Art in Second Life 2020 (20) Gem’s Skyscrapers

I got an invitation to visit Gem Preiz’ newest installation “Gem’s Skyscrapers” which opened Sunday, April 19th. As so often I wasn’t able to attend the opening celebration but I went there the very next day.

Gem’s Skyscrapers – instructions and bird’s eye views

The landing at Gems Skycrapers is in a skybox where you can grab a notecard about the installion. I use a lot of this notecard it in my post. Furtheron you get instructions how to set your viewer, which windlight is recommened (I used the recommened windlight “TOR Night Under a Yellow Moon”) and how to hide you avatar for a visit. I shied back from that first as you have to get rid of all of your attachments but then prepared myself as instructed. There’s a reason for that and I will explain that lateron. I teleported to the installation and although I had seen a picture of Gem’s Skyscrapers in the invitation before I was really overwhelmed by the first views. I selected an UFO and started my visit flying through the alleys and above the skyscrapers. Great!

Impressions of Gem’s Skyscrapers (1)

I love the infinitely large and the infinitely small. I love stars and atoms. I love skyscrapers and grass strands. I have presented on Secondlife very large fractal frames teeming with tiny details. These differences of scale are one of the levers of the immersive feeling.” (Gem Preiz)

Impressions of Gem’s Skyscrapers (1)

With the city Gem had two objectives:
– the first one is purely architectural and linked to my fascination for the skyscrapers, modern cathedrals which are, like those of the past, the synthesis of all the techniques of their time, dedicated to the collective aspirations of their builders.
– the second one aims to create a stronger sense of immersion on Secondlife. How to push the 256m limit of a Sim and give a city its natural dimension compared to our character? The solution I found is to build on a 1/10th scale and make the avatar invisible, apparently enclosed in the cockpit of a vehicle whose size and speed are made consistent with the scale of the buildings. Thus, it is in a city of 2.56 km side that you move, which is the equivalent of the surface of 100 normal Sims. The offsim background emphasizes this scale effect since these hundred meters high hills really seem here to be mountains topping up the skyscrapers.

Impressions of Gem’s Skyscrapers (3)

About 11000 prims, 500 constructions of more than 100 different designs, 6 transport lines of 20 km in total (at scale), 6 bridges; diversity and excess that evoke but do not equal that of the megacities of our time. I hope that you will take as much pleasure in visiting this city as I had to build it during the 6 months of its realization.
(taken from the notecard)

Impressions of Gem’s Skyscrapers (4)

The city, that Gem has built, has clearly different districts in which the skyscrapers are of the same colour or at least of a similar style, just as they had been built by the same architect. Some forms and silhouettes seem familiar. The reason is that Gem has used some of the world’s most famous skyscrapers as a model for his skyscrapers. He added some drafts of skyscrapers that were never built and some of his own ideas.
The city remembered me of Chicago with the river and the bridges crossing it. You must try to move your vehicle close to the ground for a different perspective as well as flying above the city in order to get an overview.

Before I finished my visit I went home, dressed again and returned to see Gem’s Skyscrapers again but this time 10 times smaller. Again I got different views!

List of buildings or architectural projects evoked or displayed in the city

– Burj al Khalifa (Dubaï, UAE)
– Marina Creek (Dubaï, UAE)
– Sydney Opera (Sydney, Australia)
– Geode (Paris, France)
– The Interlace (Singapore)
– Abu Dhabi Plaza (Astana, Kazakhstan) (competing project, not selected)
– The One (Colombo, Sri Lanka)
– The Address (Dubaï, UAE)
– Lodha World Towers (Mumbaï, India)
– Ecocity (Tianjin, China)
– ADNOC Headquarters (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
– Etihad Towers (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
– Hyatt Regency (Xuzhou, China)
– Sheraton (Huzhou, China)
– 900 Biscayne Bay (Miami, USA)
– WFC Tower (Shangai, China)
– St George wharf Tower (London, UK)
– Sky Mile Tower – Tôkyô Bay (Tôkyô, Japan) (project never built)
– Wynn Hotels (Las Vegas, USA)
– Central Park Tower (New York, USA)
– Pullman Hotel (Roissy CDG, France)
– Grand Rama 9 (Bangkok, Thailand)
– Bride Tower (Bassorah, Iraq) (project never built)
– Lincong Bridge (Huashan, China) (project by Santiago Calatrava)

Impressions of Gem’s Skyscrapers (6)

I wrote already quite often about Gem Preiz and his fractal art, the last time just a few weeks ago, when I visited his installation “Elusive Reality“. In 2019 I visited his own art gallery the “Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery”.
Gem Preiz is educated in science and mathematics and is fond of anything related to Nature, Cosmos and Earth, from astronomy to geology and to architecture. Seeing his work in Second Life is always a particular experience and so was my visit to Gem’s Skyscrapers.

Thank you very much for this great installation, Gem. I enjoyed it to the fullest!
Thank you Akiko Kinoshi who provided the space for Gem’s skyscrapers (as far as I understood).

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Art in Second Life 2020 (13) Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz

On Thursday, March 19th, I came across an exhibtion of Gem Preiz when scrolling through SL Destinations. His newest exhibtion is called “Elusive Reality” and is shown at “Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises

Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises – Despite its name, ‘Xeltentat Enterprises’ is not a commercial sim in any way. It is a peaceful and private area for contemplation and relaxation, and is proud to host artists at The Hive!
It is owned by Hannington Xeltentat. “Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises” – or short HEA Gallery, was built by Tansee, who also runs the Gallery. It is open now for 4 months, hence it is quite new.

Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises – Shedule of current and future exhibtions (upper left) / “Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz” at Hive 1 (lower left) / accompanying text to “Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz” (right)

I wrote already quite often about Gem Preiz and his fractal art, the last time in 2019 when I visited his own art gallery the “Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery” (see Simploring 2019 (10) Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery)

Gem Preiz “is educated in science and mathematics and is fond of anything related to Nature, Cosmos and Earth, from astronomy to geology. The world of fractals is, in the same way, ruled by Mathematics functions which, as Physics do in Nature, enable to create objects which features repeat themselves at every scale. There lies his passion for fractals: create thanks to the power and pureness of the Mathematical concept, images the complexity of which can suggest Nature beings, objects or sceneries.” (taken from the notecard that you can grab at the exhibition)

Impressions of “Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz” at Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises (1)

With his exhibtion “Elusive Reality” Gem gives us his explanation of what we see there (see also in the above 1st picture):
…. Each discovery raises as many new questions as it solves enigma, making the material around us an incresingly elusive reality.
Elusive as the details of the 12 fractal images that this exhibition displays, which your eye will perceive more and more precisely as you approach them, but that no calculation or viewer can reveal in their ultimate fineness. Elusive like the crystalline decoration whose facets appear or disappear depending on the movements or angles of view, forming a solid base where standing without letting itself decipher.
I invite you to explore this unreal universe, where fragmentation and apparent chaos combine with the mineral rigidity of monoliths, an image of a multiple world, a world of illusions, a world that we will never grasp better than imperfectly.” (Gem Preiz)

Impressions of “Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz” at Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises (2)

The exhibtion is a feast for the eyes in red and yellow. The red and white respectively the yellow and white glowing blocks change their appearance as you walk through the exhibtion. You see the 12 exhibited pictures from far away as an eye catcher and you see more and more details as you walk closer. Each of them is a real masterpiece and full of details. You can loose yourself in all the details. And now just imagine how these fractals were created .. the result of mathematical operations yet you can’t recognize the origin anymore nor can you really recognize a regular pattern.

As always I was excited seeing Gem’s art. It has been a while that I saw his art. Thank you Gem, for this great exhibtion! I enjoyed my visit a lot. Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz will stay open until End of March, so hurry up if you want to see it yourself.

Impressions of “Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz” at Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises (3)

Many thanks also to Hannington Xeltentat who provided the space for the art and many thanks also to Tansee for builidng and curating the gallery. I didn’t hear from this art place before and unfortunately had not the time to have a look at the other exhibitions so far, but I’m pretty sure that I will come back. The upcoming program sounds promising.

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Dio’s 11th year in Second Life Feb 11th, 2019 – Part II

Yesterday, I had my my 11th anniversary of joining Second Life.
It has become a tradition for me to write a longer blog post on the occasion of my rezzdays, to have a look back on the last year and to realize the changes in my Second Life as well as the things that didn’t change. Yesterday, I published Part I of my anniversary entry and talked about my closer family and the changes in my family. Today’s part 2 is about my simploring tours and other highlights of my 11th year.

Let me start with my simploring tours, and there were many! I admire the creativity of artists in this virtual world, I visited galleries like DaphneArts, La Masion D’Aneli, Diotima, Niflheimer Art Gallery, the Alphalune Creations gallery of Berry Richez, the VOIR gallery and lately the gallery of Gem Preiz. I explored 8 installations and 2 exhibtions of Cica Ghost, who always conjures a smile in my face. I attended several light shows of Mario2 Helstein.
I also saw and reported about quite some installations that were supported by the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) like Gem Preiz’ Demiurge, The Labyrinth Experience or Light thoughts 4 and many more. In the meanwhile I know a little bit of the art scene in Second Life and I am looking forward with curiosity to my 11th year in SL and the art I’ll see.

Gem Preiz’ Demiurge – opened until End of June 2018

Lullaby by Cica Ghost – overview and Cica’s snail

I found many cosy and lovely sims where people buildt their own dreamworld, peaceful and picturesque. You don’t need many prims or a large place for it, Sweet Paradise of the Darks and Cake are examples for that. Most of these dreamworlds were homesteads: Maison de L’amitié, Wild Edge, Season of Joy, Hinansho, Glenrosa, Winter Moon, Adele, Baileys Norge, The Silent Mind, Chochou … just to name a few. In these sims I spent relaxing hours and enjoyed the views and the peace.
Some were really particular. I want to mention the Zany Zen Railway, a tiny, almost cute railroad crossing several sims. Zimminyville did impress me too with it’s two so different parts, the lovely picturesque town and the moon colony. And just rescently I visited The VR Planetarium Dome, not only an instructive place, but offering great views and also lot’s of fun.

Impressions of Zimminyville (5) – the pyramid, gateway to Zimminyville moon colony

The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort (1) – Landing and entering the capsule

Then there were the sims that have a real background, where a place in the physical world was build in Second Life. This way I got a picture, an idea of the real places and my visit gave reason to do a little bit of research. The Beguinage of Bruges (in Belgium) was one of these impressing places and I spent some time learning about this place in the real world.
I never heard about the Isle of May, Achill Island, Black Bayou Lake or Rummu – now I have the feeling that I’ve been there already, not only because I read about these places and saw pictures but I got a 3-dimensional impression in Second Life.
Outstanding was also the visit of the Chateau of Clagny, a place which doesn’t exsist anymore. In Second Life it came back to existence.

Impressions of the Beguinage of Bruges in Second Life at Dagger Bay (2)

I also discovered many places related to my kinky side, to BDSM. That’s another dream you can live in Second Life and I do. Unfortunately some of these places don’t stay long like the Knot Society, Club Fem, Silent Manor or Mastering the Zen.
I discovered Meadow Rose, a perfect combination of a dreamworld, cosy and picturesque but also with it’s kinky corners. I was also impressed by The Citadel, a combination of art and kink. We visited the Tentacles, a park which was created by our friend Starbright Wingtips. We also visited the Steampunk prison of her.

Mastering the Zen – Diomita enjoying bondage at the top Level of the tower

Impressions of Meadow Rose (2) – beautiful views

Thank you all for building, for creating and for sharing your dreams with the rest of the community. And please apologize if I did not mention all of my tours, it were simply too many. I did really enjoy all of my simploring tours!

What else happened in this 11th year?
Again way more than I expected before reading back my own blog. And way more than I can summarize in this blog entry. We had several 10th anniversaries: Kitty’s 10th collaring, Jenny’s 10th rezzday, Jenny’s 10th collaring, Mistress Jenny’s and my 10th wedding anniversary. We also had 2 weddings at our sim, held in the chapel that was once errected by Danii Szydlowska.
Angelique performed at the Little Princess Ballet Academy Show in February 2018. She also spent a lot of time “working” as a maid at the Hilltop Manor located in The Apostasy. Angelique spent a short time serving at Sainte Agathe Castle. And together with slave Flo Angelique “worked” at the Paradise Finishing School.

LPBA Dancing through Time – Angelique Maurer (pictures by Starry)

slave Flo and AnneWanne were our twin drones and provided a lot of fun for us, mixing them up as Flo drone and Drone Flo. Later we had quite some time where our slaves were Rubber Rocket Dolls. Trying to tempt people touching the rocket boobs and getting Rubber Rocket Dolls themselves when the rockets hit them, was fun.
Our slave kelly was rented out for more than 2 weeks to Antony (antonygift) and made some new and exciting experiences away from her owners.

Mistress Jenny became more and more the (not secret) decider in the background as my submission to her got deeper and deeper. My red lights, when she takes full control were very intense, in particular as my submissive feelings got stronger each time. This way my green lights were highlights for me in this 11th year and I look forward to those Mistress will grant to me in my 12th year. Mistress Jenny now got a mesh head too, it was my present to her for her 10th rezzday in March 2018. She’s just adorable in every way!

Mistress Jenny Maurer with her new mesh head in March 2018 (left) and November 2018 (right)

We also still enjoy bondage in all forms. We tried out new racks and new toys like the serious plug pear or the serious nipple rings. The slaves, in particular slave kelly, made some incisive experiences with the pear.

May 7th: slave kelly leashed by the serious plug at Lochme

I continued creating one “Enjoying Bondage” picture per month, that always also highlighted the activities of the according month.
Last but not least we had our great Friday night parties every Friday. We think that it might be the longest regular weekly party in whole Second Life with a duration of more than 11 years. Virgo is still our dj every week and we enjoy starting our weekends dancing and chatting amoung friends. Thank you, Virgo!

Enjoying Bondage December 2018 – varied fun: Mistress Jenny, Ehesklavin Diomita, slave Flo, Jenny sitting on slave slut cecy, “piggy” slave kelly, Jenny suspended in a hogtie (above slave kelly), Diomita sitting on slave kelly, Jenny suspended upside down, slave Gwen and Angelique (from left to right)

October 27th at the Friday Night Halloween Party: Virgo Babii, Angelique Maurer, Florence Riddler, Baroness Capelo

Mistress Jenny and I as well as the core members of our little family are embedded in a great community of friends, we know some of them way over a decade now, some for several years and some are new friends of ours. Even if not mentioned by name in this anniversary blog post, these friends do mean a lot to me. SL is first of all about people and it’s you all who make my and our SL what it is: Still going strong, still enjoyable and still exciting! It was a great 11th year in Second Life and I look forward to the 12th!
Love from Diomita

Simploring 2019 (10) Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery

I came across Gem Preiz and his fractal art in 2017 and I follow his exhibitions and art ever since. Now I got an invitation from Gem to visit his “Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery

Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery is located in a huge sci-fi building complex. When you arrive you’re overwhelmed by the dimensions. I didn’t count the exhibited pictures but there’re for sure more than 100. Gem’s greeter welcomed me: “Welcome to my Fractal Art Gallery. Enjoy the visit. Use stairs, teleport signs, flight or double-click to reach the various floors

Right next to where you arrive is a board where you can grab a notecard about Gem and about all is exhibtions in Second Life since 2012.
Gem Preiz “is educated in science and mathematics and is fond of anything related to Nature, Cosmos and Earth, from astronomy to geology. The world of fractals is, in the same way, ruled by Mathematics functions which, as Physics do in Nature, enable to create objects which features repeat themselves at every scale. There lies his passion for fractals: create thanks to the power and pureness of the Mathematical concept, images the complexity of which can suggest Nature beings, objects or sceneries.

Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery provides an overview of Gem’s work. His fractals reach from sci-fi towns and objects to colourful fantasy elements, from spirals to structures reminding of jewels. Some of the pictures are really huge and fill a whole wall. You can interactively change these large pictures and display others.

Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery has also some quite closed rooms dedicated to a single theme but most of the gallery is in one open and lightflooded room. You can explore the various levels either on foot using stairs of you can use teleporters. One of teleporters brings you to the terrace of the building and zooming out you get an impression of the complex. It didn’t surprise me that Gem created a facinating building that is a piece of art itself and contains elements of his former work.

I enjoyed visiting Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery. It is intriguing to look at the fractals and to try to find the Underlying mathematic function. Despite the spirals I never succeed to find it. If you don’t know Gem Preiz’ fractal art yet, the gallery provides a great introduction and overview about fractals. And if you know Gem Preiz’ art already, you will visit his gallery most probably anyway – like I did. Thank you, Gem!

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