Simploring 2018 (86) The Labyrinth Experience

For my simploring tour on October 3rd I selected “The Labyrinth Experience“, an installation of Subversive Vavoom and Rhodan Kuhn at LEA 25.

The Labyrinth Experience requires a Second Life Experience to animate you, teleport you, and attach items of use to your avatar temporarily while on this sim. It is an adventure and you have search and find clues in order to get out of the Labyrinth. But it is not just the inital labyrinth where you have to find your way out. During your stay, you have to find objects that interact via left-clicking, and some that are required to find to advance to the next location/level! To start your adventure you need to click “Enter The Labyrinth” at the provided landmark to The Labyrinth Experience.

The Labyrinth Experience – Entering the first level labyrinth

The Labyrinth Experience is based on the movie Labyrinth from 1986, with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, directed by Jim Henson. You can see a trailer of this movie here.

I myself was not familiar with the movie and I watched the trailer and got some background information on wikipedia: “Labyrinth is a 1986 musical fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, executive-produced by George Lucas. The film revolves around 15-year-old Sarah’s (Jennifer Connelly) quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, whom Sarah wished away to Jareth, the Goblin King (David Bowie).

Labyrinth – the film from 1986

The New York Times reported that Labyrinth had a budget of $25 million. The film was a box office disappointment, grossing $12.9 million during its U.S. theatrical run. But although it was met with a mixed critical response upon its initial release, Labyrinth has since gained a large cult following.” (excerpt from wikipedia)

The Labyrinth Experience – Impressions of the 2nd level labyrinth

I entered The Labyrinth Experience and began my adventure in the inital labyrinth, which is quite colourful decorated with glowing plants and thus offers really nice views. Once I found the exit I had to talk with two guards at the exit door and select one of two doors. I don’t know if I took the right door. It took me to another maze and from there I came to a platform that looked like one of the early video games, for sure this platform is a reference to them.

The Labyrinth Experience – more impressions

This platform wasn’t easy to leave, but somehow I made my way out ….. an fall into a tube filled with green slime and was transfered to the next level, a strange world, obviously contaminated. There were bald trees, green toxic fog, an old plant in the background, not a world you’d like to stay in for long. From there I came to a lovely ballroom, that I enjoyed exploring. First I was a bit unsure whether that’s the end of the adventure as I couldn’t find any way out, found no hint but also no sign “End”.

The Labyrinth Experience – Impressions of the ballroom

I found my way out and landed in another environment that looked a bit like after a war. But there were toys that I collected by colliding and in the middle was a container with a fully equipped children´s room. Some of the toys there work when you click them. There’s also a shelf with cuddly toys and you can bring the toys you collected by colliding to the shelf and get the toy for your inventory.

The Labyrinth Experience – some more impressions

The next level brought me to a futuristic underground station and from there to a scifi city. I had to be brave not to run away from the robot guards in this town. I found Goblin Inc. and entered their offices…. and found my way to the last level which I had to explore in mouselook and which led to the exit door.

The Labyrinth Experience – finding my way out

The exit brought me to an exhibition with some really nice pieces of art, mostly animated. This exhibtion itself was worth the effort of the the adventure before.

All levels of The Labyrinth Experience are artful and offer outstanding views and most probably a lot of details for those familiar with the film Labyrinth. I did not reveal how to get from one level to the other. You have to find out yourself. I had really fun with solving the riddles, with interacting and I enjoyed the views and took many pictures. Be sure not to miss The Labyrinth Experience.

The Labyrinth Experience – the reward at the end is a great exhibition

Many thanks to Subversive Vavoom and Rhodan Kuhn for creating The Labyrinth Experience.

Landmark to the entry of The Labyrinth Experience

Simploring 2018 (47) The Jewell Theatre – SNOW

For my simploring tour on Monday, May 28th, I picked “The Jewell Theatre – SNOW” from SL Destinations: “Welcome to your new reality. In a dystopian future, made white with ice and snow…Welcome to the world of SNOW, the Jewell Theatre’s latest Play

Impressions of “The Jewell Theatre – SNOW” (1)

The Jewell Theatre – SNOW” is an installation within the LEA Program and can be visited until June 30th. It was buildt by Fake Jewell and her group of artists, the Jewell Theatre. The Jewell Theatre run their own homepage “The Jewell Theatre“. They perform live, full length plays in Second Live. Each production brings a real theatre experience to audiences whilst embracing the opportunities a virtual space provides. The performance SNOW is on Saturday, June 9th at 3:00pm and on Sunday, June 10th at 12 noon (PST).

Impressions of “The Jewell Theatre – SNOW” (2)

The theme of the sim and I assume as well the subject of the performance is the destruction of the earth by the mankind, be it climate, forest or wildlife. The sim should give us an impression of how a destroyed planet might look like. There’s just ruins left over, it is cold, foggy and surreal.
The main place is surrounded by ruins. Three of the ruins contain theme rooms about decorestation, wildfile and climate change, there are boards with graphics and facts and when you click them you can either download the graphic or get more information or are led to a youtube video. “The Jewell Theatre – SNOW” is an educational Installation.

Impressions of “The Jewell Theatre – SNOW” (3)

Somewhere close to the main place at the ruins of an harbour you’ll find more about plastic waste and other threats for our planet. The mankind is living in bunkers below of the surface. The entrance to the is also close to the main place.

Impressions of “The Jewell Theatre – SNOW” (4)

Whate else? There’s also the theatre itself where the perfomance will be next weekend and there’s a rehearsal shack. I also found a pavillion where you can leave your pledge for your personal contribution to save our planet.
The Jewell Theatre – SNOW” impresses with it’s grey and white atmosphere, that shall provide a picture of how our environment might look like in a not too far future if the mankind doesn’t stop the destruction of the planet earth. There’re a lot of facts and figures you can get by every board to enhance your knowledge about environmental issues.

Thank you Fake Jewell and The Jewell Theatre for this educational sim and good luck for the performances June 9th/10th.

Landmark to The Jewell Theatre – SNOW
Homepage of The Jewell Theatre