Wednesday, May 02, 2007

A Living Art Garden, by Abbaca Aoi

Abbaca's art garden (Abbacadabra) is a soothing place of gentle beauty and mystery. I have stumbled upon it many weeks ago and have been planning to film for a long time now.

Abbacadabra 3

Needless to say, it has taken me more time than anticipated to get to this machinima, but my attachment to the place only grew over time. I love the peaceful, almost hypnotic feel of Abbaca's work and the "other world" essence of it. It has enough traits to make you believe you are in a regular earthly garden (small paths, a building, etc.), with the added magic of moving sculptures. Her work reminds me of a 3D mix between the Electric Sheep screen saver (no connection to the SL company) and this.

I also just found out that Abbaca is a musician in real life! She has recently launched her new Ambient/New Age/Electronic CD and is giving away a free track at her listening studio in the garden. You can listen to it in the video below; I have used it as soundtrack for my exploration of the Abbacadabra garden. If you like Enigma, you'll love Dreammaiden. :)

hope I managed to capture some of the charm of the place:

A movie of Abbacadabra, Abba Aoi's living art garden in Second Life, with music from Dreammaiden.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Contest 27: METAL

Once more the Photography Studio rolls out a contest. Theme: METAL

Cash prizes.

The contest themes are always loose - any interpretation is good. The theme is METAL. Do ANYTHING you want. Is it music? Shiny? Rusty? A monster robot? Teeth? Piercings? Mental with a missing enn? Metal flake carpaint? Surprise me.

I swear - ONE DAY I'll get back to using the backdrops the way I started these contests in 2004 - but not yet!

Enter by: 26 May 2007 at 5:30.
Exhibition: 29 May - 28 June 2007 at the Photography Studio upstairs gallery.

We will have an awards ceremony - time TBA.

Enter 3 textures of Second Life screenshots. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<----------
Textures can be no bigger than 512x512 - rectangular photos saved as 512x512 regain their proportions once they are put on a prim.

Title entries with your name + title <---= so I don't lose it in my inventory
Send them to Osprey Therian with MOD permission and COPY permission.
Give me an IM so I know to look for them.

Don't send them in a notecard - I say this as I look at textures every day but I rarely look at notecards. If I don't get your heads-up the entry gets buried under the billion spam notecards I get per week. I hate it when things get lost - the only entries to've been lost thus far were in notecards.