Art in Second Life 2020 (25) The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr. S.

I had a bit of spare time Monday, May 11th, and decided to visit the Itakos Project and Art Gallery and to see “The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr. S.“.

The Magical Rooms” is an installation of 4 different rooms, two of them are at the Itakos Project and Art Gallery and two others are located in the skies of Obscure Desires, an adult homestead sim owned by Maloe Vansant. You start your visit at the Itakos Project and Art Gallery. It is recommended to set your windlight to “midnight”, to switch on “sun/moon and projectors”, to switch sound on and music off before your go to the first room.

Room one contains a marine setting. The room has no windows, the walls are of grey stone, nothing distracts from the single scene that is installed at the end of the room and lightend by a spotlight. Three chairs invite to sit down and watch. But what is it? A barbwire fence and colourful jelly fishes, red blue yellw and purple. The spotlight and the shadows liven up the scene the jelly fishs contract and expand. You see the water, the beach but no sun, no wind, no clouds and you hear the rushing sea. The colours and light with the simple grey background has something magic.

“The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr. S.” – Room 1

To continue your visit you have to use the green bicycle in front of the room. Room 2 is again a simple room with no windows, instead of a door there’s a curtain of chains. The room is brightly lightened by several moving spotlights. Lying dolls suspended by chains hoover in the room. It took a while for me that all dolls are the same, some are of dark colour though. All wear blindfolds. There’s a chair to sit down and watch how the spotlights change the focus and the shadows, you hear the noise of chains, of opening doors. It is a bizzare scene, scaring to some extent and at the same time peaceful.

“The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr. S.” – Room 2

Room 3 is also bizarre and it is again installed in a room without any window. It’s full inside, full of bats. In one corner is a tree that almost fills the rest of the room, Its white leaves cover the ceiling and at the first moment I thought there were white bats hanging from the ceiling. A few suspended hanging chairs to sit hang in the tree. The spots light the room throwing even more bats as shadows on the walls. For me a bizarre scene that impressed me but I didn’t feel well in it.
Funny Remark: After this post was published, I had a nice conversation with mrs S (lauralar) and she told me that I totally misinterpreted room 3. What I identified as bats are roses!! I must have missed the smell of roses and I might have felt much better with the knowledge that it were roses and not bats *winks*

“The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr. S.” – Room 3

Room 4 was my favourite. Actually it is more than just one room, it is a house with windows and inside you find several surrealistic scenes, artfully showcased with spotlights and shadows. A feast for the eyes. A few almost holographic persons stand, work and sit there, some art is showcased in display cases. The sound reminded me of chill music yet you also here voices and when you go outside on the terrace you hear ainmals and feel like being in the jungle. There’s a lot to discover!
Another remark from my conversation with mrs S: What you see in room 4 is inspired by mrs. & Mr. S.’s real life and their passion.

“The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr. S.” – Room 4 (1)

Who is mrs. S. and Mr.S?
You can grab at notecard at the Itakos Project and Art Gallery with a bit of information:
mrs S (lauralar) was “driven by her fascination for colours, light, objects in rooms and initially merely taking pictures of their combination, mrs. S. discovered her love to design those rooms by herself in the first place. Thus she evolved from a picture maker to a storyteller in her very own way: The idea of a room or space and what it is filled with, as a well designed silent witness of human relations, needs and yearning.
Mr S. (saka infinity) is “an intense partner in discussing the impact of those rooms and became a congenial contributor to the overall experience by using his capability as a musician and light magician. As at various occasions before he brings his magical and sensitive soundtracks and lights to these rooms and by that adding another dimension to it: RL sound recordings, collages and beautifully spheric electronic harmonies make these rooms literally “3D” simply by letting our ears participate.

“The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr. S.” – Room 4 (2)

There were more people involved in realizing “The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr. S.“:
Maloe Vansant who provided space at her sim Obscure Desires,
Akim Alonzo, the owner of the Itakos Project and Art Gallery,
Violet Boa, who works at the gallery and helped realising this installation,
Moon Edenbaum, who did the writing (I assumme of the notecard), and
Konrad Van Arbenlow (Kaiju Kohime), who provided some of his unique objects to work with.

Thank you mrs S (lauralar) and Mr S. (saka infinity) for your “Magical Rooms“, that impressed me. I enjoyed my visit a lot.
The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr. S.” should be opened for a visit until end of June.

Landmark to “The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr. S.”
at Itakos Project and Art Gallery
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website

Art in Second Life 2020 (23) “Phenomenal Women” by Cecilia Nansen and Maloe Vansant

I got an invitation to visit “Phenomenal Women” in the white pavillon at Itakos Project and Art Gallery. “Phenomenal Women” is an exhibtion of two second life photographers, Cecilia Nansen and Maloe Vansant. Together they selected pictures to illustrate a poem about women, that was written by the African American poet Maya Angelou.

“Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years, she was a cast member of the opera Porgy and Bess, the English-language work by the American composer George Gershwin. Actress, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs, was active in the Civil Rights Movement and worked with Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.” (taken from the notecard available at the exhibition)

“Phenomenal Women” by Cecilia Nansen and Maloe Vansant at Itakos Project and Art Gallery (1)

Maloe Vansant joined Second Life in 2007, a new world for her who had never played games or joined any social network site: “After creating little Maloe, my barbie doll, my pixel soul, I discovered the possibility of making snapshots and I started to make a graphic diary of Maloe’s journey in Second Life, showing the emotions she experienced in this pixel world. I think I succeeded in doing this by using some post processing in Photoshop. I am not a woman of many words, I try to express myself, my feelings, my passion and probably my dark side through my pictures.

“Phenomenal Women” by Cecilia Nansen and Maloe Vansant at Itakos Project and Art Gallery (2)

Cecilia Nansen joined Second Life over ten years ago, but took a long break from it. She returned four years ago and found her passion for pictures and learned how to process them. Cecilia and Maloe are close friends. Their style is different. And you can clearly identify which picture was taken by whom. There’s one exception though. On the second floor on the exhibition are a few pictures showing Maloe and Cecilia together and you can’t tell which was done by who. Actually they both made some of them.

“Phenomenal Women” by Cecilia Nansen and Maloe Vansant at Itakos Project and Art Gallery (3)

The poem accompanies the exhibition and vice versa. It is written on the floor of the gallery and you get the full text in a notecard as well. I really like the poem and it’s rhytym and the pictures selected to accompany the poem express the phenomenon very well. They’re never explicit and always leave room for a little mystery, yet transport the beauty and the gracie of women.

Thank you Akim (Akim Alonzo) and Violet (Violet Boa) for enabling “Phenomenal Women” and thank you Maloe and Cecilia for realizing it. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to “Phenomenal Women” by Cecilia Nansen and Maloe Vansant
White pavillon at Itakos Project and Art Gallery
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website

Art in Second Life 2020 (19A) “Meant to Be” by Bamboo Barnes

On Saturday, April 11th, I went on a quick art tour again visiting. I visited Itakos Art Gallery to see a new exhibtion that was opened the day before – “Meant to Be” by Bamboo Barnes.

Together with the invitation I got a notecard with basic Informations about Bamboo Barnes as well as about the exhibtion itself: “Bamboo Barnes is a self-taught Japanese artist who has been working with digital images in Secondlife for some years, and also works with digital in real life. The first striking thing about her artwork is an incredible explosion of colors, deep and dense, spread as if on a fantastic palette with a surreal flavor.”

Bamboo is in Second Life for over 13 years already, painting software & photoshop are her best friends. Bamboo had many exhibtions and appearances in the Second Life art scene and in 2018 she had her first exhibition in real life: “I create what I see but maybe you won’t, they are about people’s reality and  mind.” Bamboo’s art is a mixture of abstract forms, of people and photographs. Most pictures are colourful and it is in the eye of the beholder what we see in her pictures. I saw her work the first time at La Maison d’Aneli during the Holiday season 2019/2020 (read here)

Impressions of “Meant to Be” by Bamboo Barnes at Itakos Art Gallery – Blue Pavillion

The exhibtion “Meant to Be” at Itakos Art Gallery shows mainly portrait pictures, portraits that are processed, changed, that are colourful and inspire to think and creat an own story for them. Same goes for the few pictures that are not restricted to faces or parts of faces: “Fantasies and very personal dreams speak of her life, they are imbued with emotion in telling her favorite themes : the confusion of life, hope, strange love .. but above all, what I read is a focus on abandonment.

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo. Actually it is a place for arts with 7 exhibition rooms or pavillons: White, Black, Grey, Blue, Orange, Purple, Green Pavillion. “Meant to Be” by Bamboo Barnes is shown in the blue pavillion. There’s also a website where new exhibtions are announced.

Landmark to Itakos Art Gallery
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
More information about “Meant to Be” by Bamboo Barnes

Art in Second Life 2020 (12) The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

Following Inara Pey’s blog I came across “The Itakos Project and Art Gallery“. Inara had written about an exhibition of Sennaspirit Coronet named “Union” in her post: Senna’s Unions at the Itakos Project in Second Life. And I wanted to see that exhibition.

Right upon my landing I noticed that there’s more than just the exhibition “Union” at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery. Actually it is a place for arts with 7 exhibition rooms or pavillons: White, Black, Grey, Blue, Orange, Purple, Green Pavillion.
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery is owned by Akim Alonzo. There’s also a website where new exhibtions are announced. I came across Akim Alonzo in Oktober 2019 when I visited La Maison d’Aneli where Akim exhibited a series of pictures loosely based on the cult movie The Matrix (see Simploring 2019 (97) La Maison d’Aneli in September / October 2019). Reading my own blogpost again, I had already mentioned that Akim has his own gallery yet I have missed going there.

The Itakos Project and Art Gallery and the current exhibitions

I started my visit in the black pavillion with Sennaspirit Coronet’s “Union”.
“Union” presents portraits of friends, collaborators and lovers in Second Life. Senna writes about it “We all know those people who, while individuals, have close ties to another in world person, whether they be friends, collaborators, or lovers this show celebrations the “Union” we have in this virtual world. When you think of one, very often you naturally envision the other. The great people who gave their time to participate in this show are wonderful examples of these bonds we form and proves that SL is RL.

Impressions of “Union” by Sennaspirit Coronet at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

Because I live my Second Life also in a close and intense relation this theme did catch my attention immediately. Together with great and artfully showcased portraits we learn a bit about these 17 couples be it by a quote, by describing their common interests or their contrats or by their biographies. In enjoyed reading and looking at the portraits.

Sennaspirit Coronet joined Second Life in late 2006 as part of her RL work in academic publishing and started shooting images in Second Life end of 2007. She worked in the advertising and graphic design business, later worked on digital transformation of assets and publishing. Due to this background the portraits shown in “Union” are very professional and artful.
Senna took breaks from Second Life on a few occasions but the opportunity to do creative work and to be with the many friends always brought her back.

I visited the orange pavillion next. It shows the above mentioned exhibition “The Matrix” by Akim Alonzo – a metaphor for a world of people trapped in a simulated, virtual reality that has many aspects in common with the Secondlife world.

Impressions of “The Matrix” by Akim Alonzo at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

Akim also likes taking portraits and his pictures in this genre are also very professional. The faces tell a story that you can make up for yourself when looking at them. His portraits are shown in the grey pavillion

Impressions of “Portraits” by Akim Alonzo at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

The white pavillion features “Agape in Pace” by Milena Carbone. “Milena Carbone is a French artist and is in Second Life since mid 2019. She discovered its artistic potential and since then has devoted all her free time to creation, associating, as in real life, images and texts. By accepting the rule of the “double” (the real “I” and the virtual “I”), Milena Carbone includes herself in her artwork. Her creative process is iterative: some of her images inspire her stories and these stories modify the development of the image, which itself transforms the story” (excerpt from a notecard givin at the exhibtion).

Impressions of “Agape in Pace” by Milena Carbone at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

Agape is a Greco-Christian term referring to love, “the highest form of love, charity” and “the love of God for man and of man for God”. Within Christianity, agape is considered to be the love originating from God or Christ for humankind (see wikipedia)

In “Agape in Pace” Milena tells several stories in words and in texts about Agape, who is oriented towards love and about Lilith, who is  oriented towards hatred. Along with the exhibtion Milena has provides a notecard in which she further details her toughts and texts.

The blue pavillion features Patrick Ireland “Homage to Surrealsim”. I couldn’t find out anything about Patrick Ireland and I never came across him or his art. The pictures are what you expect – a homage to Surealism 🙂

Impressions of “Homage to Surrealsim” by Patrick Ireland at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

The green pavillion is not a pavillion, it is a plaform that can be reached by teleporting. Here you find the exhibtion “Stolen Child” by CybeleMoon (Hana Hoobinoo) and Akim Alonzo: “The Stolen Child was born from the meeting between CybeleMoon and Akim Alonzo, sharing a passion for Celtic legends and the magical scenarios they evoke. Photos of CybeleMoon and Akim Alonzo’s scenic installation interpret the poem The Stolen Child (1889) by W.B. Yeats, in which it is said that Fairies are not benevolent creatures at all, attracted by strength and vitality of mankind, or beautiful children and especially newborns.” (taken from an accompanying notecard)

Impressions of “Stolen Child” by CybeleMoon (Hana Hoobinoo) and Akim Alonzo at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

And finally I visited the “Matrix Art Club”, an event space that Akim built. I assume it is used for opening events and vernissages. Here I came across Mistero Hifeng again. His sculptures are quite widely spread in Second Life.

Impressions of “Matrix Art Club” at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

Thank you Akim for providing your space for the art, The Itakos Project and Art Gallery. I can sense how much work and passion has gone into it. I look forward to future visits!

Landmark to The Itakos Project and Art Gallery
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
Inara Pey’s blogpost “Senna’s Unions at the Itakos Project in Second Life”

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