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
“Soul Portraits – Itakos Art Gallery” Flickr
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website

Simploring 2019 (92) Annabel Lee – A new experience at Daphne.Arts

The newest art installation at Daphne.Arts is about a famous poem by Edgar Allan Poe: Annabel Lee. I had the opportunity to visit it before it opened officially on September 2nd. At the landing you have to follow some instructions regarding the setting of your viewer and you have to accept a HUD that will add a black strip on the top and the bottom of your screen and that will provide background music and sound and most importantly the poem, you’re going to experience in a particular way at Daphne.Arts.

Annabel Lee – A new experience at Daphne.Arts / Landing at Daphne.Arts and at the art Installation itself

Once you arrive in the installation you’re surrounded by a foggy, dense atmosphere. The wind is blowing quite strong, you look over a bay and see some light above the mountains, a building and something on the op of a mountain. Candles lead you to the nearby shore and when you walk further, a way builds up leading you over the water… and vanishing behind you… so move on.

In the meanwhile you hear the poem ….

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes! – that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

Impressions of Annabel Lee – A new experience at Daphne.Arts (1)

Reaching the other shore across the bay the candles lead you to an old manor that is abandonned for many years. Inside you see the remainings of a once luxury life, clearly long gone, but you can still almost sense the former inhabitants. On the backfront of the manor you can walk to another shore and have a view back to the manor. It’s place was selected very smart providing perfect views in a quite rough mountain environment.

Impressions of Annabel Lee – A new experience at Daphne.Arts (2)

The candle way leads up to the sepulchre of Annabel Lee. Two angles guard her grave.

Annabel Lee is the last complete poem by Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849). Like many of Poe’s poems, it explores the theme of the death of a beautiful woman. The love of the narrator and Annabel Lee is strong enough that it extends beyond the grave and the narrator believes their two souls are still entwined. (taken from wikipedia

Impressions of Annabel Lee – A new experience at Daphne.Arts (3)

The installation of Annabel Lee at Daphne.Arts was created by Sheldon Bergman (sheldonbr) and Angelika Corral, who also own DaphneArts, opened in March 2016. Angelika reads the poem for us. Her voice, the hazy atmosphere, the many pictures let us literally dive into the particular love between the narrator and Annabel Lee.
I was impressed.

Landmark to Annabel Lee at Daphne.Arts

Simploring 2019 (24) DaphneArts – No man is an island

Thursday, February 21st, I visited the installation “No man is an island” at DaphneArts. “No man is an island” is created by Sheldon Bergman (sheldonbr) and Angelika Corral, who own DaphneArts, which opened in March 2016, and is an art complex that features monthly exhibitions, with a strong focus on the grotesque, surreal and existential themes.

Upon landing you’re requested to attach a HUD, that provides music and adds a black stripe on the top and the bottom of your screen and hence makes your visit look a bit like a film for the wide-screen. The stripes are also used to provide text.

DaphneArts presents – an experience by Sheldon Bergman and Angelika Corral – No Man Is An Island (1)

Together with the music and the windlight setting “No man is an island” has a scary and mysterious atmosphere. It a large beach with some rocks. Seagulls gather on the rocks. What catches the view is a tall light house and a burning hut next to it. Of course you’re attracted by it and walk closer to see the scene. The fire looks as if it has just started. The stairs to the entrance of the lighthouse are illuminated by candles, just like the bridge that you cross right when you land on the island.

In the landmark’s description the scene described: “The hermit dances in the fire, while the wind whistles a symphony. Raindrops patter on the sand. The candles burn. And, in the gloomy horizon, the lighthouse stands sublimely.

DaphneArts presents – an experience by Sheldon Bergman and Angelika Corral – No Man Is An Island (2)

Inside of the lighthouse is a human sculpture, illuminted by a spotlight – surrounded by the dark. The scuplture has a lower arm holding a candle in it’s mouth. When you enter the house you listen to Angelika Corral reading the poem “No man is an island“.

No man is and island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.

If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were.

Any man’s death diminishes me,
Beause I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

(John Donne)

I further explored the island, that offers particular views for pictures with this unique atmosphere … while the words echoed in my ears “Where did you come from? Why are you here? Who are you?”

DaphneArts presents – an experience by Sheldon Bergman and Angelika Corral – No Man Is An Island (3)

I’ll refrain from interpreting the poem and the installation. It’s unique in its own way and you should visit and experience it yourself. Thank you Sheldon Bergman (sheldonbr) and Angelika Corral for creating this peice of art and for sharing.

Landmark to DaphneArts – No man is an island

Simploring 2018 (73) – Art Afternoon

I found some time for simploring on Friday, August 24th and decided to visit some exhibitions.

First I went to Daphne.Arts and visited the exhibition Nativo, which brings a compilation of drawings, paintings and poems, created by the Italian artist Stefano Mingione. Mingione is an Italian artist in the physical world, who has been active since the 1970s. A common theme in these works is the depiction of duality in the human nature: youth and adulthood, birth and extermination – in a never-ending spiral of life and death. Along with his artworks, Mingione is presenting three of his poems, including “Nativo”, that gives name to the exhibition.

When you enter Nativo you’ll stand in the middle of Mingione’s pictures in black and white, which are kind of threatening, showing masses of desperate people, eager for life but scared to death. In many of these pictures you’ll find the crucified Jesus. There’s a clear relation to christianity in these pictures.

“Nativo” by Stefano Mingione at Daphne.Arts

You will see a human in an embryo pose hoovering in quite some distance of the pictures and a hallway leading to it. There’s one chair just at this scuplture, you can sit down and listen to the above mentioned poems, narrated by Stefano Mingione himself. For those not understanding Italian, there’s a translation to English.
You can get more information about the exhibition “Nativo” on the Daphne.Arts website.

Thank you Sheldon Bergman (sheldonbr) and Angelika Corral for providing Daphne.Arts.

Landmark to Daphne.Arts “Nativo”
Daphne.Arts website with information about “Nativo”

Then I went to La Maison D’Aneli where a new exhibtion was opened to the public on August 22nd. Aneli Abeyante presents the work from several artits: JudiLynn India, 9Volt Borkotron, Megan Prumier, cullum Writer, Senka Beck, Impossibleisnotfrench and herself.

The exhibition is varied and compromises black and white erotic pictures (Megan Prumier), moving colourful geometric forms and spirals (Aneli Abeyante), artful mesh objects with a touch of technic (Impossibleisnotfrench), colorful abstract pictures (JudiLynn India), fractals and colourful pictures (cullum Writer) and the very colourful fantasy objects and pictures (9Volt Borkotron, Senka Beck).

There are notecards for more information about the artists avaiable either close to their work or as a folder with all of them. In the notecards you’ll find also links to other websites with even more information. I just used some basic information along with the pictures I took. Most of the exhibited art is also for sale.

Aneli Abeyante adores geometry and maths, she owns La Masion D’Aneli and provides her place for the art.
Known in SL as JudiLynn India and in RL as Judi Lynn studied art at Tyler School of Art/Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She focuses her creativity on acrylic and digital painting.

Megan Prumier is a multimedia artist and resident in Second Life. Her skills are extended on the field of photography, mostly portraits on modern, minimal and even surreal Scenes.

Harry Cover, also known as Impossibleisnotfrench, is from France. He started his second life by playing with prims, then sculpties and finally mesh (Blender). He’s passionate about photos and  graphic designer in RL (among others).

Cullum Writer is from Brazil and found her artistic inspiration here in SL. She found the happiness to capture and perpetuate images that touched her sensibility with the harmony and grace of their forms and colors. She tries new techniques as fractals, collage, developing her graphic art.

9volt Borkotron’s digital works are most influenced by the gradual and often musical stages of natural transformation in all it’s forms ranging from the macro/micro biological material to the quantum electromagnetic on all scales.
Senka Beck’s playground is SL where she enjoys interacting with peeps and prims. She worked already at several projects within SL.

Thank you Aneli Abeyante for this great exhibition!

Landmark to La Maison D’Aneli

Simploring 2018 (53) Confinement by Mi

Tuesday, June 19th, I visited “Confinement“, a new exhibition by Mi (kissmi) at Daphne.Arts that opened just recently.
According to Mi, “the confinement is our lot – from the beginning, in the womb, and even before, as soon as the idea of our conception germinates in the minds of our parents, enclosing us”.
Created by Angelika Corral and Sheldon Bergman, who own Daphne.Arts and provide the space to other artists, the installation is divided in 4 sub sections: geographical, mental, physical and social confinements. Before you enter, you’re asked to attach a HUD. The HUD provides sound and text and is necessary for the experience. You will also be asked to set your viewer to advanced lighting and to shadows (moon and projectors) and to either accept the windlight or set your viewer to no light.

Confinement – an exhibition by Mi (1)

You enter a long and dark hallway and have to dare to keep walking forward. Then the scenery is lightened and you can see pictures at the walls to your left and right side. For each sub section (geographical, mental, physical and social confinements) there is a poem related to its theme and narrated by Mi. The narration is in French, the HUD provides a transcript in French and in English. The poems sound really nice in French, some alliterations of the poems can only be heard in French tough and don’t have the same effect in English.

Confinement – an exhibition by Mi (2)

The pictures and the poems build one unit, they fit together. The poems leave the visitor very thoughtfully. Each sub section has it’s own message. Geographicallyy it is the place you’re born, the many coincidences that lead to our own life, yes we’re equally born but not with equal chances. We have many confinements mentally, physcially and socially. Walking through the exhibition “Confinement” you walk through a whole life from birth to death, and life will go on.

Confinement – an exhibition by Mi (3)

At the end of the hallway you walk downstairs to experience a fifth section without a poem going with it – “Constrained Confinement is, in every way, an ultimate impasse”. The stairs leading down are illuminated by torches. You step down deeper and deeper until you reach a place lit by candles. At the end of the place is a statue with an open torso. It might symbolize a murder as one hand strangles the throat, it might symbolize another new life as another hand reaches out through the open torso holding a candle.
It is an impasse, so you have to either walk back or teleport out from there.

Confinement – an exhibition by Mi (4)

Confinement” by Mi is a particular form of art, combining poems (narrated and readable), music, pictures and the visual experience of Second Life into one piece of tangible art. I understood that Angelika Corral and Sheldon Bergman were responsible to make that happen. Again an exhibition you won’t see anywhere else but in Second Life.

DaphneArts, opened in March 2016, is an art complex that features monthly exhibitions, with a strong focus on the grotesque, surreal and existential themes. It is owned by Sheldon Bergman (sheldonbr) and Angelika Corral. Thank you and Mi for this exhibition!

Landmark to the exhibition “Confinement” by Mi
Daphne.Art website with more information of “Confinement” by Mi

Simploring 2018 (48) doLLoureux

I visited “doLLoureux“, an exhibition by Nevereux at DaphneArts (or Daphne.Arts).

“doLLoureux” by Nevereux, an Exhibition at Daphne.Arts

At the entrance is a board with a text introducing to the exhibition with the thoughts of Nevereux about it:

I freeze and I burn and there is no in between.
And don’t touch me unless you plan on leaving a story behind.
I am rigid because softness seemed to numb me.
I am indestructible.
In some magnetic way I turn sorrow to hope when you hold me.
I mostly sit quietly, next to me, life.
I may look simple in form, but I create worlds in a profound and complicated way.
Drop your syrups, be rapt with life;
the most massive characters are seared with scars.
You living creatures, be immortals for a second (no batteries required).
One can make witnessing the default position or can attempt to change the world.
In between these 2 extremes I stand, on the lip of the abyss looking around, completely static, trying to figure out the humanity and inhumanity of dolls.
Oh, … here you are.

At the entrance you also get a HUD and an advice how to set your viewer environment to see the exhibtion. The HUD does add to the viewing experience and also stream music that fits with the exhibited art.

Impressions of “doLLoureux” by Nevereux, an Exhibition at Daphne.Arts (1)

The title “doLLoureux” is a play with words as doloureux is the French word for painful and the exhibition is about dolls. In addition the 2 capital LL also stand for Linden Lab, the company behind Second Life.

Diomita visiting “doLLoureux” by Nevereux, an Exhibition at Daphne.Arts

The exhibition presents pictures and 3D models of dolls, some are broken, some interact with others, some are set up surreal. All objects impress by the way they are presented. With the introductional thoughts of Nevereux you have a key to understand Nevereux’s intentions. I think you get an idea of this exhibtion by my pictures, but they only show some of the dolls and can’t transport all 3 dimensions. Hence you should see and experience the exhibition yourself.

Impressions of “doLLoureux” by Nevereux, an Exhibition at Daphne.Arts (2)

You should turn a special Attention onto the subtitle of Nevereux’s “doLLoureux” exhibition with which I’ll end this post:

Hold me. Frantically. Craft a narrative. In details.
Overemphasize my silence. With perverse anger.
Stare down my dead cold heart. As a compulsion
Love me without questions. Add time.

Impressions of “doLLoureux” by Nevereux, an Exhibition at Daphne.Arts (3)

DaphneArts, opened in March 2016, is an art complex that features monthly exhibitions, with a strong focus on the grotesque, surreal and existential themes. It is owned by Sheldon Bergman (sheldonbr) and Angelika Corral. Thank you for the gallery and thank you Nevereux for your impressing dolls at “doLLoureux“.

Landmark to “doLLoureux”
Website with information about “doLLoureux”
Wbesite of Daphne.Arts

Simploring 2018 (26) – Oscar 13 at DaphneArts

I got an invitation for the opening of another exhibition at DaphneArts (or Daphne.Arts) – Oscar 13. I couldn’t make it to the opening but I visited a day later on Monday, March 12th.
Oscar? Is it about the Academy Awards? Yes, it is. In this case it is about the award for the Best Foreign Language Film. This special Award was given to Italian films 14 times, where of one was primarily spoken in French – hence Oscar 13, for 13 award winning Italian films.

Paolo Sorrentino’s La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, which inspired the artist Stefano Mingione, who shares a passion for 7th art (making cinema), to create a tribute to the Italian cinematography with the painting “Oscar 13”. The oil on canvas painting has the dimensions 2 x 4 meter and shows all 13 Italian Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film (spoken in Italian).

Impressions of “Oscar 13” at DaphneArts (1)

The exhibition Oscar 13 at DaphneArts shows a compilation of sketches used as study reference, and the final painting. At the end you walk into a cinema and watch a short youtube video that shows details of the painting “Oscar 13”.

I’m not a passionate cineast, nor did I know the above facts, yet the sketches and drafts that led to the huge painting are impressive and show how much work in detail such a painting is. If you’re a cineast, and in particular an Italian cineast, you will see much more in this painting than I do. I just like the way this painting is exhibited with showing also the sketches and the films behind it. Again I found something that I’d never expected to see in Second Life. I strongly recommend to read the website with information about “Oscar 13” (, best before you visit inworld.
Unfortunately I didn’t find more information about Stefano Mingione, yet I didn’t try Italian websites, as I don’t understand any Italian, sorry.

Impressions of “Oscar 13” at DaphneArts (2)

DaphneArts, opened in March 2016, is an art complex that features monthly exhibitions, with a strong focus on the grotesque, surreal and existential themes. It is owned by Sheldon BeRgman (sheldonbr) and Angelika Corral. Thank you for the gallery and for this exhibition!

Landmark to “Oscar 13” at DaphneArts
youtube video about Oscar 13 (about 4 minutes)
Website with information about “Oscar 13”

Simploring 2018 (20) Je n’aime pas at DaphneArts

For my simploring tour on February 24th I choose to visit “Je n’aime pas” at DaphneArts. I found DaphneArts and the current exhibition at SL Destinations  following a blog post of Kate Bergdorf also titled “Je n’aime pas”.

Je n’aime pas is a joined exhibition by Nur Moo and Hern Worsley combining a strange structure and picture into one piece of art. The structure is built on a hoovering rock. It is a steel scaffolding rising up in the air from the rock and contains 3 levels. The landing is in a container.You first don’t see the structure unless you zoom out. In the container are some pictures, the first part of this exhibition.

“Je n’aime pas” at DaphneArts – the landing point in a container

Stepping out of the container you realize that there’s more. The pictures on the 1st level are non static, they appear and disappear alternating with flurry and never are clear. In the middle of the platform you can teleport to the 2nd level where the pictures are even harder to see as they are on rotating cubes and just shining through. Finally on the 3rd level there’s no pictures, just a big trampoline.

From here you can make out the top of the structure, which is quite a fantasy entity. There are rotors that seem to keep the structure in balance and a bird sits on the top of one frame, like a left over from fauna. Sometimes you notice little pacmans floating around, do they symbolize how future began? Zooming out you can also see that the walls of the structure are covered with solar panels and that the whole structure is floating with the rock, on which it is founded, in the middle of nothing.

“Je n’aime pas” at DaphneArts – the structure (left) / the 3 exhibition floors (middle) / the “now” clock (right)

There are a few places to sit where you can relax and collect the impressions. It’s futuristic, somehow cold and repellent, yet you get drawn in trying to see the pictures, sometimes to blind out the surrounding. Kate Bergdorf summarized “Je n’aime pas” as a “large installation, spanning over three levels, containing virtual imagery, video screenings, floating pac mans, interactive poses, as well as larger constructs like metal scaffolding and a small house“.

Impressions of “Je n’aime pas” at DaphneArts (1)

For sure “Je n’aime pas” is a different approach to make use of the virtual space for arts. The structure itself is worth a visit and it offers a different way to present the pictures. Thank you Nur Moo and Hern Worsley for your exhibtion “Je n’aime pas”.

Impressions of “Je n’aime pas” at DaphneArts (2)

DaphneArts, opened in March 2016, is an art complex that features monthly exhibitions, with a strong focus on the grotesque, surreal and existential themes. It is owned by Sheldon BeRgman (sheldonbr) and Angelika Corral. You can get more information about DaphneArt and upcoming events and exhibition at their website. Thank you both for providing the gallery.

Landmark to “Je n’aime pas”
Kate Bergdorf’s blog post “Je n’aime pas”
DaphneArts website