Art in Second Life 2022 (53) “made of memories” by Boudicca Amat at DixMix Gallery Lounge

At Dixmix Gallery Lounge a new exhibition has been opened on June 4th: “made of memories” by Boudicca Amat.

It is a small exhibition featuring just 8 portrait pictures of Boudicca. “made of memories” shows her, always in front of a red/brown neutral background, in all portraits but one she’s with red hair. Nontheless you have to look twice to see that it is one and the same person.  When you hoover your mouse over the pictures you get a thought, a title for each picture, for each memory – and memories form a personality. For example, right at the entrance Boudicca is shown wearing a Ukraine flag tattoo on her cheek and the title is: “… so very far from normal”. Try it with the other pictures …
It is a small but thoughtfully selected exhibition of portraits.

Impressions of “made of memories” by Boudicca Amat

I came across Boudicca Amat in August 2020 the first time, when I saw her small exhibition “5 Times Boudicca” at “The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria” (read here).
Boudicca is in Second Life amost 15 years. She writes about herself and her art in her profile:
I make pictures. I make them for my own amusement, they have no deep meaning,
I’m not trying to ‘say’ something – I use my mouth and my typing skills for that.
For me they are an exercise in arrangement, lighting and effects. Sometimes it works ……sometimes it doesn’t
And from the rest of her profile I can tell Boudicca loves to read, to talk and to write at least as much as making pictures. As for her pictures I can only say, I like them. You can find more of her art at her flickr account.

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the Dixmix Gallery Lounge. And thank you Violet Boa, who does the PR work for the Dixmix Gallery Lounge and who is always helpful for me to gather information.
Thank you for your art, Boudicca, I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery Lounge
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lawaii%20Myst/31/202/2254
Dixmix Gallery flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/dixmixgallery/
Boudicca Amat’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10585546@N04/

Art in Second Life 2022 (42) “un.seen” by Catherine Nikolaidis @ Dixmix Gallery Lounge

Tuesday, May 3rd, I got a message from Dixmix Source, who told me that he has a new place in SL, the Dixmix Gallery Lounge. Currently there’s an exhibition named “un.seen” by Catherine Nikolaidis. The exhibition was opened on April 30th.

Impressions of the Dixmix Gallery Lounge

The Dixmix Gallery Lounge is a place “where art meets hospitality” and “hospitality is an art“. It is an almost square building with an open roof through which you can look into the skies. The lounge offers countless opportunities to sit inside as well as outside. And you are surrounded by art. For example outside is a sculpture by Moki Yuitza named “gatto stiracchioso_dix” (stingy cat dix according to google translator). But also all the lights outside and the pictures inside add to the art experience at Dixmix Gallery Lounge. And for sure you can party at the lounge.

Impressions of “un.seen” by Catherine Nikolaidis @ Dixmix Gallery Lounge (1)

At least for right now the left side of the Dixmix Gallery Lounge building is used as an exhibition space for “un.seen” by Catherine Nikoladis . The exhibition consists of eight photographs in black&white, obviously taken in Second Life and processed with light and shadow effects into erotic art. All photographs show women in lingerie or naked, but never fully naked and always leaving enough room for the fantasies and stories of the spectator.
I saw Catherine Nikolaidis’ artful photographs when I visited “Soulportraits” at Itakos Art Gallery in March 2021 (read here). And I saw two exhibitions of her at DixMix Gallery in 2021 “Zwarwit” (read here) and “Quelqu’un” (read here).
The title “un.seen” could had two meanings. Firstly that the spectator sees new photographs never shown before, or secondly that the photographs themself show models or scenes where the model felt alone, not seen by anyone and able to be herself.

Impressions of “un.seen” by Catherine Nikolaidis @ Dixmix Gallery Lounge (2)

Catherine Nikolaidis was born in Greece and lives in the Netherlands. She joined Second Life in 2007 and photography is one of her passions. She writes about herself: “I believe strongly in sharing. I believe in communicating. I believe in creation and inspiration. I love black & white. I feel strongly for music.”
Catherine is a photographer, blogger & brand manager for several stores. She runs her own website and shares her work also on her flickr page.

I enjoyed my first visit to Dixmix Gallery Lounge, Dixmix’ new space for the art which is not only a gallery but also a place to for artists and art lovers to meet and to have fun. Thank you Dixmix and thank you Catherine for you art. And thank you Violet Boa, who does the PR work for the Dixmix Gallery Lounge and who is always helpful for me to gather information.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery Lounge
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lawaii%20Myst/31/202/2254
Dixmix Gallery flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/dixmixgallery/
Catherine Nikolaidis flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/cathnikol/
Catherine Nikolaidis own website
https://www.catherinenikolaidis.nl/

Art in Scond Life 2022 (20) Carpe Noctem by Maloe Vansant

I got an invitation to visit the lastest exhibition at DixMix Gallery, that opened February 19th: “Carpe Noctem” by Maloe Vansant.
Sometimes I come across an artist quite often in a short time, just to see nothing of the artist again for a longer time. Just recently I saw “Inside Maloe’s Mind” by Maloe Vansant, an exhibition that opened Sunday, February 6th (read about it here). I have written about Maloe’s art already before. The last time I came across her was in September 2021 when I visited her exhibition “Eternally” at DixMix Gallery (read here) that celebrated the tenth anniversary of Maloe Vansant and DixMix Source’s friendship.

Carpe Noctem” by Maloe Vansant is showcased in room Amalfia at DixMix Gallery. It consists of 10 pictures mainly showing female faces or parts of it. There is no obvious story that connect these pictures. Each seems to have an own story. I was particularly attracted by the picture that is also used for the exhibition poster. It is called “Faux Andy” and is shown with four different colour filters at the exhibtion. For me it is amazing how different the the face and the expression becomes with a different colour.

Maloe also plays with other effects, like blurring or with several layers of different pictures. She plays with softenting, light and also with strong colour contrasts. Another favourite of me at “Carpe Noctem” by Maloe Vansant is “The crack in the mirror”. Maloe’s art is passionate and full of details, the pictures provoke the visitor to spin stories around them.

Examples of “Carpe Noctem” by Maloe Vansant – Faux Andy / The truth is mine / just a shadow left / The crack in the mirror

Maloe Vansant joined Second Life in 2007, a new world for her who had never played games or joined any social network site: “After creating little Maloe, my barbie doll, my pixel soul, I discovered the possibility of making snapshots and I started to make a graphic diary of Maloe’s journey in Second Life, showing the emotions she experienced in this pixel world. I think I succeeded in doing this by using some post processing in Photoshop. I am not a woman of many words, I try to express myself, my feelings, my passion and probably my dark side through my pictures.
Maloe has also a flickr account where you can see more of her artwork.

The virtuality blog published an interview with Maloe Vansant by Violet Boa back in August 2021. Violet Boa wrote in the introducing text about Maloe:
Maloe belongs to the group of people who are strongly guided by feelings and she is blessed with ability to touch our souls with her photography.
With skillful game between light, shadow, color and composition she creates works that appeal to us not only on the quality level, but also write stories of life and with it catch our thoughts and hearts.
Read the full interview on virtuality blog here.

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and thank you Violet Boa for the PR. The exhibition “Carpe Noctem” by Maloe Vansant shall stay open until March, 6th.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
Interview with Maloe Vansant by Violet Boa in virtuality blog
https://www.virtuality.blog/interview-with-maloe-vansant/
Maloe Vansant’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/31954671@N08//

Art in Scond Life 2022 (15) Inside Maloe’s Mind by Maloe Vansant

I got a hint from Violet Boa to visit “Inside Maloe’s Mind” by Maloe Vansant, an exhibition that opened Sunday, February 6th. I have written about Maloe’s art already before. The last time I came across her was in September 2021 when I visited her exhibition “Eternally” at DixMix Gallery (read here) that celebrated the tenth anniversary of Maloe Vansant and DixMix Source’s friendship. And DixMix is mentioned on exhibition poster for “Inside Maloes Mind” as he provided the music for the opening event.

Inside Maloe’s mind” is showcased at “In my Mind project Gallery”, the gallery space of A. (Ava Darkheart). With the invitation I got a quote from Maloe: “The journey in my Second Life, brought by pictures of my past, pictures that are close to my heart…

The exhibition space is in a sphere in the skies. The pictures are arranged on the inside of the sphere so you also have to look up to see them. All of them are a combination of texts and poems and the pictures itself. The text is faded in and out – hence you get something to begin with when you make up your own story to each picture. I just wonder, which was first, the picture or the text/poem?

Impressions of “Inside Maloe’s Mind” (1)

Maloe Vansant joined Second Life in 2007, a new world for her who had never played games or joined any social network site: “After creating little Maloe, my barbie doll, my pixel soul, I discovered the possibility of making snapshots and I started to make a graphic diary of Maloe’s journey in Second Life, showing the emotions she experienced in this pixel world. I think I succeeded in doing this by using some post processing in Photoshop. I am not a woman of many words, I try to express myself, my feelings, my passion and probably my dark side through my pictures.
Maloe has also a flickr account where you can see more of her artwork.

The virtuality blog published an interview with Maloe Vansant by Violet Boa back in August 2021. Violet Boa wrote in the introducing text about Maloe:
Maloe belongs to the group of people who are strongly guided by feelings and she is blessed with ability to touch our souls with her photography.
With skillful game between light, shadow, color and composition she creates works that appeal to us not only on the quality level, but also write stories of life and with it catch our thoughts and hearts.” This text also fits very well to the exhibited pictures at “Inside of Maloe’s Mind
Read the full interview on virtuality blog here.

Impressions of “Inside Maloe’s Mind” (2)

The “In my Mind project Gallery” is owned and curated by A. (Ava Darkheart). I met A. during my visit and she told me that her own art is exhibited on another level of her space. Hence I have something to add to my list.

Thank you A. for providing the space for the art, thank you Violet for the hint and thank you Maloe for another great exhibition, I enjoyed my visit. “Inside Maloe’s Mind” should stay open for visitors throughout February.

Landmark to “Inside Maloes Mind”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Cabana/29/20/1325
Interview with Maloe Vansant by Violet Boa in virtuality blog
https://www.virtuality.blog/interview-with-maloe-vansant/
Maloe Vansant’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/31954671@N08//

Art in Second Life 2022 (9) Dreams by Megan Prumier

I visited the latest exhibition at DixMix Gallery, that opened January 22th: “Dreams” by Megan Prumier.

I know Megan Prumier as builder or contributor to sims dealing with urban life, with mega cities, for example of Voodoo Land (read here), Kiyori (read here) and Skrunda-2 (read here). But I also covered some exhibtions of her like her part at La Maison d’Aneli’s exhibtion of September 2019 (read here). I know her as the builder of the DixMix Gallery where she also added to the interior design and where she contributes to exhibitions of other artists with her decorations.

Megan Prumier is a multimedia artist and resident in Second Life since 2010. Her skills are extended on the field of photography, mostly portraits on modern, minimal and even surreal Scenes.
“Dreams” by Megan Prumier at DixMix Gallery is a series of about 15 erotic pictures showing a model who exposes her body in a vintage setting of the 1920’s. Megan added elements of the setting to the exhibition space. The ceiling lights and the round seating furniture can be seen in the pictures and are used to decorate the exhibition space. Megan used light elements in form of bows and bands to further illuminate the space, to seperate her pictures and to provide an artistic light. The pictures were taken in Second Life and processed. The result is a fully fitting set up of art where space and featured pictures build a unit and allows the visitor for fully immerse into the pictures and the setting.
You can see Megan’s art also on her flickr page.

Examples and Imrepssions of “Dreams” by Megan Prumier at DixMix Gallery

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Violet Boa for the PR. And thank you Megan for another impressing exhibtion. The exhibition “Dreams” by Megan Prumier shall stay open until mid February.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
Megan Prumier’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/meganprumier/

Art in Second Life 2022 (8) The secret life of mannequins and birds by Mrs. S.

I visited the latest exhibition at DixMix Gallery, that opened January 15th: “The secret life of mannequins and birds” by Mrs. S.

Mrs. S. (lauralar) wrote about her exhibtion in the accompanying notecard:
One of the first objects I used to make installations were mannequins. I found them at Kowloon. The concept ‘Travelling mannequins’ (2009) was about mannequins visiting sims like Furillen and Poetik or places, like a swimmingpool, castle and mountains. Now they are back in the Winterretraite.
Art is a big part in my life, it’s one of my dreams to have a huge wall in my house filled with art. As we all know, anything is possible in Second Life, so I made an art wall with some of my favorites and some of my own. It can be seen at the Birdhouse.
Birds have always fascinated me, it’s why I like to combine them with other objects. Thanks to great designers like Keke, Vespertine, Dust Bunny and so many more it’s possible to make stories with their items.
Some of the stories can be seen in the Birdhouse.
The Birdhouse and Winterretraite can be visited after the opening at Dixmix Gallery.
I hope you enjoy the exhibition as much as I enjoyed making it.
Mrs. S. (lauralar)

Mrs. S. (lauralar) is in Secondlife since 2012. She is on observer, photographer and decorator. The exibhition compromises 10 pictures, pictures of birds and other whimsical objects, pictures of her wall of art. Each picture has a name – and the name is exactly what you see. That made me smile. The four examples that I selected as an appetizer for you to visit the exhibtion are called: Not a party pooper, Wintermannequins, Treasures on the wall, Phalacrocoracidae on a chair

Examples of “The secret life of mannequins and birds” by Mrs. S. @ DixMix Gallery

You can see more of Mrs. S. art at her flickr page.

I went to the Birdhouse and the Winterretraite after visiting the exhibtion. Mrs. S. (lauralar) has her wall of art there and all the birds and whimsical objects that you can also see at the exhibtion – and more! It is a house full of art and details to discover. The exhibition was the perfect teaser to go there.

A visit to Mrs. S. (lauralar)’s Birdhouse and Winterretraite

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and thank you Violet Boa for the PR. The exhibition “The secret life of mannequins and birds” by Mrs. S. shall stay open until begin/mid February.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
Mrs. S. (lauralar)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123839917@N06//
Mrs. S. (lauralar)’s Birdhouse and Winterretraite
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wisdim%20Isle/126/215/23

Art in Second Life 2022 (5) The other side of Me… by Lika Cameo

I visited “The other side of Me…” by Lika Cameo, an exhibtion currently featured at DixMix Gallery in room “Amalfia”.

“The other side of Me….” shows about 10 couples of a painting and a photograph, representing the “me” and the other side of me. Each of these couple comes with a thought or a quote.

The pictures are arranged at the walls of the room and on the both sides of a central extra wall. When you look into the room, you can read on the small side of the wall “The other side of Me…”. And you also look directly at two picture couples at the opposed wall.
Right next to the entrance on the left side is a text, the lyrics of the song “Otherside” of the US American singer and songwriter Avi Kaplan. You can hear (and see) it on youtube here. It is the perfect introduction to this artful exhibition:

Emerald ivy, wrapped around my skin
Pulls me deeper, drags me back again
Tangle me up in your vines
Take my spirit, take my mind
Take me over to that other side

“The other side of Me…” by Lika Cameo – view at the entrance of room “Amalfi” at DixMix Gallery

On the right side of the entrance you find a short text of Lika with her thoughts about her exhibition “The other side of Me…”:
… There is always more than eyes can see and hands can feel… there is another world where i can be or i am… there is always another side of me…
Look in the mirror and see, look at your eyes and feel, you are about to enter another dimension of You …

The pictures are very artful and fanciful, true eycatchers that invite to immerse deeper into them. In particular with the provided quote to each couple of pictures. I began to ask myself “Do I have a similiar picture of the other side of Me? Do I desire to be the other Me? Do I want to go to the other Me?” It are these thoughts that let me immerse into Lika’s art. “The other side of Me…” is a well made exhibition that combines a poem and quotes with pictures and pantings to help the spectator to visualise them.

Impressions of “The other side of Me…” by Lika Cameo @ DixMix Gallery

Lika Cameo (Likacameo) is in Second Life for more almost 4 years. She’s passionate about art, photography, architecture, travel, yoga and people. Lika has a flickr account with more of her art and she has an own gallery in Second Life, the Cameo Art Studio.

Lika Cameo’s art is unique and displayed very thoughtfully. I enjoyed my visit. Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and thank you Viloet Boa for the PR. The exhibition “The other side of Me” by Lika Cameo shall stay open until end of January.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
Lika Cameo’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/184680643@N05/albums
Cameo Art Studio
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bragg/105/230/2202
“Otherside” by Avi Kaplan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DArPxJDoIU

Art in Second Life 2022 (2) Onceagain Art Gallery

Following Rig Torok’s blog I came across “Onceagain Art Gallery” and visited it on January 2nd. Onceagain Art Gallery is owned by onceagain (Manoji Yachvili). In the landmark profile you find a short description:
Hello! This is a small art gallery dedicated to women where exhibitions of various kinds will be exhibited on a regular basis.
If you want to be part of it, send a note to Manoji Yachvili with your references and a link where I can see your work.

onceagain (Manoji Yachvili) is in Second Life for more than 14 years. She “likes photography, art, landscapes, animals, visiting strange places, most of these things she also does in RL”. You find more of her also on her flickr account.

Impressions of Onceagain Art Gallery (1) – Main building and exhibition “Kaleidoscope”

Her Onceagain Art Gallery consists of several parts. The main building, where you land, features Onceagain’s own art and some pieces of her art collection. Right at the entrance you find a teleporter board that leads you to other buildings featuring “Private Collection” (Onceagain’s art collection), “Personal Exhibit” (another larger exhibtion of Onceagain) and “Artist of the month”. The latter did teleport me to an empty skybox, hence I assume there’s just no artist featured at this particular time of the year. On the ground level you can also see 3D sculptures and art objects embedded in a nice garden.

My visit started at the main building. On the ground floor is an exhibtion titled “Kaleidoscope”. Onceagain wrote about it:
Thinking of the joy I felt as a child when I laid my eyes on the kaleidoscope and with a simple gesture of rotation thanks to those fragemnts of coloured glass I created a new world, precise, clean, an endless array of colourful emotions and grace.
In out life time each one of us must take their pieces and put them back together again to be able to look at his own inner world.
In the life time of this society fragments of an uncertain reality, often confused, rich but fragile, where past, present and future seem to overlap in mposed velocity, the persuit of bauty in a game of fragmetns of light allows me to expand the senses, give peace to the mind, feed my eyes to the vision of tomorrow.
This is the thought that has noursihed my creativity for this project: the need to catch a glimpse of a possible hope for the revival of beauty in this world, the desire to look with brght eyes of adult reality and with enlightened eyes of a child its possible future.

Impressions of Onceagain Art Gallery (2) – Exhibition “Kaleidoscope” – collected art on the 2nd floor

The pictures all consist of 2 pictures, on the left side a RL picture of something messed up, broken, trist and on the right side the picture of a kaleidoscope structure, where the structure repeats elements of the picture on the right. It conjured a smile on my face when I saw the similarities and I can understand what Onceagain wants to express. Well done!

Upstairs are some pieces of Onceagain’s art collection, in particular some objects of Mistero Hifeng. And there’s one room featuring Onceagain’s horse pictures. But these are not just horse pictures, Onceagain processed them and compared them with pictures of renowned RL artists. She wrote about them:
We all have images archived, even at an unconscious level, models which we refer to because any work aof art is an act of communication involving a user, someone who enters into conversation with what is being shown.
Thus on reseeing a photo of my mare, I naturally associated it with a picture I began composing this project. Whenever an image reminding me of an artist came my way, I would set it aside, lke a jigsaw piece intent on arranging the end result, a part of which is here on display; thus, creating a personal dialogue with the works present in one’s memory by means of photographs.

Impressions of Onceagain Art Gallery (3) – Exhibition “horse pictures” on the 2nd floor

Again the direct comparison is intriguing!

I took the teleport board and visited the “Private Collection” which is in a separate building. You could also walk through the garden to get there and see the outdoor art objects on your way. I visited just shortly, the list of artists she collected is quite long and I know and worte about some of them: Bryn Oh, Caly Applewhyte, DixMix Source, Eupalinos Ugajin, Lika Cameo and many others.

Finally there’s another exhibtion of Onceagain in a gallery up in the skies named “NOMORE”, reached with the teleport to “Personal Exhibit”. It is really a quite personal exhibition and covers a theme, i was not aware of at all. Onceagain wrote:
NOMORE interlaces the story of the serious illness of the palm trees, caused by the red weevil, among the inexitent and sick relationship with my father and the joyful synergy experienced by me with this kind of trees during the childhood spent in the “Boulevard Palm” in Nervi, a distrct of Genova, the which I’m particular fond of.
NOMORE was born slowly, it evolves as thought mature, white the experence is lived. With the passage of time, I’ve collectd refrelctions, informations, old photographs, creating my iconic graphic elements, assembled in this project with a contemporary and complete overview

Impressions of Onceagain Art Gallery (4) Onceagain’s exhibition “NOMORE”

Onceagain Art Gallery provides a unique art experience in Second Life. It combines art objects created in and for Second Life in the garden area and the art collection with exhibition space featuring onceagain (Manoji Yachvili)’s own art. Onceagain succeeds to explain and describe her thoughts when she sees a RL photograph and what pictures this photograph brings up in her mind. The direct comparison is intriguing. Thank you for your art, Onceagain!

Onceagain Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Peaceful%20Mountains/210/82/24
Rig Torok’s blogpost about “Onceagain Art Gallery”
http://rigtorok.blogspot.com/2022/01/peaceful-mountains-2022.html
onceagain (Manoji Yachvili)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/69389809@N03/

Art in Second Life 2021 (122) The Cold Moon by Dixmix Source

On Saturday, December 18th, the next new exhibtion at DixMix Gallery was opened in room “Abby” – “The Cold Moon” by Dixmix Source himself.

The theme of the exhibtion is quite obvious the moon and consequently a moon levitates in the entrance to the room.
The exhibtion features 11 pictures around the moon theme. Dixmix wrote a short text about the exhibition. The text can be found in one corner of the exhibtion room:

Since we started the “Moon parties Sound and Vision” with Aki, I was thinking to make a sweries of pictures of the Earth’s only natural satellite.
One day I dragged my loneliness in pixel in Bryn Oh’s new “Immersiva”
So inspiring.
As far as I can remember Bryn has always built mysterious, dark and unique installations on SL.
Today I have the pleasure to share with you here, my interpretation of the day of the full moon in December, called in some cultures “the cold moon” this new and last exhibition

Impressions of “The Cold Moon” by Dixmix Source @ DixMix Gallery (1) – “We are under the same sky, looking at the same moon” (upper right) / “When the wolves are silent only the moon howls” (lower right)

I asked Dixmix about the “Moon parties Sound and Vision” and he told me that he hosts these particles and music parties together with Aki (Akiko Kiyori) and he even provided a video of a party so that I could get an idea of these events. It seems that I have my “Aki”- weeks as I just recently saw “Clay & Seed” (read here) and “The Incal and the 4 Mazes” (read here) at Aki’s sims.
And Bryn Oh and her sim “Immersiva” are well known in the Second Life art scene.

The eleven pictures are fine artwork each. The pictures extend into the frames and all show the moon. DixMix named each picture and provides his thoughts with the name. The pictures all convey the melancholic atmosphere, that most of us experience when we look at the moon, particularly around this time of the year.

Impressions of “The Cold Moon” by Dixmix Source @ DixMix Gallery (2) – “Silent Night” and “The moon can’t breathe but can take my breath away”

Dixmix Source is in Second Life for more than 15 years. So far I know him as owner and curator of the DixMix Gallery and as a dj. I get regular invitations to the parties at DixMix Gallery (I could never attend so far as I’m always busy at those times).
Dixmix is a Belgian artist, a photographer, a director, a musician and more. You can see more of his pictures on his flickr page. And of course, Dixmix owns and curates the DixMix Gallery. Violet Boa cares about the PR. When I looked up Dixmix Source’s profile for writing this post, I came across an interview that DixMix had with Violet Boa and it reveals a lot more about him. Read the interview in Virtuality.

Thank you Dixmix!
Following the usual exhibition scheme at DixMix gallery the exhibtion should stay open until January 15th, 2022.

Landmark to DixMix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
“Moon parties Sound and Vision” – video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOyKm-EZutY
Dixmix Source’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10mix/
Violet Boa’s interview with Dixmix in Virtuality
https://www.virtuality.blog/interview-with-dixmix-source/

Art in Second Life 2021 (118) Somewhere Photos by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen

On Saturday, December 4th, a new exhibition was opened at DixMix Gallery in room “Amona” – “Somewhere – Photos” by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen.

The exhibition showcases 14 pictures and one video of the installation “Somewhere” by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen. I reported about this installation in this blog already (read here). This installation is still opened until Sunday, December 12th on the skyplatform “Womb” at DixMix Gallery. So hurry up, if you haven’t seen it yet! I added the post about the installation below once again.

Some examples of Somewhere – Photos by Theda and Iono Allen (1)

It is amazing to see the pictures of this installation. Each of them is a piece of art. Knowing the installation itself immediately brings up pictures in motion in your mind and you can literally see the motion, the dances and the figures when you look at the pictures.
But it you haven’t seen the installation itself, you might come to another interpretation. That is the amzaing effect of art, it produces different stories, it make you reflect about what you see, it produces different pictures and stories in each and everyone.

Some examples of Somewhere – Photos by Theda and Iono Allen (2)

There’s also a video screen at “Somewhere – Photos” where you can see the installation in motion. I enjoyed my visit and it motivated me to visit the installation itself again on the skyplatform “Womb”.

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing to it. Many thanks of course also to Theda Tammas and Iono Allen for creating “Somewhere” and now for providing “Somewhere – Photos“.


Art in Second Life 2021 (99) Somewhere by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen

Saturday, September 25th, a new art installation at DixMix Gallery was opened on the skyplatform “Womb”: “Somewhere” by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen.

The Womb is a seperate platform in the skies above the gallery. The teleport is right next to where you land.
Once you’re on the platform you should adjust your viewer settings: graphics to ultra (or to the best your system can handle), enabled advanced lighting, shared environment (top menu “world” -> “environment”) and allow media to be played automatically.

The installation extends over 3 levels. “Somewhere” uses a lot of the different creative possibilities of virtual worlds. On the first level, where you arrive, is a big screen quite at the end of the platform. The floor is white, something between snow and sand, the sky is grey, cloudy and dark. The screen shows a film that seems to be made in this environment. A woman with a magnificent head of blue hair is dancing, she almost hoovers over the ground. And step by step other women, twins of her show up. When they are five, all dancing sychron, they disappear into the horizon before the video restarts.

Impressions of “Somewhere” by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen (1)

On the left side of the platform is a stair. It leads your to the 2nd level of the installation. The ground has some gaps through which you can see the 1st level below of you and in the sky you see the 3rd level frough even larger gaps. On the 2nd floor are several objects. The woman of the video now appears as animated dancing figure. She dances in or around the objects, she sits in a red net like being caught by it. She dances under huge gates and she watches herself dancing in other videos shown on 2 screens. The combination of light effects with the ground and skies, the videos, the 3D art ojects, the animated and static figures build a unique and permanent changing art installation. You can animate yourself to dance by clicking objects that look like bar stools on the first glance. And then let your mind wander …

Impressions of “Somewhere” by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen (2)

Getting on the 3rd level wasn’t that easy as I found no stairs. I tried walking through gates and all of a sudden got to the 3rd level. This level was obviously used for the opening event. Again you find different objects with the woman either dancing of being kept like a prisoner. Once free they dance, seek nearness to each other and follow a lead. They break out of their own prisons and limitations.

Impressions of “Somewhere” by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen (3)

Theda Tammas is in SL for more than 14 years. She has had already some exhibtions of her work. I couldn’t find out a lot more about her. If I interpreted it right, then she’s from Brasil (I might be wrong though). Theda has an own website where you can see a lot of her former installations.

Iono Allen is also more than 14 years in SL and not only from his profile I conclude that his main passion is making films, so called machimas. He has an own vimeo channel where I found a video about “Somewhere”.

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing to it. Many thanks of course also to Theda Tammas and Iono Allen for creating “Somewhere“. Another great installation of the two. It is not the first collaborative artwork of Theda and Iono. Theda made the figures, the art objects and the setup of the installation, Iono made the video clips. Once again I enjoyed my visit.


Landmark to DixMix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
Theda Tammas website
https://bytheda.weebly.com/
Iono Allen’s vimeo channel
http://vimeo.com/user2558273

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