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Nantucket, Nantucket!

Posted in Architecture, Music, Paintings, Photography on May 9, 2008 by HD Artists

The town of Nantucket is actually a group of three small islands off the coast of Massachusetts – Muskeget, Tuckernuck and Nantucket. The second Life version of Nantucket is a darn good re-creation of this beautiful old town, with its marina, shops and homes. Downtown SL Nantucket

If you compare the above picture from a picture of the real Nantucket:

Live Nantucket

You can see how good of a job they have done. All that’s missing are the trees (more trees!) and the cars (fewer cars in real life!). There is also a concert area, featuring music by many artists – folk, classical, and I understand that it has become a popular place to play. Not surprising, considering the high quality sim here.

Flivelwitz at piano

Most of the shops – well, all of the shops – are dedicated to painting and design. The shops are comfortable, warm and inviting, something that is often missing in the Wal-Mart sized shops that you often find around Second Life, and, in fact, in our real world. I think we have lost that in our loud, intrusive world today – quiet streets, small walkable towns. We seem not to mind living in cities that look like the backside of a strip mall.

a shop

inside

There are beaches, lighthouses and a marina. There are also houses for rent for the eternal summer season.

Nantucket Marina:: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Nantucket/91/65/21/

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Ars Virtua

Posted in Paintings, Photography on April 21, 2008 by HD Artists

 

ars virtua museumThe Ars Virtua Project is directed by James Morgan, is a project concerned about the distinction between the real world and the virtual world, and how we interpret it (or them). One thing they take advantage of is that one can literally (or should I say “virtually”?) build anything in any direction, or create non-human avatars. Which brings up questions that I am wondering myself – since we can build pretty much anything we want, why do so many people spend a lot of time rebuilding the real world in Second Life? How can we create native art in a synthetic universe?

 

The Ars Virtua program goes a long way in this direction. While parts of the museum act like a normal regular gallerymuseum – presenting paintings and photography, the pictures are real life photos of the players dressed in the style of their virtual trappings! A conflict of the intersection of the real and non-real, using the virtual museum to present the other side – another section is filled with glassy reflecting whirls, scribbles and colors, not giving the patron to chance to know which way is “up” or “down”, if this indeed exists in a virtual environment.

what's going on!I really enjoyed my visit there, I watched the movies, I got lost in the mirror-like rooms. But be warned, it can be graphics intensive.where's the virtual popcorn?

 

 

 

Visit the Ars Virtua Museum in Second Life, visit the website on the internet (is there a difference between internet and virtual worlds?), or join their guild in World of Warcraft! You can find more info about all of that at the website.

Ars Virtua::

Permanent Collection::
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Dowden/42/54/52

Streaming Museum::
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Dowden/11/18/72

Website::
http://arsvirtua.com/index.php

Ginsberg Art Center – The Grand Gallery

Posted in Paintings, Photography on April 20, 2008 by HD Artists

 front of galleryThe Grand Gallery,  part of the Ginsberg Art Complex, is a huge 12-floor structure packed full of photography, paintings and sculptures. Artists are given their own section to set up displays, and I spent a long time wandering around, looking at works by Citizan Zhao, Gracie Kendal, Saban Spoonhammer, and many many more. It was indeed easy to wander around – the stairs are conveniently located and there is an active teleport system. I would have liked to learn a bit more about the person behind the artwork, and this was, however, no where to be found (or if it was, I didn’t see it in evidence).

 

The music leaves something to be desired, I don’t usually wander around a museum listening to the strains of heavy rock. Perhaps they could look into talking to contemporary composers, like, well, like me. I mean, we can buy rock music pretty much anywhere, but where can you get new music? Yes, I know the argument – “I can’t make as much money selling “contemporary music”, well, you open up a museum full of excellent modern art, what’s wrong with matching it with excellent modern music?

 

All in all, a worthwhile trip. I will be looking around this art complex more, as it seems to extend outwards around here.

The Ginsberg Art Center:: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Ginsberg/185/152/42