Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Path - Opening October 14th






     I am excited to announce the opening date for a new project called "The Path".  It will be October 14th.  The LEA will be opening a set of sims with each being curated by a member of the LEA.  I was given the opportunity to do something with one sim and decided on creating a collaborative narrative based off of the principle of the exquisite corpse sometimes used by the Surrealists.  If you can imagine this was the group who are believed to have worked together on one.  Yves Tanguy, Marcel Duchamp, Jacques Prévert, Benjamin Péret, Pierre Reverdy, André BretonMax Morise, Joan Miró, Man Ray, Simone Collinet, Tristan Tzara, Georges Hugnet, René Char, Paul and Nusch Éluard.  Essentially each chosen artist adds to a composition in sequence.   I invited eight artists whose work I admire, some have worked in SL for ages and are well known, while others less so but equally talented.  Each artist was invited to stand on a coloured box and once all were ready I rezzed a chart which listed the sequence of scenes in a narrative by colour.  Not sure if the Surrealists cared about the random start but it seemed like a good idea.  So if red was first on the chart then the artist standing on the red cube would begin the narrative.  The artist who goes first begins a story.  Imagine something like this  "There once was a darling little girl named Gretchen.  One day while playing in her room she heard heavy steps coming up the stairs to just outside her door.  She quietly got up and peeked through the keyhole and saw..."  Then artist one passes that off to the next artist in the sequence who reads it and continues the story.  Artist two then passes it off to artist number three and so on.  We have all been working hard for a month now and most are still busily crafting their scene.  We did a walk through last night and the variety was wonderful.  I really think this may be something people talk about for a long time.  I personally couldn't pick my favorite scene last night as each excelled in some area or another.  And that to me is a very good sign.

These are the artists involved with the Path, as well as the order.

I have put a link to each name so you can read an interview or see something each has done at one point or another.  It really is an all star cast and I want to thank all for working so hard on this project when I know they are quite busy with other things.  After the build opens we will invite machinima artists to tell the story as they see fit and show those works here as well.

1-bryn oh
2-colin Fizgig
3-marcus inkpen
4-desdemona enfield / douglas story
5-Maya paris
6-claudia222 jewell
7-scottius polke
8-Rose borchovski

I will also be making some very important announcements in regards to the LEA.  We have negotiated with Linden Labs and have achieved something that will give art organizations and artists new opportunities.
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