Art in Second Life (61) Anima – A Retrospective on Photography by Akim Alonzo

I was invited to attend the opening of the exhibtion “Anima – A Retrospective on Photography” by Akim Alsonzo at Kondor Art Center on June 25th. I visited the day after….

The exhibition is shown at the main building of the Kondor Art Center. As the name implies, it features a broad variety of Akim’s artwork. The gallery building has 2 floors and offers quite a lot of space for displaying. In the center at the staircase is a picture frame where the pictures showcased in this exhibition are displayed as a slideshow with smooth fading transisitons.

Anima – A Retrospective on Photography” by Akim Alonzo at Kondor Art Center

I came across Akim Alonzo in 2019 the first time, when his art was featured at La Maison d’Aneli (read here). And I had seen some of the pictures shown at “Anima – A Retrospective on Photography” already there. These pictures are loosely based on the cult movie “The Matrix”. A metaphor for a world of people trapped in a simulated, virtual reality that has many aspects in common with the Secondlife world. And most of them have surrealistic elements.

Impressions of “Anima – A Retrospective on Photography” by Akim Alonzo (1)

Akim Alonzo’s other passion are portraits. Most of them are in black and white or monochrome. Akim succeeds to capture the expression of a face, the soul, at least something that makes the spectator build a story to the portrait. He selects the background very thought fully, so that it doesn’t distract from the portrait but combines and eneases building a story.

Akim Alonzo is a traveller and photographer and has a passion for art. He’s the owner, artistic director, and curator of his “Itakos Project and Art Gallery“. And he has an own website.

Impressions of “Anima – A Retrospective on Photography” by Akim Alonzo (2)

The Kondor gallery is owned and curated by Hermes Kondor. Thank you Hermes for enabling this exhibtion. I enjoyed my visit a lot.

“Anima – A Retrospective on Photography” by Akim Alonzo
at Kondor Art Center
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Waka/212/136/2419
Landmark to The Itakos Project and Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/177/192/1011
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/

Art in Second Life 2021 (52) Golden by Paola Mills

I was invited to see the latest exhibition at Itakos Art Gallery. The exhibition is named “Golden” and is shown in the BLACK Pavillion. “Golden” is an exhibtion of around 30 pictures by Paola Mills. It extends over 2 floors.

I came across Paola Mills just lately again when I visited the GenovArt Glass Gallery (read here).
Paola Mills joined Second Life in 2007. For her it became a niche of creativity.
Paola writes about her work:
I’m not a professional photographer in RL, but I do like to make pictures when I see something I like, for instance a person or a situation. That’s why I always carry a small camera with me in my bag.
Second Life has allowed me to develop, without the need for powerful means, my emotionalism: i.e. catch the moment of a specific feeling into simple shots; stills that stop time for a few seconds.

Examples of “Golden” by Paola Mills at Itakos Art Gallery (1)

Unlike many artists in the Metaverse my photos are handicraft, as I use minimum graphic editing software. This is not by choice but by inability to use them. Had I more time RL, I could learn, but unfortunately I don’t.
I look upon myself as an end user of Second Life, taking advantage of the ability of creators who know how to give reality to the bodies of the avatars and those who know how to give motion by the use of poses. I merged these two aspects, a study of body language of a human body.
I hope that my photographs can be a stimulus of irony, emotions and feelings and that these photographs go beyond a Simple observation of the photograph itself.

I don’t know why Paola choose the “Golden” for her exhibition at Itakos Art Gallery. There’re golden 3D art objects on the ground floor of the exhibtion, that might have inspired the name. I like the subtitle “A journey into the art of a dreamer” way more as it fits to the showcased pictures. On the ground floor you see pictures that are more related to short dreams, just as when you close your eyes, releax and think of someone or something. I like in particular the 2 pictures showing a female stretched eagled in one pictures with endless fields in the background (I think I know the place where it was taken) and in the other at a beach with a lighthouse as background.

Examples of “Golden” by Paola Mills at Itakos Art Gallery (2)

The pictures on the second floor are mostly more fantasy related, as it happens when you dream, some are sci-fi related, some are surreal and some others I can’t categorize, but all of them are intriguing and invite the spectator to immerse deeper into the captured moment or situation.

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo. Thank you Akim for enabling “Golden” by Paola Mills. I enjoyed my visit and I enjoyed Paola Mills’ art, thank you.
“Golden” by Paola Mills in the BLACK Pavillion at Itakos Art Gallery should be open for visitors at least until end of June.

Landmark to Itakos Art Gallery BLACK Pavilion
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/183/171/1009
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/
Golden by Paola Mills promo video
http://itakos.it/video/GoldenPromo.mp4

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/

Art in Scond Life 2020 (82) Not Square by nekonuko Nakamori

On Saturday, November 28th, the exhibtion “Not Square” by nekonuko Nakamori was opened at the Black Pavillion of the Itakos Art Gallery. I visited the exhibtion on Monday, November 30th.
Not Square” seems to be a strange title, that alone tempted me to visit just to learn more about it. In addition I haven’t heard about nekonuko Nakamori before.

The exhibtion is quite large and what caught my eyes was that the showcased pictures are quite large and …. no surprise, not square. Quite close to the entrance is just one sigle squared picture, the one that is also used in the center of the exhibtion poster. The squared picture at the exhibition provides a notecard with a little bit more information:

NOT SQUARE by nekonuko Nakamori
If you know what I mean, all my Flickr pics are just square. I love that format so much. But sometimes there is definitely a voice in my heart that wants to be wider more. This time, Akim has given me a opportunity of a new challenge. So, I discovered new enjoyment for creating works, and had a great experience.

Of course I now had a look at nekonuko’ Flickr page first. And yes all of her pictures published there are squared. They all show impressions of nekonuku’s tours through the wide universe of Second Life. The pictures have one in common, they all show nekonuku herself, be it as a portrait or just as a dot in a wide and broad environment. Seeing many of the squared pictures you get a feeling of nekonuku’s very own style of pictures.

a snapshot from nekonuko’ Flickr page

Back to the exhibition “Not Square” at the Itakos Art Gallery. nekonuku has not just left her favourite format a little bit. No, the pictures are really wide or high. And that extends the view. In the wide pictures the landscape looks almost endless, and nekonuku shrinks to a dot admiring the world around her pictures. The some effect can be seen in a picture where she walks along bit boards in the town.

Impressions of Not Square by nekonuko Nakamori at The Itakos Art Gallery (1)

The high formats a selfies and here nekonuku plays with the format, never showing her body and face completely.

Impressions of Not Square by nekonuko Nakamori at The Itakos Art Gallery (2)

As mentioned above, I never came across nekundo so far. Her artful pictures did touch me and made me get deeper into them, looking longer at them, made me spin some stories they could possible tell. Well done, great work.

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo. Actually it is a place for arts with 7 exhibition rooms or pavillons: White, Black, Grey, Blue, Orange, Purple, Green Pavillion. There’s also a website where new exhibtions are announced.
Thank you Akim for enabling the exhibition “Not Square” by nekonuko Nakamori. Thank you nekondo for your art.
I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Itakos Art Gallery BLACK Pavilion
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/183/171/1009
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/
nekonuko Nakamori’s Flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nekonuko/

Art in Second Life 2020 (73) Memories of a Foreign Reality

I visited Etamae and Imaginary Footprints (01Matthew10)’s exhibtion “Memories of a Foreign Reality” at the white pavillion at Itakos Project Art Gallery.

In the accompanying notecard the artists describe the background of this exhibtion:
Memories of a foreign reality`s main thought is based on the struggles and feelings of disconnection of the individual.

Back in the 60`s and 70`s there was a need to raise this individualism as the holy grail. We evolved the individual to the highest goal, and now we see the result.
Millions of confused minds are searching for a hold. Entangled in political and economical strategies. The American dream, or the possibility of being a important person on the world wide web has given us a tenuous hold, a fragile rope that can easily be severed.
Populism, preachers, industry each have their play with us. We are living in interesting times of change.
The soul… a character in a context… equal to others… seem to be forgotten. but it is there… it suffers… and it tries to be seen.

“Memories of a Foreign Reality” by Etamae and Imaginary Footprints at Itakos Project Art Gallery (1)

The bringing together of two artists who not only admire each other as photographers but as people was a journey that culminated with Memories of a Foreign Reality.
Merging both photography and ideas resulted in some interesting work that evolved as it was passed back and forth until each was content with their own perception of each piece.

The pictures are all in black and white. They consist of several layers, and some seem to be put together like puzzles. You recognize fragments and pieces in these pictures, often faces, sometimes there’s another photograph peeking through. Most of them convey fear and lonliness, at least for me. The soul is something we can’t grab, maybe the last secret of human beings, if the soul exists. As always everybody does see different things in pictures, everybody makes up different stories. As far as I understood the notecard, the pictures were exchanged between Etamae and Imaginary Footprints, they added and changed them individually until they both were content with the result, until both saw their message conveyed. In this sense the pictures are even more intriguing, there might be two souls, two messages fighting to inspire the spectator.
I like the complexity of these pictures and the many possible interpretations.

“Memories of a Foreign Reality” by Etamae and Imaginary Footprints at Itakos Project Art Gallery (2)

I have come across Etamae quite often this year already. Etamae is from the UK and began transforming her pictures from the things she has seen and loved in Second Life into something else, in digital art in 2018. Etamae is not defined by just one style or area of art, she plays with different patterns and tries herself out in a broader spectrum of art. And the exhibition at Itakos Project Art Gallery is no exception. Again she tried out something new.
You can also find her pictures at her flickr page.

“Memories of a Foreign Reality” by Etamae and Imaginary Footprints at Itakos Project Art Gallery (3)

I didn’t find out much about Imaginary Footprints (01Matthew10), who’s art I saw the first time. He’s in Second Life for almost 4 years and looking up his profile reveals just that he likes philosophical texts. He has a flickr page where you can see more of his pictures – unchanged and not processed by Etamae.

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo. Actually it is a place for arts with four pavillions on two floors and one sky platform. There’s also a website where new exhibtions are announced.

Landmark to Itakos Project Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/182/214/1009
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/
Etamae’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/people/157802675@N08/
Imaginairy Footprints flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/164888130@N04/

Art in Second Life 2020 (64) Space Oddity by Caly Applewhyte

I got an invitation to attend the openin of “Space Oddity by Caly Applewhyte” on Friday night, October 9th at Itakos Art Gallery. As we have our own party at the same time, I couldn’t attend. But I went there shortly before and peeked in.

I grabbed a notecard that is a very good description of this exhibition by Caly Applewhyte:
Caly Applewhyte (Calypso Applewhyte) is a talented artist at creating images that start from portrait as a genre, but expand to narrate something more like a scenic setting. Subjects always somehow artificial, or perhaps protected, by metal prostheses and partial masks, which speak to us of a sort of fragility, a need to cover or mix the virtual appearance of an avatar in a dream dimension, a journey suspended in time and in space. So when we talked about this exhibition, looking for inspiration, we discovered the common passion for far and deep space, and for David Bowie’s music. The reference came immediate and simultaneous to both: Space Oddity. The solitary adventure of a human being floating in deep space speaks to us of alienation and feeling alone, of the search for safety in the difficult situations of life.
With this inspiration, Caly’s photos tell us a story of a character suspended and floating in her own dream universe, but who also has a deep gaze to look at us.
“Planet Earth is blue, and there’s nothing I can do”.
Enjoy Caly Applewhyte’s Emotional Space Trip.

Akim Alonzo
Itakos Project Curator

“Space Oddity” by Caly Applewhyte (1)

Calypso Applewhyte is a SL Photographer from France, who joined SL in 2010. Her focus is the avatar itself as a means of expression to transport emotions. She processes her pictures with Photoshop.

“Space Oddity” by Caly Applewhyte (2)

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo. Actually it is a place for arts with 7 exhibition rooms or pavillons: White, Black, Grey, Blue, Orange, Purple, Green Pavillion. There’s also a website where new exhibtions are announced.

Landmark to Itakos Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/183/171/1009
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/

Art in Second Life 2020 (52) Itakos Art Gallery – 2020 Summer Collection

Since July 30th, the Itakos Art Gallery presents the “2020 Summer Collection” with a collective of talented artists selected from the Soul Portraits – Itakos Flickr group. In total there’re 33 photos with 15 different flavors and style. The exhibtion is in the Black Pavillion.
The featured artists are: Angelika Corral, ARnnO PLAneR, Aver Osk, Caly Applewhyte, ChimKami, David Silence, Joy De’Leon, Moonedembaum, Naiike Pani, Ooxooi, Paola Mills, Poupée Anna, Roberta Barineaux, Tralala Loordes, and Vallys Baxter.

Exhibition poster of Itakos Art Gallery – 2020 Summer Collection

Avatars in Second Life don’t grow old, something most of us do appreciate. Actually all stay between 20 and 30 years old, all have beautiful faces with no wrinkles and many have perfect bodies. What differs is the the haircut, some facial details be it the eyes, the eybrows, the length of the nose, the form of the mouth and chin and yes also the body. But still, most look beautiful and young.

Itakos Art Gallery – 2020 Summer Collection: Naike Pani, Angelika Corral, Paola Mills

That said, portraits taken in Second Life show beautiful people. And we like looking into and at beautiful faces. Hence many pictures (also my own) taken in Second Life are portraits or close-up’s. Akim founded a flickr group for portraits named “Soul Portraits – Itakos Art Gallery“, where people can contribute their best portrait pictures. In the meanwhile there’re almost 400 members in this group and over 7.700 (!) pictures had been uploaded.
There are certain rules:
– The focus is on expression and emotions transmitted by avatars and photographers.
– The group has a partnership with the Itakos Art Gallery in Second Life.
– The raw pictures have to be taken in Second Life
– The pictures may not be just a pure (raw) snapshot. As opposed to the photos must be elaborated and interpretated by the artist.
– The pictures are evaluated and accepted in the group at the discretion of group admin.

Itakos Art Gallery – 2020 Summer Collection: Tralala Loordes, Vallys Baxter

The “2020 Summer Collection” shows a very small selection of the 7.700 pictures of the group. All 33 pictures prove that people in Second Life are beautiful. But they also prove that you can make your face and avatar look very individual. The portraits also tell a story by the background, by the facial expression, the viewing angle, by the light choosen, the hair style, the view, the jewelery and by the way the protrait is presented. You can loose yourself while looking at them.

Itakos Art Gallery – 2020 Summer Collection: Caly Applewhyte, ChimKami, Moonedembaum, Ooxooi, Roberta Barineaux

Some of the artists did ring a bell as I wrote abouth them before, like Angelika Corral, Caly Applewhyte or Tralala Loordes. But most of the featured artists were new for me. I’m pretty sure that I will see more of them.

Itakos Art Gallery – 2020 Summer Collection: ARnnO PLAneR, Aver Osk, David Silence, Joy De’Leon, Poupée Anna

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo. Actually it is a place for arts with 7 exhibition rooms or pavillons: White, Black, Grey, Blue, Orange, Purple, Green Pavillion. There’s also a website where new exhibtions are announced.
Thank you Akim for the 2020 Summer Collection. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Itakos Art Gallery BLACK Pavilion
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/183/171/1009
“Soul Portraits – Itakos Art Gallery” Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/soulportraits/
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/

Art in Second Life 2020 (42) Bunkers are Us by Kaiju Kohime

I visited “Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime, an installation presented at the Green pavilion platform 1 at Itakos Project Art Gallery.

All of us need shelter. It can be a house, a tent, a church. But the past few decades we have increasingly isolated ourselves from others in ever more fortified houses with increasing security and locks. Because of the the increasing amount of threats that are bestowed upon us, like wars, climate change, exponential population growth and fast spreading diseases we have become less confident in our fellow human beings. We have retreated behind concrete masks, concrete skins, concrete bunkers.”
(taken from the accompanying notecard)

You can get to the installation “Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime either per direct teleport or by using the elevator to the platform 1 from the green pavilion at Itakos Project Art Gallery. The installation consists of several modern buildings arranged in a circle. The ground and the landscape remember of a golf course with bunkers, yet the ground is not green but made of sand like a big golf course bunker.

“Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime – Green pavilion platform 1 at Itakos Project Art Gallery – overview

The most dominant building is a church or cathedral with a concrete inner building while the outer walls and the two steeples are made of a scaffold. At the entrances to the buildings arms reach out from the ground like cries for help, the entrances themselves are narrow and often it is not easy to get in. Some animated and unanimated figures guard the entrances, static butterflies are in the air. It is a quite bizarre environment, scaring not at the first glance but on the second.

Impressions of “Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime at Itakos Project Art Gallery (1)

And inside? Some buildings contain just a red animated object that could be a beating heart. One building has books and (brocken) violins inside as if even the culture and art is imprisoned and hard to get.
The cathedral has a dead figure on the ground and an head and two arms at the altar side. Hence if you follow the cries for help and step inside the religious room you might end up as a dead body as well – but that is only my interpretation.

Impressions of “Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime at Itakos Project Art Gallery (2)

One building has another dead body lieing on the ground together with an overturned pushchair, there are some red roses and a text on the wall:

1 The world is everything that is the case.
1.1 The world is the totality of facts, not of things.
1.11 The world is determined by the facts,
and by these being all the facts.
1.12 For the totality of facts determines both what is the case,
and also all that is not the case.
1.13 The facts in logical space are the world.
1.2 The world divides into facts.
1.21 Any one can either be the case or not be the case,
and everything else remain the same.

L. Wittgenstein – TLP (1922)

Our last shelter is our skin. We hide inside our skin. But not only are we fortifying our houses, are we not becoming bunkers ourselves as well?
(taken from the accompanying notecard)

Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime is a very thoughtfully made installation that inspries to think about us and how we try to protect us and suffer because humans are social beings. By protecting us we also destroy ourselves to some extent.

Impressions of “Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime at Itakos Project Art Gallery (3)

Konrad Van Arbenlow (kaiju kohime) is in Second Life since 2007. He soon began creating with prims, until working with sculpts and mesh. He makes trees and landscape objects – and artful installations.
I first came across him when I visited “The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr.S” at Itakos Project Art Gallery (read here). Konrad provided some of the objects that were used in this installation.
You can see more of Konrad’s art on his flickr page.

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo with the assistance of Violet Boa. Actually it is a place for arts with 7 exhibition rooms or pavillons: White, Black, Grey, Blue, Orange, Purple, Green Pavillion. There’s also a website where new exhibtions are announced.

Landmark directly to Green pavilion platform 1 at Itakos Project Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/183/180/1327
Landmark to Itakos Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/173/191/1009
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/
Konrad Van Arbenlow (kaiju.kohime)’s flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/186234973@N05/

Art in Second Life 2020 (25) The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr. S.

I had a bit of spare time Monday, May 11th, and decided to visit the Itakos Project and Art Gallery and to see “The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr. S.“.

The Magical Rooms” is an installation of 4 different rooms, two of them are at the Itakos Project and Art Gallery and two others are located in the skies of Obscure Desires, an adult homestead sim owned by Maloe Vansant. You start your visit at the Itakos Project and Art Gallery. It is recommended to set your windlight to “midnight”, to switch on “sun/moon and projectors”, to switch sound on and music off before your go to the first room.

Room one contains a marine setting. The room has no windows, the walls are of grey stone, nothing distracts from the single scene that is installed at the end of the room and lightend by a spotlight. Three chairs invite to sit down and watch. But what is it? A barbwire fence and colourful jelly fishes, red blue yellw and purple. The spotlight and the shadows liven up the scene the jelly fishs contract and expand. You see the water, the beach but no sun, no wind, no clouds and you hear the rushing sea. The colours and light with the simple grey background has something magic.

“The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr. S.” – Room 1

To continue your visit you have to use the green bicycle in front of the room. Room 2 is again a simple room with no windows, instead of a door there’s a curtain of chains. The room is brightly lightened by several moving spotlights. Lying dolls suspended by chains hoover in the room. It took a while for me that all dolls are the same, some are of dark colour though. All wear blindfolds. There’s a chair to sit down and watch how the spotlights change the focus and the shadows, you hear the noise of chains, of opening doors. It is a bizzare scene, scaring to some extent and at the same time peaceful.

“The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr. S.” – Room 2

Room 3 is also bizarre and it is again installed in a room without any window. It’s full inside, full of bats. In one corner is a tree that almost fills the rest of the room, Its white leaves cover the ceiling and at the first moment I thought there were white bats hanging from the ceiling. A few suspended hanging chairs to sit hang in the tree. The spots light the room throwing even more bats as shadows on the walls. For me a bizarre scene that impressed me but I didn’t feel well in it.
Funny Remark: After this post was published, I had a nice conversation with mrs S (lauralar) and she told me that I totally misinterpreted room 3. What I identified as bats are roses!! I must have missed the smell of roses and I might have felt much better with the knowledge that it were roses and not bats *winks*

“The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr. S.” – Room 3

Room 4 was my favourite. Actually it is more than just one room, it is a house with windows and inside you find several surrealistic scenes, artfully showcased with spotlights and shadows. A feast for the eyes. A few almost holographic persons stand, work and sit there, some art is showcased in display cases. The sound reminded me of chill music yet you also here voices and when you go outside on the terrace you hear ainmals and feel like being in the jungle. There’s a lot to discover!
Another remark from my conversation with mrs S: What you see in room 4 is inspired by mrs. & Mr. S.’s real life and their passion.

“The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr. S.” – Room 4 (1)

Who is mrs. S. and Mr.S?
You can grab at notecard at the Itakos Project and Art Gallery with a bit of information:
mrs S (lauralar) was “driven by her fascination for colours, light, objects in rooms and initially merely taking pictures of their combination, mrs. S. discovered her love to design those rooms by herself in the first place. Thus she evolved from a picture maker to a storyteller in her very own way: The idea of a room or space and what it is filled with, as a well designed silent witness of human relations, needs and yearning.
Mr S. (saka infinity) is “an intense partner in discussing the impact of those rooms and became a congenial contributor to the overall experience by using his capability as a musician and light magician. As at various occasions before he brings his magical and sensitive soundtracks and lights to these rooms and by that adding another dimension to it: RL sound recordings, collages and beautifully spheric electronic harmonies make these rooms literally “3D” simply by letting our ears participate.

“The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr. S.” – Room 4 (2)

There were more people involved in realizing “The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr. S.“:
Maloe Vansant who provided space at her sim Obscure Desires,
Akim Alonzo, the owner of the Itakos Project and Art Gallery,
Violet Boa, who works at the gallery and helped realising this installation,
Moon Edenbaum, who did the writing (I assumme of the notecard), and
Konrad Van Arbenlow (Kaiju Kohime), who provided some of his unique objects to work with.

Thank you mrs S (lauralar) and Mr S. (saka infinity) for your “Magical Rooms“, that impressed me. I enjoyed my visit a lot.
The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr. S.” should be opened for a visit until end of June.

Landmark to “The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr. S.”
at Itakos Project and Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/225/196/1009
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/

Art in Second Life 2020 (23) “Phenomenal Women” by Cecilia Nansen and Maloe Vansant

I got an invitation to visit “Phenomenal Women” in the white pavillon at Itakos Project and Art Gallery. “Phenomenal Women” is an exhibtion of two second life photographers, Cecilia Nansen and Maloe Vansant. Together they selected pictures to illustrate a poem about women, that was written by the African American poet Maya Angelou.

“Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years, she was a cast member of the opera Porgy and Bess, the English-language work by the American composer George Gershwin. Actress, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs, was active in the Civil Rights Movement and worked with Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.” (taken from the notecard available at the exhibition)

“Phenomenal Women” by Cecilia Nansen and Maloe Vansant at Itakos Project and Art Gallery (1)

Maloe Vansant joined Second Life in 2007, a new world for her who had never played games or joined any social network site: “After creating little Maloe, my barbie doll, my pixel soul, I discovered the possibility of making snapshots and I started to make a graphic diary of Maloe’s journey in Second Life, showing the emotions she experienced in this pixel world. I think I succeeded in doing this by using some post processing in Photoshop. I am not a woman of many words, I try to express myself, my feelings, my passion and probably my dark side through my pictures.

“Phenomenal Women” by Cecilia Nansen and Maloe Vansant at Itakos Project and Art Gallery (2)

Cecilia Nansen joined Second Life over ten years ago, but took a long break from it. She returned four years ago and found her passion for pictures and learned how to process them. Cecilia and Maloe are close friends. Their style is different. And you can clearly identify which picture was taken by whom. There’s one exception though. On the second floor on the exhibition are a few pictures showing Maloe and Cecilia together and you can’t tell which was done by who. Actually they both made some of them.

“Phenomenal Women” by Cecilia Nansen and Maloe Vansant at Itakos Project and Art Gallery (3)

The poem accompanies the exhibition and vice versa. It is written on the floor of the gallery and you get the full text in a notecard as well. I really like the poem and it’s rhytym and the pictures selected to accompany the poem express the phenomenon very well. They’re never explicit and always leave room for a little mystery, yet transport the beauty and the gracie of women.

Thank you Akim (Akim Alonzo) and Violet (Violet Boa) for enabling “Phenomenal Women” and thank you Maloe and Cecilia for realizing it. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to “Phenomenal Women” by Cecilia Nansen and Maloe Vansant
White pavillon at Itakos Project and Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/181/216/1009
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/

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