Art in Second Life 2022 (74) Metamorphoses by Milena Carbone

Today, Monday, August 29th, Milena Carbone opens a new exhibtion named “Metamorphoses” at her own gallery, The Carbone Studio. The opening event is today at 12:30 PM SLT (8.30 PM Central Europe Time)

Milena decribes “Metamorphoses” as a journey into art. The exhibition consists of 24 pictures, showcased over 2 floors. All pictures were created with an Artificial Intelligence robot named “Midjourney”. Milena had a dialogue with the Midjourney bot on Discord, providing pictures, which she made in Second Life, to the robot, and asking the robot for it’s own interpretations of her artwork: “Then, according to its answers, I adjusted instinctively by asking it for new variants or by giving new parameters. The feeling of “happy awkwardness” that always marks a creative process was multiplied here.”

Impressions of “Metamorphoses” by Milena Carbone (1)

On Milena’s website you find a snapshot of the dialogue with the robot (see the picture above). On the floor you reach with the landmark are 6 pictures. Each of them is a result of the work with the robot. And for each picture Milena provided the orginal picture from where the robot started to change the picture in a dialogue with Milena. On the lower floor are the other 18 pictures. Each room shows different results based on the same original picture.

So this is my first collective exhibition with a deep dreamer. The result is a metamorphosis of my creations in SL. A change of state. A flight into a more complex world. The startling revelation of hidden meanings and emotions behind my own work
I realized, through this experience that Midjourney is neither an artist nor a machine. It is a mirror.

Impressions of “Metamorphoses” by Milena Carbone (2)

The results are really surprising and artful. And as the robot based it all on Milena’s pictures and made it’s iterations based on Milena’s input, Milena was still the owner of the process, it is still her art work – and it is intriguing!

For Milena AI opens up a new world – “Metacreation”: “This is only the beginning of the journey, the first awkward steps of a newborn baby. If the climate drifts and the wars we are all collectively responsible for do not cut it short, it seems to me that what is happening here is as important as the invention of language and writing, which allowed the appearance of multiple art forms. It is a meta-writing, a meta-creation, with huge consequences on the world of art which nobody can measure yet.
You can put it shorter – AI is a game changer also for the arts.

Impressions of “Metamorphoses” by Milena Carbone (3)

Milena Carbone (mylena1992) 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: “Milena Carbone is a fiction in which, as in any artistic work, biographical and imaginary elements are mixed.” 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.
Milena has an own gallery, the Carbone Studio and she has a bookstore @ Noir’Wen City.
Milena has an own website, you can also find her on flickr here and you can read her texts here.

Thank you Milena for another great exhibition, very inspiring what you created!

Landmark to The Carbone Studio – and to Metamorphoses
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Woiler/176/163/3287
Landmark to The Carbone Bookstore @ Noir’Wen City
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/243/203/32
Milena’s website
https://sites.google.com/view/thecarbonegallery/news
Milena Carbone’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/milenacarbone/
Milena Carbone’s writing
https://medium.com/@539568