Monday, December 20, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
On 31 October 2010, art curator Asmita Duranjaya opened the “eMotion” art contest in the new Kunsthalle Berlin Capital City (KBCC), with 24 artists exhibiting entries. Since then, the exhibition has had more than 300 visitors studying the artwork and voting for their favorites. Those votes have been counted and combined with scores given to each artwork by the contest panel of four judges, and Asmita announced winners on Sunday, 8 November 2010, at the KBCC.
Artist anja2de Allen won the first-prize gold trophy and 3,000 L$ award for her animated installation “Woody eMotion.” The virtual puppet Woody carries out a carefully timed sequence of movements, and those movements compose a small domestic ritual on the stage set of a bedroom. The engrossing loop is full of charm, humor, and surprising moments, and this entry won the public vote by a landslide.
Two artists, oona Eiren and Molina Rhode, received silver trophies and shared the second-place award of 2,000 L$. Molina Rhode’s “Two Hearts - One Soul” unifies two shapes with ruby-and-gold facets and movement in her distinctive style.
The third-place award of 1,000 L$ was shared by artists Alesia Barbosa and Penelope Parx, and each received a bronze trophy. Penelope Parx’s sculpture of an enormous hand of stone holds a twisting set of delicate green plants and is titled “Life Motion.”
All thanks to the artist, curator, and catalyst Asmita Duranjaya for coordinating this “eMotion” art contest, another success that has so many of us viewing and discussing the art of SL!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I got at that time 12 entries with very different ideas concerning the topic.
My idea behind the topic was, to create a 3D-installation with objects, sculpted or not, which are available in Second Life and to arrange a scenery in the style of the old masters of StillLife in the art history with their fruits, flowers and jars, or to use a modern environment and its usual objects. My second idea was to take an inworld photo of this 3D scenery and to return with it to a 2D picture. The general question for me was, whether it would be possible to use the Second Life features to create a new kind of 2D art, useable in RL as well.
During the contest another question came up: Whether movements in a 3D creation would undermine the typical characteristics of a StillLife. Some entries used slow rotation scripts which produced a smooth rainfall or permanently running tap water. This has been critizised by visitors, who were convinced, that the word "still" means something without any movement. Others argued in this discussion, that a permanent movement, like gently falling snowflakes don't change the impression of stillness.
My recent exhibition StillLifes in the Chilbo Museum http://slurl.com/secondlife/Chilbo/118/17/96 is based on this background and framework. So every visitor can find out how to see the term in a virtual environment with new artistic possibilities.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
"Asmita Duranjaya is the winner of popular vote for the Self Contest at Kelly Yap Newcomers and Friends Gallery. Her winning work is titled "Balancing My Self". Asmita has received a two month gallery space at Kelly Yap Newcomers and Friends Gallery and 1000L!"
The consciousness for a Self is of specific interest for persons, who live in two worlds, in the physical-material Real Life as a human and in virtual worlds like Second life and others as an artificial person, called avatar. The creation and the relationship with this double-self leads to interesting perspectives and increases the sensitivity for questions concerning the identity and the construction of the mental condition of a being. Asmita has expressed with her 3D-installation, how the avatar-self can act as a balance for the real life-self. The artwork is created with animation, sound and several scripts and layers, using the possibilities of the virtual world, which are not available in the non virtual.
The artist, who organises many contests herself, is glad to get a sign of acceptance with this result and will use the occasion to show her work in December and January in the gallery of Kelly Yap, the initiator and gallery owner at YAP-Land.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Dear friends and artist colleagues,I am pleased to announce a new art contest. Hanni Fride and Fantazia Enzo have worked for months to build a sim compound including a new gallery, called "Berliner Kunsthalle". It is my honour to curate there changing exhibitions and I would like to start with an art contest on the topic "eMotion". This has two meanings, "electronic motion" and "emotion" in the sense of "moving the mind". Both together should be a guarantee for an attractive artwork. Gallery opening and winner announcement are planned for the 31st of October at 1pm SLT. You have one month to create a new artwork and here are the rules:1. The artwork has to be new and created exclusively for this specific contest.2. The topic is "eMotion" in the above mentioned sense.3. Something has to "move" in the artwork, either animations, particles or through scripts. Flat pictures without movement are not accepted.4. You can use up to 25 prims.5. One piece per participant!6. As usual in my contests there will be a public and a jury panel voting.7. Send your work with mod, cop, no trans to Asmita Duranjaya. Deadline is the 30th of October 2010 3pm SLT.8. The exhibition remains in the gallery for 2 months and every artist can try to sell his piece with a commission of 25%.9. The 1st winner will get 3000, the 2nd 2000 and the 3rd 1000 L$ and every participant will receive a little something.10. The place is still not available to show an example there, but I have build one with 11 prims on my land: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sedona%20Island/11/215/668. It shows the average size and my imagination of the topic.A lot of fun and good luck!Asmita
Monday, September 13, 2010
Experiences of a small publishing company in Germany and in Second Life
(Script by Asmita Duranjaya written for an interview at Splica - an Italian based eBook-festival in Second Life) => look at: http://musicresearchandelearning.blogspot.com/
Friday, August 27, 2010
Die Meisterbastler-Galerie präsentiert im September und Oktober die Ausstellung "Textile Tales" der australischen Künstlerin Teal Etzel. Teals Spezialität ist es, ihre Bilder aus Textilstückchen heraus zu entwickeln. Sie findet, Textilien würden Geschichten erzählen, denen sie intuitiv folgt und so mithilfe digitaler Weiterverarbeitung zu Kunstwerken verarbeitet. Ihre Bilder bieten spannende "Landschaften" und wer die neue Auswahl der Künstlerin und sie selbst kennen lernen möchte, ist herzlich eingeladen, am 04.September 2010 um 23 Uhr MEZ zur Vernissage zu erscheinen und mit uns zu feiern.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
On Sunday, 8 August 2010, artist and curator Asmita Duranjaya launched an exciting exhibit by announcing winners of her latest ArtContest challenge, “My Place in Space.” As artists and guests arrived at the DiD Gallery StarBase on Deutsche Info Welt (151, 133, 4025) all were asking, “So what is the next competition going to be, Asmita?” Before she can reveal the next topic, the artist must challenge herself. The “My Place in Space” contest, like the previous still-life contest and like others to come, begins with art. These aren’t wild topics randomly dreamed up. Well, OK, this one is wild—but each challenge springs from the expression of an artistic impulse. The artists who compete get the contest guidelines, and they get to see the art that inspired the challenge, in this case, Asmita’s My Place in Space:
Enter a tiny turquoise temple, fortified against the vacuum of space by a thick layer of steel. Its interior combines the fantastic and the familiar. The comfy couch at the small room’s center has a botanical pattern in soft purples and grays, and that fabric’s pattern spreads throughout the room involving the walls, a plant, and an ancient-looking book on the floor, filled with eastern characters—could they be Sanskrit? Poems? You can lie on the couch and gaze down at the illumined book, feeling an intense fusion of branchy shapes and color that literally drips down on you. You can lie on the couch a long time, until you begin to notice connections and layered meanings. Looking toward the exit, you’ll see a panel of buttons. Do not press them.
All thanks to Asmita Duranjaya, not only the engine behind these challenge-exhibitions but the very spark of inspiration!
My contest entry Alone at Last is the first object I’ve built in SL. This contest reminds me that art is a great way to learn, and a great way to own what you learn. I served on the judge’s panel for the “Still Lifes Between 2D & 3D” ArtContest, and when I heard the next topic was “My Place in Space,” I had to try.
Miriam's Work "Alone at Last"
Where else can a beginner exhibit work alongside that of Scottius Polke, Alesia Barbosa, minimalist Oberon Onmura, and Asmita Duranjaya? These challenges bring together a community of artists of every stage and personality, and the atmosphere is not just congenial—it’s conspiratory, contagious, and joyful in every sense of a game. The rules and restrictions of theme, size and prim-count, rather than hindering, only increase the fun. In formal poetry, we call this “singing in chains.” So, tell us, Asmita! What’s the next challenge for artists?
Congratulations to the “My Place in Space” contest winners. Fuschia Nightfire received the grand prize of a golden trophy and 3,000 L$ for her entry titled Pink Pad. Kyra Roxan and Nish Mip tied for second prize, each receiving 1,000 L$ and a silver trophy. Alesia Barbosa and oona Eiran shared third place, receiving 500 L$ each and bronze trophies. All the artists received congratulations, trophies and rewards of 100 L$ each, recognition of special importance to new artists. Georg Fall and Zera Theas were generous co-sponsors. A judge-panel’s votes balanced the public voting.
Visit this extraordinary exhibit soon, and visit often. You’ll find 20 imaginations in orbit—many you can walk right into and occupy. You might even want to buy one and set it into orbit in your own space. A share of sales benefits the gallery and fuels future contests and exhibits.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Durch ein allgemeines und ein Jury-Voting wurden die 3 Spitzenreiter ermittelt und zur Freude der Jury konnten die Plätze zwei und drei wegen gleicher Punktzahl aufgeteilt werden, denn die Unterschiede zwischen den einzelnen Positionen waren sehr knapp und auch allen Votern war es schwer gefallen, einzelne Favoriten zu finden, da alle eingereichten Werke niveauvoll waren und ihren eigenen Charme ausstrahlten. Den dritten Platz teilten sich oona Eiren, eine Nachwuchskünstlerin aus London mit einer rostigen Kabine im Grunge-Stil und die deutsche Künstlerin Alesia Barbosa mit einer Installation, die einen abgeschirmten Sitzplatz umgeben von Weltraumschrott zeigt.
Der zweite Platz ging an Kyra Roxan aus Argentinien mit ihrer futuristischen Skulptur "Welcome Home" und an Nish Mip aus Great Britain mit einer technisch und farblich perfekt gestalteten "Cabin Cruise".
Sieger wurde die britische Künstlerin Fuschia Nightfire, die mit ihrem "Pink Pad" einen psychedelischen Meditationsraum schuf.
Wer diese Installationen und alle anderen von Corcosman Voom, Lagu Indigo, Lilli Riegler, Ichiko Miles, Miriam Evanier, Tibsy Crystal, Silene Christen, Juliete3D Quinzet, Diddi Bikcin, Mick Umino, Emma Fargis, Scottius Polke, Ferry Mint/Benjahn Ahn, Oberon Onmura ansehen möchte, kann die Show noch bis Ende September besuchen und sogar viele der Mini-Raumstationen käuflich erwerben. Ein Teil des Kaufpreises kommt der Galerie des DiD zugute und trägt dazu bei, auch in Zukunft derartige Wettbewerbe zu ermöglichen.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
the DiD Starbase-Gallery, hosted by myself, announces an art contest with the topic "My_Place_in_Space".
And here are the conditions - please read them carefully, because the curator will refuse art, which does not refer to the rules.
1. Most of you will know the hitchhiker's guide to the Universe by Douglas Adams and are familiar with the imagination, that the earth has been destroyed and the last survivor is homeless in space. You should take this imagination and create with your bright fantasy a place_in_space, where you feel homelike, although the space is alien, futurist and has elements of science fiction.
2. You have 20 prims - not more and not less. Use them carefully. The use of scripts should be as minmal as possible.
3. The size of the artwork should be less than 10x10x10 inworld-meters.
4. The objects and textures, which you use, must come from inworld; it is allowed to make photos inworld (with respect of copyrights!) and to process them external in a graphic-software.
5. Although the topic requests more 3D artworks, it is imaginable to contribute 2D-pictures, if they fulfill all other conditions.
6. The deadline is the 31st of July 3pm SLT. Entries sent after that time will not be recognised anymore.
7. There will be a public and a jury-panel-voting. Artists, who don't like voting, should not participate.
8. The announcement of the winners will be on the 8th of August 1pm SLT in the Starbase Gallery; after the award ceremony the show is open until the end of September and the artwork can be sold with 25% commission to the gallery.
9. Please send your entry with mod/copy/no trans to Asmita Duranjaya.
10. The 1st winner will get 3000 L$, the 2nd 2000 and the 3rd 1000. Every participant will also get a little something.
I wish you all the best and if you want to ask something, pls feel free to im me.
die DiD Starbase-Galerie, in der ich Kuratorin bin, schreibt einen Kunstwettbewerb aus mit dem Thema " My_Place_in_Space" (Mein Platz im Weltall).
Und hier sind die Bedingungen - bitte sorgfältig lesen, weil ich mir vorbehalte, Beiträge abzulehnen, wenn sie sich nicht an die Richtlinien halten.
1. Die meisten von Euch kennen den Science-Fiction-Klassiker "Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis" von Douglas Adams und sind mit der Vorstellung vertraut, dass die Erde zerstört worden ist und der letzte Überlebende im Weltraum ohne Heimat herumirrt. Ihr solltet diese Vorstellung als Ausgangspunkt nehmen und mit Eurer überbordenden Fantasie einen Platz im Weltall gestalten, in dem Ihr Euch zu Hause fühlen würdet, obgleich der Raum fremdartig anmutet, futuristisch aussieht und Elemente von Science Fiction hat.
2. Ihr habt 20 prims - nicht mehr und nicht weniger. Benutzt sie sorgfältig. Der Gebrauch von Scripts sollte so minmal sein, wie möglich.
3. Die Größe des Kunstwerks sollte kleiner als 10x10x10 inworld-Meter sein.
4. Die Gegenstände und die Texturen, die ihr verwendet, müssen aus SL kommen; Ihr könnt Fotos inworld machen (unter Beachtung von copyright!) und sie extern in einer Grafiksoftware bearbeiten.
5. Obgleich das Thema eher auf 3D-Kunst ausgelegt ist, ist es denkbar, 2D-Bilder einzureichen, wenn sie alle weiteren Bedingungen erfüllen.
6. Der Stichtag ist der 31. Juli 3pm SLT. Später eingesandte Beiträge können nicht mehr berücksichtigt werden.
7. Es gibt eine öffentliche und eine Jury-Abstimmung. Künstler, die Votings nicht mögen, sollten von vornherein nicht teilnehmen.
8. Die Siegerehrung findet am 08. August 1pm SLT in der Starbase Galerie statt; danach ist die Ausstellung bis Ende September geöffnet und die Kunstwerke können mit 25% Kommission für die Galerie verkauft werden.
9. Schickt Eure Beiträge mit mod/copy/no trans an Asmita Duranjaya.
10. Der 1. Sieger erhält 3000 L$, der zweite 2000 und der dritte 1000. Jeder Teilnehmer erhält ebenfalls eine Kleinigkeit.
Ich wünsche Euch alles Gute und viel Glück und wenn Ihr eine Frage habt, schickt mir eine Im. Asmita Duranjaya
Monday, July 5, 2010
After the public and the jury voting he ended up with 126 points and got the 1st prize with 4000 L$, a sculpted rose trophy, a voucher and the book for the exhibition with all the entries as photos inside.
The 2nd and 3rd award with 2000 and 1000 L$ went to an artist couple, Tani Thor with her fragile and tastefully coloured still life "Abbandono" and her Partner Aloisio Congrejo, who created a still life with the title "Apples" in a similar style, but with more abstract elements. Both works convinced the public and the jury as well.
But also all other entries got votes and the admiration of visitors and the jury; because of the high quality of the artworks the jury decided to spend 100 L$ for every artist plus a voucher and the book as a memory and as a small appreciation.
The participating artists were soror Nishi, Silene Christen, Fuschia Nightfire, Molina Rhode, RAG Randt, Kolor Fall, Lagu Indigo, Arianna Mfume, Nish Mip, Vyoletta Guyot, Kyra Roxan and Steffy Lavender, who had her debut as an artist.
A controversy came up about the question, what a StillLife should be. Some visitors asked, whether a dropping water tap or a continuous rainshower could be defined as StillLife. As with anything in the field of art there is no way to define an absolute truth. The possibilities Second Life offers for artists are new and completely different from RL, so that there have to be found new definitions for RL traditions. Asmita, the curator, was giving an example: "The continuously dropping tap of Scottius' work has more StillLife atmosphere, although it is animated, than the unanimated work of Nish Mip, where a human arm is throwing some bottles - the background of the term "still" is not "unanimated" but "contemplative". Both entries were accepted in the contest as Still Lifes and it depends completely on the subjective mood of the onlooker to classify them as StillLife or not.
After the award ceremony a Salsa party started with the present artists and their friends and some guests. The sim-owner and sponsor Zewe Major showed his salsa competence together with Miriam Evanier, the second sponsor of the contest and leader of the press on the sim Meisterbastler. As a 3rd sponsor contributed Azrael Kass, artist himself and living on the sim.
Asmita Duranjaya, the curator of the gallery and organisator of the contest was happy with the result of the contest and with the event. The show is open until end of August and most of the art can be bought in the gallery.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
The Meisterbastler Gallery (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Meisterbastler/37/174/33) hosted by Asmita Duranjaya invites you to participate in an art contest with the topic "Still Lifes between 2D and 3D".
Here are the conditions:
1. You should create a Still Life, but only with objects inside Second Life, e.g. freebie sculpties like fruits, vases, flowers etc. If you use a texture, e.g. for the background, the texture picture should also be taken in Second Life.
2. You can send us the 3D-installation or you can take a photo of the 3D-installation, process it in a graphic software and upload it again as a 2D texture. This texture you put on a prim and send us this work as a 2D-object.
3. The installation should not have more than 15 prims and minimal scripts.
4. The deadline is the 26th of June. Artwork sent after this date will not be accepted.
5. One object per artist is allowed, either 2D or 3D.
6. On the 27th there will be a voting board for public voting, which counts 50%; the other 50% will be a judges panel voting.
7. The winners will be announced on 4th of July. The 1st winner gets 4000 L$, the 2nd 2000 L$ and the 3rd 1000 L$.
8. All the Still Life entries will be presented in the Meisterbastler Gallery during July and August 2010 and can be sold there.
9. Opening party is on the 4th of July 1pm SLT.
10. Send your entries with no mod/no copy/trans to Asmita Duranjaya.
The Meisterbastler team wishes you a successful contest!
Asmita Duranjaya, Zewe Major and Miriam Evanier
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
27th of February, 1pm SLT
Opening of Oberon Onmuras Installation
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Hier noch einige Daten aus der Bio des Künstlers:
His "Beacon," a 100-meter tower that constructs and then destroys itself, was selected for inclusion in a national exhibition of virtual and corporeal art - the "@ Exhibition" (www.arsvirtua.com) - in association with the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the College Art Association conference in Los Angeles, California (February, 2009).
His recent sim-sized projects, "The Tunguska Event" and "Storm Cells," were seen at the Project Z Gallery on the Cetus sim. He recently collaborated with Juria Yoshikawa and Dancoyote Antonelli for a SL/RL event with a jazz club in London, curated by Arahan Claveau."