Thursday, 18 January 2018

Asmita Duranjaya's art in Nice Atoll sim

Last night Duncan, Ciska and I paid a visit to Nice Atoll sim, to see Asmita Duranjaya's works currently on display there. It's been first time since 2014 that I had a chance to see her works - the notes from that exhibition you can find here.

The first impression, for me at least, was one of confusion - and that has to do with how things are organised at Nice Atoll. First off, lots of very bright colours, quite heavy on the eyes. And secondly, the exhibition area, or areas actually, seemed rather disorganised, and maze-like. I assume it was done on purpose, but it made things a bit hard to follow - and I'm sure I've actually missed a few pieces there.

Those things aside, the actual artwork was quite interesting; there were several exhibits that I just kept staring at.

To see the latest exhibition, the one we actually came for, "Fossile Artifacts", you need to use one of the teleporters, or walk into a tunnel. The fractals there are fossil-like haut-reliefs, somewhat obscured by the foggy reddish windlight. While we were there, Asmita was also present, providing us with brief guidance through the area.

There's yet another exhibition on the other side of Nice Atoll, on a very different subject - dedicated to contemporary Afghan poetry (with German and English translations available), but I just had a very quick look at that one.

If you enjoy fractal art, do come and see Asmita's works - but come well rested and with enough time to go through all the tunnels, and various separate areas.

To visit the interstellART space in Nice Atoll, follow this SLurl.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Notes from the opening of Goh Mishima exhibition

As I announced in an earlier post, yesterday at Refugium instead of our regular silent movie night, we had a special event. It was a combination of a (slightly belated) New Year celebration, an exhibition opening and a movie night - all on the theme of Japan.

As people started gathering inside Refugium castle, we first had a little chat, meeting friends old and new. The food cart was (and remains) filled with nice Japanese food...

The exhibition displays works of Japanese homo-erotic artist Goh Mishima, sometimes described as yakuza porn - consisting of masculine characters wearing tattoos typical of Japanese mobsters. We've all noticed certain resemblance to the art of Tom of Finland, but with distinctly Japanese features.

After touring the exhibition, we all descended to the cinema hall where we watched a short silent movie travelogue of Japan, made in the 1920s...

Once the movie finished, we had a small party, starting with the breaking of a barrel of sake.

And after nightfall, we had fun with sparklers and fireworks!

The exhibition remains open throughout January 2018. To reach Refugium, please follow this SLurl.

Friday, 5 January 2018

A special Japan event at Refugium

On Friday, 5 January 2018, there will be a special three-part event at Refugium. Starting at 1 pm SLT, there will first be the opening of an exhibition displaying works of Japanese homoerotic artist Goh Mishima. Upon teleporting, visitors will receive a notecard and a HUD accompanying the exhibition. (Note: some of the works are explicit.)

After the tour of the gallery space, we will enjoy some delicious Japanese food and sweets in the castle courtyard.

And if you're in a more reflective mood, you can visit the small shinto shrine at the northern tip of the island.

Finally, around 1:30 pm SLT, we will have our regular Friday silent movie night - this time we'll be watching a short silent film travelogue of Japan, made in the 1920s (the decade in which Mishima was born).

To reach Refugium, please follow this SLurl. Looking forward to having you with us!

P. S. Many thanks to Duncan Armundsen and Ciska Riverstone for helping out with the preparations for this event! <3