Simploring 2017 (49) Blue Orange

When I visited MetaLes..O..Art Virtual Space (read here) I saw among other art, the exhibition Melancholy by Ini (in.inaka). I got in contact with Ini and she proposed to see her last project: Blue Orange and she passed me the landmark to it.

Friday, June 23rd, I had the opportunity to visit Blue Orange. The landmark text describes Blue Orange as a friendly bohemian club for MUSIC and ART lovers. And it is! The landing is at a subway train station, that already contains quite a bit of art. I got welcomed “Hello to all and welcome at BLUE ORANGE bohemian underground club and art project 2, space around club may look tricky and easy to get lost, please use notecard with all locations(inside poster on wall), sure if also lazy to walk 😛 no pressure about advanced lights and WL, but it could help, lets have fun :-)”
I took the notecard, that contains landmarks to see the pieces of art at Blue Orange from Theda Tammas, Cica Ghost, Rebeca Bashly, Jarla Capalini, Gitu Aura, NicoleX Moonwall, In Inaka and Igor Ballyhoo. Blue Orange is group owned, the group was founded by Ini, hence I suspect, that it is Ini’s baby.

The Blue Orange Club

The landmarks in the notecard didn’t work for me, I just got teleported back to the landing point when using them. But you can as well explore Blue Orange without the landmarks. Blue Orange is a club, with exhibitions and pieces of art arranged around this really cozy and individually styled club. I read that every once in a while at Blue Orange there’ll be parties, cozy or crazy, simple or very messy or themed events as well – with some really exclusive Blue Orange music lovers or guest dj’s.

I explored the whole club and the current exhibitions. As with Ini’s exhibtion that I saw at MetaLes..O..Art Virtual Space, Blue Orange offers a different way to exhibit art, from classic exhibtions like those from Gitu Aura, NicoleX Moonwall and Jarla Capalini to art playing with light like Duality from Igor Ballyhoo, from single 3 D art like Great Escape by Rebeca Bashly to 3D art showing 3D statues within a labyrinth from Tehda Tammas, from just 2 pictures from Ini herself to the art installation of Cica Ghost “Rainy Day”. It is not that difficult finding the exhibition even without teleporting, you just have to find the stairways down and up from the club level. When you explore the exhibitions don’t miss to take the notecards that are offerend at some exhibtions and that will provide some more Information about the artists and about what you see.

I liked a lot what I saw. I think the concept is similar to MetaLes..O..Art Virtual Space, changing exhibitions from various artists, and various forms of art. Ini made a great job in realizing this art project. I did enjoy my visit to the fullest and got a lot of inspirations. Thank you, Ini, for providing the landmark but most of all for providing this space for the art within Second Life.

Landmark to Blue Orange:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Empire%20State%20Island/213/28/1435

Simploring 2017 (45) MetaLes ..O.. ArT Virtual Space

Looking for a place to explore I came across MetaLes in the Second Life Destination guide. MetaLes promotes culture and art in the Metaverse. Artists and creators of Second Life expose each for 2 months in the sim MetaLes. Curators (owners?) are Ux Hax and Romy Nayar. I looked up “Metaverse” and found a definition at wikipedia “The Metaverse is a collective virtual shared space, created by the convergence of virtually enhanced physical reality and physically persistent virtual space, including the sum of all virtual worlds, augmented reality, and the internet.”
(source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metaverse)

Actually I visited 3 different installations at MetaLes starting with Empty Minds, which was mentioned in the destination guide. The information or better the thought that you get on your way visiting “Empty Minds” is “It is made known that if an idea is born in your empty mind, you must come to disregard it. Nobody knows why. The origin of that idea was lost. Maybe you’ll be the first to have the idea to not to discard your ideas. :))

MetaLES ..O.. ArT Virtual Space –  exhibitions in June 2017

Empty Minds by Roma Nayar is surreal. It is dark and grey, not scary though. The beings in this installation look like humans on the first glance. But they have no feet, they have one wheel instead, some have two wheels. Their head is an empty light bulb and the arms are very long. They are dressed and some dressed provide a little bit of colour to the scenery. You can get a free avatar for more immersion (I didn’t do that). What you see and interpret into this art installation, well I leave that up to you. I noticed at flashing light bulb in one ot the light bulb like heads on one being (is there an idea just born). I saw the row of beings waiting in line to get into a machine, that looks like a washing machine, a shower, a machine to clean your mind? I of coruse noticed the 4 beings standing at the top of the hill in the middle of the installatiom wearing a bin umbrella each. They look like talking, like exchaning ideas? I saw the fence that looks like the fence of a graveyard and the being opening and closing the front door again and again and on the other side of the fence lies a book worm being and around the head of another being is a flock of bugs. I got some surreal pictures, I have some ideas what is expressed with this art installation “Empty Minds”. To make up your mind yourself, you’ll have to visit it. As far as I understood the concept of MetaLes it should be open until End of June.

Empty Minds by Romy Nayar
Exhibtion at MetaLES ..O.. ArT Virtual Space

From the landing point of MetaLes you can not only visit Empty Minds but also an exhibtion called Melancholy by Ini (in.inaka). This exhibition is already running since End of March, so I don’t know how long it will be on anymore. At least the above mentioned 2 months are already over. You may like or dislike the art of Ini. The way it is presented is unique as it is not a normal gallery. You have to walk long ways to see her pictures, you have to dive into her spaces and some pictures just appear when you are in the right position. This adds another dimension to the art, which I found quite interesting, although I only liked a few of her pictures itself.

Melancholy by Ini (in.inaka)
Exhibtion at MetaLES ..O.. ArT Virtual Space

The third exhibition that runs currently at MetaLes is “Mental Levels” by Sina Souza (sinalein). Sina has quite a long list of exhibtions in Second Life and was shown at many galleries. She also had exhibitions in RL. “Sina Souza is a young digital artist from Germany. She works since 2012 with the presentation of images and uses the name (Sina Souza) as a pseudonym. Her works are surreal, moody, dark, thought provoking and unique in style.” (source http://sinadesouza.wixsite.com/mindfactory). There’s a notecard available with the bio of Sina Souza at the starting point of “Mental Levels”. “Mental Levels” in again a particular concept of presenting art and it involves different levels. The art objects are in boxes, that are opened just on one side. You start on a platform and walk down stairs that lead you to the next level, you have to walk around the box to see what is inside. Each art installation is something that you have to look at in detail and it might cause that you think about it and stay a bit longer looking at it before you continue to the next level.

Mental Levels by Sina Souza
Exhibtion at MetaLES ..O.. ArT Virtual Space

With MetaLes, I discovered another art sim in Second Life which changing exhibitions for myself. They run an own website, which is not up to date unfortunately (last entry is from March 2017).

Landmark to MetaLes
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MetaLES/128/128/18
MetaLes website
https://metalesmetaverse.wordpress.com/

Saturday afternoon simploring tour

Saturday afternoon, July 2nd, I spent some time of simploring and I visited 3 places, all of which were quite different. I first visited Legacy Ridge. You find a full and perfect description in Inara’s blog: “A walk through Legacy Ridge in Second Life“.
July 2nd: Simploring Legacy Ridge (1)

July 2nd: Simploring Legacy Ridge (1)

Legacy Ridge is just a little town somewhere at a coast. It has all you would find typically in such a town: Diner, Motel, park, Car dealer, restaurants, playground, shops … and spreaded among the hills nice homes for the residents. You land in a house, something like a visitor center, where you can join a group and grab a landmark and get some infos about Legacy Ridge.

July 2nd: Simploring Legacy Ridge (2)

July 2nd: Simploring Legacy Ridge (2)

I explored on foot first the little town itself, then I walked along the shoreline and then I took the big tour through the hills. From the town I noticed a modern house up in the hills with a big window from where you must have a great view. And during my walk in the hills I could take a closer look. A really beautiful house, something I’d love to have in RL. I think that is the secret of Legacy Ridge. It all looks so natural, so familiar, that you could think about moving into one of these nice houses – well I’d take the mordern house with the view over the bay.

July 2nd: Simploring Legacy Ridge (3)

July 2nd: Simploring Legacy Ridge (3)

Landmark to Legacy Ridge:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Legacy%20Ridge/174/150/24
Related link in Inara Pey’s Living in a Modemworld blog:
https://modemworld.me/2016/07/01/a-walk-through-legacy-ridge-in-second-life/
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July 2nd: Simploring It All Starts With A Smile (IASWAS) (1)

July 2nd: Simploring It All Starts With A Smile (IASWAS) (1)

My next stop was “It All Starts With A Smile” – what a lovely name for a sim. And it is really fitting. It All Starts With A Smile (IASWAS) is a picturesque sim by Kaelyn Alecto and Maxx (Maxxster). It is a group of tropical islands with many places to sit and cuddle, to have a drink, to relax and I could almost feel the sun. At least I had a feeling of vacation and laziness. I explored, I wandered around, I sat down here and there and I took some nice pictures. IASWAS is just lovely for a visit with your love or just for getting away for an hour without a long flight.

July 2nd: Simploring It All Starts With A Smile (IASWAS) (2)

July 2nd: Simploring It All Starts With A Smile (IASWAS) (2)

July 2nd: Simploring (or Simplorelaxing) It All Starts With A Smile (IASWAS) (3)

July 2nd: Simploring (or Simplorelaxing) It All Starts With A Smile (IASWAS) (3)

Landmark to It All Starts With A Smile
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Heavenly%20Groove/140/65/22
Related link in Inara Pey’s Living in a Modemworld blog:
https://modemworld.me/2016/06/29/enjoying-a-tropical-smile-in-second-life/
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My Saturday simploring tour ended at MetaLES, an art sim. Inara has a full description in her blog. Ths sim is turning 7 years, hence her blog text is titeled “MetaLES at seven in Second Life“.
July 2nd: Simploring art in SL - MetaLES (1)

July 2nd: Simploring art in SL – MetaLES (1)

I learned that the sim is operated by Ux Hax and Romy Nayar. For the 7th year anniversary it exhibits art work, virtual art form the last 7 years which was captured in pictures by Anita Witt. If I were a regular visitor of the many art sims in SL, I would recognize some of the art exhibited – well but I’m not. I just visit art installation or sims that were created by artists sometimes. But I did recognize some of the artist names mentioned in Inara’s post like Cica Ghost and Bryn Oh. At MetaLES the art is presented quite exceptional. Frames with the pictures hang in the sky, big objects and rocks holding the according hooks. The objects are huge, the pictures are huge. This way my avatar looks quite short and negligible within the art installation, that is for sure an intended effect.

July 2nd: Simploring art in SL - MetaLES (2)

July 2nd: Simploring art in SL – MetaLES (2)

For those interested in art or those who just want to see something different, virtual and temporary art, I do recommend a visit. I enjoyed my visit and the pictures I took will remember me of the particular way the art was presented here.

Landmark to MetaLES
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MetaLES/242/242/3002
Related link in Inara Pey’s Living in a Modemworld blog:
https://modemworld.me/2016/06/30/metales-at-seven-in-second-life/