Saturday, April 12, 2014

Event Today at LEA6

After the opening of the LEA FULL SIM SERIES this week,  Jedda invites today to a party with an impressive line up of DJ's:



See you at 1 PM to 5 AM SLT!

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA6/111/105/24

Thursday, April 10, 2014

LEA FULL SIMART SERIES (April 2014): Jedda Zenovka's 'Heartseed: The Wildside'




The otherworldly Jedda Zenovka is at the helm for the final edition of the 3rd cycle 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. Anyone interested in applying for any month between May 2014 and April 2015, please contact Jayjay Zifanwe with your interest and preferred month.

HEARTSEED: THE WILDSIDE HAS LAUNCHED AND IS OPEN THROUGH 30th April 2014

Visitor's to the Sim can click HERE to TP to the start point

In Jedda's words:

"One of the things I love about creating in this medium is that you can express the energy so easily." 


Animism is the spiritual belief that everything is alive. I try  to recreate this within the digital domain. Cybertech designs that fuse naturally with organic forms; water, sounds, plant-creatures, interdimensional entities that blend into the ocean forest ecology of my environments so that it is impossible to tell where one ends and another starts.

Take a wander  through a textured cyboriginal landscape which evokes healing emotions and crystallises into moving, living sculptures; descriptions of ideas and experiences inspired by both human life of aspirations and necessities and with the practicality of hands-on permaculture in the rain forest.

While our minds and imagination evolves into the digital domain, our hands and naked feet remember the earth and other elements from which we are made. Dreamtime in this sense is the crossing over of two worlds; vision becomes solid and solid becomes visionary. It is instinct and the heart which guide us into and through this journey. The freshness of water, the spirit of a particular plant or mineral, is crafted into new form; the artist becomes the living conduit through which such essences express themselves.

Reach for the stars . .. Put your hands in  Earth!"

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

LEA FULL SIM ART SERIES (April): HEARTSEED "THE WILD SIDE"


"One of the things I love about creating in this medium is that you can express the energy so easily."



Animism is the spiritual belief that everything is alive. I try  to recreate this within the digital domain. Cybertech designs that fuse naturally with organic forms; water, sounds, plant-creatures, interdimensional entities that blend into the ocean forest ecology of my environments so that it is impossible to tell where one ends and another starts.

Take a wander  through a textured cyboriginal landscape which evokes healing emotions and crystallises into moving, living sculptures; descriptions of ideas and experiences inspired by both human life of aspirations and necessities and with the practicality of hands-on permaculture in the rain forest.

While our minds and imagination evolves into the digital domain, our hands and naked feet remember the earth and other elements from which we are made. Dreamtime in this sense is the crossing over of two worlds; vision becomes solid and solid becomes visionary. It is instinct and the heart which guide us into and through this journey. The freshness of water, the spirit of a particular plant or mineral, is crafted into new form; the artist becomes the living conduit through which such essences express themselves.
Reach for the stars . .. Put your hands in  Earth!

jedda zenovka

Opening today at 2 PM SLT
Open through April

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sauce - This Time It's Personal!

Sauce by Maya Paris (moderate)

“It’s like sucking real life through a straw” Fishslappers Gazette


Fancy a bit of Seaside Sauce? 
 

Slap on your wig and flash those knobbly knees because this time it’s personal!

Test your Sauce Factor, try your luck at the Modern Love Bureau, get sparky in the Saucy Science Lab, and take a headlong dive into a sea of plenty more fish & chips.

(Bring your own hair or teeth…and a friend)

Open all hours, come whenever you like.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Of Sound Mind Opens on LEA24

Sound Mind (general)

Sound Mind officially opens this morning (April 1) with a concert by bill473 at 10:00 am SLT. Join Lorin Tone and friends for some country stylings - even though as Lorin says " If you don't like Country/Western music like me, be pleasantly surprised by this talented SL performer. Good stuff."

If you miss the opening don't worry, there will be more events and you can hear about them through notices in the Linden Endowment for Arts Info group and by checking out the Events Calendar on LEA3.

You don't need to wait for a specific event to enjoy this installation however: 

" please stop by and get stupid fun sound stuff, explore and study how SL inworld sound works, Big bumper cars. Small bumper car avatars on a pinball machine. Environmental soundscapes. Interactive musical machines. SL 3d printing demonstrations. Things that make you go "boing", a cheesy mockup of "Discovery 1" from "2001: A Space Odyssey" and other silly stuff."

You can find the main landing spot here. Let the fun begin!

Invasion: A Tribute to the Greenies Home

Invasion: A Tribute to the Greenies Home (moderate)

You land in a garden outside a house - much like many small gardens on the grid. However, as you look around, things don't seem quite right. Then you notice tiny creatures beaming down from a spaceship and all thoughts of normal must be put away.

The truth, you realize, is that you've landed on LEA23 in the middle of an Invasion.

Invasion: A Tribute to the Greenies Home (moderate)

For those Residents who were around in Second Life between 2007 and 2010 the experience may be very familiar. This is a tribute, an homage, to the legendary Greenies Home created by the Rezzables.

Invasion: A Tribute to the Greenies Home (moderate)

This installation by Sniper Siemens brings back those memories of being reduced to the size of a mouse as you explore a giant home. You'll find karts for racing (look under the cupboard next to the sink) and small doorways which take you to odd things, such as a cannon you can use to shoot yourself across the room.

Invasion: A Tribute to the Greenies Home (moderate)

This isn't a copy of the original, but it is a loving tribute. Sniper includes links to the Rezzables, and their original creations, and adds his own touches.

Whether you experienced the original world of the Greenies or not, this is a fun place to visit.

Invasion: A Tribute to the Greenies Home (moderate)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Philosophers Stone - LEA17

LEA17 - THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE:
Created by Pixels Sideways and Georg Janick

LOCATION:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA17/35/222/25


Featuring the work of the following 15 artists interpreting 15 philosophers in 2D & 3D original artworks.

 Aequitas - USA
Philsopher:  Plato

Ama Avro - France
Philosopher:  Descartes

Artistide Despres - Holland
Philosopher:  Deleuze

Barry Richez - France
Philosopher:  Heidegger

Bibi Rives - Brazil
Philosopher - Wittgenstein

Feathers Boa - USA
Philosopher:  Marx

Freewee Ling - USA
Philosopher:  Nietzsche

Leoa Piek - Brazil
Philosopher: Hegel

Lollito Larkham - France
Philosopher:  Kant

Misprint Thursday - USA
Philosopher:  Leibniz

Robin Moore - Denmark
Philosopher:  Aristotle 

Scottius Polke - USA
Philosopher:  Hume

Stardove Spirt - Wales
Philosopher:  Epicurus

Ub Yifu - France
Philsopher: Spinoza

Winter Nightfire - USA
Philosopher:  Arendt


ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Philosopher's Stone is a Caerleon Artist Collective project and in that light, we strive to create art exhibitions that are thought provoking, fun, entertaining and educational.   We encourage collaboration, sharing of knowledge, exploring ideas and experimenting with various techniques and technologies.   We welcome both seasoned and novice artists.  We are a non-profit organization that has been active in promoting art and education in Second Life since February 2008 and we have produced many large and smaller scale art exhibitions including simultaneous events in Second Life and real world art venues.

The idea for the "Philosophy Project" -- its working title -- began in 2013 when I saw an article online about a project a teacher had given his young students -- to draw what they thought a philosopher looked like.  The results were quite funny.  I sent the web link to Georg Janick (Gary Zabel, Professor of Philosophy at University of Massachusetts) and mentioned doing an exhibition in Second Life about philosophy.  We came up with the idea of having a group of artists "interpret" a philosopher/philosophy.

I asked Georg if he would put a list together of his top 20 philosophers.  We then cut the list to 15 and I began working on the sim layout / concept for the project shortly after we applied for an LEA grant hoping we might be selected.  When we got word that we would receive an LEA land grant, I began work on terraforming the ground and layout of the floating islands, etc, and also began inviting artists.

To make the project a bit more interesting and throw in a little bit of cosmic dust, I placed the names of the 15 philosophers into a bag and as each artist committed to the project, I'd pull out the name of a philosopher.  The randomly chosen assignments seem to pair up perfectly with each artist.

As often happens, people jump on board to participate then circumstances change and they have to drop out.  We had a few changes during the build phase and pushed our opening date a couple of times to accommodate these changes and my snail's pace building on the ground below.  We wound up with a wonderful group of artists -- some exhibiting for the first time and some who are well known for their work in Second Life and other virtual world spaces.  

The overall concept for the exhibition focuses on two large figures at the center of a pastoral setting -- male and female -- who are  suspended between the corporeal / material plane of earth while being lifted upward from their base existence toward philosophical ideas.   The figures are bound to The Philosopher's Stone -- the sought after alchemy to create gold -- the ultimate materialism.    Above, floating islands attached by ephemeral chains to circular rings connect the figures to the non-material -- thoughts, ponderings, musings, ideals and philosophies that seek to define human existence, behavior, imagination, spirituality, politics and so on.

It is on the floating islands where visitors discover the artists' 3D interpretations of 15 philosophers and in a gallery on the ground level, the same artists' 2D "flat art" interpretations.  

On the ground below (which is where visitors first land), there are several places to explore that cover general ideas such as the Philosophy of Love, The Sisyphus Challenge (The Philosophy of Struggle), Philosophy of Media and Politics and other installations I created.   Most of the work on the ground is interactive and connects visitors to websites for additional information and further study.  The ground also features an amphitheatre for planned events and a School of Philosophy that features various interactive content. 

Some of the work on the ground is still evolving and additional content will be added during the run of the exhibition. 
Many thanks to Georg Janick and to all the artist who participated and created the the wonderful installations and artworks.

And thanks to our hall monitor, PatriciaAnne Daviau, and to Linden Labs and the LEA peeps for the Linden Endowment of the Arts land grant. 

Thank you for visiting The Philosopher's Stone.  We hope you enjoy our work.  

xo
pixels sideways




Friday, March 28, 2014

KG Shine Productions Performances on March 28, 2014



On Friday, March 28, 2014 KG Shine Productions and Linden Endowment for the Arts will present "In the Beginning " written by Ludo Merit. The show will be starring Canipanic Maslow, Kit Guardian and YOU if you want it to... this is a fun little play about the beginning of SL and how it may have panned out in the office. There are a couple of spots available for anyone game to sit in and read. If not, they have it covered. Hope to see you there at 10:45 AM for an 11:00 AM performance. If you wish to be in the reading please arrive at 10:30 AM. The show lasts for less than an hour and well worth it! Please come and support this great writer. http://slurl.com/secondlife/LEA2/108/81/21 


 And then...also on Friday the 28th of March 2014, at 7 PM~Founder and Producer of KG Shine Productions, Gish Guardian, will be reading a few scenes from her original play, "The Magic City". This play follows the life of famous artist, Thomas Gainsborough, and his time in Bath and London in the 1700's. Please join her for a listen, discussion and perhaps to discuss your involvement if you wish to be in the full production later in the year. Or just come to listen and learn some new facts about the Age ~ of opulence, gossip, beauty, scandal, art, love, and romance. http://slurl.com/secondlife/LEA2/108/81/21

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The [Void] ... A Walk Through Darkness


The [Void] (moderate)

There is a dark world inhabited by those who pass the night hoping for oblivion. Those souls whose insomnia dominates their lives, or those who have nightmares so vivid that they avoid any attempt at slumber.


The [Void] (moderate)

Storm Septimus has created an installation on LEA27 which is a walk through their darkness. It is dedicated to the sleepless.

The [Void] (moderate)

Between the waking world and dreams lies the void ... Most move freely between the worlds ... Some linger neither in one world nor the other ... Desperately seeking the release sleep brings ...

The [Void] (moderate)

Get your hints & tips at the landing area, follow the bright chain ... well until it disappears. Recognize the importance of a heart and keys.

This life isn't easy, but there can be a glorious beauty in darkness!

The [Void] (moderate)

Monday, March 17, 2014

The {Lost} Garden of Sundarya Lahari

The {Lost} Garden of Sundarya Lahari (general)

The first chapter of the story of The {Lost} Garden of Sundarya Lahari opened in February on LEA13. The artist Xineohp Guisse shares the following story:

According to myths, the Ancients discovered a botanical species; a kind of reed that was capable of resonating a sound frequency when touched. The Ancients harvested these reeds and created a meditative and spiritual garden.

Quite by accident, the Ancients also discovered a symbiotic creature to the reeds; which they named the Pentapuss. The Pentapuss has the same form and biological structure as the reeds, and fed off the soundwaves made by the reeds. In doing so, their movements amongst the reeds nurtured the growth of the reeds to maturity.

The {Lost} Garden of Sundarya Lahari (general)

The build is based on live sampling of (Xeneop's) cello "plucking". Each "reed" in the build, upon collision, produces a specific note.

(It) is made up of two chambers on two towers:

1. An interactive chamber where avatars can move around, collide with the reeds and make their own music.

2.The main chamber; where the musical notes are being produced in a total unstructured fashion by the random collision of the creatures "the pentapuss". The creatures move/dance in an absolute random algorithm and upon collision with the reeds, the reeds produces the sound of a single note. Being executed in a completely random fashion, a musical score is created that is ever-changing and evolving... never the same.

The {Lost} Garden of Sundarya Lahari (general)

Chapter Two: The Akasha Mechanicum is now officially open as well.

…..and so the story was told; that many moons had passed, and the Ancients had built their garden of tranquility - a place of musical beauty providing solace and much enjoyment.

A wondrous creature rose from the waters one day. With fear in their hearts and in haste, the Ancients captured and killed the “beast”.

The Ancients realised, that in their foolish haste, they had killed the mother to the creatures they had so lovingly nurtured, and that Mother had only arisen from the depth of the blue waters to the call of her younglings.

So the Ancients built the Mechanicum - to keep mother alive so that her species live on……

The {Lost} Garden of Sundarya Lahari (general)

The immersive “treat” is underwater - The plant-like structure emits particle spores, and upon approach or when a Pentapuss is near, the larvaes “hide” and get “petrified” within the egg-like structure of the plants.

There is a beautiful book available at the landing spot - make sure you collect your copy! New chapters will appear throughout this 5 month residency, and they promise to be equally stunning.

The {Lost} Garden of Sundarya Lahari (general)