Thursday, June 3, 2010

Lady Carmagnolle

Lady Carmagnolle is one of the characters on Immersiva. In her hand she holds a rock that will play the below video if you click it.

The idea behind Immersiva is that its an abandoned theme park which was centered around the use of robots. The robots were the attraction. It became unsustainable and the human owners abandoned it. As a result there were many left over robots who would wander the park looking for a purpose to their existence. Characters like Willow and Angler Girl live there as well as all the robots on the Carousel and others themes like 26 tines. The only humans who now come there are those who catch and dismantle the robots for salvage parts to sell. Some of the stories, such as with Willow or Irrevocably, are about hiding from these salvagers and the depth of companionship or humanity the robots develop which in some ways surpass that of the humans who created them. Others like Angler Girl must lure then steal the batteries of other robots in order to survive, sometimes despising herself for doing so.

     Lady Carmagnolle was a performing robot at the theatre on the island. She was fitted with strings to make her resemble a marionette, but they were merely ornamentation for her last show. After the theme park was abandoned she remained on the stage with her lighting robot. Slowly the theatre collapsed with age and her strings rotted away. She would climb up and retie the strings in an attempt to keep the only identity she had ever known intact. Lady Carmagnolle was also very lonely. She would gather rocks that were close to the stage and draw faces on them pretending they were birds who had lost their wings. As her memory chips grew old and filled with sand she began to create her own world in her mind. A fantasy where when it grew overcast and the rain washed away the faces she drew on her rocks, she would instead imagine that her friends had grown new wings and found happiness with their own companions in the sky.



The music for this machinima was created by a very talented composer by the name of Justin Lassen. He has produced remixes for artists such as Madonna, Garbage, Blue Man Group, Lenny Kravitz, The Killers, Lady Gaga, NIN, Evanescence, as well as numerous projects for the film and game industries. And he very graciously let me use the track. And some very good news for Second Life is that Justin has come in world as the avatar Darklyinclined Hummingly (thanks to ColeMarie Soleil) and has been inspired to compose work by Immersiva and Straylight sim. Our virtual world art inspiring first life artists?  Professional curators like Aino Baar bringing our work to the World Expo?  Now if only some other curators would use some vision.  My previous post showed the effect that professional sound composition had on 7 days magic bakery, so imagine a sim owner commissioning Justin to create a custom soundtrack. It would be stunning.

6 comments:

Trindolyn Beck said...

Good lord, Bryn... could anything be more sad and beautiful?

ColeMarie Soleil said...

YAY FOR BRYN
YAY FOR JUSTIN
Yay for music :D
yay

Natsuki said...

amazing. so moving, so beautiful.

Anonymous said...

the obsessively commercialized west, like your abandoned theme park, has become unsustainable, and while our theme park of plastic and wires (including this machine we send our missives through) is still burgeoning rather than abandoned, we also “wander the park looking for a purpose to [our] existence”. Your art, these words, the Lady’s song and birds are our wanderings. It’s rather exquisitely/touchingly beautiful the depth of human experience, aging, fear of death, insanity, longing for love, that you distill in your creations. Not to many months back, the theater of a good friends life collapsed, and I found myself variously climbing/sinking into memories to attach or sever the strings of our bond when one morning a crow, suspended in flight, wings upturned, feet down preparing to land hovered out the window and burst away as quickly as it appeared. Life is like that, hovering one second, black, shimmering, here and then whoosh gone. The Lady has her sandy chip reveries of birds and so do I, though in my overcast mind the Goddess of Crows (that’s my new name for you) sent me a reminder that life is still shimmering. Thank you even if just to my crazed conception of your powers.

Gone

The butterflies would like to stay
through the snow but dawn and dusk fly them and flowers will not wait.
Though you seek the children of
the days to be born not a one will you find undying tomorrow. Moon after moon water comes and goes
grain after grain we drift through time.There where fire smokes the sky today in days past a billion breathing things.

Bryn Oh said...

Thanks everyone and very nice words Semaj, I appreciate that.

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