New Wiki on SL art

The Virtual Artist Alliance’s (and former Oyster Bay manager) Cyanide Seelowe has opened up SLartpedia wiki site. It needs lots of information from the SL art community to fulfill its potential.

In true Stephen Colbert (RL comedian) fashion, I look forward to ensuring that all sorts of embellishments are made on my personal entry. Yeah, I was the guy who got Starax into SL….yeah! That’s it….

End of the line for the Artisan Gallerias

One of SL’s best galleries is closing, per Jordan Morgenrote’s announcement:

I tried to do something different, bring something different to the table. I was aware, as most were, that it wouldn’t be a money-making venture. Not for me, nor for the artists… but being associated with a gallery as unique as this one was, I think that in itself was special. Being associated with the other artists in the gallery, that was special, too.

And it still is a special place until it closes on December 8. I strongly urge everyone to check out this incredible collection of immersive experiences before it goes away forever.

Isolde Flamand’s “Best of SL Art 2007” photo recap

As I was tied up on my laptop and unable to take any worthwhile photos, Isolde Flamand was kind enough to take a few fantastic photos, which really appear to be portraits more than snapshots.  (Also speaks to the quality of avatar appearance…especially skins and hair.  I guess the SL art community takes personal appearance seriously!)

Let’s lead off with the organizers of this whole program, Enniv Zarf and Cyanide Seelowe.  Enniv performed some free-form piano immediately following as the crowd mingled.

Many more photos after the fold…

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RL media takes notice of SL art scene

Check out this article from The Guardian (London, UK).  The author seems to get it right:

When the net art phenomena began in the 1990s, many were quick to herald it as a subversive forum where artists could showcase their art uninhibited by political, social or cultural constraints and without the endorsement of an institution. Second Life, with its utopian philosophy, seems to be at the heart of this.

Clearly you all know that I don’t think that Second Life should live for RL exposure and acceptance.  (We’re doing just fine without any RL love, thank you.)  But I will admit that it is nice to see some recognition of the arts scene, which I’ll venture to guess is one of the most dynamic cultures in Second Life.

And coverage like this sure beats the endless drumbeat of “[Insert RL Corporation Here] launches SL presence” articles.  I mean, Coffee-Mate?  Give me a break.