Art in Second Life 2022 (102) The 5th Season by Milena Carbone

I got an invitation from Milena Carbone (mylena1992) for the opening of her newest exhibition “The 5th Season” at Artsville. The opening was yesterday. I visited early on Tuesday, December 13th.

Milena herself wrote about “The 5th Season”:
“The fifth season is a three-part installation that 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. I sincerely hope that this work will allow us to go beyond good conscience, purely intellectual awareness or judgment to lead everyone towards a fertile, new reflection on ourselves, on our relationship to the world; and to our planet, the only paradise that is a closed garden whose walls we have hit.

The 5th Season is the final exhibition of a triology, consisting of “Blind”, “Africa” and “Heroes”. All three parts are shown at Artsville. Milena recommends to see “The 5th Season” in exactly this order.

Impressions of “The 5th Season” by Milena Carbone @ Artsville (1)

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I saw the first part “Blind” in June 2022 as a part of an exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli (read Art in Second Life 2022 (57) La Maison d’Aneli June/July 2022)

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.

Impressions of “The 5th Season” by Milena Carbone @ Artsville (2) – part I: “Blind”

The exhibition is not set up as the one I saw at La Maison d’Aneli in June. There are 4 rooms titeled “Don’t Look Up”, “Don’t Look Beyand”, “Look Down On” and “Look Away”.
Milena’s art consists of texts, pictures and visual experience. 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 published the stories on her website,

“Africa” is the second part of “The 5th Season” and I saw it end of October 2022 at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery, (read Art in Second Life 2022 (88) Africa by Milena Carbone @ Nitroglobus Roof Gallery).

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.

Again “Africa” is displayed different than at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. I personally was more impressed of this part of “The 5th Season” the way it was presented at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. The pictures at Artsville are presented at the walls. In the center are some 3D statues of African animals. 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 “The 5th Season” by Milena Carbone @ Artsville (2) – part II: “Africa”

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.

The third part of “The 5th Season” is called “Heroes” and it was new to me.
Heroes tells 12 extraordinary stories of ordinary or mysterious people, all imaginary. The stories take place in the future, in all parts of the world. Milena’s intention is to set the stage for new myths. Myths structure our vision of the world. The myths of today are the same as those of ten thousand years ago: men dominant and superior, carnivorous and subduing the living, violent and cunning, explorers and conquerors in a world without limits.
We are facing the limits of our planet, our myths are no longer operative. We must create new myths, new imaginaries that allow us to find our place in an entirely new, exhausted and limited world. Each story features values compatible with this world, diverse heroes from all walks of life. They are written in a style reminiscent of the news stories found in the back pages of newspapers.

Impressions of “The 5th Season” by Milena Carbone @ Artsville (2) – part III: “Heroes”

When you approach one of the the 12 pictures it folds up into 3 parts – the picture in the center and the story on the left and right. Just one picture folds up into tow pictures and one text in the center. As it takes time to read the stories, there’s a chair in fron ot each of the 12 heroes where you can sit down and read – and get into Milena’s world of pictures and texts.

Heroes is the concluding chapter of the trilogy “The 5th season”. It is the hopeful part of the work.

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.

Artsville was created in collaboration the Art Korner blog, owned and founded by Frank Atisso. Frank is also the curator of exhibitions at Artsville.
Thank you for another great exhibition, Milena. I enjoyed my visit. Thank you Frank Atisso and the whole team at Artsville for enabling “The 5th Season” by Milean Carbone.

Landmark to Artsville and The 5th Season by Milena Carbone
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Caribbean%20Ocean/62/97/3201
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 (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/