Simploring 2017 (44) – Light Thoughts 3

I had a look at the Second Life Destination guide again to select where to go this time. I decided to visit Light Thoughts 3, a combined art installation by Jo Williams and Mario2 Helstein within the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) program. The two installations are adjacent and have one shared landing point and flow smoothly into each other. The Light Thoughts 3 installation of Jo Williams is on LEA 20 and the installation of Mario2 Helstein is on LEA 21. Looking at Jo’s and Mairo2’s profiles I learned that they are partnered and are both creative minds, hence the combined realisation of their art.

Both art installations work with mesh forms, fantasy plants and animals, with light and light effects, particles and colours. I started with LEA 20 by Jo Williams. It is described as “a dark sim, expressing the feminine experience and principles -flow, darkness, power, wisdom, beauty, abundance, romance, seduction, love and destruction using shapes and lights with mythical and spiritual symbology…and pose balls (ha!).
The setting of LEA 20 is more on the ground and doesn’t go up into the sky like LEA 21. You walk over water or fluids in different colours in which geometric forms and fountains of particles and flowers are embedded like flowerbeds. Some flowers are recognisable like roses and mushrooms, others are jsut fantasy. A little brigde from one bed to another give the impression to be in a garden. In the dark sky there’re spheres looking like planets. Most impressive are the colours and the lights. It is like being in an explosion of colours. Just wonderful and a paradise for those who like to catch the impressions in pictures like I do.
Poseballs? I only found a pair of poseballs for dancing, but perhaps I wasn’t attentive enough as my attention was caught by the colours.

June 6th – Impressions of Leicht Thoughts 3 (LEA 20)

LEA 21 by Mario2 Helstein is described as “an exhibition of mesh and prim forms, lights, effects and innovative scripting. This LEA sim is a stimulating example of artistic creation and technical scripting and innovation in Second Life“. Although both art installations mrege into each other it is clearly different. LEA 21 is has higher forms that reach far up into the sky. There’s also a ceiling buildt of geometrical forms. You can recognize statues, big sculpture of large animals, an octupussy like animal with long tentacles flaots through the room. There’re two ballons with invite to take a ride (for me just one worked and the tour was just a short hop from one spot to another, not what I expected). LEA 21 is coined by these artful sculptures. Some of them are embedded in large grids or surrounded by light effects and particles. There’s also a control panel at one of these sculptures where you can selected about 20 different particle effects. Every viewing angle at LEA 21 provides another experience of light, beams, scupltures and effects.

June 6th – Impressions of Leicht Thoughts 3 (LEA 21)

And why is it Light Thoughts 3? Because Light Thoughts was an art installation back in 2015 and Light Thoughts 2 in 2016 – I didn’t see them unfortunately. That’s the downside of virtual art, it is temporary. You can capture some impressions with pictures like I do but the three dimensional experience can’t be reproduced.

I don’t know how long Light Thoughts 3 will stay open. So it you want to see it, you shouldn’t wait until next year. There are events held at LEA 20 / 21. To get more information you have to join the M2D creations group to find out when awesome Events, Light Shows & parties are on.
Mario2 Helstein also has a store inworld (M2D) where you can purchase particles and light effects, if you want to create your own colourful light show.

Thank you Jo Williams and Mario2 Helstein for this art installion. I enjoyed a colourful hour at LEA 20 / LEA 21

Landmark to LEA 20 / LEA 21
Mario2 Helstein’s shop inworld

Simploring 2017 (42) Flash Back / Flash Forward

Sunday, June 4th, I went simploring in the morning. Kitty accompanied me on this tour. I selected “Flash Back / Flash Forward” from the SL destination guidewhere the description caught my attention “Flash Back / Flash Forward, Giovanna Cerise’s newest installation, takes an abstract and dreamlike approach to time’s passage, our tottering on the precipice between past and future, and the commingling of time and space. Showing at Split Screen through July 31.” The featured abstract picture tempted me to explore it as well as the name Giovanna Cerise rang a bell. I visited Otium in April 2015, where some of her art was exhibited (read here: A visit to Otium). Unfortunately this sim does no longer exist. In 2016 I visited her installation Monochrome that was buildt within the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) program (read here).

Giovanna wrote that the idea of Flash Back / Flash Forward is “transporting the present into the past and projecting it into the future, aware of the implacability of temporal laws, for what is present today will tomorrow be the past, and what is future will be present. The tendency to emphasize and almost exacerbate the instability and impermanence of the perception of what has passed and of what is not yet is the leitmotif of Flash Back / Flash Forward.”

Flash Back / Flash Forward is mostly made of simple forms, which are arranged and piled up, most of the elements are transparent, you can walk and see through them, sometimes they appear, from another angle they are invisible. There’s no visible floor on the first glance, hence you walk and fly through the installation. Within this build are 6 different spaces that vanish in the complex but, depending on the angle, they are perfectly visible. Giovanna named them “The dream, The point of view, The desire, The lighteness, The impossible choice and The birth”

3D-art in Seond Life has the distinctive feature, that everybody sees it different, depending on light settings and viewing angle. Hence nobody sees exactly the same and each picture taken is at least a bit different and unique. I was impressed about the vanishing and appearing of elements and walls, sometimes I saw just a shadow of myself, and from another angle I could see myself clearly. My favourite space within Flash Back / Flash Forward is the one that Giovanna named “The impossible choice” as it expresses a lot about myself and about my Second Life.

Flash Back / Flash Forward is located at Slpit Screen Installation Space. Split Screen is an artist cooperative sim where all resources and expenses are shared equally by its members. The sim’s primary purpose is to provide working space for its members, as well as exhibitions and other special events. Giovanna’s installation can be visited until End of July 2017. I was impressed and am happy that I saw it. Thank you Giovanna!

Landmark to Slpit Screen Installation Space
Giovanna Cerise’s Website

Simploring 2017 (40) Another World

Saturday, May 27th, late afternoon, I decided to make a simploring tour. I picked “Another World by Solkide Auer” from the Second Life desination guide. The title already reveals a lot about this simploring tour. I went into another world, created by Solikide Auer. He writes about himself: “I’m italian  and I am a citizen of SecondLife. Everybody has a dream and I can give a form to your dream as I am a builder and artist too, as I create sculptures.” The landmark description gives more information: “Another World is a flight in a pure geometric ambient where shapes and colours try to give a momentary lapse of relax. Nothing else than stay in peace with yourself.
Another World consists of different geometric forms piled up into the height. The forms are all different, stars, spheres, spirals, cubes, bows and grids. There no sky, the enviroment is black and dark and all forms are artificially illuminated in different and constantly changing colours. No viewing angle, no colour composition can be easily reproduced. Everyone sees another world different, as a personal expierence. There are 3 ways to explore Another World. You can take a little  spaceship, a flying sofa which will lift you up to the top of Another World and back down. This roundtrip takes about 15 minutes. During the flight up and down you can relax, enjoy the lights, the different impressions, you fly peacefully through space, time, lights and forms. You get views from inside of the geometric forms as well as from outside. The second way exploring is taking one of the seven doors next to where you land. Each door teleports you to another part of Another World from where you can walk or fly around and enjoy the view. And the third way to explore it is to simply fly.
I was very impressed by Another World. Of course I took tons of pictures, so what I selected for this entry is just a small excerpt, a teaser. It is another way to relax. I visited already many lovely sims, where you just relax by admiring the (virtual) nature. Another World is also very relaxing and peaceful. In particular the flying sofa tour provides great impressions that you can simply enjoy without being activ.
Thank you Solkide for your artful installation. I enjoyed it a lot.
If you want to see more of Solikide visit his blog Solkide Auer, where you can learn more about him and his art. There are also some videos (taken within Second Life) to watch in this blog.
Landmark to Another World by Solkide Auer
Solkide Auer’s blog

Simploring 2017 (13) – Days of O

Thursday, February 23rd, I went simploring. As Mistress Jenny had locked the clumpsy wrist shackles on me (see yesterday’s blog entry). I decided to look at the SL destination guide for an adult sim for my simploring tour. The first entry caught my attention “Days of O“.
The landmark description sounds promising: “Story of O is a tale of female submission involving a beautiful Parisian fashion photographer named O, who is taught to be constantly available for intercourse. Come, live and write your Story of O with your friends, subs, Masters or pets!”20170223-days-of-o_020
My visit was in the afternoon, for sure not a time where you expect many people. But I was alone at Days of O and I stayed alone during my one hour visit.
Days of O is a very well made sim. At the landing point you get some information and you can look at a map for orientation and to decide what you want to see. The sim is full of places to cuddle and to dream, the forest and park around the buildings is photogenic. There are several Buildings: the Roissy Mansion, the pantheon (that replaced the bath-house), a greenhouse, a barn and an resident home (that replaced the auction room). All buildings are furnished with style and with love for the detail. I really liked what I saw. Here are some impressions..20170223-days-of-o_021
20170223-days-of-o_022I tested in detail the pet’s cage and it’s animation in the residence house. Overall I had a very relaxed hour at Days of O.20170223-days-of-o_023
The sim is owned and created by Mako Vitti (fluxie.aeon). According to his profile, there a Social Mix Party every Sunday evening (which timezone?) “Join us, come as you are, and blend in :)”
As opposed to the notecard that I got when entering Days of O I had not to join the group and to pay a fee for it just for visiting the sim.
Landmark to “Days of O”

Still scary times at Woodbury Falls

Halloween is not that long ago and there’re still scary sims up to visit. Saturday, November 12th, I went to Woodbury Falls which is listed in the SL destination guide.

November 12th: Arriving at Woodbury Falls

November 12th: Arriving at Woodbury Falls

Woodbury Falls is a photogenic horror sim where it is evident that something is wrong. The town lies through the maze of abandoned houses where windows have long shattered in the weakness of their structures and rotting boards, Weeds socialize across the cracking asphalt of every road, gathering and laughing at the lone pedestrian. Do you have what it takes to survive?”

Upon your arrival at Woodbury Falls you should grab a flashlight as you’ll need it. Just across from the landing point there’s the entrance to an old mine, easy to recognize by the lonely dead body hanging just left of the entrance. I dared to walk in. Its dark inside and you shouldn’t be easily fainted. As I walked along the old tracks, I literally stumbled over dead bodies. Around one corner a bloodied woman suddently appeared and really scared me for a moment.

November 12th: The old mine at Woodbury Falls

November 12th: The old mine at Woodbury Falls


When you visit Woodbury Falls get used to dead bodies, they are everywhere. In the forest, there must have been a massacre. Dead bodies hang from the trees like leaves….

November 12th: In the forrest of Woodbury Falls

November 12th: In the forest of Woodbury Falls

The town itself has all what you’d expect from a town: a church, a theatre, a cemetry, a motel. All seemed to be abandoned but there’re people. Kids gather in the church for ritual prayers. And if you enter resident homes what you see is either dead bodies, a crime scene or a bloodied child staring shocked into this surreal world.20161112-woodbury-falls_028
20161112-woodbury-falls_029Yes, Woodbury Falls is not for the fainted heart. It is dark, scary and depressing. It is for those who love this kind of scenery – and I did enjoy my visit as there are so many details to discover. Thank you Zaccai R. Wolfe (robesz) for providing this sim to us!
Landmark to Woodbury Falls

Halloween tour 2016 – Templeton Cove

It’s the Season for Halloween tours, for scary sims, for fun. Saturday, October 15th, I continued my simploring for the Halloween season – I visited Templeton Cove. Templeton Cove is described in the SL Destination guide: “Can you survive the ride to hell? Climb aboard the ferry, and make your way through the Land of Hades on this award-winning roller coaster brought to you by the Templeton family, WolfSong Creations, and Torgon’s Development Service. Explore Templeton Cove’s Haunted House and forest and enjoy shopping in the Halloween decorated outdoor mall. “

October 15th: Visiting Templeton Cove

October 15th: Visiting Templeton Cove

Upon landing there’s nothing scary at all. As opposed to Templeton Cove is a lovely sim decorated by the colours of autumn and with typical Halloween decorations, just lovely eye candy. I roamed a bit over the sim and through the shops that offer a lot of decorations. Then I went over to the haunted house.20161015-templeton-cove_020 20161015-templeton-cove_021The house doesn’t offer too scary things, but it is worth to peek in. In the ballroom in the first Floor there’s a skeleton couple dancing, really funny. If you walk upstairs, there are two rooms, one is empty, in the other you’ll find a girl in a bloodied dress sitting by the window and starring outside, poor girl! What else is there in the haunted house? You need to  touch a wall to get into a hidden room, which is really lovely. There’s not really that much inside but a table with a skull in the middle and you can lay Tarot Cards. But the atmosphere in this room is just impressive.

Just across the haunted house is the entrance to the “Ride to Hell Rollercoaster”. Of course I tried it. It is fun if you like riding rollercoasters. To stay honest, it is nothing I would repeat, it’s nice but not really scary.20161015-templeton-cove_022Landmark to Templeton Cove
Templeton Cove in the SL Destination guide

Neverland – Calas Galadhon Halloween – Exploring on foot

October 11th: Exploring Neverland on foot

October 11th: Exploring Neverland on foot

Tuesday, October 11th, I continued exploring Neverland on foot trying to find the way to “The Portal”, which I saw already when I did the boat tour. This time it was more “Holloween-ish”. I had to pick up a flashlight and to enter mazes, where I came across large spiders, ghosts, strange creatures and stumbled over some skeletons. In addition the sound was scaring (as it should be!). Yet also when you explore on foot Neverland is very colourful, the colours are just overwhelming and in hard contrast to the dead bodies, skeletons and other scary elements around.

October 11th: Overwhelming views on colourful Neverland

October 11th: Overwhelming views on colourful Neverland

20161011-neverland_021I for sure missed out a lot of surprises as I found the way to “The Portal” and the pavilion quite quickly. But I got a good impression about about Neverland and might visit is again together with Jenny before October, 31st.20161011-neverland_022You enter the pavillion over a large sailing ship, again populated by skeletons. Then you walk over suspension bridges from one rock to the other to the pavilion, a large event and dancing area. Unfortunately we might not be able to attend any of the events as they all are at 7 PM PST, so we Europeans will be left out (at least this year). Nonetheless I add a picture of the event time table for those who can’t sleep or are in living in or close to PST timezone.

Neverland Pavilion's table of events

Neverland Pavilion’s table of events

Landmark to Neverland
Neverland in SL Destination guide
Neverland in Inara Pey’s blog

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