Art in Second Life 2022 (87) Bamboo Barnes: Personal Aspect

Bamboo Barnes is going to open a new exhibition, Personal Aspect at the Akipelago, at Akiniwa. Akiniwa is owned by Akiko Kinoshi (a.kiko).
The exhibition is a restrospective with pictures and small picture installations of Bamboo Barnes, featuring her artwork of almost 10 years.

Exibibition poster and impressions of “Personal Aspect” by Bamboo Barnes at Akiniwa (1)

The exhibition is huge. Bamboo’s pictures are shown at 4 large exhibition buildings. In 3 of 4 corners between the buildings Bamboo made small 3D installations with her pictures. The 4th corner will present 3D art by Kerupa Flow and was not yet built at the time of my visit.
The center square will be used for the opening event today, Friday, October 28th, 12 PM SLT. At the opening even Carelyna will provide the music.

When I think of Bamboo Barnes, I immediately think of colours, of colourful pictures, of a feast of colours. All exhibitions that I saw from her were colourful – and of course a retrospective exhibition must consist of colourful pictures too.

Impressions of “Personal Aspect” by Bamboo Barnes at Akiniwa (2) – the 4 exhibition buildings

The amount of pictures is overwhelming. I estimate that Bambo selected about 100 pictures from her pool of artwork. The three 3D picture installations int he corner were new for me. Bamboo arrange her pictures together with 3D objects, giving the pictures a new environment instead of displaying them at walls. Some of her pictures in these corner installations change permanently. I suspect that these installations look even better with an environment set to midnight. Unfortunately I forgot to change my environment and used “Midday” for my pictures.

Impressions of “Personal Aspect” by Bamboo Barnes at Akiniwa (3) – corner art installations

In front of one of the exhibition buildings you can grab a free chair, designed with Bamboo’s art.

Bamboo is in Second Life for over 15 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 myself saw her work the first time at La Maison d’Aneli during the Holiday season 2019/2020 (read here). I also saw her exhibition “Marginal Mannerism” at DixMixGallery in April 2021 (read here), the exhibition “Meant to be” at Itakos Art Gallery last year (read here), I saw “Conjure” at FOCUS Magazine F.A.I.R Gallery in August 2021 (read here), “Mindstorm” at IMAGO Land (read here) and “Drawer” at Hannington Arts Foundation (read here). Last December I saw her exhibition “The path” at Art care gallery (read here) and this year “Metaphysics” at the Kondar Art Center, (read here), Colores Primarios (read here) and New Day (read here) – wow, quite a list in the meanwhile!
Look also at Bamboo’s flickr page.

As mentioned above there are about 100 pictures! Just to give you a better impression of what to expect when you visit yourself I picked a few pictures for a collage.

Impressions of “Personal Aspect” by Bamboo Barnes at Akiniwa (4)

I visited again shortly before the opening so have a look at the 4th corner with the 3D art of Kerupa Flow. Kerupa wrote about it: “Without collaboration with you, my work is invisible. How you interact with the piece, what it makes you tink; the feelings it invokes is what uncovers it’s soul. Take your time, immerse yourself in the display: be aware.
You can walk into one of the installation: heads, geometric objects, squares, texts … and everything changes permanently. Now it is at the visitor which feelings the installation seeds.

Impressions of “Personal Aspect” by Bamboo Barnes at Akiniwa (5) – Kerupa Flow’s corner installation

Kerupa Flow is a 2D&3D artist from Japan and in Second Life since 2007: “After all, there live the same person both SL and outside SL, so even if the tools changed, you can have the same scent.“.
Kerupa has a permanet place “Kerupa’s World” at Akimori. For more information and current exhibitions look up Kerupa’s profile or grab a notecard.

I enjoyed my visits. Don’t miss this exhibition with Bamboo’s colourful artwork.
Thank you Akiko Kinoshi (A Kiko) for providing the space for this exhibition.

Landmark to “Personal Aspect” by Bamboo Barnes at Akiniwa.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akiniwa/129/127/2622
Bamboo Barnes’ flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bamboobarnes/
Kerupa Flow’s World at Akimori
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akimori/55/129/4000

Diary 2022 (114) August 16th-18th In terrible grief for Jenny

Tuesday, August 16th, I spent some time inworld in the afternoon. I met Lily (Lily Bloodrose) at club Domme a Domme. I met Faye at Jenny’s memorial. I made some slight changes at Jenny’s memorial monument .. and I revised the orientation map at the landing point of our sim by adding the memoiral. Other that that, I had a few chats with friends …
At night I played a skipee with slave Lily and Angelique. Then we went to club DeLust where I stayed the rest of the night. Flo joined us there shortly before Angelique left to bed.

August 16th: Diomita and slave Lily at club Domme a Domme / Diomita at home at Jenny’s memorial / Diomita and slave Lily at the landing point / Diomita at club DeLust with Angelique, Flo and slave Lily

Later slave Alessi also joined us and after Flo had left as well to get some sleep, Argi came by.

August 16th: Diomita at club DeLust with Flo, slave Lily, slave Alessi and Argi

That day was not really a good one for me, though I had less crying attacks missing the love of my Second Life. I missed Jenny badly and was not the best company. Nonetheless Flo and later also Argi succeeded to make me smile. Thank you.

Wednesday, August 17th, I went on a simploring tour in the later morning and early afternoon. I visited Florence, a lovely sim with lots of great views to take pictures and with countless places to sit and watch the world and time flow by (read more about it here).
I spent the rest of my free time in the afternoon quite aimlessly again. I hopped over sims, checked landmarks, I sorted my inventory, I picked up useless prims at home, I met Dely (krysbia) and slave Luci (Luci Glendale) at club Domme a Domme, and finally I spent some time sitting at Jenny’s tree trunk and looking at her memorial. I was still in a turmoil of emotions.

August 17th: Diomita simploring Florence / Diomita at club Domme a Domme with slave Luci / Diomita at home

There’s not much to report about my night. I ran late due to my RL. Flo was inworld and playing skipee. Flo had left a candle at Jenny’s memorial. Thank you, Flo. It breaks my heart to see the pain that our family is going through.
slave Alessi came by, We played a round of skipee, then Flo had to leave for bed. I took slave Alessi to club DeLust for some time, then I returned home with her. I had in mind to visit a gallery, but it was not ready installed yet. I met Dely (krybia) at club Domme a Domme. She comforted me. And I had a longer IM with Yasmin Heartsdale, who also tried to comfort me in my grief …. no pictures of that night.

I knew I was not easy to handle these days, my grief was still too intense and my crying attacks became worse again.

Thursday, August 18th, I roamed over places again quite a lot. I had IMs and chats, I saw Ebony and Dely (krybia) and I re-visited “New Day” by Bamboo Barnes (read here) as there were 3D art objects by Kerupa Flow added to the exhibition. I revised and finished the blogpost.

At night I first played two round of skipee, one with Angelique and Flo, and one as a team with Angelique against Flo and slave Alessi. slave Sakura (sakuramatsumoto) joined us and watched.
We went to club DeLust but didn’t stay long there. Flo couldn’t enter as it was too full. Hence we moved to Carnal Intentions. Later, Angelique was already off to bed, Argi joined us – and she was quite entertaining again. A good distraction!

August 18th: Diomita at club DeLust and at Carnal Intentions with Angelique, Flo, Argi, slave Alessi and slave Sakura

I knew that time heals wounds and that some day I would remember the good times Jenny and I had together without crying but with a smile. But I was far from that point although I cried less. My family supported me, they tried hard to make me smile (and succeeded a few times). I was there for them. When I was alone …. Second Life felt empty for me. I missed Jenny terribly.

Art in Second Life 2022 (73) “New Day” by Bamboo Barnes

Bamboo Barnes is going to open a new exhibition at The Hannington Arts Foundation today, on August 19th, 12 pm slt (9 pm CET).

I visited on August 15th. Bamboo added these thoughts to her exhibition called “New Day“:

A slithering, damp darkness.
A blood stained rainbow, shed by a stagnant sky.
When was the last time you cried,
covering the scars that linger in your heart.
Yesterday’s tears and a new day’s embrace
on outstretched fingers.

When I think of Bamboo Barnes, I immediately think of colours, of colourful pictures, of a feast of colours. All exhibitions that I saw from her were colourful – and so is “New Day”

All of the exhibited pictures show females, mostly female faces. But the faces are often blurry and other elements cover them, layers of colour, simple lines, geometric patterns. You have to focus to see the face clearly itself, if you can at all. There are two pictures where Bamboo just choose a different set of colours for the same picture – and of course it looks different.

Some pictures express pain, misery and worries. The colour red is often used to express that – as are bright and happy colours like yellow express a new beginning, a new day. A new day is always positive. It has the mystery of a new beginning, a fresh start, leaving yesterday behind us – not to make it forgotten but to embrace the mystic that is in all beginnings.

I see this positive energy in the yellow picture, that is right where you land next to the notecard giver. The picture is called “Too long 2022” and shows a female face bathed in yellow on the left very blurred with several several layers and on the right more clearer, as if the sun had cleared it up.
The picture used for the exhibition poster is called “Solace 2”. Solace is what you need when you grieve. Solace shall help you to gather the energy to start a new day. Hence this picture is kind of both considering Bamboo’s thoughts about “New Day“.

Bamboo is in Second Life for over 15 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 myself saw her work the first time at La Maison d’Aneli during the Holiday season 2019/2020 (read here). I also saw her exhibition “Marginal Mannerism” at DixMixGallery in April 2021 (read here), the exhibition “Meant to be” at Itakos Art Gallery last year (read here), I saw “Conjure” at FOCUS Magazine F.A.I.R Gallery in August 2021 (read here), “Mindstorm” at IMAGO Land (read here) and “Drawer” at Hannington Arts Foundation (read here). Last December I saw her exhibition “The path” at Art care gallery (read here) and this year “Metaphysics” at the Kondar Art Center, (read here) and Colores Primarios (read here) – wow, quite a list in the meanwhile!
Look also at Bamboo’s flickr page.

When I visited “New Day” on August 15th the exhibition space was not yet finished. I visited again, Thursday, August 18th. Kerupa Flow added 3D art objects to the exbibition, that fit well into the theme. They are named “Birth place”, “Fetal Movement” and “I’ll be sure to find you” – so the theme “New Day” is accompanied by “New Life”. The 3D objects are not completely static. In “Fetal Movement” one part is appearing and vanishing, “Birth place” and “I’ll be sure to find you” look different from every angle and have light effects to liven up the objects.

Kerupa Flow’s 3D art objects at “New Day” by Bamboo Barnes

Kerupa Flow is a 2D&3D artist from Japan and in Second Life since 2007: “After all, there live the same person both SL and outside SL, so even if the tools changed, you can have the same scent.“.
Kerupa has a permanet place “Kerupa’s World” at Akimori. For more information and current exhibitions look up Kerupa’s profile or grab a notecard.

At the opening event hEIN (heinrichmader) will be the dj. hEIN is from Austria. He had over 500 online DJ sets in SL between 2010 and 2022. He’s also a DJ in RL and got several awards. hEIN! publishes electronic music that he calls “Art Techno” because of the voice processing he does. If you want more information about him, read the interview about his RL and SL activities that he gave in March 2022 here. hEIN! has also an own website.

I enjoyed my visit.

Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF) is owned by Hannington Xeltentat. Thank you Hannington for providing the space for the art and for enabling “New Day” by Bamnoo Barnes. Thank you for your art, Bamboo.

Landmark to “New Day” by Bamboo Barnes at Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/121/127/3427
Bamboo Barnes’ flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bamboobarnes/
hEIN! RL/SL Interview 3/2022:
https://www.cityflyer.at/heinrich-mader-aka-hein-tanzen-im-metaversum/
nHEIN! website:
www.hein.vision
Kerupa Flow’s World at Akimori
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akimori/55/129/4000

Diary 2018 (86) May 17th – 19th – Catwoman

There’s not much to report from Thursday, May 17th. Mistress Jenny and I spent the night with slave drone Flo at Heavy Bondage club reading profiles and chatting. We had some fun teasing Argi, who was in a conference chat with us, and time flew by. Back at home we played a round of skipee and that’s it about Thursday night.

May 17th: Mistress Jenny, slave drone Flo and Diomita at Heavy Bondage Club / May 18th: Angelique, Diomita and Mistress Jenny dancing at our Friday night party

Friday night we had our regular party again. And this time it was frequented as usual. Angelique joined us as there was none at Sainte Agathe Castle. We also got a rare guest – Danii Szydlowska, a former sub of ours. She was wearing a catwoman suit and it was no surprise at all that she was fully restricted, that’s her passion. Danii did publish a picture of her visit to us on her deviant Art website and she wrote about her visit to our party there:

May 18th: Diomita, Angelique, Danii Szydlowska, Mistress Jenny at our Friday night Party (picture taken by Danii)

Locked in my new outfit, with all restrictions in place, I (finally) got to visit my old family and friends on their weekly friday night party!
You can see the effect of my visual limitation, as everyhting beyond a couple of meters is blacked out (makes it pretty hard to find my way)
Having no names (except in the chat window), I’m pretty sure nevertheless you can see Miss Diomita, her niece Angelique, and Miss Jenny here with me.
Most of the time I had no idea what they were talking about or saying to me, as I got DannaPearl’s SubListen & SubSpeak HUD locked on me. I’m sorry friends if I ignored anything you said or asked, as I saw only things like:
[15:01] Diomita Maurer: : -a-a-e in -e- -i–e, u–e-ie-e- in -e- -o-e
[15:01] Diomita Maurer: : -u– -u– -u–
[15:01] Diomita Maurer: : -i–e -a–e

But nevertheless, I had fun, the music was good and… most importantly: I was restricted!

Saturday afternoon, May 19th, was quite busy. When I came inworld I met with Angelique and we both couldn’t hold back and went inside having a bath together. Well there was more ….*coughs*. We had no time to dress again when Mistress Jenny came inworld and soon after also Kitty joined us there.

May 19th: Angelique and Diomita taking a bath / Diomita, Kitty and Mistress Jenny

I got a spontaneous invitation from Kerupa Flow to attend a real time piano improvisation. I had visited Kerupa’s installation “If the Mind is Absent” at LEA 11 and wrote a blog post about it (read here).
Mistress Jenny, Kitty and I went there and we listened to the piano play of rulie cisse of for about 15 minutes. There was also some chat, but we couldn’t understand a single word as it was in Japanese. The place and in particular the stage was decorated by Kerupa and knowing the installation at LEA 11 I could recognize the style.
The variety, that Second Life has to offer, still does impress me!

May 19th: real time piano Improvisation by rulie cisse, decoration by Kerupa Flow

Then we went to Gwen’s storage, picked up slave kelly there and brought her home. Mistress Jenny had to leave us for RL and I went to our Fetisch Club Chez Maurer with Angelique, slave kelly and Kitty. Kitty danced for us there and Angelique and I cuddled and chatted with slave kelly at our feet until it was time for me to tend to my RL.

May 19th: Mistress Jenny, Diomita, Kitty and Angelique picking up slave kelly at Gwen’s storage / Diomita and Angelique with Kitty and slave kelly at our Fetisch Club Chez Maurer

At night, Mistress Jenny was not inworld. I first met Anne and we went to see slave kelly at the Fetisch Club Chez Maurer. Anne began to tease slave kelly proposing several ways to humiliate her. She had in mind to put slave kelly in a tube and to suspend another slave above her so that slave kelly could drink the other slave’s pee. As Anne said she saw such a tube cell at Gwen’s, we went over there to her a look. Anne meant a floor cage! Well, we have that at home for slave kelly, her pit.
I showed Anne slave kelly’s pit and I’m pretty sure that slave kelly thought she might end there the next minute – she didn’t. Angelique joined us and she showed me her maid dress, lovely!

May 19th: Anne, Diomita and slave kelly (upper left and upper middle) / Diomita at home with Angelique, slave kelly and slave Flo (lower left) / Diomita with slave kelly and slave Flo at Lochme (lower middle) / Diomita and Angelique (right)

Anne and Angelique left and I spent the rest of Saturday night with slave kelly and slave Flo. We went to Lochme, Mesmerize Dungeon and to Puerto Esclava. At Puerto Esclave we had a bit of fun and we met Millianrose, who I know from deviant Art. Inworld she’s known as Lady Rosecynder Orlais (yugia). slave kelly did lick my boots while slave Flo and I watched the scene. It was quite quiet and I could relax.

May 19th: Diomita with slave kelly and slave Flo at Puerto Esclava (left pictures) / Diomita storing slave kelly on our slut platform at home

After slave Flo went off to bed, I took slave kelly home and I stored her on our slut platform …. using her butt plug leash to make it a bit more uncomfy.
And that’s it for Saturday and for this diary post.

Simploring 2018 (43) Kerupa Flow – If the Mind is Absent

Wednesday, May 9th, I visited “If the Mind is Absent“, an installation by Kerupa Flow within the LEA program.
Kerups writes in the landmark’s description “When something feels meaningful, I notice my own mind. Is it just a form? Or is it standing at the rare moment that my heart meets your heart?
This description is a good start. At the landing point there’s a bit more information, in English and in Japanese, as Kerupa is from Japan.

Kerupa Flow’s “If the Mind is Absent” – at the landing Point

Things differ depending on the viewers.
Physics? No, in my mind, in your mind.

Sometimes it’s a mistake
But illusion is a fun toy.
Sometimes it is a political confrontation.
It may be that we are opening our eyes at the risk of life.

I think that my sense of reality may have changed significantly in 2011.
It was a year of major disaster in Japan.
The things that are happening at that time reflect something in my work.
I myself often do not notice about it whan making.
I’m thinking about the meaning again while surrounding my past works.

Looking up at the sky at night, the stars away from the eyes’ focus are more clearly visible. I hope my work show things like that way.
I’m happy if you can enjoy my world a bit off the reality.

As much as possible, I will explain the meaning of what I made.
I know that it will not be the end of what you seeing.

enjoy

Impressions of Kerupa Flow’s “If the Mind is Absent” (1)

Impressions of Kerupa Flow’s “If the Mind is Absent” (2)

If the Mind is Absent” consits of a center piece that clearly is an interpretation of the Tsunami in Japan 2011. Around of this center piece are other works of Kerupa, maybe exibited before as single objects. They are either displayed stand alone or are in seperate rooms that you can walk into. The room “Invisible” deals with the catastrophy of 2011 again.
Kerupa works with optical illusions. No projectors are used but what you see depends on where you stay and look at. To experience Kerupa’s work you shouldn’t use your camera too much but walk around instead, walk into the art, feel it literally.
There are many heads, some are quite artifical and can be seen just from a certain viewing angel, otherwise they look like a chunk of prims. Other heads have a face on each side, that looks at you, but it is an optical illusion.
Another element of Kerupa’s art are silhouettes of humans and last but not least Kerupa uses optical illusions that draw you into the art. It is that you see always something different depending on where you are, that makes Kerupa’s work that particular.

Impressions of Kerupa Flow’s “If the Mind is Absent” (3)

Impressions of Kerupa Flow’s “If the Mind is Absent” (4)

I spent an hour at “If the Mind is Absent” and I still haven’t discovered everything. Kerupa’s art lets your mind roam, it is relaxing to just open your mind and let it happen. Memories, my own memories did pop up. My mind is never absent, I can’t switch it off. I interpret “If the Mind is Absent” as “If your mind roams, if your mind doesn’t deal with everyday life issues, if your mind does see soemthing that isn’t there (optical illusion).
I also got a new insight of what the catastropy of Fukushima meant to the people of Japan. It did not just destroy a whole region but it also destroyed the trust in technical progress, the trust in a better life and what is left are memories and chaos.
At most pieces you’ll find texts in English and in Japanese about the art and what Kerupa had in mind with it. There’s also recommendations of how to set your windlight setting (some art looks best set to “midnight”).

Impressions of Kerupa Flow’s “If the Mind is Absent” (5)

Impressions of Kerupa Flow’s “If the Mind is Absent” (6)

I took a lot of pictures again, but the pictures can’t reflect the three dimensional experience which is much more intense. Best is to see it yourself.

I like Kerupa Flow’s art and I’m very impressed of “If the Mind is Absent“. The installation should be open at least until June 30th. Thank you Kerupa for your work!

Landmark to Kerupa Flow’s “If the Mind is Absent”
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA11/46/47/22