Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New Sim Dedicated to the Arts planned by Asmita Duranjaya

Pic1: Asmita's tropical ambience.

It was Asmita Duranjaya, who had the idea to rent a complete sim dedicated to the arts only. Her longterm experience as a curator in several galleries in SL and her own experiences as an artist in SL, showing her art on numerous art sims and winning several SL  awards for installations and single pieces (UWA, Kelly Yap, ArtFest for FloodRelief, ArtMaze/Zindra, Pirats etc.) qualifies her to curate the newly built Space 4 Art Gallery. The 20 of the 24 spots were rented in one week and it shows the need for this type of small galleries for artists in Second Life. ChapTer Kronfeld on search for art space himself at that time, joined the idea to share a sim and as a third person the landscape artist Migina Miklos joined at last and all three artists together realised it to rent one sim and to share it on the basis of equality and respect. 

Migina's mountain landscape.
The piece of land, where the big gallery stands now, is financed by renting out those small spots and if there would be any profit from the tips etc, it would go into art events like competitions, festivals etc. This concept seems to be more convincing than the general LEA idea of giving sims to single artists or groups to share them for a limited time only. As could be noticed until now, the idea to patch sims together without any concept of intersection leads to eyesores and is not at all artistic in itself. The concept of the new art sim could guide to a longer partnership of artists, who work not only on their artwork, but also on an adequate ambience to present it. Another question is the financing. This might be discussed another time ...

Friday, March 23, 2012

New Art Sim in Second Life

Opposite to the recent tendency in Second Life to close art places, we are bold enough to open a new art venture on our newly founded sim with the name Space 4 Art. Except of our own galleries we offer art space with reasonable conditions to artists of all directions and styles and we invite all to inspect the place and maybe to join our art community to present artwork in a futuristic gallery concept by ChapTer Kronfeld. Please come to have a look at
Space 4 Art has been founded some days back in March 2012. In the gallery on the groupland 50 prims can be used for 150 LL per week. This is compared to recent conditions in Second Life a very reasonable price. The sim and the group are run by 3 artists themselves, Asmita Duranjaya, ChapTer Kronfeld and Migina Miklos. The benefits for group members are:
- Support in questions concerning the presentation of their work;
- regular advertisement in 15 art groups;
- integration in the Art Gallery kiosk system of Sasun Steinbeck and the gallery tour hud;
- regular announcements of specific events on the art blog of Asmita Duranjaya, ChapTer Kronfeld and in the Second Life event calendar:
- additional events like art contests, live performances, art parties...
The art team of the sim Space 4 Art is happy to get the chance to build with its new art sim and gallery an interesting and motivating art community and hopes that the participating artists can take a maximum of success from the community.
Still a lot has to be done on the sim and it will need some time until the opening event can be planned; probably it will take place end of April or in May. The curator of the gallery, Asmita Duranjaya, would like to organise a new art contest, but the topic is still a secret.

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