Art in Second Life 2021 (73) The Borderless Project – Part IV (final): Akiko Kinoshi’s garden and Japanese village / Mitsuko Kytori’s art park

Friday, July 9th, I got a private message from Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori). She told me about “The Borderless Project” that she and others had put together. And she sent me a notecard about it together with a landmark.

The Borderless Project is a multi-level, interactive digital art exhibition wherein we play with light: reflections, structures, movement, creation and evolution. With sounds and music to match the emotions brought to life by the multi-talented team of artists and scripters. The Borderless Project derives much of its inspiration from teamLAB founded in Japan in 2001 by Toshiyuki Inoko, and now a series of multinational installations throughout the world. For more on teamLab please visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/TEAMLABNET

The Borderless Project, in Second Life, explores what we can do within this world where gravity is unimportant, physics is negotiable, and magic is possible! The Borderless Team of Magicians are: Betty Tureaud, Gem Preiz, Delain Canucci, Djehuti-Anpu (Thoth Jantzen), Mitsuko Kytori, Blaise Timtam and Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori).

I went there on Saturday, July 10th, and I was overwhelmed by the many different installations. Each of them would easily be enough and worth an extra visit and a seperate blog entry!

The provided landmark leads you to the installation of Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori). You land in a circle with 8 boards. Each of the 8 boards brings you to another level and another installation. It is recommended to accept experiences – then just walking into one of the boards will teleport you. In addition in some of the installations you get teleported at destinct spots. For all installations of “The Borderless Project” you are asked to use Shared Environment, Advanced lighting model, High to Ultra Graphics, particles set to maximum (8192) and to activate the Media button and switch it on and off frequently. Turn on in-sim music. If you aren’t familiar with that, there are instructions at the entrances of some of the installations.
At each installation you land in exact the same circle of boards, from there you can continue your visit to the next installation.

I split my report into several parts so that I can publish a bit more pictures and give the artists some room.

The Borderless Project – Part I: Delain Canucci’s scenes 
The Borderless Project – Part II: Gem Preiz’ installations
The Borderless Project – Part III: Betty Tureaud’s cubes and Djehuti-Anpu’s installation
The Borderless Project – Part IV (final): Akiko Kinoshi’s garden and Japanese village / Mitsuko Kytori’s art park (this post)

Landmark to Borderless
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akimitsu/128/128/2481


The Borderless Project – Part IV (final): Akiko Kinoshi’s garden and Japanese village / Mitsuko Kytori’s art park

Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori) is in Second Life since 2017. I came across her as she provides space for the art, and quite a lot of space! Akiko is the owner of the ‘Akipelago’ chain of Sims: Akijima, Akiniwa, Akimori and Akimitsu, which hosts The Borderless Project. I have never seen anything from her before. But now I did.

The Borderless Project – Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori)’s garden

There are 2 boards leading to installations of Akiko. The first one is the main landmark that I provided with the series of posts. It is a garden, a particular garden. What makes it particular is the light and some art objects. When you roam through the garden, the light is changing and dives it into different colours. The leaves begin to literally glow and you get quite outstanding views. Also the art objects do look different when coloured in a different way.

The Borderless Project – Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori)’s garden

After parts 1 to 3 of this series had been published, Akiko sent me a message: “One thing I would mention about the gardens… we tried to replicate ‘Resonating Trees / Resonating Spheres – Forest of Tadasu at Shimogamo Shrine Light Festival August 2016’ in Second Life to the best of our ability“. Akiko added the link to a 2 minute youtube video about this Light Festival which I want to share here. It’s worth watching it – and it will make your visit in Second Life at the Borderless Project even more spectacular.

Furtheron Akiko gave me more background information:
Mitsuko made the trees and Sculptures, I arranged them, then Gem and I did the lighting so it would seem to change as you walked… and in some places you trigger the lights by stepping on them.
I have been a fan of teamLab for many years, and I have seen their work in Japan in RL long before Covid which is absolutely amazing! And then one day, I wanted to bring something like that in here for everyone who was essentially stuck at home and had a lot of time on their hands. So it all kind of evolved here in SL, but only because of the team of artists and their interpretations, scripting, and the advent of EEP which we use extensively on the Beach level when you walk through zones, or take the raft trip, and then the skies change. Or they can change the Sky with the control panels… we try to make it fun. But I am no artist, I just rearrange the shrubberies and sweep up, the artists are the ones who deserve all the praise.

The 2nd installation of Akiko is a Japanese village. I didn’t notice any light effects. I just roamed through the village and enjoyed the views. There is a walkway with arches of flowers and when you walk along you get teleported into an other Japanese area. I’ve never been to Japan or Asia in RL and hence I lack a bit understanding the culture. What I can say is that I like the background and I liked exploring the Japanese village.

The Borderless Project – Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori)’s Japanese village

The Borderless Project – Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori)’s Japanese village

Mitsuko Kytori’s installation at The Borderless Project is an island with some solitaire flowers and art objects. At the first glance not that spectacular, but on the 2nd glance it is. There is a desk with 3 boards where you can change the environment settings. You could do that anytime with your viewer, but Mitsuko specifically invites you to do it and I of course played around with the environment settings. And doing so I got some very nice pictures. It is amazing how the environment settings change the view. The title of her installation could be: Mitsuko Kytori’s environment.

The Borderless Project – Mitsuko Kytori’s environment

Mitsuko Kytori is in Second life since 2009. She is the Hayabusa Design CEO. I have quite a lot of Hayabusa plants on our sim and hence Mitsuko is kind of a permanent guest at my home. I added the links that she provides in her profile to this post.

The Borderless Project – Mitsuko Kytori’s environment

This post ends the little series about The Borderless Project. One name listed in the introduction is missing – Blaise Timtam. I asked Akiko Kinoshi and she explained it: “Blaise is the master scripter of all the Experiences: Teleports, EEP Environment Changes, raft, balloon tours etc etc.

Thank you Akiko for your kind invitation to see The Borderless Project. It was an unexpected art simploring for me and that I spend way more time exploring it and writing about it might tell how overwhelmed I was seeing all the artful work. Thank you for your own installation and for providing the space for the art. I enjoyed my visit a lot and I hope that The Borderless Project attracts a lot of attention and visitors. It’s worth it!

Landmark to Borderless
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akimitsu/128/128/2481
Hayabusa links:
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/108835
https://www.flickr.com/photos/hayabusa-design/
http://hayabusadesign.blogspot.fr/
Resonating Trees / Resonating Spheres – Forest of Tadasu at Shimogamo Shrine Light Festival August 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQxOq8jZu_4&list=PL-TLQIsBItKLSeYQkwBvqgadoZ0XEeYj9

Art in Second Life 2021 (72) The Borderless Project – Part III: Betty Tureaud’s cubes and Djehuti-Anpu’s installation

Friday, July 9th, I got a private message from Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori). She told me about “The Borderless Project” that she and others had put together. And she sent me a notecard about it together with a landmark.

The Borderless Project is a multi-level, interactive digital art exhibition wherein we play with light: reflections, structures, movement, creation and evolution. With sounds and music to match the emotions brought to life by the multi-talented team of artists and scripters. The Borderless Project derives much of its inspiration from teamLAB founded in Japan in 2001 by Toshiyuki Inoko, and now a series of multinational installations throughout the world. For more on teamLab please visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/TEAMLABNET

The Borderless Project, in Second Life, explores what we can do within this world where gravity is unimportant, physics is negotiable, and magic is possible! The Borderless Team of Magicians are: Betty Tureaud, Gem Preiz, Delain Canucci, Djehuti-Anpu (Thoth Jantzen), Mitsuko Kytori, Blaise Timtam and Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori).

I went there on Saturday, July 10th, and I was overwhelmed by the many different installations. Each of them would easily be enough and worth an extra visit and a seperate blog entry!

The provided landmark leads you to the installation of Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori). You land in a circle with 8 boards. Each of the 8 boards brings you to another level and another installation. It is recommended to accept experiences – then just walking into one of the boards will teleport you. In addition in some of the installations you get teleported at destinct spots. For all installations of “The Borderless Project” you are asked to use Shared Environment, Advanced lighting model, High to Ultra Graphics, particles set to maximum (8192) and to activate the Media button and switch it on and off frequently. Turn on in-sim music. If you aren’t familiar with that, there are instructions at the entrances of some of the installations.
At each installation you land in exact the same circle of boards, from there you can continue your visit to the next installation.

I split my report into several parts so that I can publish a bit more pictures and give the artists some room.

The Borderless Project – Part I: Delain Canucci’s scenes 
The Borderless Project – Part II: Gem Preiz’ installations
The Borderless Project – Part III: Betty Tureaud’s cubes and Djehuti-Anpu’s installation (this post)
The Borderless Project – Part IV (final): Akiko Kinoshi garden and Japanese village / Mitsuko Kytori art park

Landmark to Borderless
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akimitsu/128/128/2481


The Borderless Project – Part III: Betty Tureaud’s cubes and Djehuti-Anpu’s installation

Betty Tureaud is from Denmark, she’s a builder and light and space artist in Second Life. I came across her art already a few times and it was always impressing and something outstanding.
At The Borderless Project she showcases a set of silver cubes. All sides of the cubes are structured, form a relief – and they look different, depending on where you stand, at which angle you look at them. And the environment also changes it colours. This can be experienced in particular when you stand in the center, in the circle of stones.

The Borderless Project – Betty Tureaud’s cubes

Each cube has to offer something else. The cubes have something inside. The best way to see that is by getting the teleport HUD with which you can jump from box to box and see the inside. There are: Bells, Street, Cubes, Cells, Kabuki, Balls, Butterflyes and Waves.

The Borderless Project – Betty Tureaud’s cubes: Bells (upper left), Cubes (upper right), Street (lower left), Cells (lower right)

The Borderless Project – Betty Tureaud’s cubes: Kabuki (upper left), Butterflyes (upper right), Balls (lower left), Waves (lower right)

Betty has an own gallery, the Gallery AI.

doyouSL builder/artist Thoth Jantzen (aka “TJ”, “Djehuti-Anpu”) specializes in creating massively immersive multi-media environments and sculptures.  Using video as “paint”, he creates builds with structures that allow the media to “paint” itself on them in interesting, often beautiful ways, with changing patterns emerging as a result as the video plays out over time. His work’s been displayed at numerous SL events and galleries, and some in RL as well.” (taken from an older notecard about Djehuti-Anpu)

The Borderless Project – Djehuti-Anpu (Thoth Jantzen)’s installation

At The Borderless Project Thoth showcases some geometric forms and some colourful spaces into which you can immerse yourself. I did not notice that you can go into some of the forms first, yet it is fun and provides spectacular views. As opposed to the big box with the stairs invites you to go inside. And once in at least I had my difficulties to get out again *winks*. Again the permanent changing textures and objects are very artful and intriguing.

The Borderless Project – Djehuti-Anpu (Thoth Jantzen)’s installation

Thoth is on Second life since 2006 and has had some impressive builds and exhibits. I covered Thoth in this blog already a few times. Look up the profile of Thoth so see some of his artwork.

Landmark to Borderless
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akimitsu/128/128/2481
Betty Tureaud’s Gallery AI
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Danish%20Visions/177/208/26

Art in Second Life 2021 (71) The Borderless Project – Part II: Gem Preiz’ installations

Friday, July 9th, I got a private message from Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori). She told me about “The Borderless Project” that she and others had put together. And she sent me a notecard about it together with a landmark.

The Borderless Project is a multi-level, interactive digital art exhibition wherein we play with light: reflections, structures, movement, creation and evolution. With sounds and music to match the emotions brought to life by the multi-talented team of artists and scripters. The Borderless Project derives much of its inspiration from teamLAB founded in Japan in 2001 by Toshiyuki Inoko, and now a series of multinational installations throughout the world. For more on teamLab please visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/TEAMLABNET

The Borderless Project, in Second Life, explores what we can do within this world where gravity is unimportant, physics is negotiable, and magic is possible! The Borderless Team of Magicians are: Betty Tureaud, Gem Preiz, Delain Canucci, Djehuti-Anpu (Thoth Jantzen), Mitsuko Kytori, Blaise Timtam and Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori).

I went there on Saturday, July 10th, and I was overwhelmed by the many different installations. Each of them would easily be enough and worth an extra visit and a seperate blog entry!

The provided landmark leads you to the installation of Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori). You land in a circle with 8 boards. Each of the 8 boards brings you to another level and another installation. It is recommended to accept experiences – then just walking into one of the boards will teleport you. In addition in some of the installations you get teleported at destinct spots. For all installations of “The Borderless Project” you are asked to use Shared Environment, Advanced lighting model, High to Ultra Graphics, particles set to maximum (8192) and to activate the Media button and switch it on and off frequently. Turn on in-sim music. If you aren’t familiar with that, there are instructions at the entrances of some of the installations.
At each installation you land in exact the same circle of boards, from there you can continue your visit to the next installation.

I split my report into several parts so that I can publish a bit more pictures and give the artists some room.

The Borderless Project – Part I: Delain Canucci’s scenes 
The Borderless Project – Part II: Gem Preiz’ installations (this post)
The Borderless Project – Part III: Betty Tureaud’s cubes and Djehuti-Anpu’s installation
The Borderless Project – Part IV (final): Akiko Kinoshi garden and Japanese village / Mitsuko Kytori art park

Landmark to Borderless
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akimitsu/128/128/2481


The Borderless Project – Part II: Gem Preiz’ installations

It’s been a while that I saw an exhibtion or isntallation of Gem Preiz. His art is always intriguing. He plays with geometric forms, fractals, with light and illusions. At The Borderless Project there’re two boards leading to installations of Gem Preiz. The first one which I visited features two big event rooms. The rooms have particular textures that were taken from the teamLAB. The rooms are enlarge using the mirror effect that I could already admire before at Delain Canucci’s installation (read here). It seems to be a common tool. Outside of the rooms Gem has placed some geometric growing and decreasing forms. It is fun to watch and to take pictures.

The Borderless Project – Gem Preiz’ teamLAB event rooms

The other board leads to a larger installation. Gem has built kind of a futuristic court, in different colours, with different geometric objects. It looks quite “Gem-ish” *winks*.

The Borderless Project – Gem Preiz’ futuristic court

There’s an elevated walkway around the court and from there you can enter different rooms. Each room has a theme: Petals, Souls, Clock, Blades, Stone, Stream, Jungle, Marbles, Dream, Beads and Lumen. And each room is impressive. Again the rooms look way larger using the mirror technique. In some rooms you can even change the textures yourself from a control desk. The rooms are great backgrounds, or ideas of what you can create yourself, what is possible. Looking at my pictures – they are kind of art as well *winks*

The Borderless Project – Gem Preiz’ themed rooms: Souls (upper left), Stone (upper right), Clock (lower left), Stream (lower right)

The Borderless Project – Gem Preiz’ themed rooms: Petals (upper left), Marbles (upper right), Jungle (lower left), Lumen (lower right)

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 an older notecard about Gem).

The Borderless Project – Gem Preiz’ futuristic court

Gem has an own gallery, the Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery.

Landmark to Borderless
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akimitsu/128/128/2481
Landmark to Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Seductive%20Horizons/11/228/297

Art in Second Life 2021 (70) The Borderless Project – Part I: Delain Canucci’s scenes

Friday, July 9th, I got a private message from Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori). She told me about “The Borderless Project” that she and others had put together. And she sent me a notecard about it together with a landmark.

The Borderless Project is a multi-level, interactive digital art exhibition wherein we play with light: reflections, structures, movement, creation and evolution. With sounds and music to match the emotions brought to life by the multi-talented team of artists and scripters. The Borderless Project derives much of its inspiration from teamLAB founded in Japan in 2001 by Toshiyuki Inoko, and now a series of multinational installations throughout the world. For more on teamLab please visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/TEAMLABNET

The Borderless Project, in Second Life, explores what we can do within this world where gravity is unimportant, physics is negotiable, and magic is possible! The Borderless Team of Magicians are: Betty Tureaud, Gem Preiz, Delain Canucci, Djehuti-Anpu (Thoth Jantzen), Mitsuko Kytori, Blaise Timtam and Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori).

I went there on Saturday, July 10th, and I was overwhelmed by the many different installations. Each of them would easily be enough and worth an extra visit and a seperate blog entry!

The provided landmark leads you to the installation of Akiko Kinoshi (Akiko Kiyori). You land in a circle with 8 boards. Each of the 8 boards brings you to another level and another installation. It is recommended to accept experiences – then just walking into one of the boards will teleport you. In addition in some of the installations you get teleported at destinct spots. For all installations of “The Borderless Project” you are asked to use Shared Environment, Advanced lighting model, High to Ultra Graphics, particles set to maximum (8192) and to activate the Media button and switch it on and off frequently. Turn on in-sim music. If you aren’t familiar with that, there are instructions at the entrances of some of the installations.
At each installation you land in exact the same circle of boards, from there you can continue your visit to the next installation.

I split my report into several parts so that I can publish a bit more pictures and give the artists some room.

The Borderless Project – Part I: Delain Canucci’s scenes (this post)
The Borderless Project – Part II: Gem Preiz’ installations
The Borderless Project – Part III: Betty Tureaud’s cubes and Djehuti-Anpu’s installation
The Borderless Project – Part IV (final): Akiko Kinoshi garden and Japanese village / Mitsuko Kytori art park

Landmark to Borderless
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akimitsu/128/128/2481


The Borderless Project – Part I: Delain Canucci’s scenes

Delain Canucci’s scenes are in several separate rooms. You can see 4 boxes from where you land and several entrances, marked with light frames along the walls.

The Borderless Project – Delain Canucci

I started my visit with the 4 boxes. And each of them has a lot to offer. The boxes are kind of magic. When you enter them you lose contact to the outside. The inside is mirrored and provides the impression of being in a much larger space. It’s perfect for taking pictures. And the content is quite creative. The longer you stay inside, the more details you will discover. And the scenes are not static, hence stay a bit and watch. There’s one box with a green jungle scene, one with an Asian gate, one with a forest scene in Autumn and one winterly scene.

The Borderless Project – Delain Canucci’s boxes: Winterly scene / Forest in Autumn

The installations that you enter from the walls are different, some are bigger boxes, some are spheres. All have in common that you can fully immerse into them. One is a planetarium, some others are like forests – all are very creative, artful and invite to stay longer and take more and more pictures.

The Borderless Project – Delain Canucci’s planetarium

Delain Canucci is in Second Life since 2009. She says about herself, that she’s just herself in SL, an average girl who wants to have fun with her friends, who wants to learn and who lives out her creativity. Delain has an inworld shop for particles “Color Alchemists” and an inworld store for fantasy builds “Fantasy Builds & Plants” . You can also get her stuff on the marketplace.
And if you look up her profile you will find a pick with links to youtube videos using her particles from “Color Alchemists“.

The Borderless Project – Delain Canucci’s Flower Room and Morpho Room

It’s the first time I came across Delain Canucci and I have to admit I am impressed of her art work. Did I mention that all boxes and installations of Delain Canucci are non-static? Everything moves, colours changes, the whole scenes look different every second. Even my pictures are little of temporary art pieces, non-reproducible.

Returning to the ring of boards I went to a cave scene next. This one is also from Delain Canucci. It is a smaller installation.

The Borderless Project – Delain Canucci’s cave

The cave is particular as it permanently changes its main colour, diving the scenery in different colours. Sometimes you have the impression to see people in the cave, but the people are just rocks. Again an artful fantasy build.

Landmark to Borderless
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akimitsu/128/128/2481
Delain Canucci’s inworld shop for particles “Color Alchemists”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shinda/144/84/22
Delain Canucci’s inworld shop “Fantasy Builds & Plants”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Abyss/228/94/29
Delain Canucci’s on the marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/147677?lang=en-US

Art in Second Life 2020 (45) Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth

I got an inviation for the opening of “Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth” for July 7th. I wasn’t able to attend the opening but I visited the next day, Wednesday July 8.

As the name already gives away Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth is an installation by Gem Preiz. I have visited a lot of the installations and exhibtions of Gem, Just latey I saw his skyscrapers (Gem’s Skyscrapers – read here) and Elusive Reality (read here).

Entering “Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth”

Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth is an immersive exhibition of high resolution fractals, featuring particles by Delain Canucci. In this exhibition Gem brings together two of his passions: fractals and mineralogy.

Impressions of Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth (1)

The exhibtion consists of 16 rooms. You should set your environment to “Midnight”, particles to max and graphics to high or ultra. There’s just one way through the rooms. Each room has one big fractal picture of Gem Preiz. The walls, ceilings and floors are adjusted to the fractal object and colour of the picture as are the particles that liven up the room and the scenery.

Impressions of Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth (2)

There are a few hundred mineral species on Earth (a few thousand if we include those that the microscope only can reveal), born of the fantastic pressures suffered by the rock in the Earth’s crust, the sudden cooling of volcanic material, or the accumulation of sediments crushed by their own weight. While tectonic movements and volcanoes lava have brought to Man many of these natural treasures (quartz, gypsum, sulfur, obsidian, …), many of them were discovered in the depths of the planet only through industrial research or scientific exploration.” (taken from the acompanying notecard)

Impressions of Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth (3)

Each room is a piece of art itself and you can let your mind wander watching the picture, the walls and the other objects in the room. The particles make every view particular, every picture I took is unique therefore, yet the real experience is to see it yourself in 3D.

Gem has selected a music. It can be heard by running youtube in a seperate window, the link is also in the acompanying notecard. I recommend that you listen to it as it enhances the experience.

Impressions of Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth (4)

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 a notecard from another exhibition)

Diomita at Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth

With Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth Gem Preiz has made another great and outstanding installation and I really enjoyed my visit. The particles of Delain Canucci add a lot to each room and scenery. Many thanks also to Akiko Kinoshi who, as for “Gem’s Skyscrapers”, provided the space for this journey.

Landmark to Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akimori/236/151/2959
suggested soundtrack
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6XDpCbFCU0

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).

Landmark to Gem’s Skyscrapers
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akiko/128/128/2981
Landmark to Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Seductive%20Horizons/11/228/297

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 scoop.it 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.

Landmark to Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises where you can see amoung other exhibtions “Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/127/126/3503
Landmark to Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Seductive%20Horizons/11/228/297

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
xoxoxoxox

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!

Landmark to Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Morag/122/183/3910

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
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gigli%20Waves/139/211/38
Website of the artist Ana (Oceanida Resident)
http://www.galeriadearteislatabaiba.blogspot.com

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