Art in Second Life 2021 (11) American Shot by Milena Carbone – Part II

On January 15th I published a post about “American Shot” by Milena Carbone (mylena1992) at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (read here). The Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is owned and curated by Dido Haas.

What is an American Shot? It is a photograph framed from the character’s mid waist to right above their head. It is characteristic of American movies of the first half of the 20th century, at the dawn of cinema, and of the American empire. The exhibtion “American Shot” deals with the rise and fall of an empire, in particular of the American empire. The title has nothing to do with the pictures itself though, that are “Italian shots”, showing full bodies. That’s the educational part of this blog entry *winks*.

With “American Shot” Milena shows us the decay of the Western Empires in 28 images of which 14 were shown until end of January 2021. Milena has changed the images and now the remaining 14 works are showcased until mid of February. The re-opening party is tomorrow – on Tuesday, February 2nd at 12PM SLT.
Moreover, Milena also made a book of this exhibition in which not only all 28 images are presented but also the story she wrote ‘Greatness again and Decadence’. You will find the the book on the table at the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery and can purchase it.

“American Shot” by Milena Carbone – Part II (1)

The 2nd 14 pictures shown right now are also quite large and show people representative for their group, way of life or attitudes, like the one that was selected for the exhibition’s poster – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court’s feminist icon. This picture is named “Humanism is a dissent”. With the floor mirroring the pictures they all become quite expressive. And along with a few thoughts and texts they invite the visitor to spin stories, to connect them with the rise and fall of the American empire, to connect them with the texts.

In the accompanying notecard Milena writes about “American Shot”:
Even before the emergence of civilizations, human beings devoted part of their lives to representing faces. Animals, gods, chiefs, parents. They drew on rocks, they carved masks and statues in pieces of wood, clay or stones. The art of portraiture is found in every work of art. Each era carries its style and its faces. It is accepted today that the portrait is the representation of the absent. Absent God. Absent Master. Absent wife. Father absent. Unknown soldier. Lost friend. Jesus on the cross. Regretted Mary.

“American Shot” by Milena Carbone – Part II (2)

Milena Carbone (mylena1992) is a French artist and is in Second Life since mid 2019. She discovered its artistic potential and since then has devoted all her free time to creation, associating, as in real life, images and texts. By accepting the rule of the “double” (the real “I” and the virtual “I”), she includes herself in her artwork: “Milena Carbone is a fiction in which, as in any artistic work, biographical and imaginary elements are mixed.” Her creative process is iterative: some of her images inspire her stories and these stories modify the development of the image, which itself transforms the story.

“American Shot” by Milena Carbone – Part II (3) – The Art Buyer (upper left), Aiien QAnspiracy (upper right), The frustrated housewife (lower left), Secret Service (lower right)

Dido Haas wrote a comprehensive article about “American Shot” in her blog “Exploring SL with Dido“. It includes more information and a video of the exhibtion, that was made by Milena herself.
Thank you Dido for providing the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery and for featuring the two parts of “American Shot” by Milena Carbone. I enjoyed my visit of part 2 as much as I enjoyed the first part.

Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/38/25/1001
Blogpost about Art in Second Life 2021 (5) American Shot by Milena Carbone – Part I
https://themaurers.me/2021/01/15/art-in-second-life-2021-5-american-shot-by-milena-carbone/
Dido Haas’ blog “Exploring SL with Dido”
http://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com/
Dido Haas about “American Shot by Milena Carbone”
http://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com/2021/01/american-shot-januaryfebruary.html

Art in Second Life 2021 (5) American Shot by Milena Carbone

I got an invitation from Dido Haas to visit the exhibtion “American Shot” by Milena Carbone (mylena1992) at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. The gallery is owned and curated by Dido Haas.

What is an American Shot? It is a photograph framed from the character’s mid waist to right above their head. It is characteristic of American movies of the first half of the 20th century, at the dawn of cinema, and of the American empire. The exhibtion “American Shot” deals with the rise and fall of an empire, in particular of the American empire. The title has nothing to do with the pictures itself though, that are “Italian shots”, showing full bodies. That’s the educational part of this blog entry *winks*.

With “American Shot” Milena shows us the decay of the Western Empires in 28 images of which 14 are shown at present (until end of January 2021). Halfway the exhibition Milena will change images and show the remaining 14 works (early to mid February). Moreover, Milena also made a book of this exhibition in which not only all 28 images are presented but also the story she wrote ‘Greatness again and Decadence’. You will find the the book on the table at the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery and can purchase it.

“American Shot” by Milena Carbone” (1)

The 14 pictures shown right now are all quite large and show people in extraordinairy situations or environments, like the one that was selected for the exhibition’s poster. With the floor mirroring the pictures they all become quite expressive. And along with a few thoughts and texts they invite the visitor to spin stories, to connect them with the rise and fall of the American empire, to connect them with the texts.

In the accompanying notecard Milena writes about “American Shot”:
Even before the emergence of civilizations, human beings devoted part of their lives to representing faces. Animals, gods, chiefs, parents. They drew on rocks, they carved masks and statues in pieces of wood, clay or stones. The art of portraiture is found in every work of art. Each era carries its style and its faces. It is accepted today that the portrait is the representation of the absent. Absent God. Absent Master. Absent wife. Father absent. Unknown soldier. Lost friend. Jesus on the cross. Regretted Mary.

“American Shot” by Milena Carbone” (2)

Milena Carbone (mylena1992) is a French artist and is in Second Life since mid 2019. She discovered its artistic potential and since then has devoted all her free time to creation, associating, as in real life, images and texts. By accepting the rule of the “double” (the real “I” and the virtual “I”), she includes herself in her artwork: “Milena Carbone is a fiction in which, as in any artistic work, biographical and imaginary elements are mixed.” Her creative process is iterative: some of her images inspire her stories and these stories modify the development of the image, which itself transforms the story.

“American Shot” by Milena Carbone” (3)

Dido Haas wrote a comprehensive article about “American Shot” in her blog “Exploring SL with Dido“. It includes more information and a video of the exhibtion, that was made by Milena herself.
Thank you Dido for providing the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery and for featuring “American Shot” by Milena Carbone. I enjoyed my visit – part 1.

Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/38/25/1001
Dido Haas’ blog “Exploring SL with Dido”
http://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com/
Dido Haas about “American Shot by Milena Carbone”
http://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com/2021/01/american-shot-januaryfebruary.html

Art in Second Life 2020 (16) swim with elephants by Betty Tureaud

I came across “swim with elephants” scrolling through scoop.it SL Destinations. The entry led to a post of Dido Haas: “Swim with Elephants by Betty Tureaud.” Dido is a photographer, she is the owner and curator of Nitroglobus Hall, as well as a blogger (Exploring SL with Dido). I added the link to her blog to the active blogs list today.

Back to “swim with elephants“, which is an installation of Betty Tureaud at African Sun, a full (adult) region. The region is group owned and the group was foung by Aki (akikokinoshi). I assume that African Sun is owned by Aki.

Betty Tureaud is from Denmark, she’s a builder and light and space artist in Second Life. I came across her art before at ArtSpace UTSA in 2016 (read here), in August 2018 when I visited her isntallation “The Art Game” (read here) and in January 2019 when her work was shown at La Maison d’Aneli (read here).

Impressions of “swom with the elephants” by Betty Tureaud (1)

The installation “swim with elephants” is quite unique and fitting to the sim name African Sun. It is installed in a sphere in 4000m height. The sky and the ground is orange and yellow so that you literally feel the heat provided by the sun which shines strongly and unrestrictedly. The sphere is large, you see elephants slowly walking in a circle, each elephant has a beam in yellow, green pink or yellow pointing from its back into the sky. You see a large group of flamingos, you see a pyramid at the horizont, a range of dark orange rocks, and some trees. Right in the center of all and close to the landing there’s kind of a pond (or is it simply sand?), yet you can’t really see any difference to the ground around. Humans float in the pond (on the sand?) forming a circle and you can become a part of them by “sitting” on the center sphere.

Impressions of “swom with the elephants” by Betty Tureaud (2)

The backs of the elephants can be used for dancing. I can only imagine every back occupied by the dancing guests on the occasion of the opening party of “swim with elephants” on March 22nd.
I went insode of the pyramid where you find another elephant with a Japanese temple on its back. The temple spews Japanese characters every once in a while and you can sit on the trunk of the elephant.

Impressions of “swom with the elephants” by Betty Tureaud (3)

I don’t want to interpret Betty Tureaud’s work, everyone has different thoughts looking at or expierencing art. For me “swim with elephants” had something peacefully. I sweat, I could feel the heat, but it wasn’t threatening. It’s like walking or dancing in an African dream, not everything must have a meaning. After my visit I asked myself if elephants are seen as having wisdom in Japan, considering the elephant that spew characters in the pyramid …
Anyway have a look yourself!

Thank you Betty Tureaud for the installaion and Aki (akikokinoshi) for providing the space for it.

Landmark to “swim with elephants by Betty Tureaud”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akiniwa/111/170/4002
Dido Haas’ blogpost “Swim with Elephants by Betty Tureaud”
http://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com/2020/03/swim-with-elephants-by-betty-tureaud.html