Sunday, January 11, 2015

Mistero Hifeng at LEA 29 - Now Open


"Taking a picture is like portraying a part of my inner self, I do this in my real life and in Second Life too, trying to capture moments that give me a thrill, hoping that everyone watching my works will feel the same emotions.

My photos are almost always traveling in parallel with my state of mind; I may want flowers and fantastic colours, as well as a simple point in the blue if at that moment it means a lot more than a full rainbow. "  
                                                                                                                     Mistero Hifeng

Music is his best moving force and often the inspiration comes from the words or the music of a song, the atmosphere of which Mistero tries to represent through surrealist and evocative images.

For some time, thanks to the innovation of mesh, Mistero Hifeng has been using this technique to make two- and three-dimensional works inside Second Life.

They often are the 3D version of the digital images, and in both forms there are symbols and suggestions of a illusive and dreamlike world, but incredibly close to the deepest chords of the human soul.

You can see the Mistero Hifeng works:
 ★ Facebook
 ★  Flickr
 ★ in Second Life


“Scattare una foto è come dipingere una parte del mio “Io”, sia in real life che in Second Life, cercando di immortalare attimi che mi regalino un’emozione, sperando che venga trasmessa a chiunque si soffermi a guardare i miei lavori.

"Le mie foto viaggiano in parallelo con il mio stato d’animo. Posso avere voglia di fiori e colori fantastici, come desiderare un punto fisso nel blu, che in quell’attimo può significare molto di più di un arcobaleno.”   
                                                                                                                          Mistero Hifeng

La musica è la sua principale forza motrice, e spesso l'ispirazione proviene dal testo o dalla musica di una canzone, la cui atmosfera Mistero cerca di rappresentare attraverso immagini surreali ed evocative.

Da qualche tempo, grazie all'introduzione delle mesh, Mistero Hifeng utilizza questa tecnica per realizzare immagini bi- e tridimensionali all'interno di Second Life.

Spesso sono la versione 3D delle immagini digitali, e in ambedue le forme si ritrovano simboli e suggestioni di un mondo irreale, onirico, ma incredibilmente vicino alle corde più profonde dell'anima umana.

Potete vedere le opere di Mistero Hifeng:

 ★ Facebook
 ★ Flickr
 ★ in Second Life


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

LEA FULL SIM ART SERIES (Jan 2015): Vilvi Rae's 'Lives of the Monster Dogs'

Vilvi Rae, one of the foremost machinimatographers in SL hailing from Jyvaskylla, Finland is at the helm of January 2015 round of the LEA FULL SIM ART SERIES at LEA 6. Vilvi will bring a unique perspective showcasing some of the best of the 'furry' community of Second Life!
A full list of the LEA Full SIM offering since inception in 2011 can be found HERE.  This final round of the LEA Full Sim series runs through March 2015, where Rebeca Bashly, will bring the circle to a close.
LAUNCH: 15th JAN 2015

In Vilvi's words:
"Furries" have been part of Second Life right from the beginning. This colourful fandom of anthropomorphic animal characters reaches beyond virtual worlds, including large and varying creative talent. "Lives of the Monster Dogs" (name borrowed from Kirsten Bakis' enchanting novel) is an exhibition presenting that creativity, an attempt to give a glimpse of the furry community, showcasing some of the hidden talent it holds in its paws and claws.

"Lives of the Monster Dogs" - January 15th-31st 2015 - Linden Endowment for the Arts - LEA6 -

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Success of The Euphoria Group on LEA12

Round 7 of the Artist in Residence Grants end tonight. It seems a fitting time to highlight just one of the successes.

While I know those involved have thanked the LEA committee themselves, as one who is involved peripherally in dance performance, as well as LEA, I would like to thank the Committee for “taking a chance” on Babypea VonPhoenix Bikergrrl’s grant application for a sim. I don’t know if anything similar has taken place on the LEA grant sims previously, so perhaps they were not taking a chance after all! But this group made full use of the opportunity given to them by the Committee!

Not only did the Euphoria group create two very different but amazing sim wide builds during their tenure there, but they filled the sim to capacity on every occasion for their numerous events held there during the months of October, November and December.

The SuperMetropolis Train - photo by BabypeaVonPhoenix Bikergrrl

The urban cityscape which hosted the SuperMetropolis show for 5 performances in October was designed and built by one of the very talented dancers in the group, Chrissy Rhiano. The audience travelled the sim in a specially designed train which stopped at various points where each of the dancers performed using a set they had built.

BabypeavonPhoenix Bikergrrl’s Silver Surfer set at SuperMetropolis - photo by BabypeaVonPhoenix Bikergrrl

During one weekend in November the Dance Galaxy Festival was held with 14 different dance troupes performing, as well as the debut “recital” from students of Babypea’s Dawn of Dance classes.

Ronda Saunders danced her first solo performance at Dawn of Dance - photo by Ronda Saunders

For the Christmas ExtravaDanza performances in December the sim was designed and built by Restlesssoul Blackheart. This time the audience travelled by sleigh around the sim to the different dance performance sets.

LEA12 decorated for the Christmas !* ExtravaDanza*! - photo by BabypeaVonPhoenix Bikergrrl

Dance performance in Second Life is a truly artistic venture, with many talented people in that field. Not only does their love of music, and their skill at choreographing dance routines, shine through in their performances, but the beauty of their sets as well as their creative use of particles and special effects is truly amazing. 

SL scripters, particle makers, special lighting and dance animation creators are all heavily involved in making the tools to improve dance performance within the limits of SL, and it has come a long way in the last few years.

Setsuna Hirano danced in a globe set for the Christmas !*Extravadanza*! - photo by ToySoldier Thor

I hope many new people were introduced to this form of art by Euphoria's presence at LEA12. In addition, many people from the dance community heard about LEA for the first time and hopefully they will explore the other sims too and learn more about the different forms of art in the LEA world. 

Over and over I heard Babypea explain how the LEA program worked to people who asked but had never heard of it. I think two very different groups of people benefited greatly by the Committee’s granting of LEA12 to BabypeaVonPhoenix Bikerrgirl and the Euphoria group.

Babypea danced to Oiche Chiun (Silent Night) by Enya - photo by Gunner VonPhoenix

Fortunately for everyone’s enjoyment Gunner VonPhoenix videoed his wife’s performance and posted it on YouTube.

JMB (Jo) Balogh

Advisor to the LEA Committee

Monday, December 29, 2014

Closing Ceremony LEA 19

LEA 19 will be closed. Come over and celebrate with us.

We will start with a German reading at 11 am, continue with music by Deceptions Digital at 12 pm and the finalclosing ceremony is the robot confetti bcause we sweep away  every prim.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

LEA Announces Round 8 AiRs!

Uan Ceriaptrix - Round 7 - LEA14

  The LEA is pleased to announce the eighth round of Artists-in-Residence, who will receive a full sim 
   for six months on which to create and display their proposed projects:

  Mario2 Helstein                                
  Whiskey Monday                                                                  
  Misprint Thursday                            
  Haveit Neox                          
  Lorin Tone                            
  FreeWee Ling                                   
  Solkide Auer                         
  Mistero Hifeng                                 
  Art Blue                                             
  Giovanna Cerise                               
  frankx lefavre                                   
  NaTaS Janus                         
  Sniper Siemens                                 
  Asmita Duranjaya, Sable (snakeappletree)
  Lemonodo Oh                                   
  Gracie Kendal                                   
  Krystali Rabeni                                 
  Mary Wickentower                          

The LEA received 40+ high-quality applications, and it was a difficult decision, but those selected submitted outstanding proposals that represent a diverse range of virtual art. While a handful are artists returning for a second round, the majority will be exhibiting at the LEA for the first time. Projects range from full-sim immersions, to innovative builds geared specifically for multimedia works such as sound and machinima projects.

Artists will have up to four months to build their projects (though many have suggested they will be completed sooner), with all exhibits set to be open by end of April. Many will likely open sooner, though, so keep an eye on this blog for announcements of exhibit openings and related special events.

The previous seven rounds of LEA Land Grant Artists-in-Residence have resulted in some truly exceptional works, and we anticipate this next group to be just as fantastic. Congratulations to all the artists, we can’t wait to see your vision!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Opening: The Algorithm

For the project "The algorithm" supported by the Linden Endowment for the Arts, Giovanna Cerise is glad to present:

" Caos" the algorithm of history, by Daco Monday 

" Oservatorium" the Algorithm Between Fantasy and Prediction by Nino Vichan

"Life and die" by Pol Jarvinen.

Opening Tuesday , 2th December 2014 at 1.30 pm SLT


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Qualia - The Sentience of Being

This sim art installation is based on the idea of Frank Jacksons philosphical thought experiment he called Mary's room.

These are his words

"Mary is a brilliant scientist who is, for whatever reason, forced to investigate the world from a black and white room via a black and white television monitor. She specializes in the neurophysiology of vision and acquires, let us suppose, all the physical information there is to obtain about what goes on when we see ripe tomatoes, or the sky, and use terms like ‘red’, ‘blue’, and so on. She discovers, for example, just which wavelength combinations from the sky stimulate the retina, and exactly how this produces via the central nervous system the contraction of the vocal cords and expulsion of air from the lungs that results in the uttering of the sentence ‘The sky is blue’. [...] What will happen when Mary is released from her black and white room or is given a color television monitor? Will she learn anything or not?"

You are now standing in Mary's room.

Outside, which is reachable by walking towards any of the 4 outerwalls which will open and close as you approach and then pass through them, you will find 4 walkways suspended in space.

They lead to a 4 black cubes, each of which appears empty until you get close and enter them at which time their interiors will come into view.

Linking each of the cubes are more walkways accessible by glass paths and stairs which lead up into them and along their interiors.

Occasionally an asteroid and comets will pass through the space. Other creations climb the outer walls amongst the stars and constellations.

There is no windlight set for the sim but my suggestion is midnight and a draw distance of at least 700

I hope you enjoy this sim of mine and I'd also like to thank the Lea Council for their kindness in granting me this sim.

Frankx Lefavre
Blog posts:
See here a machinima taken by Secret Rage:


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Machinima Expo 7 Livestream @ LEA Theatre

Rebirth ... together! by 2Lei (moderate)

Today is the day for the huge Machinima Expo - the World's only Virtual Machinima/Animation Festival. This is its 7th year and it will be streamed live inworld from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm SLT at the LEA Theatre.

The full schedule is here and you should note that Second Life is well represented (including a profile of our own Hypatia Pickens at 1:45).

I hope to see you there!

Note: you have one more week to submit your application for the next round of Artist in Residence Grants. You could have your own sim, for 6 months, to realize that vision in your head and share it with the rest of us.

Friday, November 21, 2014

LEA FULL SIM ART SERIES (Nov-Dec 2014): 2Lei & Lorys Lane's 'Rebirth...Together'


Lorys Lane & the remarkable 2Lei in Second Life initiative are at the helm of Nov-Dec 2014 round of the LEA FULL SIM ART SERIES at LEA 6. A full list of the LEA Full SIM offering since inception in 2011 can be found HERE.  The current round of the LEA Full Sim series runs through February 2015.

In Lorys Lane's words:

2Lei in Second Life is a collaborative project between some groups in Second Life, which began in 2010 with the aim to raise awareness and disseminate events related to the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women".  

Virtual artists, gallery owners, musicians and the cultural figures of Second Life are invited to share the common message of solidarity to the women via their particular Art. For the fifth year in a row, a committee of volunteers has chosen to devote time, energy and ideas together to realize projects and activities to say "No violence against women in the world."

 2Lei will go beyond the canonical virtual boundaries of recent years, through a number of projects already in the works, and through you. Beyond the frontiers of Second Life, 2Lei seeks to become like a spider's web that is woven slowly, but which becomes indestructible, rooted at every point.
On June 2014 "2Lei in Second Life" committee took part in SLB11 celebration with the installations "Revise the next": 3 photos by Paola Mills, and a mesh sculpture composed by Moore Tone, with creative contributions of all members; this is why the mesh was load by 2Lei Resident, the official avatar of the committee. 

The central figure, symbol of uniformity contemporary, evolves into a future dominated by the differences that co-exist and work together, generating positive feelings.

Respect, trust and equality - our empire of the mind - are the focus of the installation, but rather than expect them, we would try to get them, educating and training the future. The intent of the 2Lei initiatives was always to create, day after day, a new brick to build a world fit for individual without distinction, nor prevarication, but based on positive feelings.
2Lei 2014: Rebirth... together!
This year’s theme is "Rebirth… together!". We cannot just denounce: we must dare to hope, to dream, to act, to make the dream come true and springboard for new dreams. Dreams in which men and women cooperate together to build a more just, more healthy society, in which violence does not represent the instrument upon which to convey anger, frustration, fear, and aggression.
We wish every woman’s heart beat be as strong as the drum of life. No woman will be forgotten or left behind. The "Rebirth" marks the passage of the works of artists who are exhibiting in these spaces, and the performers who will take turns on stage. The program is rich and detailed, and offers many insights. Now we want to talk about "rebirth". A rebirth towards a world where people can live, breathe, and dream without the fear of having to defend themselves. We are reborn together in front of each painting, opera, photograph, theater or musical show that a fragment of this kaleidoscope of images, desires, dreams, passions, and every project of rebirth involves. Primarily this involves the denunciation of what is evil, of what is burning, what clip wings, and cuts short lives. Then, after the denunciation, comes the dream: the work, the strength to believe it, and to make it happen together. "TOGETHER" is the keyword of a true renaissance. And we will be the first to give testimony. Men and women who, together, believe in this project and have put in place. Thank you for sharing this journey with us.


***2Lei 2014 EVENTS CALENDAR***

2Lei 2014 Events Calendar
(SL time)

>>>>> 20/11 - Thursday

1.30 PM  SLt  Opening 2Lei 2014 edition

2.00 PM  SLt  "Women in rebirth" - MBI (Master Builders Italy, Rubin Mayo) presents:
- Art exhibition by various artists
- Reading and testimonies of womens
- Music by Andromeda Slade

>>>>>  21/11 - Friday

1.30 PM  SLt "RELIVE" - Art exhibition by various artists (Duna Gant)
- Music by Morlita Quan and Ultraviolet Alter

2.30 PM  SLt  Tour of the artworks that artists and photographers have created for this edition of 2Lei

 >>>>> 22/11 - Saturday

1.30 PM  SLt SoloDonna Event (Sniper Siemens - Elettra Beardmore)

2.45 PM  SLt  Music by Andromeda Slade

>>>>>  23/11 - Sunday

1.30 PM  SLt  Live concert by Musicante Malandrino with a great Surprise Guest :)

>>>>>  24/11 - Monday

1.30 PM  SLt  L'Arme d'Amour (Viola Tatham, Andromeda Slade) presents “I loved her more than her life” (One-act play written by Cristina Comencini)

2.00 PM  SLt Debate about violence problems (with Rosanna Tafanelli, Francesco Bonetto, Lapsus Weinstein and Alejandra Balhaus)

>>>>> 25/11 - Tuesday

1.00 PM SLt  Reading and music by Libriamo Tutti - Imparafacile (Imparafacile group)

2.00 PM  SLt  I.L.A. Idee Libere Alternative (Francy Lytton, MarinellaMonti) presents:
- Reading of "Women in rebirth" di J. Folla edited by Margherita Hax
- Live concert of Trinity Ermingtrood
- Exposure of poems by Cordediseta Rosea

3.30 PM  SLt  Conclusion of this fifth edition with closing credits

>>>>> 30/11 - Sunday

11 AM SLt STAND! SL Fashion World Stand with 2Lei (by Mila Tatham, Aliza Karu, Bodza Blackadder, Absinthe Montenegro)

1.30 PM SLt  Particle Show by Tansee Resident and music by Andromeda Slade

2.30 PM  SLt  Break all... together!