The Sea of Cubic Dreams

Today was the third time I visited ALEGRIA Studio‘s dream-like and captivating exhibit “The Sea of Cubic Dreams” at LEA25 with the intention to take photos and write about it. The impetus for this came from the snapshots my friend Trinity Yazimoto shared on her SL feed, and from Honour McMillan’s recent post. I still have no information on their upcoming “Theater Night’s Dream” project, so I suppose they’re still working on it.

The great blood read Dream Mask at the Sea of Cubic Dreams. Please click on the image for a larger version. The full-size version can be found here.

The great blood red Dream Mask at the Sea of Cubic Dreams. Please click on the image for a larger version. The full-size version can be found here.

There have been changes, though. In previous incarnations (photos and coverage of which you can see on my blog and on my Flickr photostream), the Sea of Cubic Dreams was bathed in colours of blue and turquoise, immersed in a bright-shining night that made it a serene place to wander in. Now, the dominant colour is blood red; I’m not sure if there’s a symbolism behind it. Also, several additions have been made. But I suppose I’d better let the pictures speak for themselves.

The Sea of Cubic Dreams

The Sea of Cubic Dreams. Please click on the image for a larger version. The full-size version can be found here.

It’s still a gorgeous exhibit, which I highly recommend to anyone. As I had already written, there’s a fun little interactive element. I’m looking forward to seeing what else the ALEGRIA Studio’s people will come up with as they keep working on it, and I can only encourage you to watch this space. Also, do have a look at their SL Marketplace store, because they also make some very interesting fashion accessories.

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The Sea of Cubic Dreams.

The Sea of Cubic Dreams. Please click on the image for larger version.

No, nothing’s changed since my first visit to ALEGRIA Studio‘s beautiful exhibit “The Sea of Cubic Dreams” at LEA25. Their upcoming “Theater Night’s Dream” project is, as far as I can tell, still work-in-progress – so, this preview should suffice for now. If you want to learn more about it, read my previous article on it, or Inara Pey and Ziki Questi‘s posts.

The Sea of Cubic Dreams

The Sea of Cubic Dreams. Please click on the picture for larger version.

I have to admit I’ve always been a hesitant traveller in Second Life, not least because I’ve never had a really decent computer that would enable me to enjoy SL’s full potential; in fact, even merely moving around has been a chore for me when exploring richly-decorated and/or crowded regions. I think you can easily guess that trying to take snapshots that could hold a candle to those gorgeous in-world photographs from various well-known in-world travelogue blogs (like Ziki Questi’s, or Honour McMillan’s, or Quan Lavender’s, or Inara Pey’s, or Loverdag’s) was completely out of my reach. It was only fairly recently (two years ago, actually) that I started exploring more of SL – and, by exploring, I don’t mean the typical, cookie-cutter club/mall fare.

The Sea of Cubic Dreams

The Sea of Cubic Dreams. Please click on the picture for larger version.

Even so, few in-world builds have managed to keep me interested in them. Of the places I’ve visited, only a few have I bothered to visit again, and even fewer are my “regular haunts”. Now, while The Sea of Cubic Dreams certainly can’t become a “regular haunt” for me, because it will only be here for a few months, it’s a magnificent installation. In fact, I’ve liked it so much that, over the course of a single week, I’ve visited it three times already.

The Sea of Cubic Dreams

The Sea of Cubic Dreams. Please click on the picture for larger version.

Also, for someone with my tastes, it’s a shutterbug’s heaven. The colour scheme, the region windlight, the texturing, the arrangements of the cubes all across the region, they all conspired to make me want to come back, fool around with the cubes, and take more photographs each time. There have been only a few times so far that I’ve enjoyed snapping away so much.

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The Sea of Cubic Dreams at LEA25

The Sea of Cubic Dreams at LEA25. Click on the picture for the full-size version.

On Saturday, August 16th, the ALEGRIA Studio team opened its new installation at LEA25, titled The Sea of Cubic Dreams. It’s an interactive installation, and acts as a prelude for a larger work that will be presented there under the title of Theater Night’s Dream, which, as the team say, will be a surrealistic CG New Media art installation inspired by the theatre and the fantasy culture, the protagonists of videogames, the Cloud Atlas film and William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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