Category: Cyberspace

musical playground

Musical playground: Radiola

A Musical Playground on Opensim

Radiola is a project by Radio CiBiGiBi dedicated to music and art. It’s a musical playground of imagination with a quirky atmosphere, enriched by the thoughtfully selected track collection on the CibiGibi music stream.   The easiest way to access Radiola on opensim is probably through Hypergrid at vps228543.ovh.net:9000. With plenty of creativity scattered across its regions, its definitely worth exploring, even if it sometimes takes a few tries to get there.

musical playground

musical playground

musical playground

musical playground

“I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Indie Music Machinima

Indie Music Machinima – I Found You

Indie Music by Luluc inspires at Netherwood.

Indie Music Machinima

Created by Lauren Bentham, Netherwood is a beautiful virtual retreat based on the real English Lake District.

“The Lake District (or Lakeland, as it’s often known) is by far and away the UK’s most popular national park. Every year, some 15 million people pitch up to explore the region’s fells and countryside, and it’s not hard to see why. Ever since the Romantic poets arrived in the 19th century, its postcard panorama of craggy hilltops, mountain tarns and glittering lakes has been stirring the imaginations of visitors.” – Lauren Bentham (Info card on Netherwood sim)

The song in this Machinima film is Luluc – I Found You, from the album Dear Hamlyn (2008).

Luluc – I Found You from Cybertwigs on Vimeo.

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The Escher Experience: Entropy III

The Escher Experience at Entropy III

Entropy III Quantum Satis by NaTaS Janus is now open to visitors at LEA16. The Escher Experience places you into a dramatically etched city of prims, a playful interpretation of Escher’s graphic works. The center courtyard features an impressive rendition of Escher’s Relativity, and the free anti-gravity walker completes the labyrinthine effect.

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There’s also a gift shop filled with fun souvenir giveaways, and a very quirky café, monochrome donuts fresh daily.

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Then again, if you’re looking for something a little more Dali-meets-Lady Gaga, you’ll want to explore the rest of Entropy III, the Grotto will give you a surprisingly contrasting adventure.

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If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see? -Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

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Retrospective: A Creative Galaxy

Retrospective: The Creative Galaxy of Barry Richez

The Creative Galaxy of Barry Richez

Retrospective, now showing at LEA6 through March 31st, by virtual artist Barry Richez. A creative galaxy that offers a vast number of installations and sci-fi inspired environments to explore, Retrospective will appeal to visitors who enjoy vivid colours and interactive works. Information about the artist, a destination guide, and fun spacesuits are available at the welcome area. Read Ziki Questi’s Post for more about this LEA Core project.

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“Everybody has a little bit of the sun and moon in them. Everybody has a little bit of man, woman, and animal in them. Darks and lights in them.

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“Everyone is part of a connected cosmic system. Part earth and sea, wind and fire, with some salt and dust swimming in them.

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“We have a universe within ourselves that mimics the universe outside. None of us are just black or white, or never wrong and always right. No one.

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“No one exists without polarities. Everybody has good and bad forces working with them, against them, and within them.” – Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun.

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Fading Masks Poetry and Virtual Art

Fading Masks: Poetry and Virtual Art Collide

Fading Masks, Where Poetry and Virtual Art Collide

The latest virtual installation by Haveit Neox, Fading Masks, is open until March 31st at Berg by Nordan Art. Haveit Neox’s style is unique in that it often blends poetry/narratives with visual creativity and sound, a thoughtful process that results in a captivating experience. Fading Masks is a work complete with its own poetry and soundtrack, both also by the artist. See Million Happy Endings for an enjoyable review of this installation.

Although the installation was accompanied by its own gripping narrative, my personal impression of the work leaned towards this quote, by Haruki Murakami:

Fading Masks Poetry and Virtual Art

Fading Masks Poetry and Virtual Art

“Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts.

Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn’t something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you.

Fading Masks Poetry and Virtual Art

Fading Masks, by Haveit Neox, creativity that incorporates Poetry, Sound, and Art in a thought provoking virtual installation. VW creativity, cybertwigs.com

“So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn’t get in, and walk through it, step by step. There’s no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That’s the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine.

Fading Masks Poetry and Virtual Art

Fading Masks Poetry and Virtual Art

“. . . And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over.

But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” – Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore.

Fading Masks Poetry and Virtual Art

Fading Masks Poetry and Virtual Art

Cica Ghost - Beginners - Virtual Art

Beginners (A Virtual Art Installation)

Beginners, a new installation by Cica Ghost, plays with perspectives visually and symbolically. Grab a spot on the train and take in the scenery, as everyone looks towards distant horizons.

Open now at Night Atoll.

Cica Ghost - Beginners - Virtual Art installation

At times the world may seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe that there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough. and what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey.”
Lemony Snicket

Strings - Creative Installation

Strings (Exploring Creative Virtual Spaces)

Strings by Cica Ghost. A creative new installation that merges whimsical charm with a thoughtful musical backdrop, highlighting Vitamin String Quartet. Cica’s lovely scenes are a joy to explore especially with the accompanying music.
Cica Ghost at Strings
Cica Ghost at Strings.
Music, uniquely among the arts, is both completely abstract and profoundly emotional. It has no power to represent anything particular or external, but it has a unique power to express inner states or feelings. Music can pierce the heart directly; it needs no mediation.
― Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
Cica Ghost always has new projects on the horizon, so it’s a good idea to experience them before they are replaced with her latest work.

Reduced Territory

In City Inside Out, Haveit Neox presented an emotional contortion of space, stripping the city of indoor refuge.

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Now, the distortion continues, and nature is gasping for space.. Reduced Territory, a thought provoking installation by Haveit Neox, open through August at Wolves Land. Haveit’s own vivid words at the installation add a crucial layer of insight to the work. See for yourself, while you can make it.

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Little solace comes
to those who grieve
when thoughts keep drifting
as walls keep shifting
and this great blue world of ours
seems a house of leaves
moments before the wind.
Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves

 

Dreamers – A new virtual art installation

Dreamers – A new virtual art installation

Cica ghost captures poetic moments of her whimsical creativity at Dreamers.

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I am a dreamer. I know so little of real life that I just can’t help re-living such moments as these in my dreams, for such moments are something I have very rarely experienced. I am going to dream about you the whole night, the whole week, the whole year.
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, White Nights

DistritoDistinto (A Musical Installation)

Music inspires a creative team of virtual artists at DistritoDistinto (Anniversary of Different District)

..Featuring work by Bryn Oh, Cica Ghost, Maya Paris, Giovanna Cerise, Betty Tureaud, Eupalinos Ugajin, Rebeca Bashly, JadeYu Fhang, Alpha Auer, and Romy Nayar. An imaginative journey of musical ekphrasis, open now through August 13 at MetaLES.

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“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
― Maya Angelou

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Haveit Neox - City Inside Out

City Inside Out

Wander through a world of stories, written along the walls of a labyrinth turned inside out, to reveal its hidden layers of reality. City Inside Out, an exhibit by Haveit Neox, now at LEA20.

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There was a sky somewhere above the tops of the buildings, with stars and a moon and all the things there are in a sky, but they were content to think of the distant street lights as planets and stars. If the lights prevented you from seeing the heavens, then perform a little magic and change reality to fit the need. The street lights were now planets and stars and moon. ”
― Hubert Selby Jr., Requiem for a Dream