFA (7): Art and cattle, the railroad

I was impressed of my first visit. Fred Hamilton (frecoi), Lotus Mastroiani, Sofie Janic and Vally Lavender (Valium Lavender) created a really outstanding place. I enjoyrd seeing Marfa, Tx. again. In these days and age where you can only travel virtually it was a feast for me. A big thank you to all who were and are involved in realizing Valium SL – MARFA.

Landmark to Valium SL – MARFA
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ValiumSL/179/131/59
Valium group flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/groups/valium/
Vally Lavender (Valium Lavender)’s flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vally-lavender/
Susann Decuir “Neueröffnung: Valium SL- MARFA (Moderat)”
https://mein-zweites-leben.blogspot.com/2021/01/neueroeffnung-valiumsl-marfa-moderat.html

Diary 2021 (15) January 30th/31st A quiet and relaxed weekend

Mistress Jenny and I spent two quiet and relaxed hours Suaturday afternoon, January 30th. We went to Puerto Esclava, to Dark Butterfly and to Carnal Intentions. Most of our time we were at Dark Butterfly as there were many people we haven’t seen before and hence it was quite entertaining – and there was some main chat going on to listen to as well.

January 30th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Puerto Esclava, Dark Butterfly and Carnal Intentions

Our night began slowly. We first spent half an hour at club Domme a Dome and returned home then for a game of skipee with Flo and Angelique. Angelique was wearing a very nice maid dress when she joined us. She had been modeling for Barbara Reiter-Jewell (Barbara Reiter) and will wear this maid dress when she serves drinks at the opening of a new exhibtion of Barbara. I hope that I can make it to the opening.
After the game we went to Carnal Intentions and we had an entertaining hour together there as there was some main chat going on and we were teased and teased back an “Aunt” there. After Flo and AAngelique had left, Mistress was up for some danger. She locked my arms behind my back and lefft the keys out, then she locked herself and left the keys out and summoned me to club Domme a Domme. Mistress tied to initiate some main cat, but it can’t be forced. She then took me to Puerto Esclava. But we had no success there either and went to bed finally.

January 30th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at club Domme a Domme, at Carnal Intentions with Flo and Angelique, at club Domme a Domme and Puerto Esclava seeking trouble

Sunday, January 31st, I visited the second part of “American Shot” by Milena Carbone at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery in the morning (read about it here). While I visited I had a private chat with Kitty. She was doing well and enjoyed to wind down in Second Life, at least that morning she hadn’t found any trouble yet. I met Kitty later at the Dairy K Ranch (read about the ranch also here) where she was visiting 971DA (Dana Drezelan). The hucow has a new stall, most probably she wouldn’t fit into her old stall anymore as she got even fatter. 971DA was absent during our visit to her. She can get fatter and milked even when she’s absent *winks*. Kitty and I had fun exchanging about our news and chit-chatting about hucows and the ranch.

January 31st: Diomita and Kitty at Bairy K Ranch visiting 971DA (Dana Drezelan)

Sunday afternoon I spent with Mistress Jenny mostly at cub Domme a Domme just talking and watching. We went home after an hour and met Angelique and Flo, who were playing skipee. When they had finished shortly after we arrived, Angelique had to leave and we just played a greedy with FLo who had to leave also … and it was the time we had to tend to our RL too.

Our night was quite and enjoyable. It started with a really quick skipee. Sometimes the cards are mixed for one, in this case for me. I couldn’t even prevent winning it. We went to Carnal Intentions with Flo in her new outfit and we spent most of the night there with Flo and Faye. We chatted a lot with both. Irene joined us shorty and I unlocked her chastity belt as she told me it was spoiling her fun. We’re not inworld to spoil anyone’s fun. Before Mistress and I went to bed we visited club Domme a Domme again for a bit – hence the picture fore Sunday night begins with us at club Domme a domme and it ends with it.

January 31st: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at club Domme a Domme and with Flo and Faye at Carnal Intentions

Art in Scond Life 2012 (16) “Mind the Gap” by Awesome Fallen

I got an invitation for the opening of “Mind the Gap” by Awesome Fallen at the White Pavillon of The Itakos Project and Art Gallery. I went there the other day.

“Mind the Gap” is about “the “difference”, which divides us but which is also a great opportunity for sharing and enrichment.” It concerns all areas of life, “between male and female, between peoples, ethnic groups, religions, where you can observe the differences, feel the disparities, suffer from disagreement.” This dichotomy is “always present in the individual, is possible in every person” – and we should accept it.

“see difference”
“feel disparity”
“find divergence”
“fight depression”
“accept diversity”
(taken from the accompanying notecard)

I did not come across Awesome Fallen so far. She’s in SL for 11 years and her profile does not give away much of her: “…… just another wave in the ocean …….”. Awesome has a flickr page tough with a lot of followers and I can understand why. Every single picture shown at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery is intriguing, invites you to take a closer look and to comprehend what Awsome wants to express or to make up your own story to the picture. As much as “Mind the gap” is about difference between people, even within a single person or even within ourself, it also showcases a broad variety of styles and artistic possibilities of expression.

There’s also a short promo video featuring “Mind the gap” by Awesome Fallen (2 min)

Thank you Akim for providing your space for the art, The Itakos Project and Art Gallery. Thank you Awesome for this great exhibtion.

Landmark to Itakos Project WHITE Pavilion
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/182/214/1009
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/
AWESOME FALLEN “MIND THE GAP” on Itakos website
http://itakos.it/index.php/2021/01/25/awesome-fallen-mind-the-gap/
Promo video “Mind the gap” by Awesome Fallen
http://itakos.it/video/awesome.mp4
Awesome Fallen’s flickr page
http://www.flickr.com/photos/awesomefallen/

Diary 2021 (14) January 28th/29th Nauru’s independence

Thursday, January 28th, I met with Mistress in the afternoon. We caught up quickly and went seeing Faye, who was grounded at our island. She was in the house but absent. Mistress and I went to Carnal Intention and after some attempts I succeeded to force-tp Faye to us. slave Lucy (MissLucyWales) joined Mistress, Faye and me. We chatted amoung us mostly for half an hour, then Mistress had to leave early into her RL and Lucy followed her soon after. I stayed with Faye and spent another half hour just talking with her.

January 28th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Carnal Intentions with slave Lucy and Faye

I had another relaxed night. Mistress Jenny was not inworld. I played a skipee with Flo, who let me wein *winks*. I took Flo to Dark Butterfly where I spent the night with her, slave Melissa and Faye. slave Melissa danced for me and the other guests. And I played with Fayes restrictions and restraints making her focused on me. Later also a friend of Faye, Gwen Drammons (dstross) sat next to us and teased Faye … well, I guess she was trying to give Faye a pretext to tie her up soon.

January 28th: Diomita at Dark Butterfly with Flo, slave Melissa, Faye and Gwen Drammond (dstross) / lower right shows Faye’s restricted view on me and Gwen

I met Mistress Jenny again in the afternoon on Friday, January 29th. We caught up quickly with our news then met Flo and Faye who both were present on our sim. We took the to Psi’s realm where we met Amalia (Amalia Illios). Amalia looked great once again. I just like her appearance as an older vamp. We had fun as also another sub joined us, MicaBurton. I had a short roleplay with her a few weeks ago and Amalia and I teased her until she left. Another (tied up and wrapped in latex) guest sent me two pictures of us. Thank you, Dolly (Jamiee Cloquet). And after Flo and Amalia had left, Mistress Jenny and I went to Carnal Intentions for a bit with Faye before we logged out to tend to our RL.

January 29th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Psi’s realm with Amalia Illios, Faye, Flo and MicaBurton and at Carnal Intentions with Faye. The 2 pictures in the middle were taken by Dolly (Jamiee Cloquet)

Oh … and Mistress and I talked about a theme for our Friday night party: “It is Friday again and a particular weekend. 52 years ago our twin island Nauru declared independence. So join us in celebration and wear something in their national colours (look it up: Blue and Yellow) or come as you are to party with us. DJ Virgo is spinning the tunes.”

Nothing more to add, we had fun starting our weekend.

January 29th – Friday night party: Mistress Jenny, Diomita, Flo, Ebony, Faye, Laura (laura00175), Claven (upper row), Della Randt, Starbright Wingtips, Sara (SaraRandall), Zarra Fluffpaw, Claire (maddh4tt3r), Talos (Talosborn), Virgo dressed and topless

Art in Second Life 2021 (15) Ambre Singh Gallery at Noir’Wen City

I was invited for Sunday, January 1th, to attend the opening of another new gallery at Noir’Wen City – The Ambre Singh Gallery. I know Ambre Singh’s art from my visit to her gallery back in July 2020 (read here) and of course I was curious. It seems that Noir’Wen City develops more and more to a colony of artists, besides being an adult place, a vivid big town, a place for fairs and events and for taking pictures.

Ambre told me later that she had abandoned her land and that Noir’Wen City is the new home of her main gallery. As Ambre is a member of the Noir’Wen City team that makes perfectly sense and Ambre selected a fitting spot. The new Ambre Singh Gallery is located right next to the Pink Dildo Museum.

The Ambre Singh Gallery at Noir’Wen City

Right at the entrance into the gallery is a quote of Ambre written on the wall, it’s kind of her motto “Art is my soul masturbation. I do it for myself, but others can watch” … funny and true!
The gallery is located in a large old warehouse and has two floors. The walls are used to showcase Ambre’s pictures – and she made many pictures! On the ground floor are mostly erotic fun pictures. Ambre has a great sense of humor. I guess I grinned all the times when I visited. Oh my god, she has wit!

Ambre Singh’s erotic art with wit

The second floor shows showcases Ambre’s SL pictures featuring herself in different situations and environment, And there’re some of Ambre’s “fake-pictures”, as I named them for myself. She made pictures of herself in the style of other painters, like da Vinci or Salvatore Dali. You recognize the style immediately but of course it is not Dali or da Vinci.

Ambre Singh’s erotic art with wit / Ambre portrayed by Dali and by da Vinci (28)

On the second floor is also an area with a rezzer. with 13 different scences, the “Rumi slideshow” and 9 picture collections. The picture collections consist of 4 picture collections with portraits “Ambre seen by” and 5 picture collection called “Great Painters”. In the “Great Painters” collections Ambre copied the style of other painters and made her own pictures in their style. I rezzed two of them, yet I didn’t know the artists she interpreted. Luckily Ambre provides exceprts from Wikipedia from them. The two painters I saw were William-Adolphe Bourguereau and Herbert James Draper.

Ambre Singh’s Scene Rezzer / Great Painters – William-Adolphe Bourguereau and Herbert James Draper

Most of the 13 scenes in the rezzer area were already shown at Ambre’s old gallery, some are new though. This time I had a look at “Lustiver”, a scene in which Ambre transfers the Gulliver saga in her erotic way with many naked female liliputian SL avatars tieing Gulliver up. Looking at Gulliver’s hard-on, he seems to be enjoying.

Ambre Singh’s “Lustiver”

I also had a look at “Tits stories”, a scene which deals the the fetish of breasts in many different aspects. I still have some more scenes to look at for a next visit.

Ambre Singh’s “Tits stories”

The Rumi-slideshow is a complex artwork in itself, that I saw already at the old gallery. But now Ambre explained a bit more what it is about. Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, short Rumi, was a 13th-century Persian Sunni Muslim poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian and Sufi mystic. Rumi’s poems have been widely translated into many languages. Ambre started in 2010 to make pictures illustrating quotes of Rumi. The collection is finished now and contains 100 illustrations that are shown in a slideshow. I admit, Rumi was way ahead of his time, he even had a quote fitting to Second Life and Amber illustrated that very well: “I am not this hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within”

Ambre Singh’s “The Rumi Slideshow”

Ambre Singh is in Second Life for over 13 years. She writes about herself:
It is your mind that creates this world”, said Buddha. All you do in SL will subtly change you and others in all worlds. So in my life and art, I thrive to add my spice, beauty and love.
My images tell stories. I set up scenes in SL, or I mix worlds… If the harvest is good, I make an exhibition. Sometimes, I photograph people of character in SL or in studio, trying to express the life and soul of the beings and places.
Colorful or discrete, tender or erotic, sometimes silly, often ironical, my images are never politically correct nor vulgar.

Last but not least, don’t forget to grab the gift box at the entrance of Ambre Singh’s gallery. It contains two of Ambre’s pictures.
Anything else? Yes – Ambre Singh runs her own website with a lot more information. And she also has a flickr account. Have a look.

Landmark to Ambre Singh Gallery at Noir’Wen City
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/47/126/3522
Ambre Singh’s website
https://ambresingh.ch/
Ambre Singh’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ambre-singh/

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