Amazed in Space

If there is a kind of art in Second Life that amazes me most, it is particle art. There is only a handful of artists who do shows and one of them is Kikiri Tuqiri. She did an amazing show at my wedding in the Lefevre Mansion. If you missed it, see photos and machinima in this post: The Wedding

Last Sunday Kikiri presented her latest show "Kikiri's Adventures in SPACE".

Kikiri plays with many different settings from emotional and touching to funny. The scenes are designed to match the chosen songs which are all related to the theme and are ending with them.

The result is an entertaining show which got a lot appreciation and applause from the huge audience.

I really recommend to join one her shows, especially when you never have seen a particle show. To be updated about show times you may send an IM to Kikiri Tuqiri and she will be happy to add you and to send note cards with invitations. Or you bookmark her schedule website.

Kikiri's Schedule online: http://kikiart.homestead.com/index.html

Next show:
Kikiri's Adventures in SPACE August 31st. at 5:PM SLT

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Key%20West%20Island/132/103/3001



Some artists who studied art in real life and did a lot to learn do not like to hear it, but especially in Second Life are some autodidacts which created remarkable works. That could be due to the fact that the virtual world is a new media where everyone has to learn how to work with.

When it comes to painting it is a bit different. I cannot count how often I stood shuddering in front of awful paintings of laymen with lack of talent and even more of practise. When I see weird proportions, twisted perspectives and limbs I know why painting has to be learned.  But the the self perception of some autodidacts is far from reality and they rather blame the world of ignoring their genius instead of having a more critical view on the own works.

Emma Watts is layman but far away from all that. Everything in her images is right - right to let us take part of her painful internal life where art maybe is the only way to let it out and give her agony a face. She seems to know all sides of it and is able to let us relate. And maybe the anonymity in Second Life helps her to open up more as she would be able in real life.

You might know the saying "Genius is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration." Sweat can come from hard work or from fears, suffering and panic. Emma Watts payed -and I think as all really good artists- a high price for the quality of her works.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Koala%20dAlliez/145/154/22


Stairway to Heaven

The meaning about Angels is for sure very controversial. For some they are helpful guides and protectors, for others they are just a fairytale and do not exist.

Abel Paulino, Adreano Constantine, And Silverblade, Cullum Writer, deborakaz, Nino Vichan, Pol Jarvinen and Sunset Quinnell as artist and organizer contributed to this installation. Walking through my feelings where mixed not just because I liked some works more and others less.

I suddenly understood that images of beings who are energies in our life easily can reflect the pictures we had in our imagination as children about god and angels and so fast look less serious to us. From that perspective it is smart to disallow images of "god" as happens in Islam or Zen Buddhism.

Nino Vichan pulls us back to earth and combines beautiful classical drawings with shocking facts.

The music at the installation has been composed for this event by And Silverblade. It creates a relaxing and contemplating atmosphere as the whole exhibition.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA4/128/127/801


KAGAMI - The Game

Usually I log in to Second Life for working: blogging, organizing, supporting, curating, meetings and stuff. I cherish the hours when I take the time to play in SL as today.

Kagami is an excellent made mystical game. At the entrance you take a HUD and choose your language.

What is the story about? The latest rumour in the school was: "Hey, you know what? At midnight, put two mirrors facing each other. Then you can see your future spouse in the mirror!" Most stayed suspicious, but Kasumi does not come back the next day to school. What happened to her? Did she try a mirror?

You as her friend decide to go after it and while researching you are wrapped up in a mystical and melancholic storyline in the world between life and death.

What is in the mirror?

It took me about 3 hours to pass through part I and II and I enjoyed it. It is not too hard for unexperienced gamers like me and I love the story. The HUD allows to come back anythime and to go back to the place where you stopped.

Don't forget to donate and to check the nice mall to buy something. Events like this should be supported!

Open until August 31st!

More about Kagami: http://kagami2014.wix.com/secondlife

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hakoniwa/151/127/22


ART IN HATS: Two Machinima

I Think it's not only me who is sad that ART IN HATS is over. Luckily two nice people made machinima at the event. Big thanks to Schanie Akina who filmed the exhibtion and to NicoleX Moonwall, who took pictures at the fashion show as far as it was possible with the lag caused by over 80 avatars during the show. She made three parts! Hugs to both!

by Schanie Akina

by NicoleX Moonwall

Part 1

Art in Hats 2014 from NicoleX on Vimeo.

Part 2

Art in Hats 2014 part II from NicoleX on Vimeo.

Part 3

Art in Hats 2014 part III from NicoleX on Vimeo.


Taka no Sakura

Sayouri Yuhara and Sakiko Shilling are running this Japanese themed sim with breahttaking landscape.

Here is really a lot to explore. It feels like holiday. You will wander up and down the mountains.

On me: Neon Stripes Lemon/Orange Dress + Chained Pumps Orange Juice by Glow Designs for Trend Fashion Fair,
On Scatter: Aloha Edge Outfit by Bravura for Great Summer Bash Fashion Fair,  Soca Fedora Toco by Couture Chapeau

Skin:  Imara.Linen.Scripted by Dulce Secrets, Hair 42 by Analog Dog,  Mesh Nail "love Panna cotta" by pulcino,  Circles Necklace Orange Gold by 22769 

The sim has a slight autumn mood. I am in love with the colors here.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Midnight%20Dream/112/150/41


Photography in Second Life

Photogtaphy is an important and huge part of art in Second Life. Recently opened some interesting exhibitions which should not be missed. At the end of this post I present 2 photo compilations which give a broad overview of SL photography.

Sabbian Paine

"World in my Eyes" is a great show with different themes in Sabbian's unique style. And he proves he is one of the best in Second Life.

Fae Varriale

On the same sim one of my favourite photographers has a small gallery with old and new works.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Transylvania/239/238/31

Freyja Merryman

Freyja's work is always a bit fairytale. Love it!

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Angel%20Manor/103/109/29

WuWai Chun

WuWai's exhibition opened last weekend at the Rose Gallery. She loves the same as me in SL. Exploring "Somewhere in Second Life". But while I need words to describe she is able to take incredible photos of the places.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Angel%20Manor/75/109/29


This photographer was new to me. This exhibitions is at the Rose Gallery too. Excellent!

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Angel%20Manor/133/85/29

And here two compilations of SL photography which has been just released:

Angle works Volume 1 #3

Joseph Nussbaum just released part 3 of his collection.

Photography August 2014

A huge compilation by Joa Oh with almost 400 pages.


ART IN HATS Contest Winners

ART IN HATS 2014  was an overwhelming success. A big thank you to Chloe Seljan, owner of this sim, who invited me and supported ART IN HATS with so many things. And thanks to Emma Portilo who organized the charity auction and 2 fashion shows. Especially the last one was one of the best I ever saw in second Life.

ART IN HATS displays 99 hats and related photos, but also13 one of a kind pieces for the Charity auction and 19 hats for 10 Linden, 14 freebies and not to forget the free contest hat.

The contest hat was a simple bowler, which had to be decorated and to taken a photo with it. 22 Visitors contributed their works with an amazing creativity.Thank you to all who took part!

The winners has been found by public voting and by a judges panel of the organizers and the prize contributors. The votes has been on very different works as really a lot where great, but we fornd 3 clear winners at the end.

1st Prize: Mr. and Ms. Hat by DanyLajolie

2nd Prize: Nature by ClaireDiLuna Chevalier

3rd prize: bowler bhat by Gardenia Malheur


Congrats to all our winners!


Last Day Of ART IN HATS!

A special event comes to its end. Today is the last chance to get one of the more than 100 hats. Many of the artist pieces will not be available any more.

You should not forget too to bid on the one of a kind auction pieces and you might be curious who won the visitors contest.

2 great artists provide the music at the closing event: Lisa Brune and DD

Join us at 1 -3 PM SLT!

1 PM Lisa Brune
2 PM Inauguration
2.15 PM DD

3.00 PM Ending of Charity Auction


Gallery Hopping

Here a couple of  current exhibitions which one should not miss:

Closer Looks 

Melusina Parkin amazes again with the purity of details. Amazing!

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mexico%20MX/139/60/20


Betty Tureaud's builds are always playful. Watch the moves of the frames...

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healy/112/31/117

Exhibition Moya

This exhibtion exposes a bit more as usually that Patrick Moya's work is not only pink and funny, but has dark sides too.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mexico%20MX/226/31/20

La Notte - The Night

Kicca Igaly + Giovanna Cerise are celebrating 4 years of Artemis Gallery with one theme that both inspired to poetic installations.  I always liked the delicate "ghosts" by Kicca Igaly. Is this one at the photo a dream of the sleeping person or a guardian angel? And Giovanna's ist not that clear and structured on 2nd view...

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/RothKo/28/242/21

Control Shift R

A fascinating gid of almost 15.000 prims. The name "Control Shift R" refers to a funstion in the SL viewer which makes the wirefram visible and this installation reminds of a wireframe. But the grid follows  mathematical rules too. Frome the LEA Blog: "This 3D Wireframe Grid - the Isotropic Grid - extends in all directions to Infinity. Find the elevators on the ground that go up and down thru the whole structure."

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA1/129/123/21


Event Today: Leave Your Hat On!

With only a few days left, it's time to present the final dramatic showing of the Art in Hats displays presented this year. Before you know it, the auction hats will be sold, the artistic photos will be removed and the hats of the event will be forever gone. Come share one last formal presentation of these amazing creations and celebrate the best of art and fashion.

With 80 artists/designers and over 100 hats, this is the largest display of unique and beautiful hats in SL.
Please feel welcome to join us and come see what will make this a fashion presentation, not just a fashion show!

Today at 1 PM SLT  Don't miss it!

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Boutou/94/68/21



As usually Cherry manga leaves meaning to the visotors in her latest installation "Faith" but ob closer look ist it obvious that her personal point of view regarding religions is more than critical.

The veil with crown is to be found as dollarbie at ART IN HATS

The Madonna scares with her face tattoos.

The installation is a wild mixture of religious motifs in a spectacular surrounding which leaves the items as they are for many: Just some glorious decoration...

Scatter is wearing: Outfit Professor Plum by Lybra for TMOF, hat JfL/Bravura Boater, glasses GOS
Me: Dress Miss Peacock  for TMOG, The Roses Crown by 22769 for ART IN HATS, Ginger Heels by Miss Canning

Scatters and my outfits by Lybra for "The month of Games" where the perefect match!

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Dark%20Swamp/36/26/28


Tearing Down A Gallery

What I really like with Neox is that he is always able to make the best use of a given space. Those who know my little gallery shop at Aakriti Arts will recognize the structure of the "Influence Art Gallery", which is very interesting but also dominant.

Haveit dares to tear down the building to tell his story and as always it works and moves the visitors. In Haveit's words:

Because it is profitable.
I can do what I wish with what is mine.

Because it is profitable.
I can do what I wish with what is mine.

My outfit is the beeautiful Lady Fatale by Sonatta Morales for TMOG

What he is mentioning here is the tragedy of Christianism as well as all cultures with monotheistic religions - the wrong thinking of owning mother earth instead of acting as guests. The future will show if mankind is able to change fast enough...

Opening today at 1 PM SLT feat. DJ Jim Perhaps

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Koala%20dAlliez/30/214/30


A Hot Day

You may be aware that I did not blog a lot the last few weeks. Apart from ART IN HATS there was holiday season and some exciting changes in RL but everything is going back to normal now. So, imagine today is one of the few extremely hot days in Germany. Too hot to go out. We closed all doors and windows. As most Germans I have no Air-Con as it is useless for the handful of really hot days here. I am sitting, sweating and thinking this Sunday afternoon is the perfect time for a blog post as I am sooo behind. Besides the hard working fan of the computer the only sound is of one of these awful fat flies that you only hear at these days.

And do you know what? When I arrived at MetaLES to visit RomyNayar's latest installation "El Laberinti Perdito" (The Lost Labyrinth) I exactly heard that fly sound first! A good start to visit a scary place. At the entrance is a warning: "If you decide to delve into the Lost Labyrinth, your deepest fears and defects will take your control . You will live them again and again and again and...again...
No one has gotten out ..."

Now it became dark in RL too and I still found no way out, but stumbled over many small, scary installations with some surprises....The fat fly is not the only nightmare.

My beautiful outfit is creatd by Lyrical Bizarre for "The Month of Games" which I am going to blog tomorrow

Highly recommended! Make sure to hear local sound and to click all.

Taxi: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MetaLES/245/249/24