Artistic collaboration in Second Life

Collaboration, June 2015
Collaboration, June 2015

One of the strengths of Second Life that’s often pointed to is the collaborative power that lies within the platform. Thanks to the broad range of tools and capabilities offered, collaborative efforts can take many different forms, from content creation through to teaching or music, cinematography, research, and so on.

Where art is concerned, the platform can be a very effective means of collaboration, and I’ve covered a number of examples through the arts reviews in this blog (menu: EVENTS-REVIEWS-TRAVEL > REVIEWS > SL ART AND LEA). However, Kylie Sabra drew my attention to a particularly interesting collaboration between herself and Nils Urqhart, which is currently the subject of a modest exhibition now open at the gallery space at W.E.at Home.

Collaboration, June 2015
Collaboration, June 2015

“It started as a whim,” Kylie says of the exhibition. “Upon a visit to Nils’ photo gallery, I was taken once more by the beauty of his work. I’ve always been a fan of macro lens photography and began to see the possibility the work afforded as an art medium; a beginning point for a new view.

“Nils and I worked together choosing just the right pieces and then I headed in to the Photo Shop and went to work. It was freeing and I had a wonderful time with the project. ”

The result is an intriguing series of paired images, an original macro lens photograph by Nils, who has a passion for colour and lighting, as evidenced in the pictures on display, together with a digital art piece by Kylie which takes all or a part of Nils’ original and offers a different interpretation / perspective on it.

Collaboration, June 2015
Collaboration, June 2015

Taken together, the paired pieces offer a fascinating view of how a subject can be uniquely interpreted and presented, while at the same time, each individual piece by Nils or Kylie, works entirely on its own, offering an eye-catching work that lends considerable grace to any in-world wall and home, with all of the pieces are offered for sale individually.

As noted, this is a modest exhibition, offering just 6 pairs of images. Nevertheless, it stands as an ideal introduction to what I hope will be a continuing collaboration between Kylie and Nils.

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