Simploring 2017 (63) Temprus – My Secret Garden

Tuesday, August 1st, I made another simploring tour. I found Temprus My Secret Garden in the SL Destination guide  under the category art.
Temprus, home to Art in the Park, is featuring the work of Ilyra Chardin in a full sim, immersive art installation. Begin your exploration with “normal” gardens that quickly lead both to the secret garden and to Art in the Park.”

Upon your landing, you choose to either walk along the shoreline to “Art in the Park” or to see “My Secret Garden. I first explored “Art in the Park”, a gallery within a park just by the shoreline. There are paintings of several artists that have exhibitions also somewhere else like Sandi Benelli, Maxie Daviau, CybeleMoon (Hana Hobinoo), Kayleigh Lavende and ilyra chardin herself, who owns “Temprus My Secret Garden“. As far as I understood, the paintings are changing, there’re also particular exhibitions, which are announced either in a group, that you can join, or on the homepage for the sim “Temprus Times“.

“Art in the park” at Temprus – My Secret Garden

After my visit to the “Art in the Park”, I follwed the path to “My Secret Garden”. The stairs and the path end at a hut with a board “Just a garden shed. Nothin’ interesting here! KEEP OUT! This means YOU!!!” Of course that reads like an invitation to have a look, and I looked inside.

There’s nothing inside but the end of a tunnel that leads you below the big massive rocks to the other part of the island – and to a house with a garden in which art of ilyra chardin is exhibited. Is this the “My Secret Garden?” Honestly I have no idea. It is nice and tasteful though – or is “My Secret Garden” the farmstead, that covers most of this part of the island beyound the massive rock? I had a look around and enjoyed the silence and the peace. There’re also some children playing (mesh dolls) but ecept ot them, I saw none a the whole farmstead. At one end of the farmstead is a crooked and high frame house and I climbed on it just for the view over the island. From there I could see a beach which was my next point to visit.

Exploring the path to “My Secret Garden”? at Temprus – My Secret Garden

At the beach you find a scene that reminded me of Gulliver’s Travels by the Irish writer Jonathan Swift. Or is that scene related to anything else?

At the Northern end of the island is a row of industrial or warhouse houses, a crane and the submarine Nautilus. Again a scenery that doesn’t fit to the farmstead and seems to be of another world. And there’s this woman selling flowers and veggies … strange. There might be more to discover that will bring some more light into this, but I was lacking time.

Farmstead (upper left), Gulliver (upper right), Nautilus (lower left) and Nautilus Harbour (lower right) at Temprus – My Secret Garden

The last edge of “Temprus My Secret Garden“, that I explored was Maycomb. It is spearated from the farmstead and the other parts of the island by a steep rock wall on one side and by the massive rock that parts the island by the other side. What you see is just one road, on the first glance I assumed that this road and the houses along it are a reproduction of the real Maycomb, Alabama in the United States. It looks at least typical, the map, that is shown on a baord at the entrance of the street looks real – but Maycomb, Alabama is a fiction from the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee published in 1960. The primary themes of “To Kill a Mockingbird involve” racial injustice and the destruction of innocence. The story takes place during three years (1933–35) of the Great Depression in the fictional “tired old town” of Maycomb, Alabama, the seat of Maycomb County (source Wikipedia)

My visit to “Temprus My Secret Garden” was very varied, I enjoyed art as well as nature and some fictional places of novels, literature in 3D 🙂
Thank you, ilyra chardin!

Landmark to Temprus – My Secret Garden
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/FrieNDS%20R%20Us/27/26/23
Homepage – Temprus Times
http://temprustimes.blogspot.de/
ilyra chardin at deviant Art
https://ilyrachardin.deviantart.com/

Simploring 2017 (62) The Mind of The Machine

I looked into the SL Destination guide again for my next simploring tour. In the category art I chose to visit “The Art Rocket“. The SL Destination guide isn’t always up-to-date. In particular the sims presenting art within the LEA Program are changing quite often, at least twice a year. The landmark led me to LEA 19 and to The Mind of The Machine“, an installation of Rage Darkstone. I landed in the center of turning coloured discs, spirals and other geometric forms which are placed into a cube with a checked pattern of colours.

The moving objects produce a quickly changing background. Any gap is filled with the checked pattern of the surrounding cube. There’s a vehicle rezzer, the vehicle is sort of a gondola of a chair lift. Sitting down you can enjoy a short ride inside of the objects getting other colourful effects. The Mind of The Machine follows own patterns, produces constantly changing thoughts and effects and everybody expierences it different, there seems to be no repetition, no fixed sheme – yet we know, it is a machine and it follows a pattern.

Impressions of “The Mind of The Machine” at LEA 19

And you can dance to modern electronic music. I visited later again together with Mistress Jenny and we danced there together. I learned that moving colourful objects isn’t everybody’s taste and can be quite tiring for the eyes – probably also depending on the screen size you use for Second Life.

Diomita dancing with Mistress Jenny at LEA 19 “The Mind of The Machine”

As I love colours and taking pictures, I like the installation. Thank you, Rage Darkstone, for providing it.

Landmark to The Mind of The Machine
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA19/90/146/21

Simploring 2017 (60) SOOSH Art Gallery

For my simploring tour Wednesday, July 26th, I selected SOOSH Art Gallery from the SL desination guide , where it is listed under art.
“Wander through a whimsical, magical and romantic fantasy garden filled with original artwork by real life artist, SOOSH (Rox SOOSH a.k.a. Roxlette Resident). As you explore the gardens, you will see her paintings and drawings on flowers, mushrooms, fairies, unicorns, fawns, bunnies, birds, butterflies and more.”

SOOSH, an Australian artist, has had gallery shows and exhibitions in real life and studied fine art at university.
“Art is my meditation and a connection to myself, my mind, soul and spirit. I love to express myself spiritually through my art and I love sharing it with the world. I am known to create multi-layered colourful abstract pieces using healing crystals and a variety of vibrant and neutral colours. I think there is beauty and powerful energy in using crystals and many colours. Every detail I create and use has meaning and I hope to connect with others through my artwork.”

The SOOSH Gallery is embedded in a fantasy garden. In the gallery itself you find examples of SOOSH’s 2D art, colourful mostly abstract paintings as well as coloured shapes of animals. What did attract me much more is SOOSH’s fantasy garden. SOOSH’s art is spread over the garden and most pieces that you can see and buy in the gallery can be seen and bought also in the garden. Some pieces are only in the fantasy garden. At each piece you find a little board that gives out some information about it, it’s title and the price.

The garden is colourful and SOOSH art fits very well into it. Right opposite of the Gallery builing is a place with a lot of SOOSH’s art and in the middle of it are game tables with: cards against humanity, cheesy, skippo, greedy and can’t stop (I just know cards against humanity and greedy). The garden also offers some very nice places to sit and cuddle, which makes a visit very enjoyable. If you like colour, then SOOSH’s garden and her art is something you shouldn’t miss.

“Realising Shapes”, Abstract free-hand drawing on mushrooms by SOOSH – at the fantasy garden and at our home

Instead of donating I decided to buy a piece of art for our home, I got the mushrooms coloured with abstract free-hand drawing, titeled “Realising Shapes”. They will remind me of my visit and will be an eye-candy for our garden in SL.

Thank you SOOSH for your art, the gallery and the lovely garden.

Landmark to SOOSH Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bella%20Bonaire/65/214/22

SOOSH store at SL marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/188977

Simploring 2017 (58) Sol and Mani

“Sol and Mani” by Fifi Candyfloss Oh at LEA 2

Scrolling through the SL Desination guide I came across Sol and Mani, an art installation of Fifi Candyfloss Oh (siouxsieincognita). Sol is the Goddess of the Sun and Mani is the God of the Moon in Norse/Germanic mythology.
Sol and Mani is an event place the main area is surrounded by sculptures of trees, displays of Sol and Mani in their chariots that are chased by wolfes. As some of the displays ar semi transparent you get different effects just depending from where and at which angle you look at them. Embedded in the (main?) display is the desk for the disc jockey and I took this place just for a picture.
I don’t know if Sol and Mani was buildt as a background for just one event, which was on July 8th or if there’ll be more events to come.

Impressions of “Sol and Mani” by Fifi Candyfloss Oh at LEA 2

Sol and Mani is embedded into another exhibition at LEA 2 by TerraMerhyem, who presents Norse/Germanic myths and legends. And Fifi Candyfloss Oh contributed to this exhibition, as far as I understood. This exhibition ends July 31st, so there’s not much time left to see it. And most probably also Sol and Mani will end July 31st then. I added just a few impressions of TerraMerhyem’s exhibition. It can be reached by a teleporter pad at Sol and Mani.

TerraMerhyem “Norse/Germanic myths and legends” at LEA 2

Fifi Candyfloss Oh is an American digital artist, builder & photographer. She has also a deviant Art account and she’s engaged at MetaHapers, a casual, easy going group of individuals. They create and publicize examples of highly imaginative art in SL, and explore how SL’s virtual world enables new artistic fusions of technology and art. And they run a website http://www.metaharpers.net/

July 21st: Diomita at LEA 2 “Sol and Mani”

Landmark to Sol and Mani
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA2/109/30/1500

MetaHarpers Website
http://www.metaharpers.net/

Fifi Candyfloss Oh’s deviant art account
http://candyfloss-fifi.deviantart.com/

Simploring 2017 (56) Moya

Ever heard about Moya, about Patrick Moya? No? Nor did I.
Looking for a place to visit and scrolling through the SL destination guide I came across Studio Moya: “Explore this creative, messy and chaotic art space by Patrick Moya“.
Well I did explore it stating at Moya Land.

Patrick Moya (born 1955 in Troyes, France), is a French artist. He is a part of the artistic movement “Ecole de Nice”. Moya has been at the forefront since the 1970s of straddling the latest forms of media and technology to benefit art rather than rendering it extinct. He is an early pioneer of video art.
Moya become a digital artist since his early work on computer in the mid-80s : now, since 2007, he is the owner of a virtual Moya Land in the 3D web of Second Life.
In 2009, he participates to the first major exhibition about “Art in Second Life”, under the title “Rinascimento Virtuale ». It was in the museum of Anthropology of Florence, the City of the Renaissance, where an entire room was devoted to the “Moya civilization”.


In summer 2011, the Moya Universe is arrived to maturity, as demonstrated by the big mural-installation of 90 meters long, a fresco who told the story of Moya civilization, on the walls of the art center La Malmaison, in Cannes. This exhibition, built also in SL, allowed to visitors to meet the artist from a distance, to ask questions and to visit with him his virtual Moya Land.
Today, Moya is living between real and virtual Worlds, and, with the name of “Moya Janus” (the name of his avatar), he answers to journalist (Radio Canada, 2013), to students (school of Fine Arts of Venice, Quebec, Zurich or Milan …), participates or organize many exhibitions, real or virtual, reproduces Art Fairs or Museums (Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Ceramics Museum in Vallauris …), works with a chief (Christian Sinicropi of Restaurant “La Palme d’Or” in Cannes) … Or receive visitors worldwide and makes for them a guiding tour in a virtual car.
(excerpt from Wikipedia)

Moya consists of the 4 islands Moya, Moya Land, Studio Moya and Moya Museum. The 4 sims are fully packed with museums, entertainment, places to discover, shopping, park and garden, with architecture, education, oversized sculptures, hidden art in a pyramid, different forms of transportation (airport, modern city railroad, rezzable cars), paintings and reproductions of real world exhibitions – way to much to fully explore within an hour. For a first overview I recommend to watch the 3 minute video about Moya, which is from 2015.

Moya Patrick (moya janus) has also a website with tons of information about his work and about Moya in Second Life. Unfortunately it is in French and I shy back from translating parts of it although I understand a little bit French (with my long forgotten school knowledge and the help of a dictionaire). Just look it up yourself www.moyapatrick.com

I really don’t know where to begin or where to end a description of Moya, hence I just publish a few of the 40 pictures I took during my one hour visit. For someone loving virtual art in Second Life Moya is something you must experience yourself. Just amazing and overwhelming. Thank you Partick Moya!

Landmark to Moya Land
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Moya%20Land/53/95/36
Video about Moya
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx1zzjBNunY
Patrick Moya’s website
http://moyapatrick.com/

 

Simploring 2017 (49) Blue Orange

When I visited MetaLes..O..Art Virtual Space (read here) I saw among other art, the exhibition Melancholy by Ini (in.inaka). I got in contact with Ini and she proposed to see her last project: Blue Orange and she passed me the landmark to it.

Friday, June 23rd, I had the opportunity to visit Blue Orange. The landmark text describes Blue Orange as a friendly bohemian club for MUSIC and ART lovers. And it is! The landing is at a subway train station, that already contains quite a bit of art. I got welcomed “Hello to all and welcome at BLUE ORANGE bohemian underground club and art project 2, space around club may look tricky and easy to get lost, please use notecard with all locations(inside poster on wall), sure if also lazy to walk 😛 no pressure about advanced lights and WL, but it could help, lets have fun :-)”
I took the notecard, that contains landmarks to see the pieces of art at Blue Orange from Theda Tammas, Cica Ghost, Rebeca Bashly, Jarla Capalini, Gitu Aura, NicoleX Moonwall, In Inaka and Igor Ballyhoo. Blue Orange is group owned, the group was founded by Ini, hence I suspect, that it is Ini’s baby.

The Blue Orange Club

The landmarks in the notecard didn’t work for me, I just got teleported back to the landing point when using them. But you can as well explore Blue Orange without the landmarks. Blue Orange is a club, with exhibitions and pieces of art arranged around this really cozy and individually styled club. I read that every once in a while at Blue Orange there’ll be parties, cozy or crazy, simple or very messy or themed events as well – with some really exclusive Blue Orange music lovers or guest dj’s.

I explored the whole club and the current exhibitions. As with Ini’s exhibtion that I saw at MetaLes..O..Art Virtual Space, Blue Orange offers a different way to exhibit art, from classic exhibtions like those from Gitu Aura, NicoleX Moonwall and Jarla Capalini to art playing with light like Duality from Igor Ballyhoo, from single 3 D art like Great Escape by Rebeca Bashly to 3D art showing 3D statues within a labyrinth from Tehda Tammas, from just 2 pictures from Ini herself to the art installation of Cica Ghost “Rainy Day”. It is not that difficult finding the exhibition even without teleporting, you just have to find the stairways down and up from the club level. When you explore the exhibitions don’t miss to take the notecards that are offerend at some exhibtions and that will provide some more Information about the artists and about what you see.

I liked a lot what I saw. I think the concept is similar to MetaLes..O..Art Virtual Space, changing exhibitions from various artists, and various forms of art. Ini made a great job in realizing this art project. I did enjoy my visit to the fullest and got a lot of inspirations. Thank you, Ini, for providing the landmark but most of all for providing this space for the art within Second Life.

Landmark to Blue Orange:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Empire%20State%20Island/213/28/1435

Simploring 2017 (45) MetaLes ..O.. ArT Virtual Space

Looking for a place to explore I came across MetaLes in the Second Life Destination guide. MetaLes promotes culture and art in the Metaverse. Artists and creators of Second Life expose each for 2 months in the sim MetaLes. Curators (owners?) are Ux Hax and Romy Nayar. I looked up “Metaverse” and found a definition at wikipedia “The Metaverse is a collective virtual shared space, created by the convergence of virtually enhanced physical reality and physically persistent virtual space, including the sum of all virtual worlds, augmented reality, and the internet.”
(source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metaverse)

Actually I visited 3 different installations at MetaLes starting with Empty Minds, which was mentioned in the destination guide. The information or better the thought that you get on your way visiting “Empty Minds” is “It is made known that if an idea is born in your empty mind, you must come to disregard it. Nobody knows why. The origin of that idea was lost. Maybe you’ll be the first to have the idea to not to discard your ideas. :))

MetaLES ..O.. ArT Virtual Space –  exhibitions in June 2017

Empty Minds by Roma Nayar is surreal. It is dark and grey, not scary though. The beings in this installation look like humans on the first glance. But they have no feet, they have one wheel instead, some have two wheels. Their head is an empty light bulb and the arms are very long. They are dressed and some dressed provide a little bit of colour to the scenery. You can get a free avatar for more immersion (I didn’t do that). What you see and interpret into this art installation, well I leave that up to you. I noticed at flashing light bulb in one ot the light bulb like heads on one being (is there an idea just born). I saw the row of beings waiting in line to get into a machine, that looks like a washing machine, a shower, a machine to clean your mind? I of coruse noticed the 4 beings standing at the top of the hill in the middle of the installatiom wearing a bin umbrella each. They look like talking, like exchaning ideas? I saw the fence that looks like the fence of a graveyard and the being opening and closing the front door again and again and on the other side of the fence lies a book worm being and around the head of another being is a flock of bugs. I got some surreal pictures, I have some ideas what is expressed with this art installation “Empty Minds”. To make up your mind yourself, you’ll have to visit it. As far as I understood the concept of MetaLes it should be open until End of June.

Empty Minds by Romy Nayar
Exhibtion at MetaLES ..O.. ArT Virtual Space

From the landing point of MetaLes you can not only visit Empty Minds but also an exhibtion called Melancholy by Ini (in.inaka). This exhibition is already running since End of March, so I don’t know how long it will be on anymore. At least the above mentioned 2 months are already over. You may like or dislike the art of Ini. The way it is presented is unique as it is not a normal gallery. You have to walk long ways to see her pictures, you have to dive into her spaces and some pictures just appear when you are in the right position. This adds another dimension to the art, which I found quite interesting, although I only liked a few of her pictures itself.

Melancholy by Ini (in.inaka)
Exhibtion at MetaLES ..O.. ArT Virtual Space

The third exhibition that runs currently at MetaLes is “Mental Levels” by Sina Souza (sinalein). Sina has quite a long list of exhibtions in Second Life and was shown at many galleries. She also had exhibitions in RL. “Sina Souza is a young digital artist from Germany. She works since 2012 with the presentation of images and uses the name (Sina Souza) as a pseudonym. Her works are surreal, moody, dark, thought provoking and unique in style.” (source http://sinadesouza.wixsite.com/mindfactory). There’s a notecard available with the bio of Sina Souza at the starting point of “Mental Levels”. “Mental Levels” in again a particular concept of presenting art and it involves different levels. The art objects are in boxes, that are opened just on one side. You start on a platform and walk down stairs that lead you to the next level, you have to walk around the box to see what is inside. Each art installation is something that you have to look at in detail and it might cause that you think about it and stay a bit longer looking at it before you continue to the next level.

Mental Levels by Sina Souza
Exhibtion at MetaLES ..O.. ArT Virtual Space

With MetaLes, I discovered another art sim in Second Life which changing exhibitions for myself. They run an own website, which is not up to date unfortunately (last entry is from March 2017).

Landmark to MetaLes
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MetaLES/128/128/18
MetaLes website
https://metalesmetaverse.wordpress.com/

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