|Karima Hoisan on The River of Forgetting|
This is the first entry to be filmed entirely in opensim, and that has offered some challenges, like sourcing animations. A good 'throw away' anim was the toughest to find, but here is the machinima, so you can see by yourself how well they managed.
|The special Funerary Boat made by Silas Merlin|
.... and they beautifully evoke the spirit of the poem upon which the region and the machinima are based.
The message is an upbeat, reassuring, inspiring message, spurring us all on to let go of the negative, focus on the beauty of life, and enjoy the ride.
That lovely ride ends at a ghostly, heavenly tent where there is delicate dancing by spirit creatures, you can join the ethereal experience by wearing the avatar supplied at the entrance, and at the beginning of the boat ride. Of course, it's not de rigeur, but it's fun to do, and you'll feel at one with the region if you do.
After this wonderful boost of joy and positive thoughts we were ready to tackle anything, even the occasional bit of lag or crashing.
It was not long before we were on Futurelab, Metropolis Grid, to experience a multimedia marvel called 'About Sand'.
This is a group project by Art Blue, Venus Adored and Juliette Surrealdreaming and it's an explosion of vitality and mystery, set in a golden desert. (Pro tip, don't sit on the golden spots on the ground in front of the stage, they're fizzy fireworks, not seats.
Originally shown in SL late last year, and it has a peri-Halloween feel, although the general beauty makes it far from a horror story, beginning, as it does, with our hero played by Art Blue having an unexpected encounter with a shape shifter.
There's a lot happening which it would be crazy to tell you in detail, since that would spoil the drama, but suffice it to say, there's a lot of glorious golden showers happening...
The inspiration for this play comes from a TV show on Netflix called Travelers but even if, like most of us on the Safari, you don't watch much TV, the spectacle is still enthralling.
It's a 45 minute tour de force that seemed over much too soon, and I think we would all watch it again in a heartbeat. Taking the audience from the Libyan desert to Crater Lake in oregon, the play was written by Art and Venus, narrated by Juliette and Art, with the most magnificent particles, rezzed scenes, and musical accompaniment, largely the brainchild of Venus, who as you can see is an original artwork in herself.
We are back on Futurelab in a few weeks for an art talk, so much to look forward to, and let's also hope that the Futurelab crew decide to give an encore performance of About Sand again soon, I'm sure many would love to see it.
|The glorious Venus Adored|
The River of Forgetting grid.kitely.com:8002:the river of forgetting
About Sand hypergrid.org:8002:futurelab (the stage is about 1000m up in the sky)