Monday, November 30, 2009

Art 21 feature on Second Life artists

Nettrice Beattie from Second Life wrote a wonderful piece for the Art 21 blog which is tied into the PBS tv show of the same name. I am very flattered to have been included amongst some very talented artists in the feature. This is an important event for Second Life art as its a high traffic blog outside of our own internal second life media. It talks about what is possible using a virtual world as an art medium, and will open the eyes of many new people to the art we create here. We are all aware of the wonderful work being done on this new frontier, but I would love if those who run Art 21 knew just how passionate the SL community is about what is happening here. So I would ask a favor of those who like what we are doing. Please go to the site and leave a comment if you can. It will show them that the article was a success and that covering second life art is something they should consider in the future as well. I don't like asking you to do this but I really do think its important for the health of second life art.

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Rabbicorn story in a book

Click on the book above to go to the site that prints it.

About a year ago I was told that a second life resident made a book about my Edward Gorey build in Second Life. I was led to a website called blurb and sure enough there was a book there and I proceeded to buy it. I was prepared for a crappy book to arrive, perhaps done on a restaurant napkin, but instead was very pleased to find it bookstore quality. I knew at that point I would one day use blurb for one of my stories. I think on some level I just want something physical to hold that contains the things I have made in second life. Things feel so temporary sometimes.

Anyway, as Christmas is coming I decided to try and warp my nieces mind with the "gift" of the Rabbicorn story. She is admittedly only 3 years old and wont really understand it, but I am hoping as years go by she will appreciate it on deeper levels. My greatest hope is for her to one day come up to me and say "I never realized how warped that story was... you are so weird" Then maybe she will start an all girl punk/bluegrass band called the Rabbicorns and play to sold out stadiums eventually creating world peace. But for now I am just going to give her this book and ignore the fact that its fairly inappropriate. I am creating this post because some of you have asked for it in book form and so here it is. I make a few dollars off of each sale but it is by no means a money making venture. The book can be previewed somehow by clicking on it.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Condos in Heaven

Condos in Heaven

     Nur Ophuls offered me a semi permanent location to exhibit one of my works and after a very short time I decided that I missed Condos in Heaven.  Condos originally was created for Burning Life in 2008 and contained one building.  Later the University of Kentucky hosted it and with more prims I was able to add a second building to further the story a bit more.  And now Nur Ophuls has stepped forward with even more prims and I have added a third building.  It is one of my favorite conceptual builds that I have done and if you have not seen it then please come here
     The build has a special sky setting and you are able to plug it in at the landing point in the black room.  If you are an Emerald viewer user then you are in luck.  The creators have placed my sky setting in there already! all you need to do is go to world-environment settings-sky settings-Bryn Oh's Condos in Heaven sky or an even more foggy  Bryn Oh's Condos in Heaven sky#2

The build is based off the poem you see as you arrive.

An Astrobot with fame
sent the probes away
now the newspapers proclaim
"We found Heaven today!"

Hadraniel stood at the gates to Heaven
raining death for six days
upon all until day seven
when they brought out the heat rays

I watched it unfold on the Internet
beautiful Cassiel with golden hair
he was captured and sold as a pet 
to a wealthy billionaire

The war is done
the condo's rise
what resources are here to consume?
Sariel appears with tears in his eyes
at the window to my bedroom.

     I decided to redo this machinima as the older was has some things which bother me a bit.

     Condos in Heaven is about what might happen should the human race find a physical way to reach heaven.  What would we do?  The story takes place in the future where the human race accidentally discovers Heaven with a simple space probe.   With our advanced technology we no longer see Heaven as a sacred mystery.  We can achieve the miracles that once were the sole domain of God.  We see it as potentially lucrative real estate for both living and raw materials.  We mobilize and go to war.  Once the human race realizes that Heaven exists they then begin to look for Hell.  Satan is found and he is suspected of harboring and protecting God.  Two unlikely allies.
    In this build the adverts laying around are meant to slowly build up a background for what the human race is like in this future and of course the build is attached to the other narratives I am working on. Condos in an ongoing build and this is the latest installment.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Virtual Build Archive

"The Virtual Build Archive is the joint project of Gala Charron (Tamara Russell) and Lainy Voom (Trace Sanderson).

The aim of this site is to document through film and narrative some of the most beautiful builds within the virtual world of Second Life. We hope over time to build the site from a small acorn into quite an extensive catalogue of in-world created content. Both Gala and Lainy will take it in turns to create a video of an inspiring build and present it on the archive site."

Above is what is written on the Virtual Build Archive website. I really like the way they are creating this portal to remember those builds which are here now, yet may well cease to exist as is the transient nature of second life art. But beyond that I really like the professional manner in which they are done. Over the next little while I will show those machinima they have already done. I think its a really worthwhile project that Lainey and Gala are doing and if you like what you see then go visit the site.

Alexander Beach - Inspired Architecture from The VBA on Vimeo.