Art in Second Life 2022 (88) Africa by Milena Carbone @ Nitroglobus Roof Gallery

Today, Monday, October 31st, the exhibition “Africa” by Milena Carbone (mylena1992) will be opened. It is the November exhibition at the Nitroglobus Roof gallery, owned and curated by Dido Haas.
The opening party will start at 1 PM SLT (9 PM CET) with a dance performance created by Milena, where visitors can join in. DJ Fleming with provide the tunes and the particles will be contributed by Venus Adored.

“Africa” is the second part of the 5th season, a triology by Milena Carbone that deals with the causes and consequences of climate change. The first part, named “Blind” was exhibited at La Maison d’Aneli in June (read here).

Milena wrote about “Africa”:
“Africa” takes a look at the African continent, both amazed and crude.
Amazed, because Africa is a fertile paradise of biodiversity and beauty and the cradle of humanity, born in the rift, the vagina of the earth.
Crude, because Africa is a continent raped, slaughtered, poisoned, looted with impunity by empires, in cynical disdain of its inhabitants. Africa is what started it all by the grace of evolution, and will end by the rapacity of man.

“Africa” consists of 13 pictures:
The story of Grace, in seven paintings, an Ethiopian orphan who, at age 33, inherits the home of her father whom she never knew. As she explores this strange house, she more or less follows the biblical journey from creation to paradise and God’s doubt one Sunday night (“Oh my God, I think I’ve screwed up so damn bad”). In this part, Milena Carbone clears God of predestination and gives keys to understand that, if he is at the origin of the Creation, he has created the conditions of free will.
The Twilight of Humans is the story of Abel, an African man whom Grace meets in her house. In six tableaux, he travels through the destruction of the African continent, ends up being the last man in the world and makes his own burial ground in the rainforest.

Impressions of “Africa” by Milena Carbone @ Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (1)

As always the pictures can develop their strengths with the mirroring floor at the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. The story of Abel is in one wing and the story of Grace in the other wing of the exhibition space. Between the pictures of Grace is a video wall playing the short film “Living Picture 4 Africa” which is also available on youtube here.

There are some 3D statues of African animals in the center of the gallery space. Once you get closer, the statues vanish and texts appear instead. As always in Milena’s exhibitions, texts and pictures build one unit. While in “Grace’s wing” the texts deal with God, the texts in “Abel’s wing” deal with the plagues that mankind has caused on earth: climate change, extinction of species and forced migration.

Impressions of “Africa” by Milena Carbone @ Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (2)

Milena mentioned in the accompanying notecard that her writing style for the texts featured at the exhibition “Africa” is “more syncopated than usual, cutting the story with several levels of interpretation with inserts of scientific facts, memories or questionings of herself. I readily admit to having been amazed and inspired by the American author Jenny Offill.

For the pictures Milena continued further expanding and broadening her style. She used the AI Midjourney again to create the backgrounds of her pictures. Milena had an exhibition of pictures created with Artifical Intelligence just recently: “Metamorphoses” (read here). The characters were added from Second Life.

Impressions of “Africa” by Milena Carbone @ Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (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.

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is owned and curated by Dido Haas. Thank you, Dido for providing the space for the art and for enabling the exhibition “Africa” by Milena Carbone. The exhibition poster of “Africa” was created by David Silence based on an image of Milena.

And thank you Milena for another great exhibition. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery and “Africa” by Milena Carbone
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/38/22/1001
Dido Haas’ blog
https://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com
Landmark to The Carbone Studio
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

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

Art in Scond Life 2022 (64) Living Picture #3 by Milena Carbone

Milena Carbone invited me to see her newest installation named “Living Picture #3” at the dance hall of The Carbone Studio.

The landmark leads you to the entrance of The Carbone Studio. You get their instructions how to set up your viewer for the best experience. Choose “Dance Hall” from the teleport pad to get to “Living Picture #3”

Living picture is a series of art experience in Second Life that combines a short contemporary music video piece and a dance sequence in Second Life of one or more avatars in phase shift. The video and dance sequences run in a loop, 24/7. Milena calls this technique “phase dance” in tribute of the “phase music” created by Steve Reich and Terry Riley in the 1960s/70s.

Living Picture #3 by Milena Carbone at The Carbone Studio – Dance Hall

When you enter you see the phase dance in front of the video and you hear the music. The music is a beautiful jazz piece named “Rites” by composer and saxophonist Jan Garbarek. Two avatars, Milena herself and her dance model Lalitha, were dancing synchron when I visited Monday, July 11th. You can easily join the dancers and dance yourself by clicking the sphere next to the big board and below the smaller board with technical instructions.

There are 2 rather dystopian video clips of 5 minute length each that are shown in the background. One is a fantasy ficition with hunt scenes, the other shows scenes of waste, distruction and poverty and people who live under these circumstances. The scenes seem to be from the Middle East, some seem to be from the African continent. The dancers and their art are quite a contrast to the video. As the dance sequences are 4 minutes long as opposed to the 2 times 5 minute video clips, there’s hardly not a single scene or picture that you could reproduce once again.

There’s also a teaser video on youtube of Living Picture #3 by Milena Carbone, that you can see here.

Milena Carbone’s art always consists of at least 2 elements, one is always a text. The text Milena published along with Living Picture #3 did touch and impress me:

A team of researchers recently discovered that the cells of a corpse continue to live after death. Their activity was even greater than before. Some have seen, blinded by hope and dread, the proof of eternal life, but it is not so.

The activity of the cells corresponds to desperate signals they send, like bottles to the sea, to other cells. All the cells scream, but apparently none hear the others. They can no longer listen to each other, to coordinate. It is as if, what is dead, is not a set of cells, but its consistency, the relations between them.

Are we, the human species, already dead ? We have never communicated so much, and we have never been so alone. Every second, thirty thousand billion bytes of information is emitted worldwide. Data, new data, data adjusted for seasonal variations, data on data, personal data, pornographic data, financial data, a lot of financial data, lolcats, spam, seflies, lots of selfies… These data scream “Hey! I’m here ! Why do not you hear me! “And the more data shout out personal information that never interests others, the more data they have and the more they scream.

Refugees in their little cabin, stood petrified in front of their makeshift radio. They were no longer receiving any message. Neither from Earth nor from the sky. The cells eventually die, too.

Impressions of Diomita, Milena and Lalitha dancing in Living Picture #3 by Milena Carbone at The Carbone Studio – Dance Hall

I played a bit with my camera while dancing and noticed that the video screen is semi transparent from the backside. Looking from the backside you can see the dancers completely embedded into the video, quite intriguing.

Diomita, Milena and Lalitha dancing in Living Picture #3 by Milena Carbone at The Carbone Studio – Dance Hall – seen from the backside of the semi-transparent videoscreen

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.
Milena also published an own article about “Living Picture #3” on her website.

Thank you Milena for another great art experience.
Living Picture #3 by Milena Carbone cane be experienced at The Carbone Studio until July 31st.

Landmark to The Carbone Studio
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Woiler/176/182/3331
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’s video teaser
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJSKUHVNw6I
Milena’s post about “Living Picture #3” on her website
https://sites.google.com/view/thecarbonegallery/dance/living-picture
Milena Carbone’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/milenacarbone/
Milena Carbone’s writing
https://medium.com/@539568

Art in Second Life 2022 (57) La Maison d’Aneli June/July 2022

Wednesday, June 22nd, the latest exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli has been opened. It features the art of Celestial Demon (celestialdemon), IAMLOUVRE, Milena Carbone (mylena1992), PoloRheinart and Terra Paine (Tarrac Paine).

I got the flyer about the new exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli a few days before it opened and started visiting on Sunday, June19th. The first skybox I visited was the one of PoloRheinart. Polo understands art “as transforming experience(s) of and by an artist into objects/sculptures, paintings, photographies ...”. Accordingsly Polo’s skybox is filled with different art objects and paintings. They are related to different theme, all with a quite actual background. There’s the big painting that compares the Olympic games at Berlin with those of Bejing. There’re the tanks that roll over boxes in the colours of Ukraine, there’s a texts about women in Switzerland who are killed within their families, there are the raining bombs, a teddy and a bomb in a corner and many coloured boxes with terms, the most used term being “Indifference”.
It is Polo’s intention that the visitorindentifies with some of the objects, that the art inspires to think, that it evokes memories, bad or good (mostly bad though at least in my case).

PoloRheinart is in Second Life since 2020. He is the owner of “The Gaze Art Gallery“. Polo has also a flickr account.

Celestial Demon (celestialdemon)’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is a dark, all black room filled with white bright rectangles. Streaks, probably hair, move through the white rectangles.  Two of the rectangles build a pair. The skybox is full of these rectangles, no matter where you look. Between the rectangle pairs you see a mirrored picture of males and females. You might need to look closely to get more details. The way Celestial built the skybox provides the illusion that there are countless, endless more of these objects. Is it a metapher for the mirrored personality in real life and Second Life? I don’t know. Every visitor has to create an own interpretation.

Celestial Demon (celestialdemon) is an Italian artist, who is in Second Life since 2012. In the accompying notecard for the xhibition Celestial wrote: “I don’t quite remember the cause or the reason that brought me into this illusory endless universe, but I know well why my presence is anchored here.
Free creation, unparalleled exploration and the few splendid people worthy of the name continue to give me the energy necessary to swim deep into this immense ocean, to grasp every shade of color and different points of view.”
I came across Celestial Demon (celestialdemon) in 2021 seeing the exhibition “Ethereal Eternity” (read here https://wp.me/psPPu-6Ii). You can see more of his art on his flickr page, where I found a comment that describes him and his art quite short and fitting in my opinion: “artist with infinite power of communication in light and shade. Immense talent”

IAMLOUVRE is a Spanish artist in SL and RL. She has an own gallery, located just next to La Maison d’Aneli, the GALLERY LOUVRE. IAMLOUVRE is in Second Life since 2021, she’s a designer, interior architect and has several Master degrees. In the accompanying notecard you find a long list of her exhibitions in RL.

IAMLOUVRE’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli features many pictures over 2 floors. IAMLOUVRE presents her watercolour art, flowers and portraits on the 2nd floor of her skybox and pictures that look to me as if they were created digitally on the ground floor. All of her pictures are very artful. The exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli provides an insight into her style.

Terra Paine (Tarrac Paine) is from Canada and in Second Life since 2007.  In the accompanying notecard she wrote about herself and about her pictures: “Its all about mindfulness.
Is time an illusion caused by the passage of history or is history an illusion caused by the passage of time? So often we never notice the passage of time until it becomes a part of our history. Photography is my attempt to live in the moment.
Thank you for visiting my first photographic show. I hope you enjoy my moments in time.”

Terra Paine (Tarrac Paine) takes the visitor on a journey through her moments in life. All pictures are taken in the physical world – and all are very well done, not just snapshots. The visitor can imagine that the photographer wanted to save a precious memory. The motifs range from animals, over pictures from the artic, to houses and special sundowns, beautiful landscapes as well as macro pictures fo flowers. I enjoyed looking at these particular moments in time.

Milena Carbone (mylena1992) used her skybox at La Maison d’Aneli to start new exhibition in three parts named “The 5th Season”. It “questions our tendency to follow a path of self-destruction. It is related to the imminent threat of dramatic consequences for all living species as a result of climate change. It tries to dig deeper into the roots of our denial. The “fifth season”, is an imaginary season, which will replace the four seasons we have known. One season in a year, chaotic, devastating. A foul beast that humanity will have created.

The first part is called “Blind”:
Blind explores our denial of the studied, validated, stated, detailed crisis of climate change for which we are collectively responsible : natural, economic, social and demographic disasters. And yet we do nothing, but continue our frenzy of senseless consumption and expend our energy in war.
Blindness is a recurring theme in myths, particularly Greek myths. Tiresias and Oedipus are well known examples. Blindness is both a punishment and a way to change one’ s view of the world and oneself.
The exhibition consists of five themes displayed in an original installation, thirteen images and seven short stories.

As usual Milena’s art consists of texts, pictures and visual experience. In the center is the ruin of a chapel, on the 4 walls a video is displayed, hence no picture you take will be the same. In each corner you can enter small long room. Each room is dedicated to a story that you can download to read and that Milena illustrated with pictures and objects. In total you find seven stories … that feature Tiresias, Daphne, Oedipus and his daughter Antigone, Clarissa Dalloway, and George and Martha. Milena will publish the stories on her website, once the exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli has been closed.

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.

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.
The room that is usually designed for the opening events at La Maison d’Aneli is used by Aneli Abeyante herself this time again firstly to exhibit her own art and secondly to showcase art that she has collected from different artists. I assume, it is her private collaction – or at least a small part of it.
Aneli’s art is colourful, steadily moving, and with particular light effects. Aneli writes about herself: “I love geometry and mathematics. So after much practice, I managed to clear structures and shapes. In reality I practice painting, I do not have precise style but I always seek harmonization.

There are permanently changing colourful abstract pictures with different layers, permanently changing and offering a different view every second.
Aneli Abeyante is in Second Life since 2009. You can see more of her art on her flickr account. Besides her own artwork, Aneli’s passion is curating La Maison d’Aneli.

Thank you for another great joined exhibtion, Aneli. As always I enjoyed my visit and writing about it.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/71/22
The Gaze Art Gallery (PoloRheinart)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Barrington%20Cove/158/172/31
PoloRheinart’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/191675750@N06/
Celestial Demon (celestialdemon)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/celestialdemon//
IAMLOUVRE’s GALLERY LOUVRE
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/134/55/22
Landmark to The Carbone Studio
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Woiler/179/188/3316
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’s post about “Masks” on her website
https://sites.google.com/view/thecarbonegallery/exhibitions/masks
Milena Carbone’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/milenacarbone/
Milena Carbone’s writing
https://medium.com/@539568
Aneli Abeyante’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/190057098@N06/

Art in Second Life 2022 (55) introspective by Milena Carbone @ Kondor Art Square

Wednesday, June 15th, a new exhibition named “introspective” by Milena Carbone has been opened at Kondor Art Square.
Milena wrote a blogpost about  “introspective” on her own website here.

Hermes Kondor, owner and curator of the Kondor Art Center, offered Milena a retrospective of her work. Milena wrote: “I suddenly felt very old… but it’s only been three years. Only he can answer the question of why he wanted to do this; and in this context, I can only question myself. That is why I have called this retrospective “Introspective”. A journey in SL. A journey in my inner world.

The exhibition consists of 19 pictures from 15 of Milena’s previous exhibitions during 2020 to 2022, just two pictures have never been exhibited in Second Life before.

The pictures are arranged around a large court, the Kondor Art Square. Those who are familiar with Milena’s art, know that her texts and pictures belong together like the two sides of a coin. For each of the pictures Milena wrote a text, which you find on a black board next to the pictures. The texts were created spontaneously: “I have written down what I heard from the depths of my heart. Today is Sunday – if I had written these texts yesterday or tomorrow, they would have been different. Nothing is really important.

Impressions of “introspective” by Milena Carbone @ Kondor Art Square (1)

I the center of the court are a few boards. One board presents an introduction into “introspective”. Three other boards deal with questions about our virtual existence in Second Life as well as with our existence in RL.
Why do we create a second or even more characters of ourselves in Second Life? Why does an artist do that – even though staying anonymous?
Then there is the love and passion we experience in Second Life: “There is never too much love, there is always too much hate: in wheat fields, in deserts and in kindergardens. When will we stop fighting against love?
And then there is our ignorance. we don’t see all the little wonders around us, we don’t appreciate them – and we destroy the planet even tough we are aware that there’s no second.

No matter if your read Milena’s text before you go to look at each picture or if you read them afterwards – they belong to this “introspective”.
On the backside of the boards are abstracts of a few of Milena’s previous exhibitions.

The texts for each of the exhibited pictures are also quite impressive and give the pictures a new spin, at least they did that for me. And of course these are only Milena’s thoughts, you might have others.
introspective” is an impressive broad view on Milena’s Carbone’s art in Second Life. It inspires the visitor to change the perspective, to rethink who we are and what we do.

Impressions of “introspective” by Milena Carbone @ Kondor Art Square (2)

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.

Hermes Kondor (aka Luis Vasconcelos) is from Lisbon, Portugal. He’s a former teacher of photography and photojournalism and looks back on 40 years of photography experience. Hermes likes to see and shoot and he loves street photography. Hermes is in Second Life since 2007. He is the owner and curator of the Kondor Art Center, Thank you Hermes for enabling the exhibition “introspective” by Milena Carbone.

Thank you Milena for another great exhibition.

Landmark to “introspective” by Milena Carbone
Kondor Art Square
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Waka/235/129/1905
Milena’s own blogpost about “introspective”
https://sites.google.com/view/thecarbonegallery/exhibitions/introspective?authuser=0
Landmark to The Carbone Studio
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Woiler/179/188/3316
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’s post about “Masks” on her website
https://sites.google.com/view/thecarbonegallery/exhibitions/masks
Milena Carbone’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/milenacarbone/
Milena Carbone’s writing
https://medium.com/@539568
Landmark to the Kondor Art Center
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Waka/204/132/2419

Art in Second Life 2022 (47) Masks by Milena Carbone

Sunday, May 15th, Milena Carbone opened a new exhibtion named “Masks” in the forest hall at her own gallery, The Carbone Studio.

Milena wrotes: “I wanted to explore our relationship to the mask, an object that dates back to the beginnings of mankind and that has gradually taken a prominent place in our postmodern lives.” In her exhibition she avoided the use of gasmasks and medical masks as they represent the two main crises in the world in this day and age. What is more important for her is to ask the question of the masks that we do not see as masks: What hides our sight, our anxieties, our fears, our disgusts, what hides the real that we do not want to see?

The exhibition consists of nine pictures. Milena deals in them with three aspects of hiding feelings and emotions, of hiding our real self: Mascara, Masquerade and Masks. Milena always combines text and pictures in her artwork. At the entrance of the exhibtion you find the texts to these three aspects, one is a quote from Bansky. I strongly recommend reading the texts, they are part of Milena’s artwork.

Impressions of “Masks” by Milena Carbone

Milena published the texts also on her website in a post about “Masks”.
The pictures focus on the ways we hide ourselves. The longer you look at them the more you begin trying to reveal what is behind the facade, you want to understand, to get to the core, but you can’t. You can only see at the forehead, you can never see inside. Although Milena’s pictures are full of details, they also are kind of minimalistic as there’s no second theme, no second layer, nothing else that distracts the view of the spectator.

Impressions of “Masks” by Milena Carbone (pictures taken from Milena’s website)

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.

Landmark to The Carbone Studio – and to Masks
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Woiler/179/188/3316
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’s post about “Masks” on her website
https://sites.google.com/view/thecarbonegallery/exhibitions/masks
Milena Carbone’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/milenacarbone/
Milena Carbone’s writing
https://medium.com/@539568

Art in Second Life (31) 2/24 by Milena Carbone

Monday, March 28th, Milena Carbone opened a new exhibtion space at her own gallery, The Carbone Studio. She uses the new space to show her exhibtion 2/24. February 24th, 2022 marks the day Europe became a war zone again after more than 2 decades of almost peace, for most of us Europeans after more than 75 years. I myself grew up in peace and thought war was something of history on our continent.

2/24 gathers three series of images and texts, each made in one day: Paroxysm, Fury and Apocalypse. These three series have been exhibited at different exhibition spaces before and I wrote about all of them in this blog:

Paroxysm
Fury
Apocalypse

2/24 by Milena Carbone (1)

2/24 is different nonetheless. The exhibition extends over three levels starting with Paroxysm. You have to walk upstairs to see Fury and Apocalypse. At the ground level is a new introducing text. You can purchase a booklet about 2/24 with all texts and pictures and within the exhibtion you can purchase every exhibited picture of 2/24.

Since February 24, 2022, I am feeling an intense pain and I live in a serious mental confusion. I am fighting against a collapse of myself, as if I were walking in the middle of a huge frozen lake and the ice suddenly broke into billions of fragments, in a deafening crash. There are so many reasons for this that the only answer to my stupefaction is to withdraw into myself and remain silent.

I am a helpless witness to the worst that mankind has produced for the world and for the earth, embarked in a ship adrift, crazy, cynical, ruthless, corrupt. Every time the events ask the human species to overcome itself, it chooses meanness.

DIABOLUS by Milena Carbone

Only that which affects our flesh matters, the rest is senseless chatter. No matter who the tyrant is, whether he is mad or evil, no matter who the heroes are, whether they were clowns, opportunistic businessmen or saints in their past, no matter who the leaders of the nations are, whether they are realistic or naive, weak or manipulative, no matter who the soldiers are, whether they are nationalists or globalists, invested with democratic or imperialist values, impeccable in their uniforms displaying shiny medals won on the field of honor, or thieves, rapists, bloodthirsty and flesh shredders, no matter this war has been repeated to the point of nausea by the same people against other peoples, with the same horror, the same impunity, the same shame, the same will to subjugate ideas, to destroy temples and ideologies, to subject terrorists to state terror, populations to the will of the people, no matter what the real history is, the one that will be forgotten and the one that will suit the victors : here and now, in my land, in my community of culture, spiritual beliefs, common sense, way to speak and way of being a society, children, their parents and elders are suffering the blows and fire of a devastating violence that violates their bodies and their souls.

Gravity by Milena Carbone

I am thinking in particular of the children whose hearts and minds will be invaded throughout their lives by the thunderous crash of bombs that will shatter their reasoning, their social relationships and their future behavior, sowing the seeds of hatred and disorder for a whole wasted generation.

Each of us, individually, from the humblest to the most powerful in this world, sincerely believe we are acting for good and truth, and collectively we sink into the dark ocean of cruelty, beyond the worst abominations perpetrated by the most abject living beings since life appeared on earth.

With love – Milena Carbone

What Milena put together in 2/24 from her previous exhibitions Paroxysm, Fury and Apocalypse is a new exhibition, it fits together and became one with the new introducing text and the epilog. The booklet that you can get is not only a piece of art and a memory, but also a document of history.

2/24 by Milena Carbone (2)

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 providing your last exhibitions as one and for the great booklet, I intend to rez it at our home. It is a touching piece of art in the light of the war.

Stand for Ukraine! Stand for a free Europe!!

Landmark to The Carbone Studio – and to 2/24
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Landmark to The Carbone Bookstore @ Noir’Wen City
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Milena’s website
https://sites.google.com/view/thecarbonegallery/news
Milena Carbone’s flickr
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Milena Carbone’s writing
https://medium.com/@539568
Art in Second Life 2022 (22) Paroxysm by Milena Carbone
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Art in Second Life 2022 (24) Fury by Milena Carbone
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Art in Second Life 2022 (25) Apocalypse by Milena Carbone
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Art in Second Life 2022 (25) Apocalypse by Milena Carbone

Saturday, March 5th, when I got the message from Milena about “Fury” (read about “Fury” by Milena Carbone in yesterdays post here), Milena told me about a 3rd exhibition, that opened today Sunday, March 6th, in Dido Haas’ exhibition space at Nitroglobus Roof gallery: “Apocalypse” by Milena Carbone. Milena said: “It is the last of the Tryptich about the war”. The Tryptich consists of Paroxysm (read here) at Milenas own gallery The Carbone Studio, of “Fury” at Calypso Bay (read here) and of “Apocalypse” at Nitroglobus Roof gallery.

The exhibition consists of 6 large pictures that can develop there strength in a particular way at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery with its floor that seems to mirror the pictures. Again Milena wrote an accompanying text to this last part:

Apocalypse

On the seventh day, my fall has stopped, I landed in Apocalypse. Here and now the veil is lifted on what was born underneath the sleepless nights, the vociferations of the madmen of war, the impossibility of fleeing. They are six fragile children, babies, born in subway halls, in cellars, fragile shelters, under the bombs.

Next to each of the 6 pictures is a text dealing with our fears and fury and with the courage we see, with forgiveness and solitude and yes also with hope, You’re invited to see Milena’s art and to read her thoughts.  Again you can get a copy of each picture for free.

Impressions ot “Apocalyse” by Milena Carbone at Nitroglobus Roof gallery

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.

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is owned and curated by Dido Haas. Thank you, Dido for providing the space for the art and for enabling the exhibition “Apocalypse” by Milena Carbone, which will be open for the public until March 16th.
Thank you Milena for your art. Be assured, many of us feel like you yourself, helpless seeing as that one single man tries to destroy what we thought being a given – freedom and democracy.

Stand for Ukraine! Stand for a free Europe!!

Landmark to “Apocalypse” by Milena Carbone at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
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Landmark to Fury @ Calypso Bay by Milena Carbone
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Landmark to The Carbone Studio
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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

Art in Second Life 2022 (24) Fury by Milena Carbone

Saturday, March 5th, I got another message from Milena: “Hello Diomita, I announce you the opening of my second exhibition about the war in Europe. “FURY” is exhibited at Calypso Bay, a residential area.

The exhibition consists of 6 large pictures that are shown open air at big walls around a Mediterrean market court. The contrast between these pictures and the peaceful setting couldn’t be bigger. Milena wrote a text to her pictures that I share here:

FURY
A tribute to the defenders of democracy in Ukraine and beyond

Since the beginning of March, the Russian army has been bombing residential areas, schools and hospitals. Why is it doing that ? Because this is all the Russian army knows how to do. It is their ruthless method, and the only one they know to defeat their adversary. As a Western European, I am appalled at the horrible spectacle of the innocent people who live in my part of earth, who share my culture, being crushed by a brainless military machine with an inordinate power.

In Europe, we have diversified and uncensored media and information sources, which bring different angles to the information, including points of view that relay Putin’s policy with benevolence. But this war is decried by all without a single exception. It is indefensible. Its reality is indisputable: the Russian army is summoned by its leaders, hiding it from their people, to kill children, women, and fragile people, with the only aim of tracing a safe path for the military to depose the elected Ukrainian power.

Fury, the second part of my artistic work on the war on my European land, is addressed in particular to the Russians to tell them the love and forgiveness of a European who did not experience the war, who did not attend the fall of the USSR, who, like all those of her generation saw Russia as a land of culture and opportunity for human encounters. I beg them to do everything in their power, with courage, to stop their own damnation before humanity and its courts and our common God.

Impressions of Fury by Milena Carbone

Each of the 6 pictures contains a text in Russian. The translation to French and to English can be obtained in the accompanying notecard. You can get a copy of each picture for free.

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.

Оставь осуждение ради мечтаний –
Quitte ce qui juge pour ce qui rêve – Leave judgement for dreaming

Thank you Milena for your art. Be asured, many of us feel like you yourself, helpless seeing as that one single man tries to destroy what we thought being a given – freedom and democracy.

Stand for Ukraine! Stand for a free Europe!!

Landmark to Fury @ Calypso Bay by Milena Carbone
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The Carbone Studio
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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

Art in Second Life 2022 (22) Paroxysm by Milena Carbone

Sunday, February 27th, I got an invitation to visit “Paroxysm“, the latest exhibition at The Carbone Studio.
Milena Carbone had already sent me a picture named “Madness” a few days before. “Madness” was a free gift of her to all of her followers, expressing her despair and her support for the Ukrainian people.

Milena wrote in her invitation:

This morning, on Sunday 27th of February 2022, I woke up with a terrible headache.
For several days and nights I’ve been looking for information on TV channels and the internet about the events in Ukraine. I felt an irrepressible need to express what I felt, and that’s why I created this exhibition on Second Life and published a text on Medium, in just one day.
I know that this is no more than a relief to me. There is no judgment or message beyond my beliefs. And again, I have expressed very little compared to what is boiling inside me.
I offer this to you, it is yours. Thank you to everyone who pays attention to my work.

Paroxysm” consists of 6 pictures, they are all free for you to grab as a gift. And Milena gifted a text. I thought of writing an excerpt for the blog or to quote parts of it, but then I came to terms that I just publish Milena’s text as it it and that I use the blog to further spread it.

Here it it is .. a tribute to the Ukrainian defenders of democracy and beyond.

For years now, Europe has been suffering from an extremely serious neurological disease that I call the sleeping beauty syndrome.

Europe is the country in the world that offers the most comfort, the most social protection, the most job and work opportunities, the most civic engagement, the most technological and social innovation, the most culture, that is the most aware and responsible in terms of ecological transition (even if it is far from enough), where democracy and the rule of law are guaranteed to protect minorities and genders, to dialogue freely and openly with a great diversity of people who do not share your opinion in order to find consensus, to make one’s own point of view change. Of course, it takes time, of course it is not perfect, perfection is so boring. There is such a density of landscapes, celebrations, gastronomy, arts of living that a lifetime is not enough to explore them all. In spite of this, a growing part of the European people complains and calls the democratically elected leaders dictators. They complain that they have to make efforts, that they have to change their habits, that they have to change their consumption patterns, that they have to eat healthily, that they have to pay too much for petrol, that they have to give hospitality to desperate migrants, that they cannot enjoy themselves without restraint, the old illusory fantasy of the Parisian bourgeois revolution of more than fifty years ago. Extremist political parties feed on this resentment, all over Europe, the so-called extreme left or right, which still assume that they have a democratic foundation. These parties pervert the notion of freedom, which is hard work, by egoism which is lazy. They simplify the world in order to be on a par with the uncultured and suggest simplistic solutions that only serve their personal interests.

What has fallen asleep in Europe is the taste for the effort of thinking, and the courage of acting. And what is happening today in Ukraine, which passes through Europe like an intense pain passing through a weakened sleepy body, is our impotence to think about the articulation between history and the present, to unmask the extremist imposture that rewrites history to justify the murders of the present, and it is our impotence to think about the articulation between our values, the courage of the present action while facing death. In France, where an increasingly revisionist and violent extreme right-wing is unfolding at the same time as the tragic events in Eastern Europe, we are experiencing a tension at the limit of what is bearable.

But the sleeping beauty, perhaps, is waking up. Not with a sweet kiss from the charming Prince, alas, but with a solid hangover and the awareness that there are several intruders in your room who have all fucked you during this time. They are hysterical, lawless hucksters who despise you because they are convinced that, on the one hand, you are no longer capable of thinking, and on the other, that you no longer have the courage to fight for a cause.

Today, on February 27, 2022, we are closer than ever to a tragedy such as there has never been in Europe, not even during the Nazi period. What can happen is worse than it has ever been. But people, young and older, are standing for freedom and responsibility, fighting for the values of humanism. If Europe escapes from the dead end in which a few madmen have led us, I dream of a courageous, generous, cooperative, intelligent and cultured, open and rational generation, which finally makes Europe take the path of Enlightenment and tolerance that it has lost for centuries.

Impressions of “Paroxysm” by Milena Carbone

Paroxysm

I have already received a few messages from various lecturers who think that a young woman, an artist moreover, is not qualified to speak about what is happening today, and above all they explain to me that I do not know history. But I know history very well. I know history so well that I know it is a fiction, as reality is a fiction, and that it is very easy to rewrite history as it suits us. This is why I don’t listen to politicians talking about history, I prefer to quench my thirst for knowledge with academics and archaeologists, in the silence and respect of libraries or historical sites, suspending my judgment.

Speaking of historical sites and witnesses, I have lived since my childhood in Alsace, in France. It is my “Heimat”, a small territory in the heart of Western Europe, which for millennia has known wars and subjugations, but also glory, thanks to the creativity and work of farmers, fishermen, craftsmen, tireless merchants and explorers, builders of cathedrals and universities, curious scientists, inspired artists and enthusiastic and innovative entrepreneurs. My family has lived in this area since at least the Thirty Years’ War, which took place in the early 17th century. The traces of my family could not be found beyond this period when 80% of the Alsatian population was massacred by Swedish mercenaries. Some of my ancestors fought for France, others for Germany. My grandfather preferred to desert Hitler’s army and I listened to him talk about forgiveness and the matter of present peace.

Today, we are living in the climax of a rude awakening. All awakenings are violent, but every day is the best day of my life.

Milena Carbone

I am from Germany myself. The very day I received Milena’s invitation and read her text as well as visited her exhibition “Paroxysm”, Germany announced to send defense weapons to Ukraine and to reverse the German policy of the last 70 years by a massive effort to strengthen its defense forces within Europe.

Thank you Milena for your text and for your exhibition “Paroxysm

Stand for Ukraine, Stand for a Free Europe!

Landmark to The Carbone Studio
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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

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