Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor in Second Life

Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor
Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor

Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor is the latest immersive installation by Frankx Lefavre. Like all of his work, it is deep in imagery and symbolism, but it is also and in difference to his previous works, a very personal piece.

“Serotonin reuptake inhibitors are the primary drug used to treat anxiety, depression and panic attacks. Last December, I was given a LEA grant for 2016. By January, I was suffering major attacks of anxiety and panic leading to depression. This is the resultant build,” Frankx says candidly of the piece.

The result is a piece that is deeply immersive installation making extensive use of projected lights and colours (so you’ll need to have ALM enabled in your viewer). In entering it, you are literally entering the artist’s mind, and witnessing first hand the tumult and confusion of a mind in turmoil and at odds with itself. Light, colour and sculptures all conveying the sweep of emotions: the helpless sense of falling; the demons of the subconscious  looming over all thoughts and feelings, and the desire for calm and emotional stability, which is perhaps symbolised by the image of Buddha located on one side of the installation.

Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor
Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor

Such is the evocative richness within the piece, it really is one to be experienced, rather than witnessed in words and still images. For those who have experienced Frankx’s situation, there is perhaps catharsis and a demonstration that there is healing and release. for those fortunate to nave never trod this path, there is the opportunity for insight into what it is like, something one would hope foster greater understanding in our response to those suffering from anxiety, fear and panic.

Given it is a visual piece, I’m not going to say too much more about it here, other than to strongly urge people to hop over the LEA 23 and see it first hand. instead, I’ll leave you with a video in the hope that it will encourage you to do so. This is a truly extraordinary piece of art.

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Fantasy Faire 2016: my King and Queen of the Fairelands

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Vote for the King, Queen and Chancellor of this year’s Fairelands

Once again, visitors to Fantasy Faire are being offered the opportunity to vote for the King and Queen of the Fairelands and their (strictly non-human) Chancellor.  The winners will be crowned at the Fantasy Faire Masquerade Ball, which will also see their Chancellor announced.

Since the Faire opened, residents have been invited to nominate their favourite characters from the worlds of fantasy whom they would like to see crowned king and queen, or appointed to the role of Chancellor (a role for strictly non-human characters).

The nominations have now closed, and voting for the  top five nominees in each category (King, Queen and Chancellor) is open!

And the Nominees for King of the Faire are:

GoblinThe Goblin King
(Labyrinth)
HatterThe Mad Hatter
(Lewis Caroll’s Alice books)
SnapeSeverus Snape
(J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series)
OberonOberon
(A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
FF-KING5-TYRIONTirion Lannister
(G.R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire)

Another interesting bunch, although I’m a little surprised not to see the likes of Aragorn among the candidates – or at least someone from Tolkien’s realms, but there you go. It’s certainly good to see Tirion Lannister back again. He had my vote in 2015, and he gets it again this year, for pretty much the same reason – you’ll always know where you stand with Tirion Lannister. And who doesn’t like an honourable rogue anyway?

Nevertheless, I rather suspect that voting could be a close-run thing between the Goblin King and Severus Snape this years, given the sad loss of the lights who brought them both so wonderfully to life.

So, on to the nominees for Queen of the Faire:

Firiona VieFiriona Vie
(EverQuest)
FF-QUEEN4-GALADRIELGaladriel
(J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth)
October DayeOctober Daye
(from the books by Seanan McGuire)
FF-QUEEN5-MALEFICENTMaleficent
(from the film of the same name)
TatianaTitania
(A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Once again Galadriel and Maleficent make a return as two of the Final Five for Queen. Again, while my love of Tolkien should see me leaning toward Galadriel, But again, as I noted last year, my bias for Tolkien might take the lead were it Arwen Undómiel or Lúthien Tinuviel on the ballot papers. As it is, and having no real feel for Firiona Vie or October Daye and not being particularly fond of Titania (mush as I enjoy the play!) – my vote is sticking with Maleficent.

And to whom might I give my vote for Chancellor?

Mrs Norris Mrs. Norris
(J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series)
FF-CHANC1-KROSPKrosp I
( Phil and Kaja Foglio’s Girl Genius series )
Cheshire CatCheshire Cat
(Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
K9K9
(Doctor Who)
The Last UnicornThe Last Unicorn
(from the book of the same name by Peter S. Beagle)

I have to confess to being a little surprised by K9’s presence, as he’s less a figure of fantasy and more a figure from science fiction. However, three cats more than make up for this 🙂 . My mind isn’t totally made up as yet, but I admit to leaning towards Krosp; even if it is a bit of a come-down for him from the status of Emperor of Cats.

To vote for your favourites, visit the kiosks located on the magnificent Sapphire Mirror Lake, the home of much of the entertainment at this year’s Faire. To place you vote, simply make a donation against those for who you wish to vote – this is most definitely an election which can be bought!

Voting  will remain open until 17:00 SLT, on Sunday 1st May, and the results will b announced at the end of this year’s Fantasy Faire Masquerade Ball.

When visiting Sapphire Mirror Lake, do take time to visit the art exhibition if you have not already done so
When visiting Sapphire Mirror Lake, do take time to visit the art exhibition if you have not already done so

 

SL project updates 16 17/1: server updates

Devil's Point; Inara Pey, April 2016, on Flickr Devil’s Pointblog post

Light news again for the start of the week.

SL Server Deployments

  • There was no Main (SLS) channel deployment on Tuesday, April 26th.
  • One Wednesday, April 27th, all three RC channels should receive the same server maintenance package, comprising a server crash fix and some minor internal improvements

For details of any updates / changes, please refer to the server deployment thread.

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