Art in Second Life 2022 (11) La Maison d’Aneli February 2022

I visited the latest exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli that officially opened yesterday, January 26th. It features the art of Claude Belgar, Eylinea, Olivia (angsanaburton), Xia Chieng, ilyra Chardin and Jennifer Steele (Steele Wilder). For this blog entry I visited the exhibition several times before it opened officially – hence if there were some late changes, they might not be covered.

I began my visit with ilyra Chardin.
ilyra chardin is an artist and designer, whose work has been featured in installations and exhibits across the grid. Her artwork crosses media and styles, spanning from real life and digital to SL art. First and foremost, Ilyra is a storyteller. Whether in full SIM, 3D installation, sculpture, or 2D (original mixed media, hand-painted, hand-drawn, and photo) art, she includes multiple layers with depth of meaning. Her work has been the subject of numerous blogs, machinimas, and has been featured on Designing Worlds.” (taken from the accompanying notecard)

Her installation at La Maison d’Aneli is called “The Middle of the Road & Other Myths and Legends”. You arrive in an attic room that features quite some of ilyra’s pictures. The show a broad range of subjects, from scenes in a forest, over chess to birds and portraits. And all appear to be haintpainted, though I don’t know if they are. ilyra’s style is what they have in common.
In the middle of the room is kind of a walkway with a hole, that might be caused by a fire. You fall trough in and land a level below on the court of a destroyed town, quite an apocalyptic scenery,

ilyra Chardin is in Second Life since 2010. She defines herself as RL and SL Artist: “I art therefore I am”. A selection of her artwork may now be viewed in a permanent exhibit at Emergent. Current Exhibitions & Art Installations change frequently and are best seen by looking at ilyra’s profile main page and in picks.

Eylinea is with 3 years still comparably new to Second life. I saw her art before at La Maison d’Aneli and at VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery. She’s exploring the possibilities and trying out new things. Her room in the current exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli is quite high and dominated by rotating and moving black spheres. Like mirror balls, they shimmer in all colours of the rainbow and it is quite intriguing to watch them and the light effects. There are some windows in the room. And through the windows you see cubes in black and white, rotating and moving along.

Eylinea writes about herself in the accompanying notecard: “Photographer, cube juggler, light dresser, tattoo artist apprentice, designer, designer of cardboard furniture and lights, jewellery maker…. dreamer at her own time! To sum up: creator of lots of things, curious about everything. That’s how I could qualify my sl… and my rl!”
If you want to see more of her look up her flickr page.

Olivia (angsanaburton) is a 26 years old French student and interested in painting since her childhood. She works with acrylics, oil and pigments and creates mostly colourful abstract paintings. Olivia joined SL 2 years ago.

At La Maison d’Aneli she shows a spectrum of her art of the last 4 years. The paintings are arranged in a more industrial environment on 2 levels. You can see more of Olivia on her flickr page.

Art by Xia Chieng – “True beauty lies in the cracks of imperfection”
The collection of pictures presented at La Maison d’Aneli is called “Assburguer’s Mood Diary”. “It is original surreal artwork based in the aspie’s universe of Lis Xia Chieng.
Xia wrote in the accompanying notecard: “For someone with Asperger’s syndrome, understanding their own emotions, feelings, and sensations is an uphill battle. That is why I present Assburguer’s mood diary (assburguer is a common misspelling of aspergers when we wanting to name our syndrome). A collection of surreal portraits based on my moods, and with which I made my first debut in digital painting. At the same time I present the continuation of my paintings from the Visions of an Aspie series, which I presented in this gallery a few months ago, made with traditional painting and technique, which I hope you like and disturb more than ever.”

For Xia her art is “a tool for self-transformation and healing, a way to dialogue with my own internal demons”
Xia is in Second Life since 2010. She has an own gallery, Xia’s Alcis Gallery and a flickr page.

I came across Claude Belgar once so far when I visited MindScape3D in 2020 (read here) where he contributed the the 3D world of art that was featured there. Claude is in Second Life since 2008. I couldn’t find out much about his artistic Second Life. Aneli got this text from Claude: “Passionate and “jack-of-all-trades”, my photographic approach is quite intuitive and not really structured. I just shoot what I like. A lot in nature first (landscapes, animal, macro, astrophotography) then, with time, I begin to get closer to the city and people.
At his skybox at La Maison d’Aneli we see basically 2 different kind of photographs – RL monochrome pictures of a town by a river, of mountains and of coasts and processed pictures of a forest (I have no idea if the forest pictures are taken in SL or RL). One single photograph is coloured. What the pictures have in common is that your recognize the forest of the river, moutains or the coast only if you get closer and look for more details.

Jennifer Steele (Steele Wilder) made her art installation “exclusively for this showing at La Maison d’Aneli. It’s intention is to take you on a journey through the mind and process of an artist. It is my journey and my process. Other artists may have a very different experience from mine. This puzzle of platforms joined by ladders marks steps in my journey – you’ve entered my personal experience. For me to create this, I had to answer this fundamental question – What is the Journey of an artist?
Success? Failure? Rejection? Acceptance? Evolution? Disaster? Love? Hate? Passion? Desire? – How do I make a visitor experience all of this?

You can’t cheat and cam around at this exhibit. It appears as though nothing is there. Much like when you first learn about an artist and are unfamiliar with their work. It’s a journey just to get to know them. Why don’t I have a way to see it all at once or teleport to the different levels? Because there’s not shortcuts in art – and I want you to experience a journey, not 5 seconds of deciding if you like or hate the work. 🙂” (taken from the accompanying notecard)

Please respect that taking pictures of Jennifer Steele (Steele Wilder)’s contribution to the February exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli is not allowed. Jennifer did approve the impression I show above.
Jennifer Steele (Steele Wilder) is in Second Life for 15 years. She has had a lot of exhibits, runs an own gallery “The Jennifer Steel Gallery” and she is a partner in a lot of businesses in SL. For more information, just check out her profile.

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.”
Thank you for another great joined exhibtion, Aneli. As always I enjoyed my visit and writing about it. It inspired me.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
ilyra chardin’s permanent exhibit at Emergent
Jennifer Steele (Steele Wilder)’s “The Jennifer Steel Gallery”
Xia Chieng’s Alcis Gallery
Xia Chieng’s flickr
Olivia (angsanaburton)’s flickr
Eylinea’s flickr

Art in Second Life 2020 (77) MindScape3D

After publishing my post about “Hexagonia” by Amita Duranjaya (read here) I had a chat with Amita and she invited me to visit interstellART, a sim dedicated to the (cyber-)arts, owned and curated by her.

I had never heard of interstellART before but from the information notecards that I got from Asmita I can tell that the sim has several levels full of art and there’s really a lot to see. For my fist visit I decided to see the 3rd level, a landscape-terrain used for special exhibitions. Right now and until the end of 2020 the special exhibtion is “MindScape”, a collaborative project initiated by Asmita Duranjaya. 18 artists have contributed 3D-installations or 2D-pictures and visualize their imagination of the topic MindScape. I visited MindScape3D.

MindScape3D is related to brain research and what can refer to the human mind, how to develop, inspire and care for or manipulate it. 11 artists have created 3D artwork referring to the topic by adding his or her idea, be it more realistic-physical or more mental or philosophical abstract. The 11 artists are: Shenn Coleman, iSkye Silverweb, June Clavenham, Claude Belgar, Kyoko Furse-Barzane (Samara Barzane), Hayden, Melodie Heart (mariemadeleine38), Giselle Seeker (brightlyshyne), Art Oluja (Artistik Oluja), Betty Tureaud and Asmita Duranjaya herself.

The 3D area is a moon landscape that was designed by ShennColeman. Upon landing I met Larita (asmitaduranjaya1), who made writing this report about my visit to MindScape3D way easier:
Welcome at interstellART and the MindScape-project. MindScape is a collaborative art-project initiated by Asmita Duranjaya, curator and artist on this sim interstellART (Nice Atoll). 19 artists have contributed 3D-installations or 2D-pictures to visualize their imagination of the topic MindScape. I am a guide-robot and will lead you through the area with the 3D-art-installatons for an overview.
Each installation has a board with further information, which you can study after the tour on your own.
Please follow me now.

I followed her. There’s a path that lead along the different installation. It starts with the 3D area itself. I use the text from my robot guide Larita along with my pictures for this report.

My robot guide Larita (asmitaduranjaya1)

Our first artist is Shenn Coleman, who has constructed the “Brain-Dome” for this moon-area. He says: “Sharing to reach beyond the boundaries of our imagination is always a fantastic adventure. I like to create to learn and to share, and SL is a wonderful way to do that and i like to explore imaginative ways.
This dome was an attempt to visually represent the function and the genesis of the thoughts in our brain and maybe also to invite other forms of intelligence to come into contact with our human neurons.”

Our next spot is the installation by Danish artist Betty Tureaud. She says: “In computer science, artificial intelligence (AI), sometimes called machine intelligence, is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in contrast to the natural intelligence displayed by humans. In my art installation I combine AI whith Neuralink, a cable direct into the brain to make a superhuman, a cyborg, where artificial intelligence AI is combined with human intelligence.”
This is an interactive sculpture with a dance-animation, if you sit on it. Jump on it and try it after the tour.

MindScape3D: “Betty Tureaud – AI”

French artist Claude Belgar says: “The sculpture “The Mind Is Free” reflects the freedom of traveling the ocean, using only the natural elements to wander across. The vehicles, ships and a plane refuge from being captured in an abstract head, so it symbolises the flow of mental imaginations – the mind is free.”
You can enter the crater to have a closer look when you come back after the tour.

Artist Kyoko presents her “BLOOD WALL :: Man’s Mind Holocaust-Killing Fields-Hiroshima. I am of the belief that our future will bring many new and wondrous creations, but in the end we will still be capable of turning on each other because of perceived differences or agendas. The 3 parts of this work represent three attempts to solve a problem. All resulting in multiple deaths. In each case methodical and intended.
Kyoko Furse-Barzane
March 2020
Please feel free to enter the dome to see the work from different perspectives.

MindScape3D: “Claude Belgar – The Mind Is Free” and Kyoko Furse-Barzane (Samara Barzane) “BLOOD WALL :: Man’s Mind”

This MindScape-version of the RL nano-graphic novel “The Pool”, written by German author M. K. Iwoleit/Hayden in SL, presents an audio-version in English and German and visitors can listen to the nano-story by clicking the specific keyboard. The installation contains also a virtual book-version. The English version of the human is spoken by Dodge Threebeards, the robot is an artificially produced voice. The German version is spoken by Dick H. G. Read more on the nc and return to the spot after the tour to listen.
Remark: The installation at MindScape3D was created by Asmita Duranjaya. The ambient etude as a background music has been composed and recorded by Hayden who is interested and active in several kinds of artistic expression.

MindScape3D: “Hayden – Der Pool / The Pool”

Artist Giselle Seeker has mystic mind-experiences. She says: “When the mind is at rest, the creative processes can flow more freely with daily stressors and distractions put to rest, as the brain repairs and restores exhausted brain cells. This allows for brain waves to flow more freely with less disruptions in the electro-neurological processes. It also seems to become more aware and open to things of the Spiritual nature. These may or may not be proven by Science, and may not be the proper terminology, but these have been my own observations and experiences in my own lifetime.”
Enter the crater after the tour.

MindScape3D: “Giselle Seeker (brightlyshyne) – The Mind’s Increased Perceptiveness To Spirituality Including Creativity When Asleep Or At Rest”

“The Clover Plant” of artist Melodie Heart refers to the idea, that Shenn’s brain has occupied a dead star and is going to fill it with new life. Melodie says: “Replant a desolate planet with natural seeds. Ban genetically modified organisms, reduce the use of pesticides”. Make it a better world. Study the installation when returning after the tour.

Artist iSkye Silverweb says: “For most people, this is a world full of sound: birdsong, voices, engines, and music. MindScape is a perfect project to demonstrate just a little bit of the experience I have, navigating in a silent world. For me and others who are deaf like me, the world is filled with seeing and feeling. With this installation you may get a taste of how people living in a world without sound come to see the rhythms of life. We can “see” many of the sounds that you hear.”
Study iSkye’s work closer after the tour.

MindScape3D: “Melodie Heart (mariemadeleine38) – The Clover Pant” and “iSkye Silverweb – Visible Rhythms”

The statement of artist June Clavenham is: “‘State of Mind’ intends to be a visual representation of how the thoughts we choose to entertain in our minds affect our emotions, the way we perceive our realitiy, the way we interact with others, and in general, all of our being and our lives.”
Enjoy this sculpture after the tour.

MindScape3D: “June Clavenham – State of Mind”

Artist Asmita Duranjaya says: “After surviving mankind, robots will start to construct their own culture by taking over forms of expression of the HipHop-culture e.g., visually, sonically and kinetically. Culture is the mental shape of beings and the result of mental efforts. No culture without mind.And now listen to the rapper TrippLee and his rap “Robot” or/and dance with the robots.” Enjoy it later.

MindScape3D: “Asmita Duranjaya – No Culture Without Mind”

Artist Art Oluja/Littlewing says: “‘Aural Blossoms’ is an visual-audio experiment in which I’ve played with a collage of colourful textures, incorporating kaleidescope patterns I created out of second life snapshots as well as music visualization wave patterns produced in the iOS beta app ‘Endlesss.’ The idea is to portray the sensation of music that blossoms in your headspace, evoking a landscape of emotion as you listen to different sounds that guide your mood.” Read more on the notecard and interact with the sculpture, when you return for an individual tour.

MindScape3D: “Art Oluja/Littlewing (Artistik Oluja)- Aural Blossoms”

That was our tour to get an overview over the MindScape-exhibition in the 3D-area. I hope you have enjoyed the tour and if so we would be glad about a small donation.
Thank you and have a good time.

I could add a lot more as some of the mentioned notecards contain a lot more information about the artists and about their work. But on one side this entry would become way too long and on the other side, you can go there yourself and read what you’re interested in. In my personal opinion the showcased art did express a lot more to me knowing the thoughts of the artists, for example “Visible Rhythms” being created by a deaf artist.

There’s also a lot more information on the web and the links are provided at the landing spot. I looked up a website about CyberArt: “Introduction, how to define and produce it”.

Thank you Asmita Duranjaya for this special exhibtion MindScape3D and for pointing it out to me. And thank you for providing the space for the arts and your passion for it.

Landmark to MindScape3D
A webpage about CyberArt – Introduction, how to define and produce it