Monthly Archives: March 2014

On Saturday, March 24, 2014, SL photographer Maloe Vansant opened her exhibition titled “Creating Illusions” at the LX Gallery. Sadly, I couldn’t be in two places at once – I was already at the press premiere of Paradise Lost in Second Life (perhaps the most ambitious and significant artistic production in Second Life for this year) and at the reception that followed, so I regrettably missed the opening of the Maloe’s exhibition.

Maloe Vansant's "Creating Illusions" exhibition at LX Gallery.

Maloe Vansant’s “Creating Illusions” exhibition at LX Gallery.

I’ve been following Maloe’s uploads on Flickr for quite some time now and I must say she never fails to impress with her artistry, her skills and her approach to her subjects. Her SL photographs, dream-like, evocative and even eerie in equal measures, conjure images of eroticism, deep emotions and even dark thoughts – desires, fears, anxieties, always with impeccable aesthetics and great sensitivity, through a masterful interplay of light and shadow, selective focusing, tight framing and, where appropriate, judicious application of film grain effect. The exhibition features relatively few photographs, but they do provide a useful glimpse into Maloe’s portfolio and artistic and emotional world.

You can also read an e-booklet with some information on Maloe and what inspires her on Calaméo and, of course, you can purchase her art. I could find no mention, however, as to how long the exhibition will run. I recommend that you visit this beautiful exhibition and also keep an eye on Maloe’s work, past, present and future.

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Poster for Paradise Lost in Second Life; premieres on April 5th, 2014.

I’ll begin with three admissions on my behalf: First of all, I don’t consider myself to be particularly well-versed in English poetry, not least because I’m a citizen of neither the United Kingdom nor the United States – or of any former British colony. I’m better suited to speak about my country’s poetry, with which I am much better familiarised. Second, I’m not well-versed in classical music – in fact, classical music is not something I go out of my way to listen to; my tastes in music are usually far more contemporary and, if you like, more pedestrian than that. Third, I’m not a particularly religious person, although the writings of the Scriptures are not alien to me.

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UPDATE: I’ve added links to Strawberry Singh’s tutorials and windlights for this effect. Many thanks to Uccello Poultry for pointing me to Berry’s work.

On the internet, it is relatively easy to find a multitude of stunning photographs taken within Second Life and its OpenSim clones, regardless of whether these photographs have been post-processed or not. The advent of Windlight made it possible for SL (and OpenSim) to offer spectacular atmospheric effects, which have made certain kinds of post-processing less necessary. However, there is a certain effect that both Second Life and OpenSim lack: mirrors. No mirror in Second Life is functional at all – they’re just silver-coloured textures, sometimes with a decorative frame around them… And they don’t do what you’d expect from a mirror.

Are there any chances for working mirrors in SL? Not really. The subject has been brought up several times during Oz Linden’s Open Dev User Group meetings, and the answer is always the same: too many calculations, and it would be likely to destroy performance. So, don’t hold your breath.

However, there is something you can do to achieve this effect without resorting to complex methods involving custom-made poses, camera-locking scripts and post-processing like Laverne Unit did. Yes, her results are nothing short of stunning, but going to such lengths for a photoshoot is something many people will shy away from, and I can fully understand why. The method described here is much simpler, although you’ll need a bit of preparation.

It’s a method that was first discovered by Oracolo Janus and documented (as his blog is now no longer available due to the closure of My Opera) by Zonja Capalini. This effect has also seen frequent use by Whiskey Monday, who’s produced some truly exquisite images with it.

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basilique-logoThis springtime is certainly going to be quite interesting in Second Life, as there is a good variety of events for people to attend; charitable fundraisers, artistic exhibitions etc, in addition to the multitude of parties that are organised all over the grid- then again, one might argue, there has never been a shortage of events in SL. However, some of these events stand out for the sheer amount of work that goes into making them happen, and for the complexity and ambition of the work undertaken.

Sadly, RL obligations have prevented me from blogging about many events, places and exhibits I had the good fortune to visit – and one should also need to add as a… “bonus” obstacle the fact that my main computer, the one I use for practically everything, both RL- and SL-related, is a laptop with a rather sub-par graphics card that doesn’t quite take things in its stride at the more visually appealing graphics settings, especially when the region being viewed is not sparsely decorated and/or populated.

One of the most ambitious and anticipated in-world events is the Basilique Performing Arts Company’s upcoming season of Paradise Lost: The Story of Adam and Eve’s Original Sin, which, as I wrote earlier, will premiere on Saturday April 5th, 2014, 13:00 SLT. Demand for tickets has been such that a second premiere has been arranged for Sunday April 6th, 12:00SLT (noon). For a thorough presentation of the technical aspects and challenges faced by the people behind the show, see Inara Pey’s interview with Canary “Becky” Beck and Harvey Crabsticks. I believe her conversation with Becky and Harvey should help you understand why I say – without even a trace of hyperbole – that Paradise Lost is among the most ambitious artistic and technical undertakings in Second Life.

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Now, as was announced on Monday, SL bloggers are given the opportunity to see the show ahead of its premiere, at a special invitation-only performance that will take place on Saturday 29th March, 2014, 13:00SLT. There are few, limited places for the preview, so it is highly recommended that those interested register early – not all applicants will be invited.

Now, registering your interest will not only give bloggers a shot at previewing the performance of Paradise Lost. All bloggers who register their interest in attending the preview performance will also:

  • Receive a complimentary ticket to attend a performance of Paradise Lost. Together with the ticket, they will also receive custom-made audience mesh avatars created by Sian Pearl. The ticket’s value is L$1000; 50% of these funds will be donated to the WWF’s Adopt a Gorilla programme, which aims to protect mountain gorillas.
  • Receive the Paradise Lost media kit, which includes all the necessary information to write a post on the show.
  • Have their blog listed on the three websites that are dedicated to, and associated with the production and also have their name and their blog’s URL added to the official information kit and programme.
  • Have the choice to participate in the Paradise Lost Blog Hunt, which will commence on April 5th and run through April 12th, and their blog’s details will be shared among the Basilique’s list subscribers, whose number exceeds 2,000.

So, regardless of whether you are invited to the preview or not, you still have reasons to register your interest with the Basilique Performing Arts Company. All you have to do is follow the link to the registration form – the sooner, the better.

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Reblogged from Canary Beck’s “Songs from the Coalface” blog.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – (Please Reblog)

March 5, 2014 – The Basilique Performing Arts Company today announced the most anticipated theatrical event of the year: Paradise Lost in Second Life will premiere on Saturday, April 5, at 13:00 SLT.

Tickets for this – and every – performance are limited to 40 and the Company predicts that tickets to sell out swiftly. Tickets are available on the Second Life Marketplace for L$1000 a seat on a first come first served basis. Half of all ticket sales will be donated to the WWF Adopt-A-Gorilla Program.

Tickets are also now available for every show in the Premiere Season – 12 performances – running from April 12th through June 21st.

All ticket holders to the Premiere event are invited to the Red Carpet Event, where they can meet and greet the cast and take part in photo opportunities starting from 11:00 SLT.

Dress code for the Red Carpet Event is Formal (Black Tie and Gown). Wearing audience avatars (enclosed in tickets) is encouraged and required once the performance begins.

A second performance one the same weekend is scheduled for Sunday, April 6, at 12:00 SLT.

The Premiere of Paradise Lost in Second Life is sponsored by MIAMAI and L’Amour Nexus University of Fashion.

MiaMai: Paradise Lost’s first sponsor!

The Sunday Show is sponsored by Solidea Folies and machinimist Forren Ashford.

Paradise Lost in Second Life Premieres: Saturday, April 5

  • PDT – 13:00 (e.g. San Francisco)
  • CDT – 15:00 (e.g. Topeka, Kansas)
  • EDT – 16:00 (e.g. New York)
  • UTC – 21:00 (e.g. London)
  • CEST – 22:00 (e.g. Berlin)
  • EEST – 23:00 (e.g. Athens)
  • AEST – 06:00 (e.g. Sydney)

Paradise Lost in Second Life Sunday Show: April 6

  • PDT – 12:00 (e.g. San Francisco)
  • CDT – 14:00 (e.g. Topeka, Kansas)
  • EDT – 15:00 (e.g. New York)
  • UTC – 20:00 (e.g. London)
  • CEST – 21:00 (e.g. Berlin)
  • EEST – 22:00 (e.g. Athens)
  • AEST – 05:00 (e.g. Sydney)

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