Simploring 2018 (70) – The Art Game

Sunday, August 12th, I picked “The Art Game” from scoop.it SL Destinations for my simploring tour.
The Art Game” is an installation from Betty Tureaud on LEA21. It’s the 2nd time that I came across Betty Tureaud. I saw other piece of art from her at ArtSpace UTSA in 2016 (read here). Betty Tureaud is from Denmark, she’s a builder and light and space artist in Second Life.

The landing at “The Art Game” is on a flat endless colourful plateau right next to some floating tyres. You have to sit on one of them to get into the installation itself. Once you’re inside, there is a board advertising the opening event which was Friday, August 10th, and a map with your position and some lines, it reminded me of the board for nine men’s morris. In the center of the map are two dice. And from the off you get a message from Betty Tureaud: “Welcome to The Art Game! To get on you must find the two dice (set cam to minimum 250m)

Impressions of “The Art Game” by Betty Tureaud (1)

Ok …”The Art Game” is a maze! And it is a colourful maze. I tried to figure a way from my position to the center and entered the maze. Just when I got around the first corner Pac-Man ran into me and swallowed me. I had no way to get out and Pac-Man had it’s fun with me running back and forth the tube. After a while I teleported back to the start and when I entered the 2nd time I looked out carefully and got the right timing and avoided getting swallowed again.
But I forgot where to go 🙂 And that’s what a maze is for, you get lost. And several Pac-Men were after me. I took some nice pictures of myself being a part of the Pac-Man game. And of course I also met the Pac-Man Ghosts Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde.

Impressions of “The Art Game” by Betty Tureaud (2)

The Art Game” was really fun! I finally made it to the center and found the dice laying under a huge, colourful being with many tentacles. Right next to I found a dice with a free gift. My gift was one of the Pac-Man ghosts: Blinky. When I returned home I tried it and added it and I was transformed into Blinky – funny!

Impressions of “The Art Game” by Betty Tureaud (3) and back home I scared Angelique

The Art Game” offers a lot of colourful views, some fun and for those familiar with Pac-Man also the very special experience to get into the game. Thank you Betty for your installation. I really enjoyed my visit. Well done!

Landmark to The Art Game
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA21/128/128/21

Simploring 2017 (48) Solstice Light Show

Just recently I visited the light art installation Light Thoughts 3 and I published an entry about it here ). I was impressed.
I had a nice conversation with the two artists that realized the Light Thoughs 3 installation, Mario2 Helstein and Jo Williams, and I was invited to attend a Light Show on Saturday, June 17th.

Solstice Light Show!!
In celebration of the beginning of Summer
Special Light Show by Mario2 Helstein.
Theatre On The Hill 17th 1:00 pm slt
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pure%20Luxury/60/231/3403

I was never at a light show like this before in my over 9 years in Second Life. It is incredible what this platform offers for artists and for us to watch. The Theatre On The Hill is a tribune in the form of a half circle that floats in the sky. I took a seat and watched. WOW. Accompanied by modern digital music Mario created a firework of lights and effects, of forms and colours, of rotating shapes, of exploding and imploding stars and objects. He stood in the middle of the stage, that was invisible because of the light effects, at his console and directed the show.

It was not a short show, Mario performed far over an hour for us. Amazing, beautiful, impressive – I lack of words. I took 130 (!) in this one hour, to capture the moment, the colours, but you can capture the experience of seeing it live. The pictures can’t show the motion, how the objects changed in form and colour, and how the light particles steadily were changing what you saw.

I can’t publish all 130 pictures here nor can I replace the live experience with pictures but you might get a little impression of the show. I strongly recommend that you visit the show itself. There will be another live performance on June 30th. You should join the group “[M2D] creations” to get a group notice about it. And there will be also another light show in September – I hope that I don’t miss it.

Thank you Mario for this great hour in Second Life. I really enjoyed it and am impressed.

Landmark to Light Thoughts 3 (opened until end of June)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA21/144/9/23
Landmark to Theatre On The Hill
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pure%20Luxury/60/231/3403
Website of Theatre On The Hill (watch for other vents in Second Life)
http://www.toth-sl.com/

Simploring 2017 (44) – Light Thoughts 3

I had a look at the Second Life Destination guide again to select where to go this time. I decided to visit Light Thoughts 3, a combined art installation by Jo Williams and Mario2 Helstein within the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) program. The two installations are adjacent and have one shared landing point and flow smoothly into each other. The Light Thoughts 3 installation of Jo Williams is on LEA 20 and the installation of Mario2 Helstein is on LEA 21. Looking at Jo’s and Mairo2’s profiles I learned that they are partnered and are both creative minds, hence the combined realisation of their art.

Both art installations work with mesh forms, fantasy plants and animals, with light and light effects, particles and colours. I started with LEA 20 by Jo Williams. It is described as “a dark sim, expressing the feminine experience and principles -flow, darkness, power, wisdom, beauty, abundance, romance, seduction, love and destruction using shapes and lights with mythical and spiritual symbology…and pose balls (ha!).
The setting of LEA 20 is more on the ground and doesn’t go up into the sky like LEA 21. You walk over water or fluids in different colours in which geometric forms and fountains of particles and flowers are embedded like flowerbeds. Some flowers are recognisable like roses and mushrooms, others are jsut fantasy. A little brigde from one bed to another give the impression to be in a garden. In the dark sky there’re spheres looking like planets. Most impressive are the colours and the lights. It is like being in an explosion of colours. Just wonderful and a paradise for those who like to catch the impressions in pictures like I do.
Poseballs? I only found a pair of poseballs for dancing, but perhaps I wasn’t attentive enough as my attention was caught by the colours.

June 6th – Impressions of Leicht Thoughts 3 (LEA 20)

LEA 21 by Mario2 Helstein is described as “an exhibition of mesh and prim forms, lights, effects and innovative scripting. This LEA sim is a stimulating example of artistic creation and technical scripting and innovation in Second Life“. Although both art installations mrege into each other it is clearly different. LEA 21 is has higher forms that reach far up into the sky. There’s also a ceiling buildt of geometrical forms. You can recognize statues, big sculpture of large animals, an octupussy like animal with long tentacles flaots through the room. There’re two ballons with invite to take a ride (for me just one worked and the tour was just a short hop from one spot to another, not what I expected). LEA 21 is coined by these artful sculptures. Some of them are embedded in large grids or surrounded by light effects and particles. There’s also a control panel at one of these sculptures where you can selected about 20 different particle effects. Every viewing angle at LEA 21 provides another experience of light, beams, scupltures and effects.

June 6th – Impressions of Leicht Thoughts 3 (LEA 21)

And why is it Light Thoughts 3? Because Light Thoughts was an art installation back in 2015 and Light Thoughts 2 in 2016 – I didn’t see them unfortunately. That’s the downside of virtual art, it is temporary. You can capture some impressions with pictures like I do but the three dimensional experience can’t be reproduced.

I don’t know how long Light Thoughts 3 will stay open. So it you want to see it, you shouldn’t wait until next year. There are events held at LEA 20 / 21. To get more information you have to join the M2D creations group to find out when awesome Events, Light Shows & parties are on.
Mario2 Helstein also has a store inworld (M2D) where you can purchase particles and light effects, if you want to create your own colourful light show.

Thank you Jo Williams and Mario2 Helstein for this art installion. I enjoyed a colourful hour at LEA 20 / LEA 21

Landmark to LEA 20 / LEA 21
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA21/144/9/23
Mario2 Helstein’s shop inworld
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dark%20Heaven/33/133/21