Art in Second Life (38) Lines of Force by Simulat Almendros

In December 2020 I visited “Spirals and Metaspirals – An exploration by Simulat Almendros” at Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF) (read here). This exhibition is still open for a visit – and it is worth it.
Last month I visited again, this time my focus was on the expansion of the exhibtion “Virtual Tables by Simulat Almendros” (read here). The expansion was done by adding a second level above over one half of space.
And now there has been a second expansion, another level added above the remaining half. This expansion is named “Lines of Force by Simulat Almendros“.
I visited Monday, April 5th.

Lines of Force – the second expansion of Simulat Almendros’s exhibition at Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF)

Lines of Force is an exhibtion of pictures made using a simulation of the magnetic fields. While you can visualize magnetic forces in experiments in physics, you can also simulate the “lines of force” between the poles in computer programs. Simulat Almendros overlaps several of these magnetic fields pictures, he adds other regular formulars which influence the colors or the deviations from one point to the next – and the result is true artwork.

The exhibtion is organized in 3 concentric circles. The outer circle shows Linofo images that Simulat used as seeds for supersymmetric pictures that he calls Snowflakes. Inside he shoes pictures that are just as they emerge from the simulation. And in the inner circle are explanations about how the simulations are created.

Examples of “Lines of Force by Simulat Almendros” (1)

Simulat is in SL for almost 14 years. He’s an artist and displays his work at two galleries. In the 1st life tab of his profile he describes himself with the tags: “Computer art, philosophizing Web, graphic arts programming, simulations“. Simulat picked his name because at the time he got his first internet account he was writing simulations of physics. He simulated a gravity field and a magnetic field and later he wrote a system that imitated biological forms. These systems all used the computer screen to display the output as images.
The magnetic field simulation turned out to have the most artistic potential. Simulat spent about 5 years working with that simulation, slowly extending it’s capabilities and exploring the possibilities. That led to his first (and unfortunately also last) real life gallery show.

Examples of “Lines of Force by Simulat Almendros” (2)

Now Simulat rediscoverd his former work and with the better performance of computers and graphics nowadays, he could create even more and also more complex simulations.

The provided landmark leads you to the central landing point at Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF) from where you can take a direct teleport to the exhibtion “Lines of Force by Simulat Almendros“. Right next to where you land, you can grab a notecard from Simulat. In this notecard you find a lot of information about how Simulat makes his pictures. And you get even more information in the above mentioned inner circle, where several boards explain the different techniques.

Examples of “Lines of Force by Simulat Almendros” (3)

If you haven’t seen “Spirals and Metaspirals” or “Virtual Tables” yet, don’t miss the opportunity to visit both – it’s all in one exhitbion space.

Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF) is owned by Hannington Xeltentat. Thank you Hannington for providing the space for the art and for enabling “Lines of Force by Simulat Almendros“. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to “Lines of Force” at Hannington Art Foundation (central landing point)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/169/204/3521

Art in Second Life 2021 (25) “Virtual Tables by Simulat Almendros”

Last year I visited “Spirals and Metaspirals – An exploration by Simulat Almendros” at Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF) (read here). The exhibtion is still open, although it has been rearranged. And on February 17th, an addition was added, a second level, that is full with tables, well virtual tables of course.

Simulat is in SL for almost 14 years. He’s an artist and displays his work at two galleries. In the 1st life tab of his profile he describes himself with the tags: “Computer art, philosophizing Web, graphic arts programming, simulations

For the expansion with the “Virtual tables” Simulat wrote an notecard explaining his work at bit:
Second Life was the first 3D modelling medium I worked with. I got pretty good with prims but they do have limitations. About 2 years later I started using Blender which is a free 3D modelling system that is as powerful as commercial 3D software like Maya. The learning curve is very steep. Learning to use a powerful program like learning a language. You start of with simple things and slowly your vocabulary and fluency increase. Now 8 years later it’s become a central tool in my art making tool box. I use Blender to make 2D pictures that are raw material to import into Photoshop to make Snowflakes. And of course I use it to make 3D forms to import into Second Life.

I like to explore meaningful but abstract forms. The forms are abstract because generally the don’t represent anything that you would see in reality. They are based on the implications of math and science. I work with geometry and symmetry. I try to make those kinds of abstract ideas into concrete forms that you can walk around.”

The expansion “Virtual tables” by Simulat Almendros on a seperate level of “Spirals and Metaspirals”

The tables are really outstanding, colourful and artful. Simulat uses mostly glass for the table plate so that you can see the counter framework. It is suprprising to see his different ideas. I can imagine such a table in RL as an eyecatcher in every room. They can develop their class standing close by eachother but I assume that Simulat wanted to show how different you can make them, her can make them. I’d buy one in RL immediately, if I could.

Virtual Tables by Simulat Almendros

Thank you for this expansion, Simulat. I really like the tables, well done!

Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF) is owned by Hannington Xeltentat. Thank you Hannington for providing the space for the art and for enabling “Virtual tables by Simulat Almendros”. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to HAF “The Hannington Arts Foundation at Xeltentat Enterprises”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/163/145/3502

Art in Second Life 2020 (83) “Spirals and Metaspirals – An exploration by Simulat Almendros”

I visited “Spirals and Metaspirals – An exploration by Simulat Almendros” at Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF).
No surprise the exhibtion is about spirals :-). Right next to the entrance you find a board with two links. One leads ot a video, the other to an article. I watched the short video by Martin Hunt about spirals first. In a little bit less than 4 minutes I understood the difference between a spiral and a metaspiral and I got an idea how the exhibited spirals were generated. The article goes a bit further into details. I recommend to have a look at the video and the article before looking at all the exhibits.

“Spirals and Metaspirals – An exploration by Simulat Almendros” at Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF) (1)

On another board close to the entrance Simulat Almendros explains the exhibtion like this:
This exhibition explores the visusal potential of a certain sort of spiral that I call Fibonacci Spiral.
There are an infinite number of these spirals. Natural selection explored those possibilities and found one that is biologically useful.
Flowers like daisies or sunflowers have a particular Fibonacci Spiral at their centers. The spiral is a pattern of florets that become seeds. Each floret is placed by a balance of hormones and the result is a packing of florets that is about as dense as is possible yet giving each floret the same amount of resources.

“Spirals and Metaspirals – An exploration by Simulat Almendros” at Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF) (2)

The showcased spirals are beautiful and it is facinating to learn how they were done. Each of them were generated by quite simple mathematical formulars. Leaving out some lines or dots, colouring them in a certain predefined way creates more and more complex patterns that are real eye candies.

Along your way through the exhibtion you follow Simulat Amendros exploration.

“Spirals and Metaspirals – An exploration by Simulat Almendros” at Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF) (3)

I never heard about Simulat Almendros before. Simulat is in SL for almost 14 years. He’s an artist and displays his work at two galleries. In the 1st life tab of his profile he describes himself with the tags: “Computer art, philosophizing Web, graphic arts programming, simulations

Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF) is owned by Hannington Xeltentat. Thank you Hannington for providing the space for the art and for enabling “Spirals and Metaspirals – An exploration by Simulat Almendros”. I enjoyed my visit – and learned something new.

Landmark to HAF “The Hannington Arts Foundation at Xeltentat Enterprises”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/163/145/3502
A video about spirals:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtEaB4LQ1GE&feature=youtu.be
An illustrated essay about spirals
http://www.simulat.ca/spiralessay.php

Art in Second Life 2020 (70) Hexagonia by Amita Duranjaya

On Tuesday, October 13th, I visited “Hexagonia – A Virtual Cyber-Paradise” by Asmita Duranjaya at Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF).

Writing about “Hexagonia – A Virtual Cyber-Paradise” by Asmita Duranjaya” was made easy for me as there’s a text about the artist and a text about the installation on the great board at the entrance.

My Cyber-Paradise is a place for de-celeration, Absolute relaxation and enjoyment of colours, shapes and sounds. Basic shape is the hexagon due to the host place Hannington Endowment for The arts (Remark: nowadys Hanningtion Arts Foundation), which is itself a hexagonian gallery. The hexagon and the hexagonian fractals, the colours teal and violet are typical expressive tools in cyber art.
The conceptiual idea is a paradise in the future, where all religions and cultures are equally respected. Symbos for this background are the bridges with a quote from the basic scriptures of six different religions – whether humans will still exist or not is an open question.
The paradisiac environment is enlivened by two cyber bots and some animals, partly with animesh function, which I am not able to creat myself due to missing hard- and software – so I am giving my credits to EliteDesign, Shephard and Lance.
My thanks go to Tansee and Hannington Yeltentat for providing the space.
Enjoy the paradise, take a seat on the flying insect and do a round trip and play with the horns at the bridges, which play music by touch and can be stopped too. Musical credits go to David Schombert and his ambient composition “L’Exile Des Arbres”.
Play with your windlights, every graphic card is different. Recommendable are: [TOR] SUNRISE – Turtle Island or [TOR] MIDDAY – Precision blue or [EUPHORIA] smoky blue sky.”
(Asmita Duranjaya)

Impressions of “Hexagonia – A Virtual Cyber-Paradise” by Asmita Duranjaya (1)

I tried all recommended windlight settings and to be honest on my hardware it made no big difference which one I used. I had a relaxed visit and enjoyed the views, I flew with the insect and I had a few minutes of meditation. You can really immerse yourself into another (better?) world.

Impressions of “Hexagonia – A Virtual Cyber-Paradise” by Asmita Duranjaya (2) – Quotes on the bridges

I never came across Asmita Duranjaya before – and I’m in Second Life for more than 12 years and spend quite a lot of time inworld. This virtual world is really large and steadily changing, so there’s something new to discover every day.
Asmita Duranjaya is an avatar-artist in Second Life and OS, interested in creating landscapes and virtual environments with fractals and cyber-related forms of expression, with a colour concept and a conceptual topic.
Asmita has organized numerous collaborative shows and solo-exhibitions, was awarded in competitions for virtual art and won five times a LEA-grant (Linden Endowment For The Art). She has been co-founder of Space 4 Art, runds the art-sim interstellART with 15 artists in residence and arranges monthly changing solo-exhibtions and one huge-size collaborative project per year.
Asmita runs a webpage with inforation about the topic cyber-art – here.

Impressions of “Hexagonia – A Virtual Cyber-Paradise” by Asmita Duranjaya (3) – some close-up’s, zooming in provides artful views

Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF), the former HEA Gallery is owned by Hannington Xeltentat and was built by Tansee, who also curates the foundation. Thank you Hannington for providing the space and thank you Tansee for enabling Amita Duranjaya’s installation. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to HAF “The Hannington Arts Foundation at Xeltentat Enterprises”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/132/124/3525
Asmita’s webpage with inforation about the topic cyber-art
http://www.ethnomusicscape.de/cyber/CyberArt.htm
Landmark to art-sim interstellART
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nice%20Atoll/160/148/20

Art in Second Life 2020 (68) “The Ghosts in My Closets – Cobwebs & Other Thoughts in the Attic” by Ilyra Chardin

On October 8th Ilyra Chardin’s installation “The Ghosts in My Closets – Cobwebs & Other Thoughts in the Attic” was opened at “The Hannington Arts Foundation at Xeltentat Enterprises” (HAF).

Ilyra chardin is an artist and designer, whose work has been featured in numerous installations and exhibits across the grid. Her art work crosses media and styles, spanning from real life and digital to SL art. First and foremost, Ilyra is a story teller. Whether in full SIM, 3D installation, sculpture, or 2D (original mixed media, hand-painted, hand-drawn, and photo) art, she includes multiple layers with depth of meaning. Her work has been the subject of numerous blogs, machinimas, and has been featured on Designing Worlds.” (taken from the accompaying notecard)

I saw Ilyra’s work at La Maison d’Aneli in May/June 2020 where she had an installtion called “The New Normal – The Date”. It showed a little Mediterrean town under the current restrictions (read here)

First Impressions of “The Ghosts in My Closets – Cobwebs & Other Thoughts in the Attic” by Ilyra Chardin

There’s a big board at the entrance of Hive 3 at HAF where Ilyra gives some background about the installion:
Enter the Hall of Giants, also known as Giant’s square. Behind each door, explore the shadows of my imagination expressed in artistic vignettes.
The area behind each door is a self contained, mini art installation. In order to maintain the illusion presented in each of the display, the doors do no open, but rather they are phanton and beckon you walk through and immerse yourself in the story.”

I entered the Giant’s square, a market hall in a medieval style. I really was a dwarf there, but luckily none of the giants was there who could have overseen me and stepped on me. The saw the above mentioned doors on the ground level as well as on the attic And started exploring the seperate installations.

To the left and to the right on the ground are two rooms. One is occupied by a medival giant magician or alchemist, the other by a giant tailor. If these two are ghosts in Ilyra’s closet, what does that tell us? Does she have a particular connection to these professions? Are her parents an alchemist and a tailor? Or did she have bad experiences as a child with them? I guess you can spin a lot of stories about it.

Impressions of “The Ghosts in My Closets – Cobwebs & Other Thoughts in the Attic” by Ilyra Chardin (1)

In the back of the giant’s court are four more rooms. One shows a rubbish dump surrounded by chimneys and plants of heavy industry, another looks like an old mine or underground industry. Both do not look really healthy. In the third room is a grave, more a mausoleum surronded by a peaceful landscape. There’s a passage to the fourth room where you see the entrance to a mine and a ferryman who brings his passengers to the other whore where the graveyard is located.
Again I can only speculate but for me it looks as if the unhealthy environment kills people and workers. Are these the ghosts in Ilyra’s closet? Who knows?

Impressions of “The Ghosts in My Closets – Cobwebs & Other Thoughts in the Attic” by Ilyra Chardin (2)

On the attic are a few more rooms and more to speculate about. THe first room I visited was quite colourful. You immerse into the digital world, between motherboards and chips, between bits and bytes and printed circuits. This isntallation as actually two rooms, one for the hackers and another for the gamers. At least from a pure artistic view, this installation a highlight.

Impressions of “The Ghosts in My Closets – Cobwebs & Other Thoughts in the Attic” by Ilyra Chardin (3)

But all rooms are connected in some way. We just don’t know how. The are pieces of memories, pieces of thoughts, pictures and scences that appear in dreams and nightmares. The last room I visited looked to me like the headquarter of a secret agency on the first glance. Furnished with just the basics for a headquarter: beds, desks, chairs, computers, one toilet and gasmasks. If you cross the room you can walk through another door and come to a desert, very hot with charred trees and one road leading to nowhere and an old van. The scene is quite scary (at least for me)

Impressions of “The Ghosts in My Closets – Cobwebs & Other Thoughts in the Attic” by Ilyra Chardin (4)

Ilyra is a story teller as stated in the accompanying notecard. I outlined my thoughts, the relation to youth and former days, heavy industry and an unhealthy environment on the ground level. The attic is more related to future, to a world dominated by gamers and hackers in a more and more virtual environment while the real environment is almost uninhabitable and humans live in bunkers … or is the headquarter of a secret agency what was my first thought?

Anyway, you have to make up your own story visiting Ilyra Chardin’s installation “The Ghosts in My Closets – Cobwebs & Other Thoughts in the Attic” at Hannington Arts Foundation. It shall be open until the end of this year.

Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF), the former HEA Gallery is owned by Hannington Xeltentat and was built by Tansee, who also curates the foundation. Thank you Hannington for providing the space and thank you Tansee for enabling Ilyra Chardin’s installation. I enjoyed my visit again.

Landmark to HAF “The Hannington Arts Foundation at Xeltentat Enterprises”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/132/124/3525