Posts Tagged 'Tezcatlipoca Bisiani'

A Farewell To Art


Sigh. It was announced a few weeks ago. Another closing, another goodbye to SL. This time the IBM Exhibition Space sims closed. I’ve been to most of the exhibits there, truly fantastic works of art. The Search for the Sy, Rabbicorn and so many other great exhibits. I LOVE the Rabbicorn. But to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. I am grateful to IBM, to Tezcatlipoca Bisiani and PatriciaAnne Daviau for the art, the sandbox and the wonderful times. I met so many talented and helpful people at that sandbox. The art simply took my breath away. These sims and the opportunities they offered will be missed greatly.

But Tez and PatriciaAnne are not ones to pack their tents quietly and steal off into the night. Oh my no. *grin* When they have life transitions, EVERYONE gets to share. So there was a 12-hour farewell party yesterday. Great live music, great DJ’ing, fun chat, dancing. And yes – you KNOW it was a good party because we crashed that sim. HARD. VERY HARD. *grin* It took multiple logins and reboots to finally get all the way back to the party. Because the party, of course, didn’t stop for anything as minor as a sim crash.

I took many many photos, trying to save memories of all the cool builds that were there. Other folk were doing the same. So many people dropped by during the farewell. For me, one of the happiest parts was seeing all my SL friends who now spend a great deal of time in InWorldz. (/me waves hi again to Astra!) They came back to celebrate. For it WAS a celebration. Yes, there was sadness and regret, but there was so much joy and delight in recalling the good times, the successes, the people, and all the positives that flowed from these sims.

Thank you again, Tez, PA and IBM. It was a great run. You brought a lot of good and joy into the world. We will miss the sim, but the sparks you lit will burn forever.
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Yes, Virginia, There is a Sandbox

(with apologies to Francis Pharcellus Church and the New York Sun *grin*)

I have mentioned my friend Tez here before. He is an extremely talented builder, scripter and artist, and I am proud to be on his friends list. Tez is the curator for the IBM Exhibition sims. I’ve written about the fantastic shows that have been hosted there. Tez is also part of the IBM Sandbox, which was on the IBM 6 sim. I’ve gone there with friends to build. It is full of both people and signs to help aspiring builders. There is always something happening there. Apparently the sandbox has moved, as have the exhibition spaces. It’s too late for you to attend the grand re-opening party (sorry, I was a bit pre-occupied at the time and didn’t share that info). But you CAN still attend exhibitions and work in the sandbox. And the NEXT time there is a sandbox party I will try to remember to invite you, too! *grin* In the meantime, you can find the eye-straining photos on my flickr account.

IBM EXHIBITION SPACE REBOOT! : VIRTUAL EVENT MARCH 3rd
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Website: http://exhibitionspace.org
Slurl: http://slurl.com/secondlife/IBm%20Exhibit%20B/135/225/31/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/exhibitionSpace
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/ibmexhibition/

IBM EXHIBITION SPACE REBOOT
Since 2006, IBM has maintained a presence in Second Life which has included the venerable IBM 6 sandbox, a home and training ground for some of the grids most talented builders, both IBMers and non IBMers, and the IBM 2 and IBM 3 Exhibition Sims. Through the operation of these areas, IBM has recognized that community building and social content creation are a key part of the value of virtual worlds. 

As of February 2010, the IBM Center for Social Software is pleased to take this a step further, announcing the opening of a brand new three-sim estate in Second Life, as well as a four-sim OpenSim estate on ReactionGrid, all dedicated to the production and exhibition of virtual artworks. 

In addition to the continued operation of a public sandbox in Second Life, the IBM Exhibition Sims will feature two full class 5 sims available for large scale public art projects. 

The Exhibition Space believes strongly in support for an open platform that provides the archival and import/export tools that art making requires. Accordingly, the Exhibition Space will also include four OpenSim based servers located on the publicly accessible ReactionGrid

The IBM Exhibition space is curated by Andrew Sempere, Research Designer at IBM’s Center for Social Software (SL: Tezcatlipoca Bisiani), and will showcase immersive installations of virtual art and architecture as examples of the cutting edge of what is possible in 3d virtual worlds. For more information, please visit our website at: exhibitionspace.org 

Artists and virtual content creators who are interested in showcasing their work at the Exhibition Space should apply at the website address provided above. 

I LOVE the Rabbicorn

The RabbicornLove, love love the Rabbicorn. I WANT the Rabbicorn. I NEED the Rabbicorn. I tried repeatedly to steal the Rabbicorn from the exhibit. I told Tez and Bryn that I wanted a gift shop at the end of the exhibit so I could buy my own Rabbicorn and take her home with me. *grin* Merchandising IS where the money is, no? Oh yes. And I LOVE Bryn Oh and I LOVE Tezcatlipoca Bisiani.

This is MY blog so I get to talk about the exhibit from my point of view. *grin* First – if you like total surprises, stop reading now. I will do my best not to tell/ruin the story, but you may get hints anyway. Second, I want to tell you how powerfully the exhibit affected me and so it will be “about me”.

I confess – I didn’t want to go to the opening last night. I’d spent the RL day down the shore, soaking up the sun and the surf. I was TIRED. I was also a bit “put-off” by Tez’s description of the exhibit: “Bryn Oh’s new build The Rabbicorn tells the melancholy origin story of the title character, an original robotic being in the Bryn Oh universe.” I am NOT into “melancholy”. I’m really not into “Art”. In my family – I am definitely the Philistine, the one on whom great Art is wasted. I am that horrible person: I know what I like. 🙂 But when I IM’d Tez to make an excuse, I realized that I was going. 🙂 Jonah had aleady said he would like to go too, so I pinged him and said “We’re on, kiddo.”

Rabbicorn IntroWe tp’d to the landmark. It was sparkly and noisy and dark and confusing. I am easily confused in SL. I never quite understand directions that are, apparently, obvious to eveyone else. I don’t see what I am supposed to touch, where I am supposed to tp, where to position my camera. As an example – I had to ask Bryn, who was greeting arrivals, how to even get out of the entryway and to the start of the exhibit. *grin* Other people seemed to be finding their way with no trouble. Jonah had to come back and practically drag me to the first stop.

The first chapterI hated the first stop. I already hated being confused, hated being tired, hated the constructs which looked creepy. I didn’t realize until after I struggled to read the text on the table that I could have TOUCHED it and read it with no trouble. (After a year, in SL – wouldn’t you think I’d KNOW that?) I hated the story. It sounded creepy and violent. I already had “melancholy” stuck in my mind. So I whined at Jonah, he gave me explicit directions on how to find the teleporter and we went to the 2nd stop.

Jonah checking watch, wondering how long it will take Ahuva to read the notecardI still hated it. Same reasons as above. And it was TOTALLY black when we arrived. Sigh. I fixed that by turning around. But at least I was beginning to figure out how to move about, where to find the storyline, what I was supposed to be seeing in the build. At least I was no longer totally baffled. Just cranky and anticipating melancholy and misery. 😦 Then we got to the 4th stop. Where I finally SAW the Rabbicorn (she’d been there before, you know. I simply didn’t recognize her). I understood who the main character was, what she looked like – I finally started to connect. I have to say that I’d been IM’ing poor Tez as well as Jonah. I begged Tez back before the first stop for clues on how to navigate and an explanation of WHAT I was supposed to be “getting” out of this. But here at this stop- I began to “see” the Rabbicorn.

The Rabbicorn begins her journeyThe Rabbicorn is adorable. I love her. I looked at her face, her ears, her horn, her legs, her feet. I love her. It was that simple. Now as we moved through the story I got ANGRY. I didn’t want anything bad to happen to MY Rabbicorn. I IM’d Tez and warned him that if Bryn allowed anything bad to happen to the Rabbicorn, I would NEVER go to another Bryn Oh exhibit. Ever. Tez merely sent back a non-committal emoticon. I raged at Jonah. I don’t LIKE bad things. My Rabbicorn was endangered. Oh SPARE me that a good story line needs conflict, suspense, tension. Don’t hurt MY Rabbicorn!

Bryn Oh, The Rabbicorn and meaniesBryn herself appeared at this point. We told her how much we were enjoying the build. I told her that I was going to be extremely unhappy if anything happened to my Rabbicorn (yes, I did indeed have the effrontery to call her MY Rabbicorn. 🙂 I don’t think Bryn minded.) Bryn told me to have faith. THAT did indeed pick up my spirits. I trusted Bryn. I lost the last lingering crankiness ( I really did NOT want to be manipulated into “bad things”). Poor Jonah. I became totally immersed in the story. 🙂 Poor Tez as well, who was also suffering a running commentary.

The Rabbicorn restsI took dozens of pictures. *grin* Jonah and I spent hours in the story, talking and exploring. At one point when we couldn’t find the Rabbicorn (and be glad I was NOT IM’ing YOU at that point) we had to fly, cam, search hunt, I went a little, um, extreme. *grin* I bet that surprises you. The build is so clever – until you found the Rabbicorn – you didn’t find the tp to the next spot. 🙂 Without Jonah I’d never have found her. I had the right idea, but didn’t take it far enough. For those who like me need help – think UP. WAY up.

Click the TVAt the penultimate stop, there is a TV. Click the TV to get the backstory (part 1) of “The Rabbicorn”. It is a short video – less than 10 minutes. Bryn told us that The Rabbicorn is part 2 of a 3 part series. I can’t wait. I love The Rabbicorn. It is a wonderful, exciting, joyous, fulfilling experience. It took me out of cranky reluctance into refreshed joy. Please go. I will be going back and back and back again, taking all of you.

Thank you Jonah, for being such a fantastic companion. You are patient, good-humored, fun, clever and you put up with my dramatic proclamations and exclamations. 🙂 It was a better experience for being shared with you. LOL. I’m not sure that YOU can make the same claim.

Thank you Bryn. Thank you Tez. Thank you for sharing your visions, your creations, for making the effort to bring art and beauty and fantasy and vision to everyone. Thanks to the IBM Exhibition Space. Without such sponsorship, there cannot be art for everyone to enjoy.


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