Sunday, November 28, 2010

Other-Worlds-Art at Bookstacks

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Awen/152/50/620 is the inworld-address of a new exhibition based on speculative fiction. Curated by Kelly Yap, Solkide Auer, Francis Bagration, Giovanna Cerise, Pol Jarvinen , Fuschia Nightfire and Crystalship Rehula and Asmita Duranjaya took the chance to create in prepared strange looking pods an alien scenery. Worth to visit! See also here: http://thebookstacks.org/2010/11/21/other-worlds-art/

Steampunk Article in English available

http://www.kuveni.de/steampunk/steampunk.htm - a profound analysis on the music of the steampunk culture by the ethnomusicologist and educationalist Martina Claus-Bachmann is now available in English thanks to the journalist Miriam Evanier! Don't miss this multimedia webpage with tons of audio- and video examples! Install the quicktime-plugin before use...

Monday, November 8, 2010

eMotion - Kunstwettbewerb und Ausstellung

Artists Share Their (e)Motions in Art Contest—Winners Announced

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$. Molina Rhode’s “Two Hearts - One Soul” unifies two shapes with ruby-and-gold facets and movement in her distinctive style.
With her entry “eMotion Caravan,” sound- and image-designer oona Eiren invites the viewer to sit at the control panel of a stylized, sound-generating machine and to mix sound tracks from three different sources.
The third-place award of 1,000 L$ 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.”

Alesia Barbosa’s entry commemorates this “Autumn 2010” with the image of fallen leaves swirling out of (and back into) their source tree, over a background of most interesting colors.
Based on the overall excellence of entries received, judges awarded mini-grants of 100 L$ to every contestant. The short descriptions above begin to suggest the incredible variety of approaches and experiences this group of 24 artists gave to the “eMotion” theme. The participating artists share equally in the attention and success of the contest exhibition, and the voting activity always builds interest and excitement. The KBCC “eMotion” exhibit remains open to celebrate all 24 artworks through the end of this year, 2010.

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!

--Miriam Evanier

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Asmita's StillLifes in Chilbo

"StillLife between 2D and 3D" was the topic of the 1st art contest I have organised in Second Life for the Meisterbastler Gallery, Meisterbastler Rentals, Meisterbastler-Kreis, MBK, Meisterbastler (40, 173, 34).
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.
Asmita Duranjaya

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