Art with an adult theme in Second Life

The Chamber Society 3rd annual photography contest: (l) Saritha Gabardini, (r) Yayshe – Dathúil Gallery
The Chamber Society 3rd annual photography contest: (l) Saritha Gabardini, (r) Yayshe – Dathúil Gallery

The latest exhibition of art to feature at the superb Dathúil Gallery, owned by Max Butoh and curated by Lυcy (LucyDiam0nd), opened on Friday, October 2nd. It is something of a slight departure from the monthly exhibitions held up until now. Rather the focus on the work of a particular artist or artistic coupling, the exhibition features the “top twenty” selection from this year’s  Chamber Society Photography Competition, and which have been selected from a total of over 90 entries overall.For those unfamiliar with it, [the Chamber] is a private members club also owned and operated by Max, and is one of several establishments also located on the same region – Floris – as the Dathúil gallery.

The Chamber Society 3rd annual photography contest: 2nd place Yum Parkin with Porsheen (l) and Simon Sonneblume (c) behind – Dathúil Gallery
The Chamber Society 3rd annual photography contest: 2nd place Yum Parkin with Porsheen (l) and Simon Sonneblume (c) behind – Dathúil Gallery

The focus of the club is “to create a deep and erotic atmosphere for role-play and erotic chat for members. We focus on politeness and manners with a twist. Our members expect intelligent, lively conversation and imagination along with beautiful and detailed surroundings.” Membership requires adherence to a dress code, an understood code of conduct, and observation of the society’s rules.

As one might imagine, given the erotic overtures within [the Chamber], the images on display within the gallery  are of a similarly erotic nature, with many among them perhaps NSFW.

The Chamber Society 3rd annual photography contest: HisOne - Dathúil Gallery
The Chamber Society 3rd annual photography contest: HisOne – Dathúil Gallery

Now in its third year, the competition awards prizes for the top three entries, which have been awarded to Ziekling Bunnyhug (1st place), Yum Parkin (2nd) and Ossia Xevion and Janet Patton (joint 3rd). The four winning entries are displayed at the front of the gallery space, with the remaining top twenty selections ranged around both the main floor and mezzanine, each piece individually displayed on an easel with the photographer’s name displayed above it.

While nudity is evident in some of the images (hence the NSFW warning above), it is not a common theme to all, and the overall approach of the photographers tends towards subtle eroticism, rather than blatant titillation. In this, as with [the Chamber] itself, the exhibition further gives the lie to the misconception held by some pundits that Adult themed locations in Second life are by default indicative of “pornographic” content.

The Chamber Society 3rd annual photography contest prizewinners: Ziekling Bunnyhug, Yum Parkin (r) and Janet Patton and Ossia Xevion (r) – Dathúil Gallery
The Chamber Society 3rd annual photography contest prize winners: Ziekling Bunnyhug, Yum Parkin (r) and Janet Patton and Ossia Xevion (r) – Dathúil Gallery

All told, another excellent exhibition from Lucy and Max which offers another window onto the range of creative and artistic talent which exists within Second Life.

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