Opening Today: Virtual Americana

SL photographer Gabrielle Swindlehurst is already a long time one of my favorites. I am glad that she opens her exhibition today at Art India Gallery.

For the series Virtual Americana she visited American themed sims.

Opening today 12-2 PM SLT featuring DJ Eif (Eifachfilm Vacirca).

Taxi: sadly gone


Sneak preview: Two Openings Tomorrow

Art India Gallery (curated by me *cough*) is happy to announce the opening of a third exhibition:

FRIDAY 31. @ 12-2 PM SLT:


About the artist: Having studied literature and journalism, Gabrielle spent her early years on SL avidly roleplaying and admining on combat sims. When her urge to kick things faltered, she started posting the pictures she was taking on flickr. Encouraged by her contacts, she really started enjoying photographing, building and texturing. She has been involved in a few decorating projects as well as some exhibitions. She likes working on SL because they make it easy to control what she wants to show. When in RL can you move a wall to improve a composition? She likes the editing process. Starting from an imperfect image and improving it to her liking.

Her "Virtual Americana" exhibition is based on images taken on sims representing SL's largest population. 


Updated build 010 by William Weaver
William's work finds more and more appreciation in many blogs and therefore we are happy about a growing number of visitors. He decided to update his work with photos never seen before on his Flickr. Some of the photos are all set on sale for 0 (ZERO!!!) Linden.

Updated build 010 by William Weaver

The beautiful and much appreciated show 'Best of Eyecandi' by Fiona Leitner is still running at the landing point. Take the TP from there to the other exhibtions.

Opening tomorrow, Friday at 12-2 PM SLT featuring DJ Eif (Eifachfilm Vacirca).

Taxi: sadly gone
Take the TP to 'build 010' and 'Virtual Americana' at the landing point!

After that, the next opening is waiting:

FRIDAY 31. @ 2 PM SLT:

Betty Tureaud: ARAL SEA

Colorful Dust

Betty Tureaud about the Aral: Formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world with an area of 68,000 square kilometres (26,300 sq mi), the Aral Sea has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects. By 2007, it had declined to 10% of its original size.

Trying the cars with Betty Tureaud
The lighthouse shows photos about the drying lake. It is really a tragedy for the nature and influences the climate worldwide. But Betty makes as always the best of it. At the ground of the lake you can get a bumper car which can fly as well. The huge dust of course has "Betty colours". Our trial was much fun!

Opening tomorrow 2 PM SLT with a concert by Ultraviolet Alter!

Taxi:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife//126/103/3293


Fantasy China goes Real Art

I like the Fantasy China Dynasty Land and the work of Alial Allen and Stone Ryba since I joined SL. Stone Ryba did much efforts on creating classic Chinese building  components and clothes, which he sells in the store. Currently the sim is rebuild and the buildings changed from Tang to Ming Dynasty. How do I know? The roofs are green instead of yellow. As I pointed out in the discusssion with Bryn Oh, more than 1.000 years of art history is about defining the techniques. The motifs always has been the same. Luckily the ancient art is still alive in China but even better that there is contemporary art too nowadays.

Tang Lady
Stone Ryba, an artist in RL too,  is running a great project. He is building an art village in China which is called black wood and is almost finished. The art village will be open to artists from all over the world to live and work there. Some Chinese artists has joined the village already.

The related website Gaudi Art is an online auction platform aims to serve original Chinese artists, that includes core business such as online artwork auctions and also offline artwork transactions and auction activities.

Some of these works are sold as well in the gallery in the Fantasy China sim. 1.000 Linden are a few changed in Western money but much more in RMB, the Chinese currency.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Liberia%20Isle/111/110/31


From Dark To Bright And Back

ArtEdLand again has 2 interesting new installations:

Nessuno Myoo proves again how strong a work with "just" prims can be. The installation is dark and spiced with black  humour. In Nessunoo's words: "A strange coincidence - The ambiguous nature of a bullet's trip, fatal for some, providential for others... " Really a must see!

Very nice is the setting with La Baroque's beautiful works.

Taxi to installations: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Myhns%20Land/53/42/24

My outfit is the beautiful Gaudi mesh dress and  Gulnaz jewelry set from Trill Zapatero's collections BoHo HoBo and Meena.

Taxi to BoHo HoBo and Meena: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Trillia/231/7/2001

I should not forget to mention as well Nessuno's installation at the great cube project: "The Sentinel - It's the wonderful story of a Machine from the past that we have lost the memory, and that at some point becomes only one thing  with the ancient wonders kept around him. Epic of the infinite and silent waiting ..." It looks as if limitations  never can stop him to create a meaningful and heart touching work. Being able to do this under strong limitataions reveals true mastership. Impressive as so much in the project.

Nessuno @ Cube:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA18/80/128/21


Need Holidays? Las Islas!

You will not often read here about beaches and palms. It is too much cliche for me and I bores me to death in SL. But...the four sims of the Las Islas group are so well done, that it is a real joy to explore them.

It was a feeling like holiday on a Spanish island. Really worth a visit!

Taxi:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Las%20Lagunas/54/139/21


The Cube Project: Machinima

Here a great machinima taken by JJccc Coronet:

The Beauty of Purism

By PatriciaAnne Daviau
The interview with William Weaver for the exhibtion at Art India Gallery made me aware, that we sometines are too much focused on the discussion about sculpts and meshes. One should not forget about the boundless possibilities of the simple cube.

By Haveit Neox

By Maya Paris
It was a great idea of Bryn Oh to curate a 5-day-build with only black an white cubes. More than 20 artists contributed on 20 LEA sims from LEA10 to LEA29.

By Bryn Oh
By Pixels Sideways
Secret Rage made me aware of the project. She made a machinima of her build at LEA25.

I am far from having explored all, but I am already overwhelmed by the variety of ideas.

By Pol Jarvinen
Open August 22nd. to September 1st.


Many Artists @ Steampunk Fleamarket

Yesterday opened the Steampunk Market. Many nice items to see!

I was especially pleased by the range of artists. I found: Fuschia Nightfire, Yooma Mayo,  Nik Gandt, Harter Fall,  Firlefanz Roxley,  Daruma Boa,  Toysoldier Thor and Samina Mortensen.

The Fleamarket is running 1 month.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ataria/62/157/23


Harter Fall @ Studio 33

Harter Fall is busy with the upcoming MadPea game, but he found time to create some new works.

They are displayed at Studio 33.

"IN THE END WE ARE ALL PATTERNS" opens today, Saturday at 1 PM SLT!

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20Conservatory/223/45/1514



One Year Quan's Travelogues

One year ago I started to upload the first travelogues which I had previously on note cards. My goal was to hit 40.000 clicks but the summer hole let me missing it. But more than 39.000 is not bad either for the first year, I think.

For the jubilee day I have nothing special, but a nice place to explore: Thematic. The sim has much beautiful places as well for couples and even tastefull designed skyboxes to rent.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunset/104/133/56


LEA25 Closing Party with Ultraviolet Alter

Today is closing day of the LEA grants.

 Pol Jarvinen invited Ultraviolet Alter to play her best live music.

Ultraviolet Alter by Tim Deschanel
A must for all fans of electronic music! Today at 2 PM SLT.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA25/148/124/1727


Want a Cake?

In Torley's Flickr stream I found photos of the small bakery.

It is really a paradise. I bought cheese cake and got a cherry pie at the lucky board.

Taxi:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Quartet/174/23/21

Video: three rooms - build 010

William Weaver has taken a video in his 'build 010' at Art India Gallery:

In case you cannot watch it (for example when you are German and blocked by the :@ GEMA) here are links to the same work at Flickr in three parts:


The videos have already much nice comments at Flickr. I like especially those of Spiral Silverstar:

"No one can do More with Less than YOU, William! Love it! More, More!! :-)"

"UltraFab! ::insert jealous face here::"

Taxi to the exhibtion: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shekhawati/215/28/35


Pimp Your Oss to Party!

Sadly all current LEA grant sims are closing August 15. for the next round. Time to say say goodbye to some great places.

And time for another unforgettable party! Already the opening of 'CelebTitsOff' was huge fun, much laughter and made me ending like that:

I still have my inventory packed with much funny items and attachments I got in the installation. And this time, Maya Paris, expects us to decorate our own oss if we want to. From her invitation: "Party-time! We're having a TitsOff Party closing party on Monday 13th August from 2pm SLT until we drop. Everyone welcome. Pimp My 'Oss - full perms 'Oss for you to modify and wear. Looking forward to seeing your creations!"

I had much fun pimping my oss. Not to expose too much I can already say that I will look spectacular! Get your own full perm oss to pimp here; just click the sign: http://slurl.com/secondlife/LEA10/78/125/3405

Don't miss that fun today, Monday at 2 PM SLT!
Taxi to Party zone: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA10/73/123/3032


Gallery Hopping on Sunday

Again I want want to share with you some smaller exhibitions which are worth to see.

Let's start with Morlita Quan's installation at Two Shores Gallery of Fine Art. It has some nice ideas and is really fun to explore.

Turn on sounds and enjoy!

Taxi:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Magna%20Carta/243/60/501

Kicca Igaly has a nice work at Maryva Mayo's gallery: "The mystery of the lighthouse"

Taxi:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hugo/207/188/1263

ArtEdLAND is an Italain education sim. Currently they are showing artworks by Giovanna Cerise, Damiax Thor, Myhns Mayo and Nexuno Thespian.

Nexuno Thespian

Giovanna Cerise

Damiax Thor
Damiax Thor built 3D sceneries on paintings by Giorgio De Chirico. Click on them and they open up to 3D.
Myhns Mayo: Hommage to Fortunato Depero

Taxi:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Myhns%20Land/56/83/24