Skyscrapers: a sim made larger by a scaling magic

Scaling down skyscrapers in order to build a big project

Do tiny skyscrapers make sense? Well, that’s exactly what artist Gem Preiz has built in Second Life: small massive buildings which are not scale models, even if they are just virtual. Those wonders, forming a somewhat futuristic cityscape, can be seen in his installation Skyscrapers, which invites us to think of scales in the virtual…

A sculpture by Eupalinos Ugajin in Avaloir

Eupalinos, architect of an eccentric world

When I made a list of six curious ways to die in Second Life, artist Eupalinos Ugajin suggested I could try an additional means of killing my avatar: by throwing the virtual me from a giant catapult in Avaloir, Eupalinos’s sim. So I did – and that was not the end of the road for…

Ricco Saenz before the train at The Far Away

Will we meet far away? (or sims as art works)

ATTENTION: UPDATE on the party at the end of the text. The invitation, open to the whole Second Life community, to a celebration called Radio Days, on Saturday, November 21, at The Far Away, brings a good opportunity for me to share some thoughts on sims (or parts of sims) as art works. The event…

Whose son? (inspired on Magritte's "The Son Of Man")

When (second) life imitates art

A new visit that I’ve recently paid to Da Boom in Second Life led me to think of a certain way in which we, SL residents, commonly experience some traditional forms of art: by recreating them in a 3D environment and interacting with the pieces that we build. As I said, this particular journey started…

How many Riccos?

At SL’s very first region, Escher and Seifert Surface

For the second year in a row, Second Life’s community is organizing Second Life’s anniversary celebration – and this time, the occasion is even more special, because we are talking about SL’s 10th anniversary. The celebration will be held in June, but the recruiting phase for those who would like to take part in the organization of…

Arles: Courtyard Of The Hospital

At Van Gogh’s virtual Arles

NEW UPDATE: The virtual Arles was rebuilt at a new sim: Torell Nederland. UPDATE: The It seems that the virtual Arles is gone (I’m having a busy time IRL now, so I couldn’t check it myself in SL). The sim is still there, but it seems it’s someone’s private home now. Anyway, I’ll leave this…

Chouchou: music for the eyes

Pictures for our ears, melody for the eyes

This post was written to the sound of “Sign 0”, by Chouchou – and, while you read the following lines, you can hear it in the embedded player I placed here: Whenever I feel sad, I go to Chouchou and find peace there. When I want to be completely taken by beauty, I go to…