Archive for June, 2015

The Delightful Distrito Distinto in Second Life

June 28, 2015

Honour's Post Menopausal View (of Second Life)

***Distrito Distinto*** (moderate)

If you are as ignorant as I (and few are), you might be unfamiliar with the concept of Distrito Distinto (Different District). What I think I now know is that we should imagine an artistic festival which involves travelling to various interiors, each inspired by a song, and each providing a unique expression of wit and creativity.

To celebrate (what I think is) the 5th Anniversary of MetaLES, the art sim curated by the brilliant duo Romy Nayar & Ux Hax, an inworld Distrito Distinto has opened with 9 participating artists.

***Distrito Distinto*** (moderate)

These talented individuals, and their chosen songs, are:

  • Bryn Oh –             “keep the streets empty for me” by fever ray
  • Cica Ghost –         “Lullaby” by The Cure
  • Maya Paris  –         X-Ray Spex, “Oh Bondage!…

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Early looks: Avatar Complexity and Graphics Presets

June 23, 2015

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

secondlifeTwo new options which will be appearing in the official viewer in the near future, and which have been mentioned in this blog a number of times over the past few months are Avatar Complexity and the ability to create, save and restore graphics presets. Both are intended to provide options by which users can better tune the viewer and its settings to suit their needs and circumstances.

I’ve had the opportunity to look at both in a development viewer from the Lab, and what follows is an overview of how things may appear when both capabilities are released for general use. However, please keep in mind that things are sill very much a work-in-progress at the moment and aspects of either / both may well change between now and any functionality appearing in any public version of the viewer.

Avatar Complexity

As avatars can often be the single biggest…

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Dead Kittie: At Home in the Quiet Eerie with Megan Majewski

June 10, 2015

Factory Worker Media

Vancouver artist Megan Majewski is as enigmatic as her paintings. Immersed in the hectic last-minute preparations before the opening of group show Inflorescence at Ayden Gallery this Friday, she fastidiously attends “some pieces that got messed up,” while answering a few questions about the ethereal world of her ghostly lost girls and spooky-cute furry animals. “I see them more as pretty than dark, really,” she says. The majority of faces one sees depicted throughout her work are those of striking young women; but the fact that they just happen to inhabit dark, surreal settings only serves to emphasize presented dichotomies between life and death, beauty and mortality, cute and creepy.

Rae (detail) Rae (detail)

For 10 years, Majewski’s art has mapped out fantastic borderlands where our cultural discomfort with death is mitigated by beauty and, despite her own apprehension about death (“to see an actual dead person would most likely make me feel…

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