Saturday, April 12, 2008

NMC Presents........

Presents ...
An Interactive, Kinetic, Holographic, Virtual Art exhibit.

Come explore the possibilities of what can be created,using SL as a medium for art. Many talented SL artists have art on display at this exhibition. Play with the art, interact, touch, watch... enjoy! Now thru April 30th.

Ars Simulacra 223,213,22


Over 20 Starax Sculptures can be seen at the Crescent Moon Museum.
The exhibition is being held over until the 19th of April.
Stop by when you get a chance and see the masterpieces of one of the
first and most famous artists within SL.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The Photography Studio of Grignano

Contest 37: MUSIC
Theme: The theme is "MUSIC " in any use or interpretation of the word . Get weird - you know you want to.

Cash prizes.

On the poster: Bitstream Boogie - Real time Internet/SL music jam
Komuso Tokugawa/Japan
Hathead Rickenbacker /Canada (less)

You may make something like an animated texture or other cool thing if you want. You don't have any tight limits. If you make something cool that doesn't seem to fit the "textures" requirement just enter it anyway.

Straight snaps or manipulated - it's all good.

Enter by: 30 April 2008
Exhibition: 4 May - 24 May 2008 in 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 title + your name <---= 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.

Organic Symmetry

A press release from Vlad Bjornson:
Join me as I celebrate the re-opening of my New World Gallery. Organic Symmetry is an exploration of the shapes and colors provided by Mother Nature, viewed through a distorted digital lens. Undulating colors and self-similar shapes are combined in a variety of ways to create an immersive, full-sensory experience.

The works begin their life as RL digital photos captured in the wild places of the Pacific Northwest. Moss & bark, flowers & leaves, earth and sky. I take these images into Photoshop, exploring the shapes and color combinations that arise as I experiment. I have always been a fan of symmetrical compositions and the self-similar shapes found in Nature, and I enjoy creating my own variations on these themes.

I brought these manipulated images into SL for further experimentation. In here I can combine the images in new ways, put them in motion, create interactive pieces that surprise and delight. I never know what this Mashup of tools and ideas will bring about, but I know what I like when I find it. :) This Organic Symmetry show includes digitally manipulated photos, interactive sculptures, kinetic art, video installations - even a symmetrical space created specifically for this collection.

MoShang Zhao will also be joining us for a live musical performance. His music is a perfect fit for this show. Energetic yet introspective - a blend of traditional Chinese music, ambient sounds, and hip-hop flavors. He calls it 'Chinese Chill'. You can learn more about MoShang at his website:

I will also be providing some live visuals to accompany MoShang's music. Pictures, videos, particles, and other colorful eye-candy drawn from the same pool of natural imagery.

See you at the show!
Vlad Bjornson

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Contest - - Rinascimento virtuale

Rinascimento virtuale
Originally uploaded by Frank Koolhaas
Mario Gerosa, known as Frank Koolhaas on Second Life, will be presenting his new book, "Rinascimento virtuale" on Friday 11 April 2008 at noon SLT (9pm italian time), in the Toscana sim, in Second Life The book, which has been published in Italy, is about the art generated in social network, avatar branding, grassroot culture, virtual tourism and much more.

For the occasion, a contest will be open to all SL residents, called "Second Renaissance." The competitors must create one or more pics (max 3) inspired by famous Renaissance paintings, with the photos being entirely taken in SL. The avatars should take poses and situations by famous masters like Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raffaello.

Submissions are due by 3 pm slt, Thursday, April 10 (midnight Italian time) and must be submitted in .jpg format, no larger than 250 kB, to The submissions will be shown during the presentation on April 11. The jury wil be comprised of Mario Gerosa, journalist and writer; Mirko Lalli marketing and communication officer of Fondazione Sistema Toscana; and Sergio Tossi, gallery owner and curator of contemporary art exhibitions in Florence, Italy.

The three top pieces will receive these prizes:

1st prize: Weekend in a Tuscany agriturismo offered by B&B LA VILLANELLA (, - 0575.48394). Winner to provide their own transportation.

2nd : 5 books by Meltemi, shipping prepaid

3rd: 3 books by Meltemi, shipping prepaid