Great review of Bryn Oh’s The Hand
I’ve visited Bryn Oh’s Hand at Immersiva at least five or six times. I use the Lab Viewer on a low-end laptop with an often poor internet connection. Also I have a serious chronic illness that affects my experience in world. In the past I’ve found Bryn Oh’s sim exhibits to be inaccessible; I simply wasn’t up for dealing with them.
Many of the posts on this blog are about art exhibits. Often the avatars I chat with bring up Bryn Oh’s name and they hold her work in high regard. I’ve listened to them, looked at Flickr photos taken at Immersiva and left the visiting and posting to others.
One of the avatars on my contact list, a lovely sort whom I met at one of Squonk’s exhibits some years ago, is on the list for the sole reason of an offer to help me navigate a Bryn Oh…
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Hand will open tomorrow December 10th. Phemie Alcott will be playing live at 12 noon SLT. Again I would like to thank Phemie for composing a song for the machinima trailer based on conversations we had about the story for Hand. I think she did a fantastic job absorbing the mood and it was a pleasure to create the trailer around her song. The musician named Haze was also very helpful by layering in ambient sound to Phemies track. Great job you two. I also would like to thank Bellimora, a wonderfully talented scripter, who made the hud for the work and essentially helped with any scripting that was beyond me.
Scripting and me don’t get along Flutter and Handvery well. If scripting were a person and both of us were at the breakfast table at the same, then you would just hear the clink of cutlery. If we passed in a hallway, then we would pretend to have a message on our phone we had to look at immediately. If we both went to the theater to watch the new Star Wars movie, well we probably wouldn’t sit together.
If you are able to then please put in the windlight settings, shadows and use Firestorm viewer. The directions are at the landing point. The hud will attach to you automatically and the pages for the story will appear this time when you walk close to a scene with Flutter (the main character) in it.
Not all scenes with Flutter have a page but many do. The hud also has a text to local chat button if english is not your first language. Just click this to send the chat to local and then copy/paste it into an online translator. There are seven pages to the story and I hope you will enjoy it.
After three months or so of writing and building, my new artwork “Hand” is ready to open. It will open December 10th (which is a terrible time to open something other than Christmas related work as Linden Lab will be promoting all those very soon). There will be a special concert by Phemie Alcott at 12 noon SLT. Phemie, along with some additional sounds by Haze, wrote a wonderful song specifically for the artwork which you can hear in the machinima trailer above which I created for it. She is one of the phenominal talents who reside in our virtual world, and I was fortunate to have her take the time to create something for me. When you arrive there will again be an experience to accept (If you accepted one of mine before you won’t need to) and on the wall some settings to put on the shadows with projectors. Firestorm is the best viewer to use as I have used a feature which lets me change the windlight sky by altitude. So some floors of the building have different windlights and they will trigger if you use Firestorm.
There will be a narrative in a hud and this time the pages will appear when you walk within the proximity of the main character named Flutter. You will meet her in a subway sitting on a bench to start. There are lots of little hidden things as usual and I am going to limit the amount of avatars to try to keep lag down.
Sadly I am not sure how long this work will stay up this time. As my work takes longer and longer to create as it gets more complex it means that people don’t come to the region as much as I am building it. An unfortunate side effect of that is I don’t receive tips towards paying tier during the build process which was three months and translates to $900 USD. For the first time in 8 years I don’t have tier rent for next month. So if you can afford to tip then please do so that Immersiva can stay open.
Join us tomorrow for the Pink Art Ball at Rock Your Rack from 5pm to 6pm slt! This event will feature live performer Sam Quenda and we will have a special raffle that contains 3 pieces of artwork from Bryn Oh! Formal attire is required. 100% of the proceeds will go to Rock Your Rack: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/City%20of%20Concord/96/226/29
Great spotlight on artist Bryn Oh from MadPea!
Today we’re announcing Unia will be staying for the foreseeable future. Yes! We’ve listened to what our lovely Peas want and we’re extending Unia to allow old and new players to enjoy it.
To celebrate this we caught up for an interview with one of the many artists who collaborated with us for Unia, none other than Bryn Oh!
Your Dreamscape in Unia is so memorable and haunting! Where did the inspiration come from for your piece and what in particular about Unia caught your imagination?
Thank you. The inspiration came from building fishing hooks for another project called the Singularity of Kumiko which I was making at the same time. As I built the hooks I would daydream about hooks in general, their many uses, functions and so on. We think of them as for fishing, impaling a worm on them to lure a fish. But there are also…
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Artist Bryn Oh is about to create something new, but you still have a few days left to view current exhibition:
Now that I have completed the machinima for The Singularity of Kumiko it is time to take it down and begin work on something new. For those of you interested in stats and juxtaposing a real life gallery exhibit vs a virtual world one then here are a few things related to this one. In my first life a gallery exhibit of my paintings would have an opening night reception of approximately 300 people and then would run a month with visitors each day dropping to around 30-40 at the start of the month to probably 20 by the end. I am going to be generous and say perhaps 1500 people will visit a first life gallery exhibit of my paintings over the course of a month. I would get one or possible two such exhibits a year and the majority of people who are exposed to my work this way are local to Toronto.
View Bryn Oh’s latest machinima, Singularity of Kumiko
Earlier this year I received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council to do a variety of things ranging from a gallery exhibit to filming a 30 minute machinima of my artwork called the Singularity of Kumiko. I have just finished the machinima! yay me. It has taken me quite a while and during the filming I realized that I had to build new scenes to help transition the story in different ways than the virtual environment. So there are some little parts not in the virtual environment portion of the story. I hope you will enjoy it and feel free to share as I am not particularly good at doing that. This story is the prequel to Imogen and the pigeons which also won an OAC grant a few years ago. You can watch it below if you want to see how they are tied together. I also would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council for their continued support over the years with three grants for my work in Second Life. It is very rewarding and encouraging for me to know that such an establishment sees the virtual space as a powerful and unique tool for creating art. I also want to thank all of you who faithfully watch or explore my virtual ramblings in art.
Source: Bryn Oh
We are pleased to announce our Anniversary Issue! At 294 pages, this is our largest issue yet! This issue features Bryn Oh, Indie Teepee Coordinator EvelynScarlett, alme Owner Chloelectra Resident, Swank Owner Adonis Lubomir, information about the 7th anniversary of metaLES, and a very special treat! As Windlight is about the arts, we have 50 images from our Windlight Artists, Contributors, and Artists in Residence. We also have images from our Edge Stylists as they showcase the latest summer fashion trends! Very special thank you to Jamison Burnstein for the cover image. Click the image below to view the issue:
Bryn Oh discusses her latest project, sims built for the US Military to fight PTSD:
Close to two years ago I was approached by Virtual Ability to create a four region build on Open sim for the US military. The work was to help soldiers with Post Traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) learn how to deal with various issues and to kind of integrate them back into society.
Orientation and presentation area
So imagine this scenario. And I should start by saying these are just my musings and don’t reflect the views of the US military or Virtual Ability. So a young man joins the army and spends four years or so in an atmosphere of brotherhood, an atmosphere that anyone outside this life can’t really understand. It is testosterone, but also they are indoctrinated into a way of life that creates the best type of soldier. A soldier who will never let those around them down, who is reliable and pliable. They are shaped physically and psychologically into a tool. It sounds negative but for the Army and their goals it is essential…
On July 1, 2016, the next issue of Windlight Magazine will be published! This issue is special in that it is our one year anniversary issue! As Windlight started with Bryn Oh on the cover last July, we have brought you more Bryn Oh for our anniversary issue! While you may be used to a full preview of our issues, for this special anniversary issue we will keep it a surprise as to what it contains! Check back on July 1st, 2016 to view our special anniversary issue, in the meantime, please enjoy the cover below:
Windlight Magazine is pleased and honored to be working with Bryn Oh on a new project! Details are below:
Becoming Bryn: Pivotal Works by Bryn OhBecoming Bryn: Pivotal Works by Bryn OhReview by Eleanor Medier / Liane Sebastian
he above link is to an insightful article written by Eleanor Medier on a few of my works.And for anyone who has been submitting images for Era Island.. google seems to be deleting some of them (but strangely not all)… just wanted you to know it was not me removing them.
And also! Windlight Magazine https://windlightmagazine.com/ will be doing a retrospective book on my artwork over the years. It will include images that I provide, but I would also like to open it up for others to send me images you have taken too. The only stipulation would be that the images show the work as they were intended, meaning using the windlight settings I provided and so on. The idea for the book is to show my work as I designed them. Below is a list of all my various exhibits since 2007.. each one will be represented if I can find an image for them. I have included some machinima to remind what they looked like… the older machinima (at top) are a bit dated as they were my first attempts but you will get the idea….
Second life artist Bryn Oh recently announced she has received an award from the Ontario Arts Council.Bryn, whose work is known and appreciated by many in Second Life, is one of 17 recipients in the latest round of grants awarded by the Council, and this marks the third such time her work in the virtual medium has received funding via a Canadian government grant….
Check out this great new video machinima from Bryn Oh, which was commissioned for real life musician, Megan Bernard:
Source: Bryn Oh: Clean up your life by Megan Bernard
Bryn Oh interviews Giovanna Cerise:
Inara reviews the new exhibition from Bryn Oh, “The Gathering” which I was fortunate to get a sneak preview of also. It is really amazing, check it out when it opens on December 1.
Bryn Oh’s new installation The Gathering, will be formally opening at Immersiva on Tuesday, December 1st. However, she has invited a number of people – myself included – to experience it a little early. And “experience” is precisely the right word to use here; not only is The Gathering typically immersive and engaging installation by Bryn, it also makes used of Second Life Experiences.
The landing point provides some notes on how to set your viewer, using Firestorm as an example. For those using other viewers, and who can manage it, the optimal set-up for the viewer is to have Advanced lighting Model active, and Shadows set to Sun/Moon + Projectors. It is at the landing point as well that you’ll be asked to join Byrn Oh’s Experience. It’s important that you do if you wish to enjoy The Gathering to the fullest.
Doing so grants the…
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Check out Bryn Oh’s latest exhibition, “The Gathering.”
Source: Bryn Oh
Bryn Oh provides more insight on her exhibition, Lobby Cam, in part three:
Source: Bryn Oh: Lobby Cam part three
Bryn Oh posts more background information on her current exhibit, Lobby Cam:
Source: Bryn Oh: Lobby Cam part two