Simploring 2018 (80) The Girl Who Cried Wolf by Cica Ghost

I got an invite from Cica Ghost to visit her newest installation, called “The Girl Who Cried Wolf“, that opened September 13th. In the landmark description Cica explains the title of her work “Modification of Aesop’s fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf“. I admit that I’m not very familiar with fables and I never heard about this one, hence I looked it up at wikipedia:

The “Boy Who Cried Wolf” is one of Aesop’s Fables. Aesop’s Fables, or the Aesopica, is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BCE. Of diverse origins, the stories associated with his name have descended to modern times through a number of sources and continue to be reinterpreted in different verbal registers and in popular as well as artistic media.
The tale concerns a shepherd boy who repeatedly tricks nearby villagers into thinking wolves are attacking his flock. When a wolf actually does appear and the boy again calls for help, the villagers believe that it is another false alarm and the sheep are eaten by the wolf. In later English-language poetic versions of the fable, the wolf also eats the boy. The moral stated at the end of the Greek version is, “this shows how liars are rewarded: even if they tell the truth, no one believes them”. (exerpt from wikipedia)

Impressions of “The Girl Who Cried Wolf” by Cica Ghost (1)

Before I visited “The Girl Who Cried Wolf” on Friday, September 14th, I read Inara Pey’s blog post “Cica’s The Girl Who Cried Wolf“, that was published on September 13th. Inara talked with Cica about her newest installation and Cica explained her ideas and thoughts behind it. I recommend reading Inara’s post before visiting.

My visit was short but very enjoyable. The installation is set on a rocky but not meagre island. When you walk from the landing point to the center of the island you first see the wolf hunting the sheep. A flock of birds is flying above the scene. The sheeps and the wolf are running that fast that they hoover above the ground. The only sheep that is safe from the wolf is significantly a black sheep on the top of one rock. Not far from this scene you find the girl who cried wolf. She looks scared and points to the sheep looking at a boy sitting on a rock and playing a flute. As opposed to the girl, he seems not to be impressed, nor willing to interfer. Just behind him is a little house with a garden, the village from the fable.

Impressions of “The Girl Who Cried Wolf” by Cica Ghost (2)

Cica has developed her very own style and the girl and the boy look very “Cica-ish”. I wouldn’t have recognized the sheep and the wolf as her work at the first glance though. The flowers, that are spread over the sim, are those Cica already used in her installation Bees and Bears (read here) And you will find again one of Cica’s 50 cats (read here), it sits on the roof of the house. Like in many of her installations before humans are really short compared to everything else. This way you experience an other point of view, maybe more respectfully.

As Inara mentioned in her blog entry, there are some possibilities to sit at “The Girl Who Cried Wolf“, try to sit on a chair in the house (although it might be difficlut to climb up *winks*) or just ride on a sheep or on the wolf (you can be the predator or the prey). On the top of some rocks you can also sit, yet instead of sitting you move, be it hopping or dancing, and it is fun!

Impressions of “The Girl Who Cried Wolf” by Cica Ghost (3)

Thank you Cica for another nice installation, that made me smile once again.

Landmark to The Girl Who Cried Wolf by Cica Ghost
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Never/222/133/26
Inara Pey’s blog post “Cica’s The Girl Who Cried Wolf”
https://modemworld.me/2018/09/13/cicas-the-girl-who-cried-wolf/

Simploring 2018 (67) Daydream by Cica Ghost

Today’s entry is a bit out of the more or less chronical order of our blog. The reason is that Cica Ghost opened her newest installation “Daydream” on August 10th. I got an invite from her and I visited Saturday, August 11th. As you never know how long Cica’s installations stay opened until she creates something new, I decided to publish my report timely, so that there’s enough time for you to visit yourself.
The thought Cica gives us on our way visiting “Daydream” is in the short landmark description “Lose yourself in a daydream…

Impression of “Daydream by Cica Chost” (1)

Daydream is an island, but this time it is not meagre although there’re some hills and rock. You’ll find colourful trees and quite some lovely fields of flowers. The landing is quite in the middle of the sim from where you can discover it on foot. I didn’t find any of the famous Cicamobiles this time.

Impression of “Daydream by Cica Chost” (2)

Daydream offers a broad spectrum of know and unknown characters and beings created by Cica nicely spread over the island and you encounter them on your way exploring it. Quite close to the landing are two snails in a field of flowers. They look at eachother and the scene is very peaceful. As always Cica’s beings are quite large. There are two turtles and they even don’t mind when you walk on their carapace.
For me the two creatures, that look like big squirrels and eat strawberries, were really impressive and although they look like little dinosaurs there are not scary at all. There’s one being, I want to mention in particular, a crossbred of a goat and an eagle with an human face, sitting on a rock like supervising the whole island and the scenery. You can see it from the landing point and from other spots on the island.

Impression of “Daydream by Cica Chost” (3)

At Daydream you will find a few places to sit and even to cuddle. One of these plaves is s cave in a single quite outstanding tree, which is even furnished. But there’re some more, just look out!
Another element of Daydream are Cica’s cats (well know from her installation 50 cats, read here in this blog). Some of them roam around at Daydream and made me smile.

Apropos smile, Daydream seems not to have a really strong message, it is a dream, a place to let your mind wander, to enjoy new and old elements of Cica’s work, it’s colourful, whimsical, and peaceful.
I don’t want to forget that Cica herself immersed into Daydream disguised as a black cat. I found her close to the landing point and I assume that she’s sticks around there daydreaming when she’s online.

Impression of “Daydream by Cica Chost” (4)

Inara Pey has already published a blog post about her visit and as always it is quite elaborated and I recommend reading it “Cica’s Dayfream in Second Life“)

Thank you, Cica for your newest installation. As always I enjoyed my visit and I really liked what I saw, so much to discover!

Landmark to “Daydream by Cica Ghost”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Never/114/114/30
Inara Pey’s blog post “Cica’s Dayfream in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2018/08/10/cicas-daydream-in-second-life/

Simploring 2018 (57) Another Planet by Cica Ghost

I became a regular visitor of Cica Ghost installation. I simply like her particular style and her art often is soothing to the soul as while you’re diving deep into the phantasy worlds created by her. This time it is Another Planet.

You arrive on a deserted unreal planet. There’s no vegetation and the rocky ground is structured with patterns simliar to printed integrated circuits. There’re no buildings but a clutter of melted frames and structures that look like leftovers of former buildings that were totally destroyed by an explosion or something like that. Some meteorites hoover over the planet like satellites.

Another Planet by Cica Ghost: at the landing point (upper left) / overview (lower left) / Alien Diomita with other aliens (upper and lower right)

Another planet is inhabited – of course – by aliens. I noticed 2 different forms of one and the same species, two genders perhaps. While the first form stands with bodies that look like pyramid cake made of rusty iron, the other form is larger and lies around. Both dont move. The heads and faces of the aliens are dominated by huge black eyes.

Upon your arrival you can decide to discover Another Planet as a human or as an alien. Cica provides the alien body at the landing point. I first explored as an alien and made a second tour as human. I met Cica herself in her alien form and the time I was visiting Bryn Oh was with her. There are two ways to travel around, either on foot or flying using one of the different planes or flying platforms. When flying you just sit and watch as you can’t steer the plane or platform.

Another Planet by Cica Ghost: Alien Diomita exploring (upper left anr right) / Alien Diomita in the foreground looking at Alien Cica and Bryn Oh (lower left) / another human visitor flying around exploring (lower right)

Find out if you’re still human, observe yourself from another planet” is the quote Cica Ghost choose for her installation. It is from Benny Bellamacina, who’s a songwriter, musician, poetic humorist and children’s author. Indeed the humans do look as being the strangers, the aliens on Another Planet. And the aliens living on Another Planet seem to watch the strange beings, the human visitors, through their big eyes. Yes, maybe we should look on humans and on our planet from a more distant point to get things right again and to preserve humanity.

More impressions from my visit to Another Planet by Cica Ghost

Cica impressed me once again with her creativity. It was fun exploring Another Planet and to get out from everyday life entering a peaceful fantasy world even within Second Life. Thank you very much, Cica!

Landmark to Another Planet
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhere%20City/36/45/29

Simploring 2018 (51) Sunny Day by Cica Ghost


Today, Saturday June 9th, I got an invitation from Cica Ghost to visit “Sunny Day“, her newest installation. I followed the invitation right ahead. The landing point is on a small rock that is connected by a bridge with the main island. The first view on “Sunny Day” is already lovely, you see several suns shining from a bright blue sky, moving flowers and the typical Cica-houses. “Sunny Day” is like from another world, it has something of a childlike phantasy world, a toy world, peaceful and beautiful.

Overlooking “Sunny Day by Cica Ghost”

Between you and “Sunny Day” is the bridge which is guarded by two monster fishes with intimidating teeth. But no worries, they don’t bite. On the island you can discover a lot of nice details. The ground is made of wooden plankes. The houses, the flowers, the tree and the persons can easily be recognized as Cica’s work. A road leads around the village in a circle and there’s one car driving. You can hop on the car and make a circle tour around the island.

Impressions of “Sunny Day by Cica Ghost” (1)

At one side of “Sunny Day” there’s the fence that Cica used for her installation “50 cats” (read here) and in one corner you find the “Catshop” with all to of them.

Impressions of “Sunny Day by Cica Ghost” (1)

I also found places to sit, there’re two tables with chairs. In the first moment you wouldn’t think that you can sit on them, but you can! The 12 people of the poster are spread around “Sunny Day” and they all look happy. I had fun exploring and discovering this little oasis, not searching for a deeper sense, but just enjoying the happiness that radiates from this installation.

Impressions of “Sunny Day by Cica Ghost” (3)

Thank you Cica for another great work that made me smile! And those who’re going to visit – enjoy!

Landmark to Sunny Day by Cica Ghost
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nowhere%20City/53/108/23

Simploring 2018 (41) Cicamobiles

I came across a little exhibtion of Cica Ghost’s litte cars following Inara Pey’s blog where she published “Cica at Paris Metro in Second Life” on May 1st. And since I discovered Cica Ghost’s art in Second Life I try not to miss any of her installations or exhibtions.
There are some elements in Cica’s art installations that are unique and you recognize her objects and creations immediately. There are these fantastic, mostly oversized, animals with a human expressions in their faces, often looking content and happy or expressing strong feelings. And there are her two-dimensional stick figures, which are often animated. In Cica’s latest installations she offered little cars to drive around which were adapted to the theme. At Paris METRO Art Gallery these cars are exhibited and I called them “Cicamobiles”.

“Cicamobiles” at Paris METRO Art Gallery: Catomoblie with animated picture “Night traveler” in the background (upper right) / MouseCar and BirdCar with animated pictures “She” and “He” in the background, on the left is the animated “cyclist on the wall” (upper right) / UmbrellaCar (lower left) / FlowerCar (lower right)

It’s not a big exhibition but it is nice to see all the cicamobiles together at one place and seeing them remembered me of my visits to Cica’s installations. In total there are 4 drivable cars (Catomobile, MouseCar, BirdCar, FlowerCar) and 3 non-drivable cars (UmbrellaCar, CrocoCar, Cica’s Bus) exhibited at Paris METRO Art Gallery.
At the entrance, just next to the Catomobile you see Cica’s animated picture “Night traveler” and on the other side appears “cyclist on the wall”, one of her famous stick figures. At the wall behind the MouseCar and the BirdCar are two more animated stick figures riding bicycles named “She” and “He”.

“Cicamobiles” at Paris METRO Art Gallery: Cica’s Bus (upper left) / CorcoCar (upper right) / Cicamoblies overview (lower left) / animated pictures “She” and “He” closeup (lower right)

A really small but nice exhibtion which made me look forward seeing Cica’s next work, hopefully soon.
Thank you, Cica!
Thank you rfb morpock, who founded the Paris METRO Art Gallery and thank you, Shiloh Emmons, Director of the Gallery.

Landmark to Paris METRO Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Paris%20Couture/129/25/22
Inara Pey’s blog post “Cica at Paris Metro in Second Life
https://modemworld.me/2018/05/01/cica-at-paris-metro-in-second-life/

Simploring 2018 (29) – Bees and Bears by Cica Ghost

Cica Ghosts work became a regular part of my SL experience. Just recently in 2018 I visited her Bird People, the 50 cats  and her exhibition “from Under the Sea“. And now I got an invitation from Cica Ghost to see her “Bees and Bears“.

Bees and Bears by Cica Ghost

I visited “Bees and Bears” on Thursday, March 22nd. Cica selected a funny description for it “What do you call a bears without ears? – B’s“. Bees and Bears is installed on island with the typical Cica touch. The ground is first of all meagre but there are fields of white, large flowers, some trees, a few paths made of stones, some meadows and you can even find a spot with mushrooms. And of course there are bees, many of them and they’re quite large and most of them wear a smile in their face while they busy collect farina or transport baskets with honey.

First impressions of “Bees and Bears” around the landing spot (lower right shows Cica and me)

Besides the fields of flowers you’ll find 4 outstanding spots and scenes:
– the bee fairy who stands on one hill and is surrounded by bees
– the village where the bee live in their hives. Have a look into the hives, some are empty, some only inhabited by one bee, others are used by several bees to sleep in and some ore used a honey storage.
– the two bears, also surrounded by bees and flowers, one bear pulls a little cart with a pot of honey
– Cica’s hut with a small garden

Bees and Bears by Cica Ghost – the 4 highlights

It all looks very peaceful. It is a world of it’s own, like a fairy tale. Happy bees, happy bears, the bee fairy, growing flowers, green meadows, the little garden and some trees transformed the meagre island into a happy spot for an escape of everyday life.

Bees and Bears by Cica Ghost – the village of beehives

For the fun, Cica also provides a bee car which you can use to cruise over the island. And every visitor can grab a free flower and either hold it during the visit or take it home and plant it (I did both!).
At the landing spot you can also get a notecard with the list of Cica’s former installations in Second Life as well as a landmark to her inworld shop. I met Cica during my visit and we had a small chat. She told me that she always has just one installation open for a limited time, then she closes it and works on the next.

Bees and Bears by Cica Ghost – Cica’s hut and Cica’s bee car

Bees and Bears has not such a serious background as the Bird People. The only message I can think of is the current debate about mass death of bees due to environmental factors and pesticides – here at Bees and Bears, they have a their own little world and can demonstrate their important contribution to life. Nonetheles, Bees and Bears is more providing a smile and transfers some of the bees and bears happiness to the visitor, at least I left with a smile in my face.

Go and visit yourself as long as it is open to the public.
Thank you Cica!

Bees and Bears by Cica Ghost
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/van/40/97/25

Cica Ghost’s flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/64860898@N05/

Cica’s Shop in SL:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Appalachian/140/139/3502

Simploring 2018 (15) from Under the Sea by Cica Ghost

A couple of days ago, Cica Ghost contacted me and told me that she opened an exhibition in the lalalala Gallery Thistle. It is about her old fish and called “from Under the Sea”

“from Under the Sea” by Cica Ghost at lalalala Gallery Thistle

I went on a short simploring tour Friday, February 9th, to see it. When you arrive at the lalalala Gallery, you’ll find just one exhibtion room. There’s just a teaser, a poster for the exhibtion and a teleporter to the gallery itself, which is located in a skybox.

“from Under the Sea” by Cica Ghost at lalalala Gallery Thistle – some inhabitants from under the sea

As I didn’t know Cica’s “old” fish yet, this exhibition was new to me. The inhabitants from under the sea are alive but not under water. Each of them is unique and I enjoyed to see them. Some look really evil and – not surprising for me considering what I saw so far from Cica’s art – they seem to look at you. But overall it is a peaceful atmosphere.
You can buy the fish at the gallery for small money and take them home if you have a proper environment for them. I’m pretty sure that I will see some of them on my further simploring tours, now that I know how they look like.

Impressions of “from Under the Sea” by Cica Ghost at lalalala Gallery Thistle

The lalalala Gallery Thistle is owned and provided by lala Lightfoot. Thank you lala for providing your space for the art. And thank you Cica for another piece of art. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to lalalala Gallery Thistle
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Thistle/221/229/23 landmark to me.

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