Art in Second Life 2021 (77) Sybil by Giovanna Cerise

After my blogpost about the Summer exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli (read here), Giovanna Cerise sent me an invitation for another installation of her: “Sybil by Giovanna Cerise“.

Giovanna Cerise is not unknow to me. Before the visit of the Summer exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli (read here) I came across her art in May 2019 also at La Maison d’Aneli (read here). I visited Flash Back / Flash Forward in 2017 (read Simploring 2017 (42) Flash Back / Flash Forward), in 2016 I visited her LEA-installation Monochrome (read here) and in April 2015 I saw Otium (read here: A visit to Otium).
Giovanna is an Italian literature teacher and musician. In Second Life she’s active since Ende of 2008 and had many exhibtions and installations. She particpated in the LEA program participations and her list of activities and appearances is long. For more information look up her website.

Sybil by Giovanna Cerise” is inspired by the ancient figure of the Sibyl. It is set in the cave located in Cuma and rebuilt at Museum Island. According to tradition, the priestess resided in this dark place.
The sibyls were female prophets or oracles in Ancient Greece. The earliest sibyls, according to legend, prophesied at holy sites. Their prophecies were influenced by divine inspiration from a deity, originally at Delphi and Pessinos. In Late Antiquity, various writers attested to the existence of sibyls in Greece, Italy, the Levant, and Asia Minor.
(source wikipedia)

Impressions of Sybil by Giovanna Cerise (1) – the tunnel and the oracle

I got a notecard along with the invitatation that explains the background:
“According to the legend, Sibilla was a young girl of superb beauty of Greek origin who possessed great divination skills. One day the God Apollo, struck by her beauty, fell in love with her and to conquer her he promised her that he would fulfill her every wish.
Sybil took a handful of sand from the beach and asked Apollo to let it live as many years as the grains he had collected in his hand. The God satisfied her but the girl made a serious mistake: she forgot to add that she wanted to live the years in eternal youth.
The priestess lived as many years as there were grains of sand enclosed in the palm of her hand, but her body continued to wither and wrinkle year after year, until it faded into dust, eroded – just like the grains of sand – by the merciless flow of the time. Of her, it is said, only her voice and her cryptic predictions survived. Sibyl used to scatter palm leaves on which the words of the prophecy were reported;
It is said that a soldier, having received the sacred response, prepared to recompose the prophecy by assembling the palm leaves scattered by the divine breath. However, when he read the Sybil’s prediction, he noticed its double interpretation, depending on the punctuation:
Ibis, redibis, non morieris in bello – You will go, you will come back, and you will not die in the war – if the comma anticipates the negation; Ibis, redibis non, morieris in bello – You will go, you will not return, and you will die in the war – if instead it is placed after the negation.
The legends around the myth of the Sibyl are different.”

There’s a lot more to read about Sybyl on wikipedia.

Impressions of Sybil by Giovanna Cerise (2) – the roofed terrace with the soldier

The installation at the Museum Island consists of two connected parts. One part is in a tunnel, which is in a trapezoidal shape and is similar to an artificial tunnel of the greek-roman era. In the tunnel Giovanna has place several complete red figures in different poses. The crawl and they run. They are surrounded by particles, that could be letter or anything else. The light is selected very smart, so that the particles melt together and develop a certain dynamic, as if the figures would run.  Light comes into the tunnel from the left side through several passages. The passages lead to the second part, a roofed terrace where Giovanna has installed more objects.

Impressions of Sybil by Giovanna Cerise (3) – objects on the terrace

There is just one cave on the right side of the tunnel. There’s the oracle. A fountain with several coins on the ground. You can click the oracle and get a prophecy. In my case:
ANTRUM SYBIL – Cumaea Sybil’s Omphalus oracle: You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.

The roofed terrace features more art objects of Giovanna Cerise, quite hard to describe though. One is clearly dedicated to the soldier, that is mentioned in Giovanna’s notecard. The words from the prophecy (in Italian) appear around a red figure (the soldier) caught in a structure of transparent walls: “Ibis, redibis, non morieris in bello”.
Other objects aremore difficult to interpret, like the hand that holds an hourglass – or like the head encased in a white cloud. Don’t miss looking at the floor, there are traces of blood as well as footprints.

Impressions of Sybil by Giovanna Cerise (4)

Sybil is a very interesting exhibtion and it uses the possibilities of Second Life and the different light options very well. Please make sure that you use the advanced lighting, the shared environment and sun+moon and projectors in your viewer setting. There’s a board which explains it at one end of the roofed terrace.

I have never been to Museum Island before. In the landmark description you find the tags: “Museum Island Monuments art culture theater romantic Royal Opera music museums cinema beauty couple dance monuments arts exhibitions artist photo pics wedding live roma venezia Italia Italy” The sim hosts mre exhibitions and I might return. The Museum Island is group owned, the founder of the group is John Noone (johnnoone).

Thank you Giovanna and thank you to all who were involved enabling “Sybil by Giovanna Cerise”

Landmark to Sybil by Giovanna Cerise
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Museum%20Island/226/25/22
wikipedia about Sibyl
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sibyl
Giovanna Cerise’s website
http://giovannacerise.blogspot.it/

Art in Second Life 2021 (68) La Maison d’Aneli Summer 21

On Wednesday, July 28th, a new exhibtion was opened at La Maison d’Aneli: “Summer 21”. It features the artwork of Giovanna Cerise, Marylooooe, Elodiecasa Dragovar, Deyanira Yalin, lo01ner01, Mareea Farrasco and Fly Kugin (flyqueeen).

For this exhibtion Aneli Abeyante, owner and curator of La Maison d’Aneli, has a special gift for the visitors. She offers a (attachable or displayable inworld) SL booklet that shows examples of the artwork of the participating artists on 2 pages for each artist. Hence – I could have refrained from taking pictures. You find the booklet at the end of the main hall, next to the event area for the opening event. It is displayed at the seating groups.

Aneli Abeyante’s booklet about the Summer 21 exhibition

The event area is also the space where Fly Kugin (flyqueeen) has her exhibition space.
Fly Kugin (flyqueeen), as a live violin performer, is streaming into Second Life from Istanbul, since September 2019. She’s performing improvisation, Jazz & Rock genres, musicals & soundtracks from different time periods from various artists. But Fly also likes to spend her time taking pictures of landscapes and playing with them on photoshop. And she is still learning different techniques.

At the event area Fly showcased some of her pictures, all of them were taken in Second Life and processed afterwards to make them look like oil paintings. The combiantion of art and Second Life offers great opportunities for artists. Fly also gave a violin concert on the opening event. Fly has an own website with more information and a flickr account.

Fly Kugin’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

Giovanna Cerise is not unknow to me. The last time I came across her art was in May 2019 at La Maison d’Aneli (read here). Before I visited Flash Back / Flash Forward in 2017 (read Simploring 2017 (42) Flash Back / Flash Forward), in 2016 I visited her LEA-installation Monochrome (read here) and in April 2015 I saw Otium (read here: A visit to Otium). Giovanna is an Italian literature teacher and musician. In Second Life she’s active since Ende of 2008 and had many exhibtions and installations. She particpated in the LEA program participations and her list of activities and appearances is long. For more information look up her website.

Giovanna Cerise used her space at La Maison d’Aneli to showcase her “Doll’s house”. It is a space main held in black and white with clear structures that is partly in 3D and party in 2D (but looks 3D). The space has several houses, more a Doll’s village. And there are dolls, I’d rather say ballerinas or dancers. The dolls are stylised, performing alone or as couples in front of the houses or on the open space. There’s quite some to discover viewing at Giovanna Cerise’s installation from different viewing angles.

Giovanna Cerise’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

It is the first time that I came across the artist Marylooooe, She is in Second Life for 5 years and had several small and two larger exhibitions in favor of “Feed a smile” and the “Parkinson foundation”.

Marylooooe set up a 4 story gallery building in her skybox at La Maison d’Aneli. She named her exhibtion “Art of me – coynty art”. Marylooooe uploaded her RL artwork into Second Life. All of her art is very colourful, strong and expressive colours. On the four floors Marylooooe grouped her pictures. The ground floor shows some abstract pictures along with pictures in which you can recognize an animal, a goat? The 2nd floor is dedicated to flowers an abstact pictures, which could also be flowers because of how colourful they are. On the 3rd floor are some pictures showing a cow or a cow’s face. And finally the 4th foor is used to showcase some landscapes, towns and villages. For all of her pictures you need imagiantion, you have to connect with them to see the details beside the colours. Marylooooe wrote about her skybox in the accompanying notecard: “All my pictures exist in the original in rl. This exhibition country art is based on an idea originated when a friend asked: do you paint cows too, why not, and so i got down to work. A series of works was created and I hope you will have as much fun looking at them as I had painting them.” (from the accompanying notecard)

Marylooooe’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

Elodiecasa Dragovar is also a new artist for me. She’s in Second Life since 2010. Art is part of her life, she started getting lessons in art aged 9. Since 13 years Elodiecasa lives in Morocco. In the accompanying notecard as well as on a board in her skybox at La maison d’Aneli she wrote about herself: “I don’t consider myself as an artist but a passionate person. I love art in all forms, I touch everything. Art is a part of my life, it’s a need

Her skybox is quite packed with pictures. All of them are imported into Second Life from RL pictures as far as I could gather. Elodiecasa uses all kind of techniques for her art and thus we get a broad picture of her artwork, which ranges from abstract alcohol ink pictures to acrylic portraits, from watercolour pictures of villages to abstract oil pictures. The variety is impressive and I couldn’t categorize her art at all.

Elodiecasa Dragovar’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

Deyanira Yalin has been in Second Life since 2007. Her creations started with oils and acrylics shown at exhibitions in Mexico City, and has continuously expanded to incorporate other media: “As a graphic designer, the influence of Second Life has help me to embrace the digital art form, which culminated in several exhibits currently displayed in Second Life. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I believe that my art is the product of cumulative dreams and visualization.” (taken from the accompanying notecard)

Deyanira Yalin’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is a dark blue box with a 3D object in the center. Her pictures glow colourful in this environment. They range from animal faces over geometric forms, from portraits to flowers. Deyanira often uses different layers in her pictures so that you have to immerse into her art.
Deyanira has an own gallery in Second life and a store “DeyLyn Creations” on the marketplace,

Deyanira Yalin’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

Neel (lo01ner01) is in Second Life for 4 years.
Neel was born in the Himalayan foothills of India but now lives in the vast city of Mumbai. He is a passionate animal lover and cares greatly for the earth and all its creatures. A university graduate trained in business, Neel is also a student of poetry, art and literature in Hindi, English and Sanskrit. But he is especially interested in science. He combines abstract painting with imaginative birds, insects, and fish. Thus Neel explores the inner world of emotions and feelings, and how they connect to the natural world around us. His work draws on observation of the fine detail of the natural world together with an inner vision, which he paints as he sees with the eye of the spirit.” (from the accompanying notecard)

Neel (lo01ner01)’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is a light 2 story box held in white. His pictures are shown on the walls. Some pictures are abstract, others are a combination of abstract pictures with objects as described in the notecard. All of them seem to be RL pictures that were uploaded into Second Life.

lo01ner01’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

Mareea Farrasco is “a SL photographer and the owner of IMAGO Land and IMAGO Art Galleries, a Nature, Art & Culture area open for visitors who love to explore, relax, take photos or admire the highly talented artists works displayed in the galleries… My photography covers a large field, from portraits to landscapes, from concrete to metaphoric images, from narrative scenes to still life pictures.” (from the accompanying notecard)
I visited IMAGO Land in April 21 and reported about my visit (read here)

Mareea’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is complete held in black in order to provide a contrast to pastel colours of her photographs, that mainly show landscapes along with only few details. I don’t know (but suspect) that Mareea porcesses her pictures a bit to make them a little bit blurry, which fits perfectly (no critique meant). Mareea proves the almost endless possibilities that Second Life offers for our creativity.
Mareea Farrasco’s pictures can also been seen at her flickr account.

Mareea Farrasco’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.”
Thank you for another great joined exhibtion, Aneli. As always I enjoyed my visit and writing about it. It inspired me.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/64/22
Fly Kugin (flyqueeen)’s website
https://www.flyofficial.org/
Fly Kugin (flyqueeen)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/134260978@N05/
Giovanna Cerise’s website
http://giovannacerise.blogspot.it/
Deyanira Yalin’s gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fortinbras/20/198/27
Deyanira Yalin marketplace store “DeyLyn Creations”
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/167933
Landmark to Mareea Farrasco’a IMAGO Land
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Broken%20Mountain/86/132/21
Mareea Farrasco’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/96165669@N06/

Art in Second Life 2021 (6) Artists’ Village at Campbell Coast

When I scrolled through scoop.it SL Destinations on Monday, January 4th, I came across an entry which led to a post from Inara Pey “A new home for an Artists’ Village – Campbell Coast“.

I read the post and had to have a look myself.
The Artists’ Village at Campbell Coast is operated by BJoyful and Doc Rast (rasterscan) and curated by Owl Dragonash. As the name implies it is a village (located on a sky platform) that offers 42 studio spaces in a really nice environment. Inara wrote in her post (January 3rd):
29 of the 42 studio are already occupied or reserved by the following artists: Dhyezl, Etamae, Jaz, Gidgy Adagio, Shakti Adored, Caly Applewhyte, Whimsical Aristocrat, Ceekay Ballyhoo, Michiel Bechir, Thomaz Blackburn, Giovanna Cerise, Rey Charles, Owl Dragonash, Apple Fall, Johannes Huntsman, Uli Jansma, Suzen Juel, Lena Kiopak, Anouk Lafavre, Dimivan Ludwig, Radagast Malaprop, Kitty Mills, Nympheas Nogah, Inara Pey, Blues Rocker, Tempest Rosca, David Silence and Skip Staheli. They are joined by musicians Jed Luckless, Lexus Melodie, Larree Quixote, and writer GoSpeed Racer. All of whom amount to a rich selection of artistic expression.
Those interested in obtaining a space at the Village should contact one of Bjoful, Doc or Owl in-world.

Impressions of the Artists’ Village at Campbell Coast

The studios are presented in town house style units with two floors of exhibition space (artists will need to install their own teleport systems between floors), with the studios laid out in blocks separated by cobbled streets and open spaces, complete with an open-air bar / event space at the southern end of the village.”

On my fist visit I had a look at the studios of Inara Pey, Thomaz (Thomaz Blackburn), CK (Ceakay Ballyhoo), Dimi Ludwig (Dimivan Ludwig), Suzen JueL (Juel Resistance) and Giovanna Cerise.

Impressions of Thomaz’ studio at Campbell Coast Artists’ Village

Thomaz is a SL photographer and processes the pictures he takes only a little or not at all. He is focused more on getting the right windlight setting for his pitures

Impressions of CK (Ceakay Ballyhoo)’ and of Dimi Ludwig (Dimivan Ludwig) studio at Campbell Coast Artists’ Village

CK (Ceakay Ballyhoo) presents both, only minimalistc processed pictures taken in Second Life and also highly processed pictures where the you can’t know if the original picture was taken in Second Life or in the physical world. Dimi Ludwig (Dimivan Ludwig) is working as musician in Second Life since February 2006, I assume that is why the guitar is in his studio. He presents very nice pictures of animals and nature from the physcial world.

Impressions of Suzen JueL (Juel Resistance)’s studio at Campbell Coast Artists’ Village

I’ve never seen anything of Suzen JueL (Juel Resistance) before, yet I really like of her café/studio, the colourful art at the walls that catches your eye and the atmosphere in the café that is particular. Suzen has her own website with an event calendar and more examples of her art and her music. I was quite impressed.

Impressions of Giovanna Cerise’s studio at Campbell Coast Artists’ Village

Giovanna Cerise is not unknow to me. I visited Flash Back / Flash Forward in 2017 (read Simploring 2017 (42) Flash Back / Flash Forward), in 2016 I visited her LEA-installation Monochrome (read here), in April 2015 I saw Otium (read here: A visit to Otium) and in May 2019 she participated in an exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli (read here). Giovanna is an Italian literature teacher and musician. In Second Life she’s active since Ende of 2008 and had many exhibtions and installations. She particpated in the LEA program participations and her list of activities and appearances is long. For more information look up her website. At her studio she presents pictures and 3D sculptures that are real eyecathers and look very different depending on the viewing angle. It’s a feast for the eye to explore these scuptures.

Impressions of Inara Pey’s studio at Campbell Coast Artists’ Village

Last but not least I visited Inara Pey’s studio, actually it was the first sutdio I saw during my visit. I know Inara’s way to create artful pictures in Second Life from the many post I read in her blog. She developed her own and very typical style. As I know many of the places she visited myself looking at her pictures also brings back lovely memories.

Thank you BJoyful and Doc Rast (rasterscan) for this initiative and Owl Dragonash for curating the Artists’ Village at Campbell Coast. I had a pleasant first visit.

Landmark to the Artists’ Village at Campbell Coast
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Erazor/132/61/2002
Inara Pey’s blogpost “A new home for an Artists’ Village – Campbell Coast”
https://modemworld.me/2021/01/02/a-new-home-for-an-artists-village-in-second-life/

Simploring 2019 (56) La Maison d’Aneli in May

On Wednesday, May 15th, a new exhibtion was opened to the public at La Maison d’Aneli. This month the gallery presents insights in the art of Giovanna Cerise, Mathilde Vhargon, Vroum Short, DELALUNE Ella, McGrafite and Tshirtkikill Straaf.

La Maison d’Aneli May 2019 – the entrance hall with Aneli Abeyante’s chessmen

The entrance hall of La Maison d’Aneli is used to display Aneli Abeyante’s own art, a chess in black, red and white with abstract, modern chessmen. You get to the exhibition of the above mentioned artists by teleporting from the entrance hall.

Vroum Short’s installation “Mirror” and Giovanna Verise’s Installation are 3D installations, while the other 4 artists display their pictures.

La Maison d’Aneli May 2019 – Marisa Camelo (mcgrafite)

McGrafite’s passion is drawing. The biography distributed by Aneli just reveals a bit about McGrafite “Since I was born that I always loved to draw, drawing is part of me, it is my therapy, my passion …
I started to make graphite portraits, through photography, about 10 years ago and I never stopped! I started drawing full-time making portraits, other kinds of realistic drawings and designs for tattoos.” I didn’t find an avatar of this name and the exhibited art was uploaded by Aneli. Hence asked Aneli and she told me that she got the pictures from McGrafite, who has problems connecting to SL at the moment.
I went to McGrafite’s gallery. Strangely enough, I could see Marisa Camelo (mcgrafite)’s profile there (when inspecting the exhibited art) – but not using the search function. McGrafite is Portugese and there’s more information about her and her art on her website.

La Maison d’Aneli May 2019 – Mathilde Vhargon

Mathilde Vhargon is “a former classical musician, she began making sculptures in Second Life 10 years ago, and soon became more focused on digital painting, which she creates using only Gimp and ArtRage programmes“. She loves strong colours and abstract forms. At La Maison d’Aneli her part of the exhibtion extends over 2 floors. The lower floor, shows colour compositions, some slightly reminding me of kaleidoscopes, the upper floor presents pictures of geometric abstraction. In my personal opinion the latter are quite impressive.
The notecard with Mathilde’s biography that you can grab at the exhibtion also lists her other current exhibtions in Second Life (quite some).
Remark: You can identify her art by searching the leaf in each of Mathilde’s pictures, it’s her kind of signature.

La Maison d’Aneli May 2019 – Giovanna Cerise

Giovanna Cerise is not unknow to me. I visited Flash Back / Flash Forward in 2017 (read Simploring 2017 (42) Flash Back / Flash Forward), in 2016 I visited her LEA-installation Monochrome (read here) and in April 2015 I saw Otium (read here: A visit to Otium). Giovanna is an Italian literature teacher and musician. In Second Life she’s active since Ende of 2008 and had many exhibtions and installations. She particpated in the LEA program participations and her list of activities and appearances is long. For more information look up her website.
The installation shown at La Maison d’Aneli has no specific name. It was inspired by poetry of Alda Merini “… one lies on the back of the world and feels…
The sculptures are no that easy to see when you’re too close to them, the room is filled with geometric forms, mostly transparent blocks and stairs. Between them you find the sculptures, or what appears to be a sculpture when you look not too close … they are puzzle pieces like the complex world around them, but then they are also individuals nonetheless.

La Maison d’Aneli May 2019 – Lune (delalune ella)

Lune (delalune ella) is French and she’s in Second Life since 2007. Her art is shown on 2 floors, one floor for her colourful kaleidoscope pictures, one for her photographs. Her kaleidoscopes animate to dive into them, to explore them, her photographs radiate peace and serenity.

La Maison d’Aneli May 2019 – Tshirtkikill Straaf

Behind Tshirtkikill Straaf in Second life is the French graphic artist Stéph Para. His work is kind of bizarre, funny and mostly just in black and white, hence if he uses colour it catches your attention much more. There are two websites (la bonne anime and la bonne illustration) where you could get more information, supposed your understand more French than I do.

La Maison d’Aneli May 2019 – Vroum Short

Vroum Short is a French SL artist since 2007. She created VeGeTaL PLaNet, about which I read already and which is on my list of places to visit. According to the artist notecard that I got at La Maison d’Aneli VeGeTaL PLaNet is “a world where everything becomes possible and achievable where the barriers of reality fade away to let the imagination flood it with life. In her underwater exhibitions, living plant sculptures and luminous paintings, animated in 3D, mingle
The installation a La Maison d’Aneli is called “Mirror” and should be seen with your windlight set to midnight. The reflections of the geometric objects are amazing, it is a world of itself that you can walk through.

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.”

Thank you Aneli for another great exhibition and thank you to all artists. Enjoy your visit – I did.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/32/40/21
McGrafite’s gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Samoa/30/142/50
McGrafite’s website
https://steemit.com/@mcgrafite
Giovanna Cerise’s website
http://giovannacerise.blogspot.it/
Stéph Para aka Tshirtkikill Straaf’s websites
http://labonneanime.fr/
http://labonneillustration.fr/
Landmark to VeGeTaL PLaNet
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oak%20Park/140/131/55

Simploring 2017 (42) Flash Back / Flash Forward

Sunday, June 4th, I went simploring in the morning. Kitty accompanied me on this tour. I selected “Flash Back / Flash Forward” from the SL destination guidewhere the description caught my attention “Flash Back / Flash Forward, Giovanna Cerise’s newest installation, takes an abstract and dreamlike approach to time’s passage, our tottering on the precipice between past and future, and the commingling of time and space. Showing at Split Screen through July 31.” The featured abstract picture tempted me to explore it as well as the name Giovanna Cerise rang a bell. I visited Otium in April 2015, where some of her art was exhibited (read here: A visit to Otium). Unfortunately this sim does no longer exist. In 2016 I visited her installation Monochrome that was buildt within the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) program (read here).

Giovanna wrote that the idea of Flash Back / Flash Forward is “transporting the present into the past and projecting it into the future, aware of the implacability of temporal laws, for what is present today will tomorrow be the past, and what is future will be present. The tendency to emphasize and almost exacerbate the instability and impermanence of the perception of what has passed and of what is not yet is the leitmotif of Flash Back / Flash Forward.”

Flash Back / Flash Forward is mostly made of simple forms, which are arranged and piled up, most of the elements are transparent, you can walk and see through them, sometimes they appear, from another angle they are invisible. There’s no visible floor on the first glance, hence you walk and fly through the installation. Within this build are 6 different spaces that vanish in the complex but, depending on the angle, they are perfectly visible. Giovanna named them “The dream, The point of view, The desire, The lighteness, The impossible choice and The birth”

3D-art in Seond Life has the distinctive feature, that everybody sees it different, depending on light settings and viewing angle. Hence nobody sees exactly the same and each picture taken is at least a bit different and unique. I was impressed about the vanishing and appearing of elements and walls, sometimes I saw just a shadow of myself, and from another angle I could see myself clearly. My favourite space within Flash Back / Flash Forward is the one that Giovanna named “The impossible choice” as it expresses a lot about myself and about my Second Life.

Flash Back / Flash Forward is located at Slpit Screen Installation Space. Split Screen is an artist cooperative sim where all resources and expenses are shared equally by its members. The sim’s primary purpose is to provide working space for its members, as well as exhibitions and other special events. Giovanna’s installation can be visited until End of July 2017. I was impressed and am happy that I saw it. Thank you Giovanna!

Landmark to Slpit Screen Installation Space
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Coppelia/132/138/23
Giovanna Cerise’s Website
http://giovannacerise.blogspot.it/

Monochrome – black, white and red

Monochrome derives from the greek words monos (alone, single) and chroma (colour). In art monochromatic painting has been an important component of avant-garde visual art throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century. Painters have created the exploration of one color, the examination of values changing across a surface, the expressivity of texture and nuance, expressing a wide variety of emotions, intentions and meanings in a wide variety of ways and means (source wikipedia).

Ocotber 30th: A visit to Monochrome - black, white and red.

Ocotber 30th: A visit to Monochrome – black, white and red.

Sunday, October 30th, I visited Monochrome. Monochrome is an art installation of Giovanna Cerise and will remain on display until the end of December 2016. Giovanna calls her project “Soul of coulours”, the colours being black, white and red.
The  installation develops onto three levels, each dedicated to a single color: black, withe and red. The choice of black, white and red was dictated by my passion for these colors that evoke a multitude of contrasting references, in agreement or in continuation with each other. It is best to explore the installation simply walking through, but you get a good effect also flying between locations and by inserting the mouse look. You should try different settings of the environment setting to experience the different possibilities of light and ambience offering the virtual world.” (excerpt from the notcard you can get upon arrival at Monochrome)

Once again I came across this piece of art by following Inara Pey’s blog “Giovanna’s Monochrome in Second Life“.

Ocotber 30th: Monochrome black

Ocotber 30th: Monochrome black

The three levels couldn’t be more different and that is not only related to the monchromatic black, white and red. On the black level you experience different levels of cubes which offer new view angels everywhere and the three sculptured steel beings in the center of the black level provide an anchor and orientation – and are a perfect object for photographs. When I visited I was still wearing my Halloween make up in black and white and I think that my own person adds another semi monochrome aspect, yet provides some warmth in the cold black and gray world.
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The white level is like a big maze and I lost my orientation quickly. It is not only white as the walls are transparent on one side and like milk glass from the other side. The lost feeling was for me similar to what you get when walking through winter sometimes – in the end all is just white.

Ocotber 30th: Monochrome white

Ocotber 30th: Monochrome White

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And the red level? it is more like a 3 dimensional accumulation of red blocks in different sizes hoovering in the space. But when you dare to walk from the teleport point towards the red blocks you notice that there’s ground to walk on. Although red is a warm colour it didn’t feel warm at all for me.

Ocotber 30th: Monochrome white

Ocotber 30th: Monochrome red

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To sum it up, 3 dimensional virtual temporary art at it’s best. You still have the rest of 2016 to visit and experience yourself.
Landmark to Monochrome
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA21/18/125/31
Inara Pey’s blog about Monochrome
https://modemworld.me/2016/10/28/giovannas-monochrome-in-second-life/

A visit to Otium

Exploring sims: OTIUM

Exploring sims: Otium

The “Living in a modemworld”-blog of Inara Pey provides me with places to visit. This time I visited Otium, first alone and then together with Jenny.
The name of this sim has a meaning that I looked up at Wikipedia for a correct description:
Otium, a Latin abstract term, has a variety of meanings, including leisure time in which a person can enjoy eating, playing, resting, contemplation and academic endeavors. It sometimes, but not always, relates to a time in a person’s retirement after previous service to the public or private sector, opposing “active public life”. Otium can be a temporary time of leisure, that is sporadic. It can have intellectual, virtuous or immoral implications. It originally had the idea of withdrawing from one’s daily business (negotium) or affairs to engage in activities that were considered to be artistically valuable or enlightening (i.e. speaking, writing, philosophy). It had particular meaning to businessmen, diplomats, philosophers and poets
(see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otium).

What you can experience at Otium fits perfect to the name. First of all there is a Mediterranean village with small alleys, lots of cosy places, benches and pavement cafes. And the village is not empty. There are little shops and the houses can be rented. Where you land when arriving at Otium, there’s a gallery. The exhibtion there shows Giovanna Cerise’s art and is called “LINE”. This Exhibition isn’t restricted to the gallery itself but is spread over the whole island. Giovanna herself wrote about her permanent exhibition “Creation of a path-research on the infinite freedom hidden in two-dimensional and three-dimensional size. The line, with its lightness incisive, inspired the Transposition of the complexity of the solid structures of some of my work in new areas, expression of pure essentiality.”

"LINE" exhibition permanent of Giovanna Cerise

“LINE” exhibition permanent of Giovanna Cerise

When exploring Otium you will come across Giovanna’s art everywhere, her filigrane “line”-art is non physical, thus you can walk through it and it changes it’s look depending from which angel you look at it. The art provides a perfect background for creating your own photo art, something to publish at deviantart. At the beach there’re other 3 dimensional pieces of her, of which some are also changing permanently. All of Giovanna Cerise’s art can be purchased directly. And I’m pretty sure that I saw her art before at some other places. I consider to get a piece for our island as well.

"LINE" exhibition permanent of Giovanna Cerise in the streets of Otium

“LINE” exhibition permanent of Giovanna Cerise in the streets of Otium

Coming back to the name of the Island: Otium. I visited Otium together with Jenny and after roaming through the alleys we walked down to the beach which offers some places to cuddle, to watch the waves of the ocean and even for sport activities like Taichi. Thus Otium provides everything to recover, to enjoy simply being yourself or to refresh your mind with art: relax, unwind, soothe your soul. The name Otium does really fit.

Taichi at the Otium beach

Taichi at the Otium beach

Jenny and Diomita enjoying at Otium beach

Jenny and Diomita enjoying at Otium beach

Otium is owned by Franz Markstein. Thank you, for your hospitality.