Archive for May, 2009

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The Refuge and Expansion is going to close

May 30, 2009

The Refuge and Expansion by AM Radio is going to close on Sunday (new of this was discovered  via Second Arts)

I found this video filmed at AM Radio’s installations across secondlife which gives you a sense of the impact his work can have.

I decided to once again explore this evocative installation before it goes.


As with all AM Radio’s work this build feels like a mysterious cinematic set but with this installation the scale produces a different experience. To explore AM Radio’s installation you really need to walk the area. If you fly you move across the landscape too quickly and it spoils the mood.

In this build there is a greater emphasis on the sublime, and you are always encountering views on screen that hold picturesque qualities that you could argue falls into the  tradition of Romanticism.

As you walk this marvellous creation you notice the landscape is dotted with curious objects.

They sit in  a field, in a building or on a road.

You sense that the people who these object have just departed and as the interloper you can only hope to piece together a narrative sorts.

You always feel like an outsider looking in.

Themes such as vintage forms of transport, cars, planes etc old forms of communication such radio, antique scientific tools and archaic forms of recording information such as notebooks, appear through out the build.

As you can see during my visit I took plenty of screenshots and I thought I would share a few while I puzzle over the possible meaning of stacked chairs and notebooks.

Credits for what my avatar is wearing
Pants: Innovations
Shirt:MichaMi
Cardigan: Pink Outfitters
Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui
Bangles: Bonita’s Jewelry (dollarbie)
Earrings: Miriel
Hair: Zullay Designs: Free Gift
Eyes: Miriel (free eyes)
AO: TorridWear
Skin: Skin Within
Eye lashes: Lutra L.S.D

ARC (Avatar rendering cost)  928

SLURL The Refuge and Expansion by AM Radio

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A visit to Miriel

May 29, 2009

A very brief post on her blog announced that Miriel is closing and the sim is going to be disposed of.

Miriel Enfield is a really good designer and I have always enjoyed the forest area around the boutique. Her shop  is stocked with reasonably priced but elegant jewelry. The range and quality of eyes, is good and it is a very welcoming place to new comers in Second Life because her freebies are so good. I still wear mine frequently.

While visiting the sim I decided to tackle the free puzzle game The Golden Cage. I don’t know why I didn’t do it before. It is a very intelligent hunt in which you have to solve a puzzle before moving on to the next prize.

As you move from prize to prize journal pages from a previous resident reveal a mystery which may or may not be a murder. The story line to the mystery is well constructed with even the odd red herring to lead you astray. I enjoyed piecing together the story of the disappearance of Charlotte West as much as the hunt and the prizes which I quickly adorned.

It is not an easy hunt and took me nearly 3 hours to find all 5 items but its nice to have a hunt in which you need to use your brains. The challenge was really very enjoyable and the scenery just lovely. I will be sad to see the sim go.

Credits

ARC (Avatar rendering cost)  1736

SLURL to Miriel

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David Hockney ‘s mini iPhone masterpieces in Second Life

May 27, 2009

Settling down over my evening after dinner coffee I was browsing New World Notes when I read that David Hockney was using his iPhone to create mini master pieces. Apparently, according to this interview, Hockney likes to send images to his friends, so he paints pictures on his phone.

Kirsten Kiser of Arcspace is one of the lucky recipients of these iPhone works and they are now on view in Second Life at the Arcspace office.
I was fascinated by this idea and immediately went in world to take a look.

I am always intrigued as to how much presence virtual objects including paintings can have in world. Related to this is and how important the feeling of scale in relation to the avatar body is.

In proportion to an avatar these paintings are on an large modernist scale. The image is larger than your avatar body which makes them feel very powerful. Anything larger that the body will create an impact but a good painting will be more powerful.

Hockney first created these images while he held the phone in his hand and they were to be received while held in the hand and viewed. In other words they were created on a small intimate size. They relate to the physical body in a particular way.

I could not help but wonder what the sensation of these images would be if they were on the same scale as delivered. Not that the shift in scale does the imagery any injustice and I don’t want to infer that the large scale is a problem, I just sense viewing them would feel very different.

Anyway you can go and see what I mean as here is the SLURL to the Arcspace office

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Exploring the Castle at Limerick

May 26, 2009

I have been on a visit to a castle that stands high on the hill overlooking the sea at Limerick Ireland. You can see why a castle was built there as it is in such a good position to defend.

Inside there is yarn to be spun and music to be made.

Credits to the designers for what my avatar is wearing while playing tourist.

Jeans: Style Starts Here – Burned jeans (currently discounted to 80L$)
Sweater: Style Starts Here– Huggable Crochet Sweater (currently discounted to 80L$)
Boots: Biddle boots (Sculptie boots)
Scarf: Called Vogart, found in a hunt unfortunately I don’t know where.
Bangles: Earthstones – Free gift when subscribing to their group
Earrings: Flirt (part of the Golden Pearls of Wisdom set)
Hair: ETD Eglantine (in the discounts section 100 L$)
Eyes: Sakurako -dark brown eyes 1 (free)
AO: TorridWear
Skin : Skin Within– Kiara skin and shape
Eye lashes: Lutra – Lynnix’s lashes  “Thick and Long”
ARC (Avatar rendering cost)  1055
SLURL Castle at Limerick

After that pleasant small trip, I just have to decide where I am going next?

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A visit to Shengri La

May 23, 2009

I found Shengri La via a blog titled Shengri La Utopian Micronation. I stumbled across it in the process of my web browsing and decided to check it out.

This sim is an island archipelago of five islands which immediately even more beautiful if you set your preferences to sunset.

The island houses the Fashion Research Institute and is a Community Gateway which means it is an approved entry point to Second Life.

I had a lovely time exploring, investigating the light house, sailing and admiring the many lovely views to be found.

Shengri La is a very evocative build and I decided to create a new banner for this blog with the world set at sunset.

While doing this I was trying to apply some of the advice on how to take a better photograph after reading Vint Falken’s article Second Life Photography Tutorial: The Basics

What my avatar was wearing.

Jeans :  caLLie cLine
Cheongsam : A piece of Candy (a hunt prize)
Sash: Persona
Boots: Biddle boots (Sculptie boots I blogged about them here)
Earrings: Debutante in Victoriana (a hunt prize)
Bangles: Pretties by JB (a hunt prize)
Skin: Skin Within
Hair: ETD
Eye lashes: Lutra L.S.D

ARC (Avatar rendering cost)  762

SLURL: Shengri La