Simploring 2018 (58) Diotima, Ocio y Cultura

After my visit to the exhibition “Fractal Chaos Theory by Redi”  I got in contact to Redi (Red Bikcin). She appreciated my report about her exhibition and told me that she also liked the fractals of Gem Preiz, a passion we share. She even made a little book about Gem Preiz, that she provided to me. It attaches to the HUD and shows te work of Gem Preiz along with a text in Spanish. To bad that I don’t understand Spanish at all.

Example pages of LIBRO GEM PREIZ ARTISTAS SL 2 by Red Bikcin

Redi also invited me to see the other parts of Diotima, Ocio y Cultura, the place where her current exhibition is located in a skybox. I visited Diotima, Ocio y Cultura on Tuesday, July 3rd, late night.
Diotima, Ocio y Cultura (Ocio y Cultura is Spanish and means leisure and culture) consists of several buildings, courts and a beach area. There’re two art galleries, a disco, a pub, a small shopping mall with an art shop among others and a grand theatre. From the basements of these buildings you can access the beach. This all pretty much explains the name Ocio y Culture.

Diotima, Ocio y Cultura – overview

Of course I visited the 2 art galleries. The first currently shows an exhibtion by Oceanida called Monster. Ana (oceanida) makes photographs in black and white. Monster shows variations of the title picture in several colours arranged in a way that they mirror to the floor provided in different viewing experience. In a second room the exhibition shows surreal b/w photographs. The room is divided by transparent coloured wall and this visual effect provides a particular focus on the pictures itself.

Impressions of “Monster by Oceanida” at R&D Gallery, Diotima (1)

You can grab a folder with information about the artist close to the entrance to the second room. It contains the poster of the exhibition, a business card from Oceanida, a link to Oceanida’s website and some information about the exhibition, unfortunately that is in Spanish once again, so I couldn’t really read and understand it.

Impressions of “Monster by Oceanida” at R&D Gallery, Diotima (2)

The second art gallery shows the work of Barry Richez, an artist from France. It’s about fractals once again and titeled “Dreams in Space Fractals”. The fractals are displayed on the walls of the 1st and 2nd floor. They are static. On the 2nd floor you find a animated 3D plastique with poofs spreading pigeons and hearts. It is called “Peace and Love”, how fitting.

Impressions of “Dreams in Space Fractals by Barry Richez” at R&D Gallery, Diotima

After visiting the 2 art galleries I had a short walk over to the disco and the “Diotima pub” (I’m pretty sure there’s a typo and it should have been named “Diomita’s pub” *winks*) as well as to the shopping mall with it’s library and art shop. From there you can also acess the beach. I ended my visit of Diotima, Ocio y Cultura with a short look at the grand theatre.

Impressions of Diotima, Ocio y Cultura: Disco (upper left) / Diotima Pub (upper right) / art shop (lower left) / Gran Teatro (lower right)

As I know now Diotima, Ocio y Cultura is owned by Redi (Red Bekcin). It was once founded together with someone else, hence the name of the owning Group “Red&Danni”. Thank you for providing your space for the art as well as for leisure. Too bad for me that it seems to be most for a Spanish community.

Landmark to Diotima, Ocio y Cultura
Website of the artist Ana (Oceanida Resident)

Simploring 2018 (55) Fractal Chaos Theory by Redi

Saturday, June 23rd, when I scrolled over the new entries at SL Destinations my attention was caught by a title and a picture “Fractal Chaos Theory – Redi (red.bikcin) – Diotima, Gigli Waves, Second life“.

Red&Danni – R&D art gallery

I like fractals and they always attracted me in their simplicity and simlutaneously in their complexity. I have seen quite some great exhibtions of fractal art in Second Life already. The title caught my attention because of Diotima, which is a greek name and up to today a quite rare female fist name. When I joined Second Life more than 10 years ago, I selected this name as my first name – and made a typo. That’s how Diomita was created.

This said, I had to visit this place. It is an art gallery. I couldn’t find out really much about it as there’s no notecard and no landmark description. The plot is owned by a group named Red&Danni, which was founded by Jos Kass. The group picture contains a text “R&D art gallery” – Red&Danni art gallery? The plot is named “Diotima, Ocio y Cultura”. Ocio y Cultura is Spanish and means leisure and culture.

Fractal Chaos Theory by Redi (Red Bikcin) – the exhibition at R&D gallery (1)

I assume that Redi (Red Bikcin) is involved or co-owning the R&D gallery. Currently there’s an exhibition of Red Bikcin’s fractal art. The exhibition is quite large and extends over 2 floors. Where you enter the gallery there’re innumerable live sized holograms of one and the same person in black and white, obviously it is a neko.
The room is surrounded by big fractal objects and at it’s end you walk through a colourful archway into another room. Every once in a while you find educational texts about fractals and I will quote them later on.
The second room and the whole second floor, that you reach walking upstairs at the end of the second room, has large fractal objects and most of them are steadily moving. They are transparent and often you literally walk through them. Every piece is very colourful, the whole exhibtion is very colourful. Embedded are some single pieces of Red Bikcin, and some of them are even for sale for reasonable prices.

Fractal Chaos Theory by Redi (Red Bikcin) – the exhibition at R&D gallery (2)

“Chaos is the science of surprises, of the nonlinear and the unpredictable. While most raditional science deals with supposedly predictable phenomena, Chaos Theory deals with nonlinear things that are effectively impossible to predict or control.”

“The phenomena of Chaos are often described by fractal mathematics, which captures the infinite complexity of nature. Many natural objects exhibit fractal properties. Recognizing the chaotic, fractal nature of our world can give us new insight, power and wisdom.”

Fractal Chaos Theory by Redi (Red Bikcin) – the exhibition at R&D gallery (3)

“A fractal is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are seld-similar across diffent scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop.”

“Driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems – the pictures of Chaos. Geometrically, they exist in between our familiar dimensions. Fractal patterns are extremely familiar. Order / Disorder Chaos is not simply disorder. Chaos explores the transistions between order and disorder, which often occur in surprising ways.”

“Simply put, a fratal is a geometric object that is similar to itself on all scales. It you zoom in on a fractal object it will look similar or exactly like the original shape. This property is called self-similarity. But if you put an image fractal in a SL prim, and you modify the structures of that prim, the possibilities of chaotic changes they are endless. Fractals are of particular relevance in the field of chaos theory, since the graphs of most chaotic processes are fractal.”

Fractal Chaos Theory by Redi (Red Bikcin) – the exhibition at R&D gallery (4)

Red Bikcin’s exhibition about fractals at R&D gallery is not only educational, it lets you experience the fractals as you’re surrounded by them in all dimensions. And as many of the fractals and objects are steadily changing and moving, you get different imrepssions every second. The concept with transparent walls and floors give the impression of endlessness. I had a closer look at the single objects of Red Bikcin as well and I really liked them, smaller pieces of art that do unfold their effect even as a stand-alone piece of art.

At the end of my visit I bought one of Red Bikcin’s stand-alone objects and placed it at home near to our dancefloor. Slowly I begin to get a collection of art presented in Second Life.

June 23rd at home: Diomita placing Red Bikcin’s fractal art piece near to the dance floor.

It’s a shame that there’s no more information about the artist Red Bikcin and her profile doesn’t give away much of her as well (as I don’t speak Spanish). I enjoyed my visit very much! Thank you Redi for your art, the educational texts about fractals and the wonderful and colourful experience that you provide with this exhibition. Thank you Jos Kass and whoever else is involved in the R&D gallery.

Landmark to Diotima, Ocio y Cultura – R&D gallery