In October 2013, the collaborative teaming of Natascha Randt & Karima Hoisan produced their 12th production, a machinima shot in Second Life featuring a poem by Karima set to music.
Called Drink Me with Your Eyes, it’s a highly sensual piece, strong in imagery and metaphor, particularly in the use of horses (desire) and stampedes (desire leading to passion and release) and the power of dance. It is, in a word, erotic.
Inspired by the video and opening at 14:00 SLT on Thursday February 13th at Gallerie Artemis, is a new exhibit by Jadeyu Fhang.
Set over the two floors of the gallery (look for the small record inset into the floor to one side of the ground area of the installation, next to the table and chairs), it features number of small vignettes, which either present or suggest scenes from the video.
Some of these are clear references – such as the horses running through water; others are more subtle, such as the empty chairs and table on the ground floor or the naked figure sitting atop a wine glass, eyes glowing faintly.
The installation comes with a windlight setting (midnight), together with a request hanging in the mist at the entrance that viewers be set to night for the benefit of those who miss the windlight prompt. If you have Firestorm or a viewer with extensive windlight presets installed, I suggest you take a moment and have a little play with night-time options; some interesting results can be had.
One small word of caution: the installation includes a screen for playing Drink Me With Your Eyes in-world. However, there is an ongoing issue between the webkit within the viewer, Flash and YouTube which can render the latter unwatchable via Media on a Prim in-world (see my report here). This being the case, you’re better off watching the video directly on YouTube. This doesn’t however, impact in any way on the installation itself.