Tuesday, September 30, 2008

sandwich

sandwich

Most people would assume, because I'm fat, that I'd be the kind of person who eats when I feel depressed or sad or nervous.

However... quite the opposite is true.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

New installation - 'Ornamental Love'

Was recently offered some gallery space at Sintetika by Nur Moo and didn't really know what I was going to build until today:

The piece will be there 'til roughly the end of October. More details (event, etc.?) forthcoming.

Ornamental Love
Ornamental Love

Installation by Nebulosus Severine [2008]
Sintetika sim
September/October 2008
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[Best viewed at Midnight.]

I built this piece over the course of several hours when taking a break from working on an entirely different installation.

As I worked, the title came to me from somewhere in my subconscious - as often happens, my pieces seem to choose a name for themselves.

It was only later on that I realized 'Ornamental Love' is also the title of a piece by my favorite artist (and biggest influence), Robert Longo: http://www.momentaart.org/pas_pro/img/longo.jpg

I had considered renaming it, but it didn't want another name.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Quote - "All we have to believe with is our senses..."

Friedlander II sim
"...All we have to believe with is our senses, the tools we use to perceive the world: our sight, our touch, our memory. If they lie to us, then nothing can be trusted. And even if we do not believe, then we still cannot travel in any other way than the road our senses show us; and we must walk that road to the end."
-- excerpt from American Gods by Neil Gaiman (which I am currently reading)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Spontaneous photo meme

I have (indirectly) created a monster!

Unbeknownst to most of you, I also have a Livejournal account, which I created in order to be able to read the blogs of some friends. My friend Vady posted a meme recently, & I thought it sounded fun so I participated:

Instructions:
Take a picture of yourself right now.
Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair... Just take a picture.
Post that picture with NO editing.
Post these instructions with your picture.
Spontaneous photo meme

Soooo I posted the above pic of me to Flickr; little did I know that the idea would become such a huge hit! Someone even started a Flickr group for it -- sponteneously me.

Fascinating, how this kind of thing spreads. Seeing all the pictures is amazing, too -- I love how everyone kinda adds their own twist to it. Fun times!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Arthole Radio weekly live broadcast

(Cross-posted to the Arthole blog - original post by Arahan)

From Wednesday 24th September we start weekly live broadcasts of Arthole Radio.

So the show can reach people in different time zones we will broadcast twice every Wednesday -

Arahan Claveau - 9pm GMT (1pm SL/PDT)

Nebulosus Severine - 9pm EDT (6pm SL/PDT)

Open this link in your media player of choice e.g Winamp, Windows Media Player, iTunes etc.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Burning Life 2008

A lot of people who know I'm an artist have been asking me lately if I'm going to have a build in Burning Life this year. My friends, for the most part, know why I refuse to take part in it.

Burning Life 2008

I left this piece at Brooklyn Is Watching recently and also responded to a post about it on the BIW blog, saying this --

Burning Life — oh, how I used to love the event…

I’m with agreement with Arahan about BL 2005 and 2006. Burning Life 2005 was one of the first major exhibitions of art & building that I’d seen in SL and it blew me away. In 2006, I was overjoyed to have been one of the participants — it was the first time I had a really big plot of land to build whatever I wanted.

The festival was handled FAR more simply then; the land plots were given by lottery. People interested in having a build would submit their names & a couple specifics (whether they wanted PG or Mature land, etc.) to a thread on the official SL forums, and the winners were (supposedly) chosen randomly. The winners were given their plots (which averaged about 1500 prims, I think) and left to build, and that was pretty much it, other than the Burning of the Man event. There wasn’t too much other involvement or interference, other than volunteers and Lindens keeping an eye on stuff that caused too much lag, etc.

In 2007, it all changed, though I am not sure why. BL is usually announced late in the summer, and in 2007 the time was fast approaching with nothing much being said about it, other than rumors on forums that the Lindens weren’t going to bother anymore.

Then announcements went up about it, finally — but this time, a regular resident was in charge. It seemed at the time that he had taken it upon himself to get it going, since the festival might not have gone on otherwise. I was happy at first to hear about it — would have been disappointed if it had just been canceled altogether — but the whole thing quickly turned into a fucking nightmare.

The land grab thing was pretty annoying, for one thing; each plot of land had a little 12-prim kiosk on it that HAD to remain on your plot for the duration of the event. And most plots, other than the large theme camps, were considerably smaller than in years past — most about 200 or 300 prims. These issues were the LEAST of what was wrong with the festival, however.

It quickly became apparent that the resident who took charge of BL — who I will refer to as V_c_r_ L_mb_rt — was on a big power trip and micromanaged everything. To make a long and pathetic story short, people’s builds were being scrutinized constantly, you-can’t-do-this, you-can’t-do-that…. Favoritism, backstabbing, pettiness, ugliness. Oh, and the stupid Porta-Potties. The fucking stupid, 60-prim (I think) Porta-Potties which have no fucking place in a virtual world where people do not have bodily functions to attend to, yet the organizers insisted on their presence.

Then there was the censorship of Cheen Pitney’s statue — one he has rezzed at BIW in the past, as a matter of fact — most of BIW’s regular viewers and readers will recognize it. I don’t even want to go into THAT whole fiasco, so I’ll paste the link to the unofficial Burning Life blog articles on it here:
http://burninglife.com/2007/08/29/censorship-on-the-playa.aspx
and
http://burninglife.com/2007/08/30/nipplegate.aspx

[To DC, if you are reading this: We had a convo sort of recently about P__d M_h_vl_ch, and I mentioned vaguely that I despise her, tho I can't remember if I explained it all -- well, now you know why. I'm not printing her name in full here, either, because she has threatened to sue people in the past -- gimme a fucking break. Anyway -- ]

I ended up quitting BL 2007 in disgust shortly thereafter. I got myself into a bit of controversy on my way out by pasting a picture of V_c_r_ L_mb_rt’s face on a Burning Man model and leaving it on my abandoned plot. —
http://www.sluniverse.com/pics/pic.aspx?id=204521&sort=Pictures.PictureID+desc&Name=Nebulosus+Severine
Within a day or two, I was locked out of SL, although I was never told I was banned for disciplinary purposes. Supposedly, it turned out to be a billing error, but the timing was pretty fucking uncanny. Not to mention that most of the things I had rezzed on my OWN land — not the BL plot, but my home gallery space — vanished without a trace, without explanation. It took me a week to get back into SL, and my missing items never returned.

I was stupid enough to have hopes that maybe, just maybe, BL 2008 would be handled differently, or at the very least, exclude V_c_r_ L_mb_rt and P__d M_h_vl_ch — you’d think Linden Labs would be out of their fucking MINDS to let those two back in after last year’s debacle — but, nope, both of those two still have major roles (though V_c_r_ has mostly a technical role rather than an organizational one, or so I’ve heard). As long as those two have anything to do with Burning Life, I sure as fucking hell will NOT be participating.

So now you know why I say, ‘Fuck your bureaucratic “arts” festival,’ Linden Labs, et al.


So -- now you know why I won't have anything to do with Burning Life, if you didn't already know.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Swan Star set

Swan Star set

Goes on sale September 15, 2008 at the Black Swan sim. Show starts at 12 pm SLT.

As most of my friends and acquaintances know, I don't sell my art for profit; rather I rely on making other things to sell to help support my art. This jewelry set is an example.

Also, this is the first thing I am releasing under the name of my new shop, Night-Ghast.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Burned into my memory: "A plane just hit the World Trade Center"

Paranoia/Watching The Sky For Planes - remembering September 11th (part 1)

I had been at work (at a bookstore) when one of my co-workers told me the news.

Paranoia/Watching The Sky For Planes - remembering September 11th (part 2)

For a long time after that day, I was terrified every time I heard or saw a plane fly overhead. I lived near an airport at the time, and what had once been an everyday sound now sent me into a panic.

Paranoia/Watching The Sky For Planes - remembering September 11th (part 3)

I am a highly empathic person, and being acutely aware of the emotional state of literally everyone around me, I often became completely overwhelmed in the months following.

I was like many who couldn't turn off the television or stop watching. Since then, I've pretty much stopped paying attention to the news altogether.
(From the information notecard I added to this installation)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

NEW top secret project!

Just offered to me not half an hour ago....

All I will say for now is that it will open October first, and that I am pretty fucking excited about it!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Chasm R.I.P.

I was informed that the Cow sim, where 'Chasm' had been installed, was due to be sold on September 1st. So, regrettably, I had to take down everything the night after Arthole Season 2 opened.

'Chasm' itself wasn't much -- only about 500 prims in all.

'ORIENTATION' was built on that sim as well, which took up about another 3000 prims.

So, in all, I had two major installations on the sim that took up just under 3500 prims. Not bad. I have learned to be rather frugal with prim usage, though.

Frugal prim usage


I wasn't really too sad to take down 'Chasm' (though I wish I could have left 'ORIENTATION' up for a few more days so that Arahan & I could film it a bit); I was ready to say goodbye to it and move on.

Taking down 'Chasm'


Thanks again to everyone who contributed to, helped with, visited, and otherwise supported my projects on the Cow sim.

The sun sets on Chasm

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Arthole aftermath

Some pics from the opening event for Arthole Season 2:

Arthole Season 2, opening day - 5
Me


Arthole Season 2, opening day - 11
Arahan


Arthole Season 2, opening day - 10
Jinx Paz


Arthole Season 2, opening day - 8



Arthole Season 2, opening day - 12
sp00ky Graves


See the rest of the Season 2 collection here.