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 (79) Shoshin by Zia Branner

I got an invitation from Zia Branner to attend the opening of her latest exhibition named “Shoshin” at the Museum for Art (MUFA). The opening takes place tonight, Sunday, September 11th, at 12 PM SLT, that’s 9 PM CET (Paris). The music for the opening party will be provided by Carelyna, the owner and creator of the ArtCare Gallery.

The Museum for Art (MUFA) is owned and curated by Vandeverre who “likes to share her passion for history, culture, literature and art, so she built the Museum for Art.” Vandeverre provides several links in her profile, there an instagram, a flickr and a twitter account for the Museum for Art.

Zia Branner’s paintings are exhibited on the ground floor near the stairs (just where the provided landmark of the Museum for Art (MUFA) takes you) and near the DJ stand.

Besides Zia Branner’s paintings there are more artists featured:
Illustrations ‘From Oz to home’ by Lis Xia (Xia Chieng).
A sculpture garden with works from Cherry Manga, Vincent Priesley (sweetvincent), Art C (ar10a2.crescendo), and Milena Carbone (mylena1992)
SL Photography by Vandeverre herself – current expo “PORTRAITS”.
Digital 2D Art by Nia Atreides (Nia Voxel), Lis Xia (Xia Chieng), Dragon (dragonangelvs) and RL Photographs by Nils Urqhart
Historical art by Claude Monet made in Holland and Guiseppe Arcimboldo.

Sculpture Garden at the Museum for Art (MUFA)

Back to Zia Branner’s newest exhibition “Shoshin”.
Shoshin is a word from Zen Buddhism meaning “beginner’s mind.” It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would. The term is especially used in the study of Zen Buddhism and Japanese martial arts (source wikipedia).
In the accompanying notecard Zia explained the word shorter: “Shoshin means: the practice of seeing life with wonder”

The paintings belong to “Shoshin” are near the DJ stand, and it is the first time that these paintings are exhibited.

They are abstract, yet the human brain tends to sort the impressions and to compare with known patterns. I saw teeth, toes, hands, I saw a river with stones, I saw a woman, I saw smoke and an explosion – and I saw colour compositions that were eye candy for me.

Zia’s paintings exhibited near the stairs are abract landscapes, a style that I saw already in former exhibitions of her art.

Zia Branner had many drawing and painting art lessons at official institutes RL. She is also autodidact on things that did not come along in class. To her making art is a way of life. Often experimenting with techniques as a learning process …. The most important thing to her is that it makes her happy to see others enjoy her art as much as she loves creating it.
Zia is in Second Life since 2008. She uploaded her RL paintings into SL. Zia owns an art gallery/shop “Elven Falls Art Collective“. Zia also has other permanent exhibitions at The Galleries, Emergent and at Carmel Art Community.

Zia Branner’s art is mostly colourful. She paints abstract and fills the canvas with what just in her mind. She’s inspired by nature and landscapes and consequently her art often looks like landscapes or like flowers. Hence the boarders between abstract and real life paintings are blurring. And what is dominating lies in the eyes of the beholder.
Zia intends to expand her art into painting RL, portraits or still lifes, but so far she’s painting abstract.

Zia paints, primarily, for herself. It is a way for her to express herself. a way to step away from the everydy hustly and bustle of things.
Figuring out, struggling with or succeeding in creating a painting, capturing things the way I see them on the canvas … it is a big drug. Well, okay, there you have my addicition…. ‘The Earth without ‘art’ is just ‘eh’…

Enjoy your visit to the Museum for Art (MUFA) and to Zia Branner’s newest exhibition “Shoshin”. Thank you Vandeverre for providing the space for the arts, and thank you Zia for your newest exhibtion.
I enjoyed my visit!

Shoshin by Zia Branner at Museum for Art (MUFA)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tokebi/79/213/3970
Museum for Art (MUFA) Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/museumforart
Museum for Art (MUFA) flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/museumforart
Museum for Art (MUFA) twitter
https://twitter.com/GVandeverre
Zia Branner’s art gallery/shop “Elven Falls Art Collective”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Elven%20Falls/252/41/22
Zia Branner at “The Galleries”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Georgiana/241/100/57
Zia Branner at “Emergent”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mystique%20Isle/191/20/21
Zia Branner at “Carmel Art Community”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/McFarren/236/161/36

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 Second Life (73) “Noir Vibrations” by Noir Tater

Dido Haas invited me to the opening of another new exhibition at her Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. The new exhibtion “Noir Vibrations” by Noir Tater is showcased in the annex to the gallery, that is usually used to display Dido Haas’ own artwork. The opening shall take place today, August 15th at 12 PM (9 PM Central Europe Time). At the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery the exhibition “Invisible Cities – Fighting Women” by Debora Kaz (read here) is still ongoing until end of August.
I will be busy with my SL family and hence can’t attend the opening of “Noir Vibrations” by Noir Tate. The opening event starts with a contemporary dance “Silent Love” performed by and specially created for this exhibition by Milena Carbone (mylena1992). Noir Tater will be the DJ and spin the tunes, Venus Adored will add enchanting particles.

I visited the exhibition on Friday, August,12h. As in the main gallery space, the floor in Dido’s annex has also the mirroring effet. “Noir Vibrations” consists of 14 pictures. The exibition space is augmented with 3D sculptures and with balls and light effects by Adwehe. All pictures have a neutral brown/grey background and show a person, who might be in most cases a male.

Noir Tater wrote about “Noir Vibrations”:
‘Choosing to be this or that is to affirm at the same time the value of what we choose, because we can never choose evil, what we choose is always good, and nothing can be good for us if it is not good for everyone. ‘
Jean Paul Sartre

My need to be free in all aspects dominates, anguishes and suffocates me.
Vibration Noir is my daily struggle to be what I am and who I am.

And Dido Haas wrote:
Noir is an interesting figure, who struggles with gender identity. Well this is not unique and for sure not unique in SL. In Noir’s photography them presents themselve most of the time as male and also in this exhibition it’s the unique awesome looking male Noir we can admire.

Impressions of “Noir Vibrations” by Noir Tater at Dido’s annex of the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (1)

The pictures are intriguing. As opposed to Dido, I did not recognize a male in all pictures, some show just hands and feet and parts of a body. In many pictures the body looks like vibrating. The effect is emphasized by choosing different colours for the vibrating part of the body. Another style element, that Noir is using, are cut-outs that are placed almost like non-fitting puzzle pieces into the body. You can see the struggle and the emotions as if it isn’t clear how the pieces will fit together and what the body might look like when finished. These two artistic elements used in different strengths and combinations and make Noir’s art unique.

You can grab a notecard with Noir’s biography at the exhibition:
My name is Francesca, formerly known in Second Life as Noah and now my name is Noir Tater …. It was through my friendship with Debora Kaz that I … started to explore photography. By using photography I found a way to express myself, so others are able to understand me better …… I am a woman going through duality about my gender. Here in SL I can show both my sides: female and male through my images with all my anguish about these feelings.

Noir is in Second Life since 2016. You can see more of Noir’s art on Noir’s flickr acount.

Impressions of “Noir Vibrations” by Noir Tater at Dido’s annex of the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (2)

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 “Noir Vibrations” by Noir Tater. Thank you Noir for your art, and thanks also to Adwehe for the light effects.

“Noir Vibrations” shall stay open for about one month at the Annex of Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. For a limited time until end of August you can see the exhibitions “Invisible Cities – Fighting Women” by Debora Kaz and “Noir Vibrations” by Noir Tater” within one visit.

Landmark to the Annex of Nitroglobus (and to “Noir Vinrations”)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/166/41/1001 
Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (main gallery)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/38/22/1001
Noir Tater’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/essenciall-harad/
Dido Haas’ blog
https://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com

Art in Second Life 2022 (72) “Invisible Cities – Fighting Women” by Debora Kaz

Dido Haas invited me to the opening of the August exhibition at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. today, August 1st at 12 PM (9 PM Central Europe Time). I will be busy with my SL family and hence can’t attend. The exhibition is titeled “Invisible Cities – Fighting Women”, the artist is Debora Kaz (deborakaz), who is new for me. The opening event starts with a contemporary ballet “Demotions” performed by and specially created for this exhibition by Milena Carbone (mylena1992).

I visited the exhibition on Friday, July 29th. The exhibition space with it’s mirroring floor is quite full this time. The exhibition consists of 14 pictures, 6 3D sculpture installations and 1 video screen. The whole exhibition is held in dark purple and violet tones. All the objects and semitranparent frames together with the light effects set by Adwehe provide an outstanding art experience.

Debora Kaz (deborakaz) wrote about her exhibition:
The fight against violence against women practiced by women is the theme of this exhibition. The predominance of the hot pink color in the installation represents this struggle, as well as hot pink is also the color indicating female empowerment i.e. the potency of women.
This installation also brings a mix of colors in a chaotic and disorganized way, to represent female emotions and unconscious conflicts.
Invisible cities are present in the composition of the works, giving them an imaginary physical space.
The structures and lines suggest a non-Cartesian timeline inserted in a space

‘Invisible Cities – Fighting Women’ wants to show the pain and difficulty of being a woman in a world where women historically were portrayed as objects of desire, exposed to consumption, which induced rivalry resulting in us women not having a real union to fight the violence that is directed at us..

That sounds complex and it is complex.

Impressions of “Invisible Cities – Fighting Women” by Debora Kaz @ Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (1)

For me the colour purple/violet still stands for the women rights and equality movement in the outgoing 1970ies and in the 1980ies. I remember wearing a purple overall, real fashion at that time.
As I wrote above the exhibition is complex. The pictures are all made up of several layers, so that the spectator has to decide where to focus first. But looking at them for a while you recognize more and more details. Debora works with lines und geometric forms as well, thus generating urban spaces in some of her pictures. You can see the fight and struggle in many pictures. The 6 3D sculptures show one or two (fighting) women in a more red colour. The scuptures are surrounded by semi-transparent frames and pictures, thus providing unique views together with the pictures at the walls. I am a fan of this kind of art, as every picture you take is unique as well depending on light, view angle and distance.

Impressions of “Invisible Cities – Fighting Women” by Debora Kaz @ Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (2)

On the video screen a youtube video is showcased. It is named “fighting women”, yet for me it shows 2 dancing women with a stylised city in the background. Also have a look at the text that is shown at one of the walls next to the pictures. Debora wrote a text addressed to all women that fits to the exhibition and gives you some background information for the exhibition.

Impressions of “Invisible Cities – Fighting Women” by Debora Kaz @ Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (3)

Debora Kaz (deborakaz) is a digital artist from Brazil (if I figured it our corectly). She’s in Second Life since February 2012 and discovered its opportunities for creativity. She writes in the accompanying notecard: “Exactly 9 years ago I became interested in the language of wireframe, the lines, the structures and the voids they provide. When making wireframe images it is as if you can make the invisible visible. It’s as if I could reveal something that hides inside our structures, our feelings, emotions and maybe reflects on some subjects.” Just a few months ago she began to exhibit her artwork.
Debora has a flickr page, a facebook account and a youtube channel.

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 “Invisible Cities – Fighting Women” by Debora Kaz. Thank you Debora for your art, and thanks also to Adwehe for the light effects and to David Silence for creating the exhibition poster for “Invisible Cities – Fighting Women”.
“Invisible Cities – Fighting Women” is the August exhibition at  Nitroglobus Roof Gallery and hence shall be open until end of August 2022.

Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/38/22/1001
Debora Kaz (deborakaz) flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/deborakaz
Debora Kaz (deborakaz) on facebook
https://www.facebook.com/debora.kaz
Debora Kaz (deborakaz) on youtube
https://www.youtube.com/c/deboraKaz
Dido Haas’ blog
https://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com

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
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 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
https://wp.me/psPPu-7U0
Art in Second Life 2022 (24) Fury by Milena Carbone
https://wp.me/psPPu-7V8
Art in Second Life 2022 (25) Apocalypse by Milena Carbone
https://wp.me/psPPu-7Vn

Previous Older Entries