MisaKaory’s The Way I Feel in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Now open at Club LA and Gallery, curated by Fuyuko ‘冬子’ Amano (Wintergeist) is The Way I Feel a selection of images from the portfolio of MisaKaory. I’m actually getting to this review a little late, as the invitation got buried in my inventory, and so offer apologies to Misa and Fuyuko;  but I do recommend a visit before it draws to a close.

“Photography gives me a lot of emotions,” Misa says of her work. “Sometimes it is too exhausting, when you can not sleep at night because you keep thinking of some idea for a photo. It seems the idea came and you get it all together and press the shutter, but you are still dissatisfied. So you keep looking through the viewfinder to find the right angle, lighting, waiting for the moment… And then suddenly, here it is! Often it is a completely random person that you have caught in the frame, a bird or a gust of wind. The feeling that you get after taking the photo you like is just wonderful! The world that we see is infinite, but we remember only some moments that have given us a strong impression.”

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Support Feed A Smile at Nautical Smile in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Nautical Smile is a special event being held at Holly Kai Park in aid of Feed A Smile / Live and Learn Kenya.

The event marks the first major fund-raiser to be held for Feed A Smile at Holly Kai Park, which was adopted as the park’s new charity in February 2017.

Organised and hosted by Rossini Events, Nautical Smile will take place at The Pavilion, Holly Kai Park, and will feature 10 hours of music starting at 11:00 SLT, and finishing at 21:00 SLT, with one hour sets from some of Second Life’s top DJs, and live performers.The live performances at Nautical Smile will include a “double Dutch” back-to-back paring of singers from the Netherlands, Thera D and Hedy Patrucci-Collazo, who will be appearing at 12:00 noon and 1:00pm respectively. They’ll be followed by Akilikos Singer at 2:00pm, and Sal  from 3:00pm. The entire event is sponsored by Meerkats Estates….

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VWBPE 2017: Above the Book and taking a peek | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

The 2017  Virtual Worlds Best Practice in Education (VWBPE) conference will be taking place between Wednesday, March 29th and Saturday April 1st, 2017 inclusive. A grass-roots community event focusing on education in immersive virtual environments, VWBPE attracts 2200-3500 educational professionals from around the world each year.

A press day for the event was held on Sunday, March 19th, but due to physical world things, I ended up unable to attend. Therefore, this little sneak peek at things is coming a little late – although you can have a little explore around the conference regions yourself, as they are now open through until Sunday, March 26th.

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The Photo Game in Second Life: Proph and a Pey | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

In February 2017 I wrote about The Photo Game, an intimate exhibition of art hosted at Boudicca Amat’s An Uncertain Destiny (which you can read about here). It formed the in-world continuation of an idea Boudicca and fellow artist Ricco Saenz started on Flickr in the latter part of 2016, where they would each choose two on one another’s compositions and comment on them.

In-world, The Photo Game has expanded to three images apiece for each pair of invited artists, and for the inaugural February event, Bou and Ricco took to the stage. For March / April, the spotlight has shifted to two more artist / photographers, one of whom has the last name of “Pey” …The Photo Game: me, as selected by ProphTo be honest I was thrilled, surprised and apprehensive about things when the invitation arrived – and apprehension turned to a feeling akin to panic when Bou revealed I have been paired with Proph (burningprophets); a man with a talent for weaving a tale with his images, and an eye for composition and framing which far surpasses my own.

I was instantly drawn to the three pieces I’ve selected from Proph’s portfolio both because I was instantly attracted to them and because they all encapsulate his skills so beautifully. The three are: Never Hide Your Heart, Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful and If You Miss the Train I’m On. I’m not going to comment further on them here, as I have already written a fair essay on each, but all three are genuinely remarkable pieces, and well worth contemplating – so I do encourage you to go along as see them for yourself….

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Art Is… Rhythm in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Art is… Rhythm is a collaborative arts installation now open in Second Life. Led by Dunt Gant, it involves Daco Monday, Kicca Igaly, Nessuno Myoo and Paola Mills, with a concert series presented by Ahnue Heartlight.“

Rhythm is a progressive succession in the order of things,” Dunt says. “In this installation, rhythm works as a subtle link between poetry (Daco Monday), dance (Kicca Igaly), and music (Nessuno Myoo), as shown by the three artists as 3D constructions. Paola Mills presents her vision of these three art forms by completing the 3D installation with her 2D photographs. As for myself, I tried to accompany these works with my presentation: a large 3D charcoal drawing, white and black, light and shadows.”

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Filling the Cauldron: Cerridwen’s Corner | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

We’re moving ahead with Filling the Cauldron, the event to support Elicio Ember and his family. Already the Design a Garden contest is filled and designers are hard at work. We’re also  receiving applications from DJ, entertainers, artists and volunteers na dahre still looking for more!

Work is continuing in preparing Holly Kai Park – so if you see bits of work going on her and there, please pardon any mess. Hopefully, things are only having minor tweaks, so you should notice too much changing!

In fact the biggest change is to the Storyteller’s Circle in the south-east corner of the park. The tree circle and the paths have been removed to make way for Cerridwen’s Corner, a store area where Elicio’s creations will be on sale, with all proceeds going to Elicio and his family.

Designed by Judi Newall using items created by Elicio to present a little corner of his home region, Cerridwen’s Corner. What’s more, not only will the Corner be selling many of Elico’s creations, if there is anything you cannot find there, a teleport will take you to and from his store at Cerridwen’s Cauldron, giving you immediate access to all of his items….!

 

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Designing Worlds visits One Billion Rising in Second Life | One Billion Rising in Second Life

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 6th March, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be returning to a very special event that happened last month – the 14th February One Biillion Rising in Second Life.We will be exploring the making of the OBR video. the work of the group 2Lei (a regular partner in OBR), as well as the poetry, the art and the dance events.

Our guests include Samantha Ohrberg, AvaJean Westland, Kess Krystal, Rubin Mayo, Adele Ward, Judi Newall, Aelva, Stevie Basevi, Tea Gupte, Akay Utu, and a whole host of OBR volunteers and attendees!

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Dathúil: an adult Private Sphere in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

The latest exhibition at Dathúil Gallery, curated and operated by Max Butoh and Lυcy (LucyDiam0nd), opened on March 4th, 2017. Entitled Private Sphere, it features the work of Prairie Kawashima, and encompasses adult themes, and so should be considered NSFW.“

For almost a decade, Second Life has been my refuge – a place of boredom, excess, love and inspiration,” Prairie says, introducing her exhibition. “Some of this incredible mixture that I keep enjoying so much has turned into a river of self-shots (including occasional homages to my closest friends) that has  found its way to my Flickr account. Other things will forever remain private. Private Sphere is a selection of mostly unpublished pictures that have been between these two categories for some time.”

On display are 29 images laid out in a maze-like pattern in the lower floor of the gallery. The central theme is avatar studies with a focus on bondage and / or nudity – hence the adult nature.Some of the bondage is explicitly shown, with several images featuring shibari / kinbaku, with the focus purely on hemp-style rope, others featuring more westernised approaches of restraint: manacles, stocks, cuffs, etc.  Where bondage is not the focus of an image, it is sometimes implied through the curls of rope on a bed or the flow of chains across a sheet, while several of the poses include suggestions or hints of submission….

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Cica’s Under the Sea in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Under the Sea, Cica Ghost’s latest region-wide installation in Second Life opened on Friday, March 3rd. It is in some ways a follow-on from her previous Frogs, in that it has a decidedly aquatic lean.“There is a strange world under the sea,” Cica informs visitors, who arrive on a wooden platform, open on three sides and lacking a roof. A brief set of instructions are provided on how best to enjoy a visit (in short, enable Advanced Lighting Model and make sure Shadows: Sun/Moon + Projectors is active – Cica has taken care to minimise the performance hit with the latter as much as possible). Once done, follow the steps down beneath the waves, and discover that strange world.

Here can be found all manner of creatures, familiar and exotic. fronds of seaweed and forests of kelp undulate under the pressure of passing water; schools of fish hover at the edges of some of these copse-like knots of green, staring nervously outward. A great sea snail expands and contract, as if making its way across the sandy floor without moving. Other fish hover nervously at the empty eye sockets or under bleached ribs of even bigger creatures which have long since died, while splashes of vivid colour are offered by anemones, starfish and strange plants standing tall on cage-like roots….

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Hidden Faces in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Hidden Faces, now open at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery curated by Dido Haas, is an exhibition of photography by Monique Beebe. While no stranger to Second Life – she has been involved in the platform for the last decade – Hidden Faces marks the first public exhibition of her photography.

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The MadPea International Food Fair in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Now open through until Saturday, March 4th, 2017 is the MadPea International Food Fair, in aid of Live and Learn Kenya (LLK) / Feed a Smile. Featuring shopping, music via live performances and DJ and an art exhibition, the Food Fair has a very worthwhile cause in mind: to raise  L$9,879,000 (US $37,000) to fund the construction of a kitchen for impoverished school children in the Rhonda Slums of Nakuru, Kenya.

Creators and designers participating in the event include The Cube Republic, Little Llama, Vagabond, Riot, Plastik, Supernatural, Speakeasy Tattoo, Velvet Whip, Refuge, Serenity Style, Razor, RandoMatter, PFC, Nox, Nomad, NOeditON, Ninety, Minimal Jewellery, Mesh India, Lushish Poses, Kargo, Imeka, ITI, Lucas Lameth, Goose, Junk Food, Mello, Merak, Studio, Fiasco, Krescendo, Fetch, La Baguette, Entice, Duvet Day, Eve, Cutie Cakes, Etnia, Cwitch, Disorderly, Cubic Cherry, Chez Moi, Cheeky Pea, Black Bantam, Big Bully, Balaclava, Apple Fall, Atooly-Rockaroo-Gossip, Bellequipe Design, Identity, Adored, Drot, Senses, 1313 Mockingbird Lane and Vengeful threads.Each designer has made an exclusive item for the Food Fair (single item or a whole gacha set)  There will be decor to clothing, poses to accessories and plenty of food!  The sky is the limit but everything is for the same amazing cause…..

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The Photo Game in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Thus reads the invitation to The Photo Game, an intimate little display of art being hosted at Boudicca Amat’s An Uncertain Destiny (which you can read about here). And when I say intimate – I mean just that: a total of 6 images are offered, three by Boudicca, and three by Ricco.

As the invitation states, this is something of an interactive exhibition: visitors are invited to click the links either alongside or below each piece and read the comments, and also leave comments of your own.

The Photo GameThe images by Boudicca have been selected by Ricco, who also offers his own view on each piece – and Boudicca has done the same with the three images she has selected from Ricco’s work. Each offers an analysis of the other’s work based on the approach taken – both technically and artistically – in producing each image.Given that Boudicca and Ricco are both consummate artists, their comments also form something of an invaluable guide to technique and approach for those of us who are considerably less able in our ability to wield the camera and produce consistent, rewarding results. Thus, while small, this exhibition offer far more than at first might first seem to be the case, and makes for an extremely worthwhile visit. And if you haven’t done so before, take a little time to tour An Uncertain Destiny as well – you won’t be disappointed!

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CioTToLiNa’s rooftop exhibition in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

It’s been a while since Caitlyn and I last visited Art on Roofs at Solodonna Land, so it was with some delight I received an invitation to pay a visit to explore a new exhibition by an artist I admire: CioTToLiNa Xue.

I first encountered CioTToLiNa’s work whilst visiting an exhibition on Mistero Hifeng’s work at the same exhibition space (which you can read about here). Since then I’ve been captivated, and always enjoy seeing her pieces on display.Art on Roofs: CioTToLiNa XueSome 20 pieces are presented across the rooftops of Solodonna’s Art on Roofs exhibition area. All are quite exquisite and carry a narrative of their own. Some embody the intimacy of love, others reflect CioTToLiNa‘s cultural / political / ecological interests, others marry 3D work with 2D art – notably the three Moods pieces – as seen in the image above.

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The streets and paths of Anduril in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Anduril is a homestead region which has been designed as a collaborative piece between Asa Vordun and Marina Breen. I’ve long been a fan of Asa’s region design work, having first encountered it with Caprice and Easy A back in 2014, then following the development of Caprice, and after it, L’Arc-en-Ciel, which closed in 2015. So it was with a sense of anticipation that I hopped over with Caitlyn to see what this latest build might be.

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A special Valentine from Calas to you:) Tuesday, February 14! | Calas Galadhon Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a place to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Second Life? If so try Calas Galadhon:

Tuesday Calas Galadhon will be all dressed up for Valentine’s Day – hearts and flowers everywhere on the main sim and lots of romantic opportunities:) And, in the evening Calas is proud and honored to present a special Valentine’s Day Event: The music of one of SL’s very best performers and a man dear to our hearts at Calas Galadhon – Mr HammerFLA Magic!

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How to access 375,000 beautiful, copyright-free images from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art — Quartz

The sumptuous lips of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian queen’s face, and the plump belly of a 9th-century Mexican baby, are now at your disposal.

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has released 375,000 images of works from its collection, with no restrictions on what you can do with them. The images, all of art in the US public domain, were previously available online, but with some stipulations about commercial use. You can find them at the digital collection, with “Public Domain Artworks” checked in the left-hand column.“[The collection] represents 5,000 years of human endeavor, culture, and thought,” says Lauren Nemroff, head of digital content at the Met. She hopes people will create new works of their own, perhaps like these.

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A Special Week Begins – SILAS MERLIN’s Romantic Bouguereau Sculptures on Exhibit through February

Great review of Silas Merlin’s new exhibit:

Ce Soir Arts - Be inspired tonight!

silas-merlinWe got quite a lovely surprise this past weekend, when the truly exceptional artist SILAS MERLIN shared his romantic and elegantly beautiful Bouguereau Sculptures. Presently not for sale, these stunning pieces – each inspired by a special work of classical art – are available as GACHAs through 21 February at the very popular event The Chapter Four. In an exciting collaboration with The Chapter Four founder (the wonderful builder and creator lakua Arriaga), artist Silas Merlin (and his Silas Gallery), and Ce Soir Arts, these pieces are on special exhibit for the Valentine’s Month of February at Côte de la Mer Galerie.

Silas Merlin‘s work in pastels and sculpture is lovely and quite detailed. His eye for figures and shading is magnificent. His subjects are varied and presented in classic as well as unique settings, and he captures their spirit and beauty with…

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Wanderlust Bench Art Park ~ January and February

Review of the current exhibit at Wanderlust Bench Art Park

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The current art at Wanderlust Bench Art Park will continue to be exhibited until the end of February. The view has been changing with neighbor’s renovations, land sold and abandoned and some recent weird terraforming on abandoned land which might be coding errors or some strategy on the part of the Lab.

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Joining us is Ani Jung with three beautiful nature photographs.

The piece propped against the wall to the left gives a notecard with a timely philosophical quote.

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From left to right, by ChrysTeRox, Saul Goodie, Lynette Trinity, Elle Thorkveld and Mango Lassi.

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Soon we’ll have been here for one year. I’ve learned a lot taking care of this place and enjoy hanging out with friends here so I don’t begin to associate it only with working and communication tasks. Behind us on the wall to the left are the current destination posters with landmarks and then photography by…

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Angi Manners at DixMix Gallery in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

In Lust We Trust is the title of an exhibition of 15 images by Angi Manners (Anj4) which opened on Saturday, February 4th at DiXmiX Gallery, curated by Dixmix Source.A creator of avatar skins and co-owner of the Polar Bear brand of erotic poses designs for photographers, Angi regards photography as her passion. For In Lust We Trust – and as the title might imply – she presents a series of erotically charged pictures, together with three or four which veer more towards the sensual end of the scale than the erotic, but all of which might be considered NSFW.DiXmiX Gallery: Angi Manners

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Gallery Preview – Stigmatophilia | Fathom

Welcome to my exhibit “Paraphilia” being held in the Dominion Art Gallery, at The Dominion Femdom. This is my third installment in my weekly talk on this.

This was the photo that started the ball rolling for me. It was a feeling, after the first shot, I knew I had the photo I wanted and that I was going to be able to do the entire series.  I don’t know if other people have had a similar experience.  I had been both excited and unsure if I was going to be able to capture what I wanted, in a way that was more elegant than just a series of naughty photos.Here is a complete version of “Stigmatophilia”, you can see it better at the exhibit, alongside 8 other interesting fetishes.

♥I hope that you will come by the Dominion Art Gallery and see my show. It was a lot of fun producing, and I am very proud of the results.

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Light Reflections in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Light Reflections is the name of a full region installation in Second Life by Venus Adored. Spanning six levels, it is, as the name suggests, an experiment in light and reflections.Visitors start at the top of the installation, where sit instructions on how to set the viewer to best enjoy the experience. Unfortunately, the most important instruction is absent: visitors must have Advanced Lighting Model (ALM) enabled via Graphics > Preferences in order to see the installation correctly. Failing to do this will leave some of the levels apparently devoid of detail.

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