"Hand" post nine - Juniper
"It is not safe out there Flutter, come under with me." Flutter climbed under the blanket with Juniper and held her close as the opened the suitcase to show her. "So beautiful" said Juniper. "What do you think will happen?"
Flutter thought for a moment then replied excitedly while bouncing "I am not sure but I go first tonight!" The blanket rose a bit above the bed as she bounced and Flutter felt a burst of cold air invade the warm blanket world. "Oh lucky" said Juniper with just a hint of envy. "What do Dick and Jane say will happen?"
"They don't so we will have to make it up." Flutter put the prize back into her suitcase and gave Juniper a hug, before sliding out from the half light of Junipers blanket world.
part involves some old wooden planks assembled to the outside of the apartment building with a ladder to the next floor. We can see Flutter walking this portion pretending the hand mother gives her help in navigating the rickety planks. Flutter has naturally done this part hundreds of times and needs no help
|crossing to the Slinks building|
So I am an evil person. It is true. These parts are unforgiving and should the visitor fall they must start again unless they have come with a friend who can teleport them back up. One of my philosophies when creating an immersive environment is that the visitor must feel a sense of engagement to the extent that they fear for the themselves to some degree. In other stories people could actually "die" in my artwork and would be sent out of the story. While this one isn't that ruthless, it can be stressful to walk the wooden planks knowing that a fall would still be
|A PowerPet and its owner|
Along the way we find a few more sleepers. One has long since run out of food in his canister and now sleeps in bones. On a comfy rug on the floor beside them lays
|The Obese man|
We move along and see a candle with an ant trapped in amber. Clicking this brings us to the story of Elliot Amber. I am going to talk about Junipers comment
"What do Dick and Jane say will happen?" and Flutters reply "They don't so we will have to make it up." at a later post. It is an exchange that
Juniper is a character seen in previous works such as Imogen and the Pigeons and the Singularity of Kumiko. Each character that I create is a representation of a part of me. They are not all of me, but a sliver, or a piece. Juniper has a poem which defines her which you can see in the machinima below. She hides from the world as people do in many forms around the world, but also, as is my focus, in the virtual space. This is not meant to be critical of those who hide, the beautifully broken. I have never been one to blindly swallow the comments of those who suggest the virtual space creates this. The simplistic mind uses a broad brush to define others. Juniper may be seen as being broken, but to me she possesses heightened empathy and an a sensitivity lacking in others. She doesn't want to Twerk nor does she need to be seen by everyone. She sees and craves the root or heart of a maelstrom which spins and obstructs, she sees past the world and its distractions to the one simple thing she desires most. To hold hands under the blanket with someone she loves.