Simploring 2020 (73) Ghosts of Jericho

Back in 2016 and 2017 I visited Follow Your Bliss (read here, here and here). In 2018 I visited Nantes (read here) and the Nantes Gallery (read here). Why do I list these entries? All these places were created by Elizabeth Jewell (elizabethnantesjewell), who still ownes Nantes and Fusion City (located above Fleur de Sel), which is also home of Nantes Gallery.
On Saturday, October 3rd, I got an invitation to visit “Ghosts of Jericho“, a sim built by Elizabeth at “Sim Quarterly“.

Sim Quarterly is a sim and initiative of Electric Monday:
Art and the virtual world, Second Life© are very similar — you are able to both find yourself and immerse yourself (and maybe even lose yourself) in something totally unlike what you already know. The experiences you gain help you grow and form new opinions about the world. That is what I hope this sim can provide over time. I am very excited to bring to you a quarterly art project by way of The Sim Quarterly.
The project features one creator every 3 months (every quarter) as an artist in residence. The purpose of the sim is so that residents can experience something new and even create a community.
Sim Quarterly has an own website.

The current installation “Ghosts of Jericho” is “a scenic installation designed, curated, and posed by by Elizabeth Jewell (elizabethnantesjewell), with an original soundscape concept and experience by Electric Monday.” According the the concet of Sim Quarterly it should stay open until the end of this year. I recommend to read about “Ghosts of Jericho” on the Sim Quarterly website here.

“Ghosts of Jericho” – Landing and welcome platform

The landing at “Ghosts of Jericho” is on a seperate platform above the sim itself – and it is already impressive. You get a notecard and some instructions about the settings: Advanced Lighting activated, Sun and Projector enabled, ambient sound on and preferably high or ultra high graphics settings. You also get a notecard with background information about the installation and about Sim Quarterly. I took some quite nice pictures already at the landing platform. You need to sit in the boat nearby (the ferry) to get to the sim itself.

Overview and orientation map of “Ghosts of Jericho” / at the landing pier

THe first views of Ghosts of Jericho are impressive. You land at a fishermen pier. At the end of the pier is a house used for fish processing and to the fishermen to change and take a break from work. Outside you find some rack with drying fish. The view from the pier to the rocky island with its trees and to the neighbour island is breathtaking. Fog is rising from the ground and from the flattened sea. Nearby is a larger waterfall.

Impressions of “Ghosts of Jericho” (1) – the fishermen’s pier

I went cross country and came to the bridge connecting the two islands, but stayed on the main island and walked on to the lighthouse. On my way I heard voicea .. and I read in the public chat:
Ghosts of Jericho: When will you be back?
Ghosts of Jericho: Do you think it was one of the wolves?
Ghosts of Jericho: There’s SOMETHING in the cave…
I didn’t see any wolf or and ghost but I enjoyed the views. The windlight setting and the environment is really great for taking pictures!

Impressions of “Ghosts of Jericho” (2) – the lighthouse

I continued my simploring tour and walked to the other side of the main island. There you find one inhabited residential house with a nice porch to sit and furnished with love for the detail. I stayed there for a while and enjoyed the view.

Impressions of “Ghosts of Jericho” (3) – at the residential house

Following the shoreline I came the the entrance of a cave. The light insight is very well set up and provides another great place for taking extraordinairy pictures. Yet I didn’t see any ghost nor “SOMETHING” .. I might have to return and have a more detailed look at every corner

Impressions of “Ghosts of Jericho” (4) – the cave

My first simploring tour to “Ghosts of Jericho” ended with a visit of the smaller island. There is a hut with a panorama window from where you have a great view on the lighthouse. And I heard a voice and read in mainchat .. “Ghosts of Jericho: She was there…” … Who? Some questions remain unanswered.
Don’t miss the views on the main island from the smaller island, they are just intriguing.

Impressions of “Ghosts of Jericho” (5) – the smaller island

Ghosts of Jericho” convinces with its great windlicht settings and with the atmosphere it provides. You can immerse yourself into another, lonely world and enjoy. I did enjoy my visit and I took lots of pictures again. A very well made, artfully created place, that showcases what can be done within Second Life. Thank you very much, Elizabeth Jewell (elizabethnantesjewell) for this sim. Thank you Electric Monday for the Sim Quarterly initiative.

.. one last picture 🙂

Landmark to Ghosts of Jericho
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Sim%20Quarterly/7/9/1403
Simquarterly website
http://thesimquarterly.com/
Blogpost about Ghosts of Jericho on Simquarterly
http://thesimquarterly.com/2020/10/03/welcome-to-ghosts-of-jericho/

Art in Seocnd Life 2020 (40) “Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang

When I scrolled over scoop.it SL Destinations on Tuesday, June 16th, I came across a new installation of JadeYu Fhang. The entry led to a post on the The Sim Quarterly blog “Welcome to “Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang“.

“Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang at The Sim Quarterly (1) – arrival

Sim Quarterly is a sim and initiative of Electric Monday:
Art and the virtual world, Second Life© are very similar — you are able to both find yourself and immerse yourself (and maybe even lose yourself) in something totally unlike what you already know. The experiences you gain help you grow and form new opinions about the world. That is what I hope this sim can provide over time. I am very excited to bring to you a quarterly art project by way of The Sim Quarterly.
The project features one creator every 3 months (every quarter) as an artist in residence. The purpose of the sim is so that residents can experience something new and even create a community.”
The current installation “Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang will stay opened until until Sept 14, 2020.”
Learn more about Sim Quarterly at their website.

“Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang at The Sim Quarterly (2) – a broader view at the installation

The above mentioned blogpost “Welcome to “Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang” provides a perfect start for a visit to this installation:
Upon arriving at Le Déraciné you will notice a village with sounds, lights, and dancing animesh characters. The ritualistic dance is only the beginning of your journey here. Just beyond these dancers is where you will discover a door or portal to transport you to JadeYu’s full creation.
Once you arrive at the main landing spot, you will immediately notice JadeYu’s use of light and sound. You will discover many ways to wander this vast, sim-wide installation from walking, flying, and discovering “paths” made simply from light and transparent mesh.
There are many ways to interact with the works, and since it is still so very early in the time of the residency I do not wish to spoil the treasures you should discover with your own experience there. Just make sure you click on objects to find out what is in store for you!

“Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang at The Sim Quarterly (3) – at the beach and in the “forest”

And I had this experience! “Le Déraciné” is French and means something like uprooting. In the center of the installation is a huge tree that has a human body in itself, particularly an head. From the tree ligths and branches reaches down to the ground. Right where you land an human lays on the beach and animesh figures dance around the human. Also this human is surrounded by branches and lights.
Looking up to the big center tree you see two platforms (I think it is one platform) with buildings that look like the village at the landing point from where I came. Lights rise from there into the sky, lights reach over to the center tree.

I went to what I would call a forest first. It is on the ground and you can really get lost in it. The forest might stand for the young trees, it might also have no meaning at all – it is a very artful background for sure.

“Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang at The Sim Quarterly (4) – some poses at the center “tree”

It is possible to fly at “Le Déraciné”. It is also possible to walk on the lights but not on all and you may fall down (I did several times). I sat on the center tree and got several poses offered. One is holding an apple – did I steal the apple? Other poses take you to sit on a branch or to almost hug the tree trunk. Other poses bring you close to the head.

I went over the the two (or one) platforms and from there you have another great view on the installation. You also find more animesh figures dancing around another human figure and you can join their dance.

“Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang at The Sim Quarterly (5) – on the platform

I do not dare to interpret what I saw, I just enjoyed the art and the lights, I had my own thoughts about roots and uprooting, about the human body and head integrated into the tree. Trees have many symbolic meanings to mankind, starting from the story of Adam and Eve. Trees are the symbol of life, they provide homes and heat, and nowadays we know about their function for our climate. Art and what it means is in the eyes of the beholder. I can just say: A great piece of virtual art, JadeYu!

“Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang at The Sim Quarterly (6) – Diomita posing / another zoom out / close to the head

JadeYu Fhang writes about herself:
Living in Paris, France, i followed the evening classes in academic drawing at Fine Arts School of Paris and was trained at the Applied Arts School of this city.
After these studies I completely stopped all artistic work. My journey is atypical made of multiple experiences. I returned to artistic work when I was able to get rid of all the academic rigidity that had been taught me.
My experience on Second Life since 12 years allows me to continue and improve my work and extend it to 3D.

It is not the first time that I came across JadeYu Fhang and her art and I hope it won’t be the last time either. I enjoyed visiting “Le Déraciné” at The Sim Quarterly. Many thanks also to Electric Monday, who provides the space for the art.

Landmark to The Sim Quarterly and “Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Sim%20Quarterly/7/10/1403
Post on The Sim Quarterly blog “Welcome to “Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang”
http://thesimquarterly.com/2020/06/14/welcome-to-le-deracine-by-jadeyu-fhang/
Sim Quarterly website
http://thesimquarterly.com/
Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/thesimquarterly/

Art in Second Life 2020 (14) Impostor by FionaFei

I had an art afternoon on Wednesday, March 4th, and went to Sim Quarterly once again. Currently Sim Quarterly presents “impostor” by FionaFei.

Sim Quarterly is a sim and initiative of Electric Monday:
Art and the virtual world, Second Life© are very similar — you are able to both find yourself and immerse yourself (and maybe even lose yourself) in something totally unlike what you already know. The experiences you gain help you grow and form new opinions about the world. That is what I hope this sim can provide over time. I am very excited to bring to you a quarterly art project by way of The Sim Quarterly.
The project features one creator every 3 months (every quarter) as an artist in residence. The purpose of the sim is so that residents can experience something new and even create a community.”
The current installation “impostor by FionaFei” will stay opened until May 30, 2020.
Learn more about Sim Quarterly at their website.

I came across FionaFei visiting her Shui Mo Gallery in January 2020 (see Art in Second Life 2020 (2) Shui Mo Gallery)

Impressions of “impostor” by FionaFei (1) – upper left is the landing spot from where you teleport into the Installation itself

FionaFei choose the title “impostor” as the installation is “a self portrait and a critique of myself as an artist. The exhibit showcases an ink-brush painting of mountains layered over each other to form landscapes often seen in many traditional Chinese landscape paintings. However, there are metaphorical “big red-flags” in the scene that interrupt the perfect serenity of the painting. The inspiration behind this exhibit came from her cultural background as a Chinese American immigrant and her technical background as an oil painter.”

Fioma is Chinese by decent but spent the majority of her life in the West: “I have a fascination with Chinese history and culture, but I often feel like I’m viewing my ancestry through a filter of Americanized information and experiences. Furthermore, my artistic background has been in charcoal and oil painting mediums, and I’ve had very little experience in actual ink-brush painting. For these reasons, “impostor” is meant to be a self critique and reflection of my inexperience with the actual ink-brush medium, where I feel like I’m never “good enough,” but I’m embracing it.

Impressions of “impostor” by FionaFei (2)

Just like at the Shui Mo Gallery you walk through the Chinese ink painting, becoming a part of it once you teleported from the landing point to the installation itself. Quite dominating are 2 giant red hands rising from the ground that seemingly try to grab you. You walk through the installation along a wooden walkway, also painted in black ink. The installation/picture surrounded by high mountains and you see some trees scattered on the slopes.

When following the path you also come through a field of red flowers and signs, a real contrast to the black and white and if you further walk on you get to the other side of a mountain and find the ink brush, a strong picture that you actually exist as a part of a painting.

Impressions of “impostor” by FionaFei (3)

Needless to say that the impressions are overwhelming. The painting does fulfill all stereotypes that we might have in mind about Chinese ink art. You really get great backgrounds for pictures. By concidence I fitted into the Chinese painting very well with my quite erotic outfit.

On the top of one mountain you find kind of a temple, a tempel for ink! Try to sit on the central element inside, an ink pot. You can worship the ink there – and I did.

Impressions of “impostor” by FionaFei (4) – worship the ink!

FionaFei herself characterized the elements of her installation “impostor” as follows:
Red Hands: My hands reach out from the white abyss of the painting to forcefully touch the scene.
Red Flowers: The red flowers signify my imagination beyond Chinese ink, and my love of whimsy.
Giant Ink splatters: Ink splashes across the surface of the landscape as my inexperience becomes ever more present.  All the mistakes with the “brush” has manifested itself in explosions of ink. 
Red Chinese Characters: The Chinese Characters 你是谁 (Ni Shi Shei?) asks “Who are you?”

Thank you Fiona for this installation. I enjoyed becoming part of it and walking through it. Thank you Electric Monday so much for your initiave and for hosting “impostor“ by FionaFei, which shall stay opened until May 30, 2020.

Landmark to Sim Quarterly
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Sim%20Quarterly/6/6/1403
Sim Quarterly website
http://thesimquarterly.com/
Welcome to “Impostor” by Fiona Fei
http://thesimquarterly.com/2020/03/01/welcome-to-imposter-by-fiona-fei/
Sim Quarterly Flickr group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/thesimquarterly/
Landmark to FionaFei’s Shui Mo Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dreams/147/44/2554
Fiona’s Website:
fionafei.portfoliobox.net
Fiona’s Flickr:
flickr.com/people/fionafei

Simploring 2019 (124) Donkeys by Cica Ghost

Yesterday I got an invitation from Cica to visit her newest installation “Donkeys by Cica Ghost“, that opnend December 12th. I went there today.

Cica’s invitation (Upper left) / Diomita riding a donkey (lower left) / Diomita taking a break watching the seagulls (upper right) / Bird eye view on Donkeys by Cica Ghost (lower right)

Cica’s Donkeys are presented once again by Sim Quarterly, a sim and initiative of Electric Monday:
Art and the virtual world, Second Life© are very similar — you are able to both find yourself and immerse yourself (and maybe even lose yourself) in something totally unlike what you already know. The experiences you gain help you grow and form new opinions about the world. That is what I hope this sim can provide over time. I am very excited to bring to you a quarterly art project by way of The Sim Quarterly.
The project features one creator every 3 months (every quarter) as an artist in residence. The purpose of the sim is so that residents can experience something new and even create a community.
Learn more about Sim Quarterly at their website.

Impressions of “Donkeys by Cica Ghost” (1)

As I expected already I had a lot of fun visiting Cica’s donkeys. They look “Cica-ish”, are of course very tall, and are happy. Their i-a, i-a, ia can be heard all over the place. Many “Cica-ish” houses are all around the island, which is quite full of flowers and trees, mainly coconut trees. That is a little bit unusual for Cica but fits very well.

Impressions of “Donkeys by Cica Ghost” (2) snails and cats

Quite close to the landing you find a house with a donkey store inside. And yes, you can buy these happy animals – 10 different donkeys. But there are more animals at Donkeys by Cica Ghost. I saw many seagulls, I saw butterflies, snails and… yes, cats!

Impressions of “Donkeys by Cica Ghost” (3) – lower right shows the donkey store

There is no deeper sense – at least not for me. Donkeys by Cica Ghost is just for having fun, for being childish and enjoy. There’re comparably many opportunities to sit, for example in the houses, and to watch the animals. I recommend to hoover with your muse over the objects … at one gateway you can stand and dance. Cica also place a litte tv in one house “Don’t touch” – and of course it means “touch!”, funny! You can also sit in a boat and watch the scenery from there.

Impressions of “Donkeys by Cica Ghost” (4)

In short: Donkeys by Cica Ghost are fun – a different fun these days before Christmas. I enjoyed my visit and it comnjured a smile in my face!
Thank you Cica for another great installation and thank you Electric Monday for your initiave and for hosting “Donkeys by Cica Ghost“.

Landmark to Donkeys by Cica Ghost
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Sim%20Quarterly/94/220/38
Sim Quarterly website
http://thesimquarterly.com/
Sim Quarterly flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/groups/thesimquarterly/

Simploring 2019 (110) Rocks by Cica Ghost

Yesterday I got an invitation by Cica to visit her newest installation “Rocks by Cica Ghost“, that opened November 3rd. And I went there right away late at night.

Impressions of “Rocks by Cica Ghost” (1)

This time Cica Ghost art is presented by Sim Quarterly, a sim and initiative of Electric Monday:
Art and the virtual world, Second Life© are very similar —you are able to both find yourself and immerse yourself (and maybe even lose yourself) in something totally unlike what you already know. The experiences you gain help you grow and form new opinions about the world. That is what I hope this sim can provide over time. I am very excited to bring to you a quarterly art project by way of The Sim Quarterly.
The project features one creator every 3 months (every quarter) as an artist in residence. The purpose of the sim is so that residents can experience something new and even create a community.
Learn more about Sim Quarterly at their website.

Impressions of “Rocks by Cica Ghost” (2)

Rocks by Cica Ghost” is an island with … rocks! All is grey tones, the windlight submerges the island in turquoise, the clouds glow in orange. All rocks are painted and thus Cica’s rocks become a world of it’s own. I recognized a lot of Cica’s themes be it cats or snails. You see “Cica-ish” flowers, trees and houses on the rocks. There are no ohter plants than those painted on the rocks, no green grass, just rocks and some groups of naked floral stems. The girl from “Frogs” (read simploring 2017 (9) Frogs by Cica Ghost) has a reappearance and you find her painting the rocks.

Impressions of “Rocks by Cica Ghost” (3)

As usual humans become dwarfs in Cica’s worlds. The rocks are huge and so are the painted animals, houses, and flowers. It is fun to immerge yourself into “Rocks by Cica Ghost“. It warmed my heart seeing all the funny and peaceful animals and to recognize Cica’s humor at every corner. If you hoover your mouse over some of the rocks you can dance in front of some rocks or sit on others. This adds to fun and it is what “Rocks by Cica Ghost” is intended for – getting out from every day life (even in SL), dance, laugh and have fun!

Impressions of “Rocks by Cica Ghost” (4)

Thank you Cica for another great installation and thank you Electric Monday for your initiave and for hosting “Rocks by Cica Ghost“. I do look forward to visit Sim Quarterly and it’s art projects again.

Landmark to Rocks by Cica Ghost
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Sim%20Quarterly/237/107/26
Sim Quarterly website
http://tiny.cc/co2mfz
Sim Quarterly flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/groups/thesimquarterly/