soror Nishi @ Split Screen (exhibit poster)

One of soror Nishi’s latest exhibits is on view through the month of October at the Split Screen Installation Space. An ecclectic and bright landscape of trees and plants, it is undeniably and unmistakeably soror Nishi.

soror Nishi's Boogaloo by PJ Trenton

According to the artist, this is a little

traditional soror…a mash-up of a few parts Magoo and a little IBM  mixed with 3 new IWz (InWorldz) imports (the poppy, the foxglove and the old pine) in a marshy landscape.”

I always find soror’s installations so fun and whimsical…one feels they are wandering an immersive Seussian landscape. It certainly puts me in mind to gather people around and tell them about the trouble I had getting to Solla Sollew.

One of the really fun aspects of visiting her works is the ability to playing around with various windlight settings for a wide variety of interesting environments.

More photos of this installation may be viewed in a Flickr set I have created…but you really need to immerse yourself!

Split Screen is owned by arts patron Dividni Shostakovich and has welcomed some of the most prolific and talented artists in Second Life to exhibit. According to Shostakovich,

The Split Screen Installation Space is place where artists and builders develop and exhibit large installations.  Two artists use the space for two months, and then other artists take over.  The space is meant for large builds that utilize the possibilities of Second Life as an artistic or immersive medium, such as works that are impossible in real life.

Some wonderful exhibits at Split Screen have included Maya Paris’ Mind the Gap (Flickr set), Flower Drum by Eliza Wierwight (Flickr set) and D. Construct by Douglas Story and Desdemona Enfield (Flickr set). Eliza, Douglas and Desdemona have all appeared on past episodes of Metaverse Arts.

Be sure to visit Split Screen to see soror’s current exhibition before the end of October. Make your way to the Split Screen Installation Space (slurl) and be immersed in quintessential soror!

Whimsical Creature by PJ Trenton


The Linden Endowment of the Arts is an official Linden Community Partnership program whose purpose is to help new artists, cultivate art in SL, and foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration within the art community.

The Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) has just announced its Land Rush Residency. This initiative gives artists an opportunity to “claim” 1/8th of a region for a period of 2 months to mount a virtual art installation. Limited spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The first round will be held in two phases on October 30, 2011 at 10:00 am and 4 pm SLT. A total of 16 parcels in two regions will be given away.

For complete information on the Land Rush Residency, please visit the official LEA blog at http://lindenarts.blogspot.com/2011/10/linden-endowment-for-arts-announces-its.html.

Earlier this month, LEA announced that it had negotiated with Linden Labs for the creation of 20 new regions for the arts in Second Life. Of these:

  • four regions will be reserved for exhibitions curated from LEA sandbox art,
  • two regions will be allocated through the above noted land rush, and
  • fourteen will be allocated by application (deadline for submission of applications, which must be completed online, is November 1st)

Rebeca Bashley's Inferno photographed by PJ Trenton

Exciting things are already afoot on the LEA sims with the first monthly installation of the LEA Full Sim Art Series; Rebeca Bashly’s Inferno, inspired by Dante Aligieri’s Divine Comedy Inferno (slurl). For this series, each artist/group of artists will have a full 15,000 prim SIM for 1 month from the 1st day of the month, till the last day of the month. As such, Rebeca’s installation will be available until October 31st so be sure not to miss it.

This is certainly very exciting times for the arts community in Second Life!

A Maschera photographed by PJ Trenton

I was fortunate enough to be informed about this performance piece, originally created for the Museo del Metaverso as part of their art and poetry project. Fortunate as it will only be run for another 12 hours (or perhaps even over tonight). Originally performed September 29 – October 2, 2011 at Ile Moya, it was also broadcast into the physical world at Centre d´art la Malmaison in Cannes, France and at  La Teatro Libre in Bogota, Colombia.

Originally conceived and developed by the trio of Jo Ellsmere, Pyewacket Kazyanenko and Montoyakai Steamer, it is based on a Neapolitan poem by Carmen Auletta (Margye Riba in Second Life). A beautiful melding of poetry, dance and music; it is a feast for all the senses as three differently attired, but similarly sized avatars move and sway, diverge and combine to occasionally appear as a single avatar.

‘A MascheraCarmen Auletta

Oggi me sento proprio ‘na munnezza,
vulesse almeno fà quaccosa ‘e bbuono,
però si ‘o ffaccio vene na schifezzae
me rummane sempe nu magone.

Vulesse stà nu poco cchiù cuntenta
ma faccio sulo finta ca sto’ bbona
cercanno ‘e fà felice ‘a tutte quante,
dico ‘e bbuscìe e nisciuno se n’addona.

E mò capisco pecchè ‘o clown se mette
‘a faccia bianca ‘e gesso e fa ‘o pagliaccio
ma tene ‘na tristezza ca ‘o fa a fette
e ‘ncuorpo chiagne e ‘a fora pare ‘e ghiaccio.

The translated poem is presented below…

The Mask by Carmen Auletta

Today I am just picking up dust.
O, to do even a bit of good! But
Everything I try turns to rust –
And a pit remains in my gut.

If only I could be of higher cheer!
Instead, I pretend I’m fine,
I try to make happy all far and near –
And no one can tell when I lie.

Now I understand why the clown goes
With painted face and smile all nice,
Even though he’s sad, from his neck to toes –
And inside he cries – just the outside is ice.

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One of things I found fascinating about this piece while preparing this posting was that it has also been broadcast on two occassions into the physical world.

I caught this performance at the Odyssey sim. As previously mentioned, it will only be performed for a few more hours, so be sure to take the opportunity to enjoy it while you can. It can be found at Odyssey (slur) where you will see a teleport to the performance space high above the ground. You will receive a few notecards to enhance your viewing pleasure, including recommendations of the [Euphoria – monochrome] windlight setting.

Additional photographs may be found in a Flickr set I have created.

How many masks do you wear?

For our 12th episode of Metaverse Arts we took a trip to the virtual world extension of the Burning Man Festival and chatted with a few of the people that make the art happen on the virtual Playa.

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Burn2 is open through October 9th. You can check out some of the artists exhibiting there by using the following SLURLS, but keep exploring, there’s so much more out there!

Some Links to more about our Guests:

Karima Hoisan:

MenuBar Magic:

Briawinde Magic:

Trill Zapatero:



As always we’re grateful to our intrepid photographer PJ Trenton for taking us on a little photo safari of Burn2:

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MA Icon logo (2)After a bit of a break over the summer and a bit of pondering about how to go about producing the show with the formatting changes at Treet TV; a few things happened that set into motion a new season for Metaverse Arts faster than you can say “Wait, I’m still rezzing!”.

Treet cameraman Howdy Colter offered to help us film the program and prepare it for airing and then long time Treet Producer Angie Mornington stepped up to help us out as well. So before we knew it we were diving into to filming an episode at Burn2.

What is Burn2, you might ask? BURN2 is an extension of the Burning Man festival and community into the world of Second Life. It is an officially sanctioned Burning Man regional event, and the only virtual world event out of more than 100 real world Regional groups. The first Burn, in 2003, was a project of Linden Labs, and over the years as it grew and Second Life grew, festival was run more and more by residents of Second Life.

The BURN2 Team spreads Burning Culture and Burning Man Ten Principles year round in Second Life, culminating in an annual major festival of community, art and fire in the fall – a virtual echo of Burning Man itself.

This year the virtual arts community is represented by ten residents, a collection of invited and juried artists, as well as more art than we can cover in a half hour program! The juried and invited artists include burning_man2011_001

• Claudia222 Jewell

• Trill Zapatero

• RAG Randt

• Rebeca Bashly

• Starlash Sweetwater

• Oberon Onmura

• Yman Juran

• Caro Fayray

• Maya Paris AND

• Cienega Soon

For the first half of our show we caught up with two of the Burn2 Art Team members, Karima Hoisan and MenuBar Memorial, to find out a little bit about the Art Department and the art aspect of Burn2. They tell us a little about what it was like choosing from the art submissions and being a part of the Art Community at Burn2.

During the second half of the show, we met up with artists Briawinde Magic and Trill Zapatero. who share with us their art installations and the inspiration behind them, as well as their experience in the Burn2 community.

Stayed tuned here on our site for links to the different art installations, artists’ websites and photos from our end of the show slide show, photographed by PJ Trenton.  You can watch the Burn2 Episode on the Metaverse Arts set on Thursday, October 6th, 2011