Simploring 2018 (73) – Art Afternoon

I found some time for simploring on Friday, August 24th and decided to visit some exhibitions.

First I went to Daphne.Arts and visited the exhibition Nativo, which brings a compilation of drawings, paintings and poems, created by the Italian artist Stefano Mingione. Mingione is an Italian artist in the physical world, who has been active since the 1970s. A common theme in these works is the depiction of duality in the human nature: youth and adulthood, birth and extermination – in a never-ending spiral of life and death. Along with his artworks, Mingione is presenting three of his poems, including “Nativo”, that gives name to the exhibition.

When you enter Nativo you’ll stand in the middle of Mingione’s pictures in black and white, which are kind of threatening, showing masses of desperate people, eager for life but scared to death. In many of these pictures you’ll find the crucified Jesus. There’s a clear relation to christianity in these pictures.

“Nativo” by Stefano Mingione at Daphne.Arts

You will see a human in an embryo pose hoovering in quite some distance of the pictures and a hallway leading to it. There’s one chair just at this scuplture, you can sit down and listen to the above mentioned poems, narrated by Stefano Mingione himself. For those not understanding Italian, there’s a translation to English.
You can get more information about the exhibition “Nativo” on the Daphne.Arts website.

Thank you Sheldon Bergman (sheldonbr) and Angelika Corral for providing Daphne.Arts.

Landmark to Daphne.Arts “Nativo”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Isle%20of%20Seduction/42/233/4001
Daphne.Arts website with information about “Nativo”
https://www.daphnearts.com/nativo/

Then I went to La Maison D’Aneli where a new exhibtion was opened to the public on August 22nd. Aneli Abeyante presents the work from several artits: JudiLynn India, 9Volt Borkotron, Megan Prumier, cullum Writer, Senka Beck, Impossibleisnotfrench and herself.

The exhibition is varied and compromises black and white erotic pictures (Megan Prumier), moving colourful geometric forms and spirals (Aneli Abeyante), artful mesh objects with a touch of technic (Impossibleisnotfrench), colorful abstract pictures (JudiLynn India), fractals and colourful pictures (cullum Writer) and the very colourful fantasy objects and pictures (9Volt Borkotron, Senka Beck).

There are notecards for more information about the artists avaiable either close to their work or as a folder with all of them. In the notecards you’ll find also links to other websites with even more information. I just used some basic information along with the pictures I took. Most of the exhibited art is also for sale.

Aneli Abeyante adores geometry and maths, she owns La Masion D’Aneli and provides her place for the art.
Known in SL as JudiLynn India and in RL as Judi Lynn studied art at Tyler School of Art/Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She focuses her creativity on acrylic and digital painting.

Megan Prumier is a multimedia artist and resident in Second Life. Her skills are extended on the field of photography, mostly portraits on modern, minimal and even surreal Scenes.


Harry Cover, also known as Impossibleisnotfrench, is from France. He started his second life by playing with prims, then sculpties and finally mesh (Blender). He’s passionate about photos and  graphic designer in RL (among others).

Cullum Writer is from Brazil and found her artistic inspiration here in SL. She found the happiness to capture and perpetuate images that touched her sensibility with the harmony and grace of their forms and colors. She tries new techniques as fractals, collage, developing her graphic art.

9volt Borkotron’s digital works are most influenced by the gradual and often musical stages of natural transformation in all it’s forms ranging from the macro/micro biological material to the quantum electromagnetic on all scales.
Senka Beck’s playground is SL where she enjoys interacting with peeps and prims. She worked already at several projects within SL.

Thank you Aneli Abeyante for this great exhibition!

Landmark to La Maison D’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/33/49/254

Simploring 2018 (53) Confinement by Mi

Tuesday, June 19th, I visited “Confinement“, a new exhibition by Mi (kissmi) at Daphne.Arts that opened just recently.
According to Mi, “the confinement is our lot – from the beginning, in the womb, and even before, as soon as the idea of our conception germinates in the minds of our parents, enclosing us”.
Created by Angelika Corral and Sheldon Bergman, who own Daphne.Arts and provide the space to other artists, the installation is divided in 4 sub sections: geographical, mental, physical and social confinements. Before you enter, you’re asked to attach a HUD. The HUD provides sound and text and is necessary for the experience. You will also be asked to set your viewer to advanced lighting and to shadows (moon and projectors) and to either accept the windlight or set your viewer to no light.

Confinement – an exhibition by Mi (1)

You enter a long and dark hallway and have to dare to keep walking forward. Then the scenery is lightened and you can see pictures at the walls to your left and right side. For each sub section (geographical, mental, physical and social confinements) there is a poem related to its theme and narrated by Mi. The narration is in French, the HUD provides a transcript in French and in English. The poems sound really nice in French, some alliterations of the poems can only be heard in French tough and don’t have the same effect in English.

Confinement – an exhibition by Mi (2)

The pictures and the poems build one unit, they fit together. The poems leave the visitor very thoughtfully. Each sub section has it’s own message. Geographicallyy it is the place you’re born, the many coincidences that lead to our own life, yes we’re equally born but not with equal chances. We have many confinements mentally, physcially and socially. Walking through the exhibition “Confinement” you walk through a whole life from birth to death, and life will go on.

Confinement – an exhibition by Mi (3)

At the end of the hallway you walk downstairs to experience a fifth section without a poem going with it – “Constrained Confinement is, in every way, an ultimate impasse”. The stairs leading down are illuminated by torches. You step down deeper and deeper until you reach a place lit by candles. At the end of the place is a statue with an open torso. It might symbolize a murder as one hand strangles the throat, it might symbolize another new life as another hand reaches out through the open torso holding a candle.
It is an impasse, so you have to either walk back or teleport out from there.

Confinement – an exhibition by Mi (4)

Confinement” by Mi is a particular form of art, combining poems (narrated and readable), music, pictures and the visual experience of Second Life into one piece of tangible art. I understood that Angelika Corral and Sheldon Bergman were responsible to make that happen. Again an exhibition you won’t see anywhere else but in Second Life.

DaphneArts, opened in March 2016, is an art complex that features monthly exhibitions, with a strong focus on the grotesque, surreal and existential themes. It is owned by Sheldon Bergman (sheldonbr) and Angelika Corral. Thank you and Mi for this exhibition!

Landmark to the exhibition “Confinement” by Mi
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Isle%20of%20Seduction/41/245/3208
Daphne.Art website with more information of “Confinement” by Mi
http://www.daphnearts.com/confinement/

Simploring 2018 (48) doLLoureux

I visited “doLLoureux“, an exhibition by Nevereux at DaphneArts (or Daphne.Arts).

“doLLoureux” by Nevereux, an Exhibition at Daphne.Arts

At the entrance is a board with a text introducing to the exhibition with the thoughts of Nevereux about it:

I freeze and I burn and there is no in between.
And don’t touch me unless you plan on leaving a story behind.
I am rigid because softness seemed to numb me.
I am indestructible.
In some magnetic way I turn sorrow to hope when you hold me.
I mostly sit quietly, next to me, life.
I may look simple in form, but I create worlds in a profound and complicated way.
Drop your syrups, be rapt with life;
the most massive characters are seared with scars.
You living creatures, be immortals for a second (no batteries required).
One can make witnessing the default position or can attempt to change the world.
In between these 2 extremes I stand, on the lip of the abyss looking around, completely static, trying to figure out the humanity and inhumanity of dolls.
Oh, … here you are.

At the entrance you also get a HUD and an advice how to set your viewer environment to see the exhibtion. The HUD does add to the viewing experience and also stream music that fits with the exhibited art.

Impressions of “doLLoureux” by Nevereux, an Exhibition at Daphne.Arts (1)

The title “doLLoureux” is a play with words as doloureux is the French word for painful and the exhibition is about dolls. In addition the 2 capital LL also stand for Linden Lab, the company behind Second Life.

Diomita visiting “doLLoureux” by Nevereux, an Exhibition at Daphne.Arts

The exhibition presents pictures and 3D models of dolls, some are broken, some interact with others, some are set up surreal. All objects impress by the way they are presented. With the introductional thoughts of Nevereux you have a key to understand Nevereux’s intentions. I think you get an idea of this exhibtion by my pictures, but they only show some of the dolls and can’t transport all 3 dimensions. Hence you should see and experience the exhibition yourself.

Impressions of “doLLoureux” by Nevereux, an Exhibition at Daphne.Arts (2)

You should turn a special Attention onto the subtitle of Nevereux’s “doLLoureux” exhibition with which I’ll end this post:

Hold me. Frantically. Craft a narrative. In details.
Overemphasize my silence. With perverse anger.
Stare down my dead cold heart. As a compulsion
Love me without questions. Add time.

Impressions of “doLLoureux” by Nevereux, an Exhibition at Daphne.Arts (3)

DaphneArts, opened in March 2016, is an art complex that features monthly exhibitions, with a strong focus on the grotesque, surreal and existential themes. It is owned by Sheldon Bergman (sheldonbr) and Angelika Corral. Thank you for the gallery and thank you Nevereux for your impressing dolls at “doLLoureux“.

Landmark to “doLLoureux”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Isle%20of%20Seduction/44/227/2810
Website with information about “doLLoureux”
http://www.daphnearts.com/dolloureux/
Wbesite of Daphne.Arts
http://www.daphnearts.com/

Simploring 2018 (26) – Oscar 13 at DaphneArts

I got an invitation for the opening of another exhibition at DaphneArts (or Daphne.Arts) – Oscar 13. I couldn’t make it to the opening but I visited a day later on Monday, March 12th.
Oscar? Is it about the Academy Awards? Yes, it is. In this case it is about the award for the Best Foreign Language Film. This special Award was given to Italian films 14 times, where of one was primarily spoken in French – hence Oscar 13, for 13 award winning Italian films.

Paolo Sorrentino’s La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, which inspired the artist Stefano Mingione, who shares a passion for 7th art (making cinema), to create a tribute to the Italian cinematography with the painting “Oscar 13”. The oil on canvas painting has the dimensions 2 x 4 meter and shows all 13 Italian Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film (spoken in Italian).

Impressions of “Oscar 13” at DaphneArts (1)

The exhibition Oscar 13 at DaphneArts shows a compilation of sketches used as study reference, and the final painting. At the end you walk into a cinema and watch a short youtube video that shows details of the painting “Oscar 13”.

I’m not a passionate cineast, nor did I know the above facts, yet the sketches and drafts that led to the huge painting are impressive and show how much work in detail such a painting is. If you’re a cineast, and in particular an Italian cineast, you will see much more in this painting than I do. I just like the way this painting is exhibited with showing also the sketches and the films behind it. Again I found something that I’d never expected to see in Second Life. I strongly recommend to read the website with information about “Oscar 13” (http://www.daphnearts.com/oscar13/), best before you visit inworld.
Unfortunately I didn’t find more information about Stefano Mingione, yet I didn’t try Italian websites, as I don’t understand any Italian, sorry.

Impressions of “Oscar 13” at DaphneArts (2)

DaphneArts, opened in March 2016, is an art complex that features monthly exhibitions, with a strong focus on the grotesque, surreal and existential themes. It is owned by Sheldon BeRgman (sheldonbr) and Angelika Corral. Thank you for the gallery and for this exhibition!

Landmark to “Oscar 13” at DaphneArts
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Isle%20of%20Seduction/39/132/3511
youtube video about Oscar 13 (about 4 minutes)
http://www.youtube.com/embed/ONl6D2yYOGQ
Website with information about “Oscar 13”
http://www.daphnearts.com/oscar13/

Simploring 2018 (20) Je n’aime pas at DaphneArts

For my simploring tour on February 24th I choose to visit “Je n’aime pas” at DaphneArts. I found DaphneArts and the current exhibition at scoop.it SL Destinations  following a blog post of Kate Bergdorf also titled “Je n’aime pas”.

Je n’aime pas is a joined exhibition by Nur Moo and Hern Worsley combining a strange structure and picture into one piece of art. The structure is built on a hoovering rock. It is a steel scaffolding rising up in the air from the rock and contains 3 levels. The landing is in a container.You first don’t see the structure unless you zoom out. In the container are some pictures, the first part of this exhibition.

“Je n’aime pas” at DaphneArts – the landing point in a container

Stepping out of the container you realize that there’s more. The pictures on the 1st level are non static, they appear and disappear alternating with flurry and never are clear. In the middle of the platform you can teleport to the 2nd level where the pictures are even harder to see as they are on rotating cubes and just shining through. Finally on the 3rd level there’s no pictures, just a big trampoline.

From here you can make out the top of the structure, which is quite a fantasy entity. There are rotors that seem to keep the structure in balance and a bird sits on the top of one frame, like a left over from fauna. Sometimes you notice little pacmans floating around, do they symbolize how future began? Zooming out you can also see that the walls of the structure are covered with solar panels and that the whole structure is floating with the rock, on which it is founded, in the middle of nothing.

“Je n’aime pas” at DaphneArts – the structure (left) / the 3 exhibition floors (middle) / the “now” clock (right)

There are a few places to sit where you can relax and collect the impressions. It’s futuristic, somehow cold and repellent, yet you get drawn in trying to see the pictures, sometimes to blind out the surrounding. Kate Bergdorf summarized “Je n’aime pas” as a “large installation, spanning over three levels, containing virtual imagery, video screenings, floating pac mans, interactive poses, as well as larger constructs like metal scaffolding and a small house“.

Impressions of “Je n’aime pas” at DaphneArts (1)

For sure “Je n’aime pas” is a different approach to make use of the virtual space for arts. The structure itself is worth a visit and it offers a different way to present the pictures. Thank you Nur Moo and Hern Worsley for your exhibtion “Je n’aime pas”.

Impressions of “Je n’aime pas” at DaphneArts (2)

DaphneArts, opened in March 2016, is an art complex that features monthly exhibitions, with a strong focus on the grotesque, surreal and existential themes. It is owned by Sheldon BeRgman (sheldonbr) and Angelika Corral. You can get more information about DaphneArt and upcoming events and exhibition at their website. Thank you both for providing the gallery.

Landmark to “Je n’aime pas”
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Isle%20of%20Seduction/21/194/3086
Kate Bergdorf’s blog post “Je n’aime pas”
https://katebergdorf.wordpress.com/2018/02/20/je-naime-pas/
DaphneArts website
http://www.daphnearts.com/