Events in Second Life 2021 (1) Icons of Fashion – Upcoming May 30th

I got a request from my friend Nathalie Monday to write a bit about an upcoming event, the “Icons of Fashion” show. Nathalie promotes the show that is produced by Fortunate Szondi.

When: Sunday, May 30th, at 9 AM SLT (5 PM GMT)
Where: ONE ON ONE AT *VOODOO BAYOU BLUES*
Direct Landmark: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife//198/47/3829

The event is a classic fashion show were the designers walk on a catwalk and present their fashin and themselve. It’s about the clothed not the clothes. Which means it’s about the models themselves and the fashion they love.

Nathalie provided a quite long list of the participants. To my shame I had to admit to Nathalie, that I didn’t know any of these designers. But that is only due to my lack of knowledge. For example there’s one of the oldest jewelers in Second Life, there are renowned models, there are designers who already celebrted 15th anniversary as SL designer. And visiting the fashion show you will for sure learn more about fashion and who’s behind the designs. There shall be 3 walks: one formal, one casual and one dealers choice. It sounds to be exciting!

So get read for the “Icons of Fashion” show on Sunday, May 30th, at 9 AM SLT at ONE ON ONE AT *VOODOO BAYOU BLUES*

Landmark to the fashion show “Icons of Fashion” at ONE ON ONE AT *VOODOO BAYOU BLUES*
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife//198/47/3829

Art In Second Life 2021 (44) Cancel Culture by Ambre Singh

Ambre Singh’s art has become an inherent part of this blog. This year I visited her new main gallery at Noir’wen City (read Art in Second Life 2021 (15) Ambre Singh Gallery at Noir’Wen City) and I saw her exhibtion “Titilliations” (read here).

I got an invitation from Ambre to visit her new exhibition “Cancel Culture” at Noir’Wen City that opened May 1st.

Ambre Singh’s exhibition “Cancel Culture” at Noir’Wen City – poster / entrance area / Ambre Singh herself in the entrance area

Together with the invitation Ambre sent out a notecard with a description and her toughts:
The human being is full of contradictions. Homo Sapiens (in Latin, sapiens means “one who knows”) spends a good part of his existence trying not to know. This tendency to deny, probably the source of all psychoses, is the main activity of the ego. It is so much easier to deny or erase or eliminate what bothers us, even if it never works.
Today, our worldviews are being challenged more than ever. And instead of using crises to evolve, we tend to mask the problems with a veneer of outdated ideas. We rewrite textbooks, we rename streets, we sterilize languages, we censor everything that goes beyond. For the common good, of course.
I believe that to accept reality without wanting to deny it, a good dose of humor is needed.
In 14 paintings, this exhibition is an opportunity to laugh at our contradictions and, perhaps, to gain some sapience.

What you will see at the exhibition are 14 world famous landmarks and pieces of art – seen with the eyes of Ambre, and knowing her it didn’t surprise me that her view is kinky and feminist. The first picture I looked at was Ambre Singh’s Statue of Felicity also known as Statue of Liberty.

Statue of Felicity at Ambre Singh’s exhibition “Cancel Culture” at Noir’Wen City

Along with the picture comes a text explaining her view on history and why the original landmark was replaced with the one you can see nowadays in the physical world.
With the texts Ambre Singh’s pictures tell a new story along with some true facts. Besides the Statue of Liberty you find Ambre’s view and interpretation of The Great Sphinx, Christ the Redeemer, Manneken Pis, Lincoln Memorial, Venus de Milo, The Thinker, Michelangelo’s David, Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, Angel of the North in Gateshead, Terracotta Army, standing moai of Ahu Tongariki, The Motherland Calls, Apollo and Daphne (Bernini) – all along with the texts containng Ambre’s views.

The “real” and “original” art: The Thinker, Christ the Redeemer, Venus de Milo at “Cancel Culture” at Noir’Wen City

Ambre Singh’s “Cancel Culture” at Noir’Wen City is pure fun. But after the visit you won’t be able to visit any of theses world famous landmarks without having her view in mind! Enjoy your visit.

Landmark to Ambre Singh’s exhibition “Cancel Culture” at Noir’Wen City
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/41/117/23
Landmark to Ambre Singh Gallery at Noir’Wen City
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/47/126/3522
Ambre Singh’s website
https://ambresingh.ch/
Ambre Singh’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ambre-singh/

Art in Second Life 2020 (58) Milena Carbone’s art at Noir’Wen City

I got an invitation for a particular exhibition at Noir’Wen City, that opens officially on Wednesday September 23rd – “Plead guilty” by Milena Carbone.

It’s the second time that I came across Milena Carbone (mylena1992) and her art. I saw her exhibition “Agape in Pace” at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery in March 2020 (read here)

For Milena Carbone’s exhibtion “Plead guilty“, that extends all over Noir’Wen City, I got a notecard from Nieu (nieuwenhove) and later also from Violet Boa, which describes perfectly a tour not only of this but also of 3 other exhibitions by Milena. I decided to make writing a bit easier for me and to simply use it for my post along with my pictures and some comments.

“Plead guilty” by Milena Carbone above the streets of Noir’wen City

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. By accepting the rule of the “double” (the real “I” and the virtual “I”), Milena Carbone includes herself in her artwork. 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.

We arrived at dawn in Noir’Wen City after a quick trip, and we have been immediately fascinated by the density and the harmony of this small regenerated and bustling industrial city of houses and restored buildings in its old factories which do host more than fifty galleries and stores of artists and fetish creators. It is here that Milena has taken over the urban and social space of this small town that has literally become the gallery for her exhibition.

Impressions of “Plead guilty” by Milena Carbone above the streets of Noir’wen City (1)

Going up from the harbor to the central place of Noir’Wen City, the artist has arranged along the streets an impressive gallery of portraits of the inhabitants of this unlikely town who find themselves caught in the act of their desires or dreams. We do not know if each of these portraits overlooking the streets is a wanted poster or the image of their prisoner identity. It is in any case the living beacon of a long apocalyptic poem that we can read as we go along.

Impressions of “Plead guilty” by Milena Carbone above the streets of Noir’wen City (2)

Along your way you find posts with some lines of a poem titled also “Plead guilty”. Above the posts you can click to get to a website from Milena Carbone which offers more background information about the 35 exhibits above the streets and the full poem. Here’s a direct link.

We then visited the church transformed for the exhibition into a place of art where Milena offers us the still unknown “sermon of Mahdi”, the fiction of a new Christ illustrated by paintings inspired by the Renaissance religious art and described in a book readable in SL and exhibited in the church.

Impressions of “The Sermon of Mahdi” by Milena Carbone at Noir’wen City Church

From the church, we reached the castle on the heights of the city, where we had a wonderful lesson about “Nude is Art” with forty original paintings of Milena dedicated to the beauty of the body and its grace, beyond eroticism.

Impressions of “Nude is art” by Milena Carbone at Noir’wen City Castle (1)

We end our visit by stopping at the art center of Noir’Wen to sit for a moment in the center of a virtuous circle of fourteen artworks which illustrate the “nine levels of love” linked with five humanist values. We can then slowly savor the deep pleasures of this new artwork of Milena Carbone, which will require us to plunge back into it to capture all the dimensions and emotions it arouses.

Impressions of “nine levels of love” by Milena Carbone at Noir’wen Art Center

While walking, we could have also seen the galleries of many artists such as Belice Benoir (Ars Amandi), Ambre Singh, Colm Midnight, Al Niekerk, Anaya Oneiro, Jos Loll, Ninatchka, Pask Wasp, KarolinaKatt, BobbiEden, Wyald Woolley … We also noted the presence of a museum of virtual arts with an exhibition on the history of the pink Dildo. But these places will be the occasion of a new visit.

It remains in us the fundamental question that Milena Carbone asks us through this new masterpiece: is it fair to plead guilty?

Impressions of “Nude is art” by Milena Carbone at Noir’wen City Castle (2)

With the opening of “Plead guilty” by Milena Carbone, also this years Noir’Wen city festival has started. It takes place in Noir’Wen city during 2-3 months at the end of the summer.
The Festival will revolve around an original artwork created especially by a selected artist, integrated into the city, with the possibility of using all possible types of visual arts and whose concept will aim to “give life” to the city, its inhabitants and its creators. And the artist of this year is Milena Carbone. There will be quite some events.

I visited Noir’Wen City the first time in April 2020 (read here). Noir’Wen City is a permanent fetish fair with over 50 inworld stores, it is a place to socialize, it is a place for the the arts with several galleries and lots of art exhibited in the streets. Noir’Wen City is a big city and as such offers a great background for pictures and it offers also rentals (luxurious villas). Thank you to Belice Benoir, to Nieu (NieuwenHove) and to the whole team as well as to Nathalie Monday and to Violet Boa who gave me a bit more information.

Landmark to Noir’Wen City
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/187/156/32
Landmark to Noir’Wen City – “Plead guilty” by Milean Carbone – Starting point
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/80/132/32
“Plead guilty” website
https://medium.com/@539568/plead-guilty-1b69921651d3
Landmark to Noir’Wen City Church – “sermon of Mahdi” by Milena Carbone
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/116/136/32
Landmark to Noir’Wen City Castle – “Nude is art” by Milena Carbone
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/85/221/42
Landmark to Noir’Wen City Art Center – “nine levels of love” by Milena Carbone
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/42/117/23
Simploring 2020 (27) Noir’Wen City
https://themaurers.me/2020/04/10/simploring-2020-27-noirwen-city/

Simploring 2020 (27) Noir’Wen City

For my simploring tour on Friday, April 3rd, I picked Noir’Wen CITY from scoop.it SL Destinations because there was just a picture with a big city scene and a Japanese text and no blog entries yet. And it turned out to be a kinky place and not what I expected at all.

Noir’Wen City overview and office (landing point)

Noir’Wen City is an adult full region. As far as I could figure out it is owned by Belice Benoir and Nieu (NieuwenHove). The landmark description is short and a hint for the adult content “For a pleasure momentum…”

The landing in on the ground level of a highrise building in kind of an office. There’re several boards: One with the team who created Noir’Wen City (Belice Benoir, NieuwenHove, Ambre Singh, ateeya, GiorgioAcqua, Niky Niki, Hettange Ferryhill, marinagracherl), one with the support staff (onlye one person so far: Nathalie Monday), two boards with the logos of stores (amoung those also renowed brands like Real Restraints, NGW, Hugo Design, WS Creations, Nihil… in total over 50 stores) and one board for events. I had the opportunity to talk with Natahalie Monday at the end of my visit and learned that Noir’Wen City exists since last Summer and at this plave since January 2020.
And in Belice Benoir’s profile I found the following short description “Welcome to Noir’Wen village .. For your kinky pleasure elevation… Your permanent fetish fair to be explored !!! My passionate design project … with a great team!”

Noir’Wen City is a permant fetish fair with over 50 inworld stores.
Noir’Wen City is a place to socialize with at least 2 larger clubs (from what I saw during my simploring tour)
Noir’Wen City is a place for the art with several galleries and lots of art exhibited in the streets
Noir’Wen City is a big city and as such offers a great background for pictures
Noir’Wen City offers also rentals (luxurious villas) and you can become part of the community

Noir’Wen City – the permanent fetish fair

Stepping out of the office I noticed the first shops. This is not a usual fair with one shop or stand next to the other. Each shop is embedded in the city surrounding, some a small, some are larger, some extend over an entire building. It feels like going shopping in a city! With one little but important difference: All shops are either about kinks, bondage gear, about fetish clothing, beauty or jewelery – or short: the shops I visit usually *winks*

On my simploring tour I came across two larger clubs, the “Little Treat Bar” in a building with a cinema sign and “Le Boudoir Des Libertines” in a large seperate building. Both clubs were not empty. A group of people stood outside “Le Boudoir Des Libertines” and were talking French, obviously a French club. At the “Little Treat Bar” I was welcomed in English. Both clubs have their own flair and are very stylish. Later I learned that I missed some clubs (not that I am surprised) there’s also: Backdrop club, the brothel and the pole dance.

Noir’Wen City – “Little Treat Bar” and “Le Boudoir Des Libertines”

In Belice Benoir profile I read that she has a passion for art and owns her own gallery “ars amandi art gallery“. In Noir’Wen City is one building dedicated to this “ars amandi art gallery”, yet it is just an affiliate. The current exhibition there is called “The golden cage”. The building is a former indoor swimming pool now remodelled as a gallery for the erotic art of Belice Benoir. I enjoyed my visit and I intend to visit her main gallery, the “ars amandi art gallery“, soon.

Impressions of the exhibtion “The golden cage” at the affiliate “ars amandi art gallery” in Nor’Wen City

But there is more at in Nor’Wen City. The streets are full of it, mainly with art from Nieu (NieuwenHove) and from Belice Benoir. Road barriers or walls of buildings, boards or crossings are used to exhibit art. One picture from Nieu (NieuwenHove) caught my eye in particular “Au Joyeux dildo” – funny! You will find other galleries, like the gallery CM and the gallery of Ambre Singh. And I saw boards for a current photo contest at Noir’Wen City (Artists and photographers can register until 25 April to take part in the contest). They must then submit an artwork (digital processing allowed) by April 30th at the latest)

Art in the streets of Noir’Wen City and galleries

Beside of all this, Noir’Wen City is also a great place to explore and to take pictures. The city has flair and offers also outdoor cafe’s and bars as well as some spots by the shore to sit and enjoy. There’s one shore where the skylinie of NYC is in the background, another great place for a picture. You should also have a look inside of the church, it is a quite unusal church!

Nor’Wen City – Impressions of a simploring tour

Diomita in Nor’Wen City

I enjoyed my visit to Nor’Wen City! Thank you to Belice Benoir, Nieu (NieuwenHove) and to the whole team as well as to Natahalie Monday who gave me a bit more information. I hope that Noir’Wen City will get the attention it deserves.

Landmark to Noir’Wen CITY
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/165/157/32
Belice Benoir’s “ars amandi art gallery”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Glitnir/200/48/139