Mistero Hifeng at The Living Room

Mistero Hifeng at The Living Room
Mistero Hifeng at The Living Room

Now open at The Living Room, the art and music venue operated by Owl, Daallee and Nora, is the May exhibition, this time featuring a personal favourite of mine: Mistero Hifeng.

Anyone who has seen Mistero’s work will known that it stands and some of the most instantly recognisable 3D art in Second Life. His pieces, with individual figures, couples, or set-pieces has a unique look, style and evocative presentation which has us instantly responding to it as much on an emotional level as on a more objective critical level, engaging heart as well as eye.

Mistero Hifeng at The Living Room
Mistero Hifeng at The Living Room

Spread across all three floors of the gallery space are some of Mistero’s most iconic pieces, together with more recent works, offering those who may not be so familiar with his work with the broadest possible introduction to it. Many of the pieces have been imaginatively displayed.  E rubero’ per te la Luna, for example, presents our erstwhile lunar thief gamely tugging the Moon through the gallery’s window,  while the gaunt figures of Veglio su di te form canopies over the circular seats scattered around the exhibit space, thus literally watching over those seated!

Among some of the more recent pieces from Mistero is Oltre l’azzurro (Beyond the Blue), which is featured flanking a piano – one of the motifs he also uses at his gallery space; it’s a fitting pairing as well, given Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue Oltre l’azzurro is one of his pieces I find particularly interesting as its possible interpretation can vary with just the slightest change in mood on the part of the observer.

Mistero Hifeng at The Living Room
Mistero Hifeng at The Living Room

It is the suggestion of narrative which makes Mistero’s work so attractive. Take La vita…imparare vorra, for example. is the person leaning against the wall weary from thinking, weeping as a result of some loss or happening, or engaged in a game? The story is entirely ours to determine. And again, the story may well change with or own mood, or simply as a result of the local lighting.

Mistero will be on display at The Living Room through until the end of the month, and don’t forget the monthly music sessions there as well! Thursday, May 19th will see The Vinnie show providing the music from 17:00 SLT, followed by Mark Allen Jensen at 18:00 SLT. Then, on Thursday, May 25th, Tone Uriza will be taking to the stage at 17:00 SLT, followed at 18:00 SLT by Bat Masters.

Mistero Hifeng at The Living Room
Mistero Hifeng at The Living Room

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Young Film-maker wins People’s Choice with a little help from Second Life

Radheya Jegatheva
Radheya Jegatheva – #MyFreoStory peoples’ choice winner, thanks to the help of Second Life users

In March 2016, the city of Freemantle in Western Australia launched the #MyFreoStory video competition. The challenge was for budding film-makers to produce a short video, promoting what the city means to them.

Run entirely on-line, the competition was intended ” to showcase the many different aspects of Freo through the eyes of locals, visitors and anyone else with an interest and passion for Freo.”

Films could be entered into one of two categories, adjudicated and People’s Choice. One winner in each category would be awarded Aus $2,250 in cash and a further Aus $1,250 in prize vouchers, with the winning entry in the People’s Choice category being decided on the highest tally of likes and comments received though social media platforms such as Titter (hence the hashtag title of the competition), Facebook, Google+,  and so on.

In April, I was one of a number of people friend and colleague Jayjay Zinfanwe contacted concerning his son’s entry in the People’s Choice category of the competition. Having previously witnessed Radheya Jegatheva’s narrative and film-making skills through his excellent Journey, I was immediately intrigued and, having watched the film, more than happy to show my support. 

I wasn’t alone. People from Second Life and around the world were liking and praising the video as word spread. Even so, as Jayjay reports, writing in the University of Western Australia’s SL blog, Radheya faced an uphill battle. His entry came just four days before voting closed, and the leading contender for the Peoples’ Choice award, Virtuosity by Harry  Jones & Jordan Swindell had been gathering points for some two weeks. Nevertheless, My Journey Through Freo – entirely filmed using an iPhone, I might add – quickly gained traction.

“In the first day [it] had cut the lead by half,” Jayajay comments. “This swift rise by the newcomer was quickly noticed, and the ante was upped by other contenders with varied posts on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Google+ and Instagram, among others, and the battle was on.”

Even so, it was a close-run thing between the two top entries, again as Jayjay relates:

A surge of support from Twitter then pushed Virtuosity in front, by a seemingly insurmountable margin one day before the close of voting. Twitter votes seemed to surge by the hundreds with every Twitter post. However, steady support across the following 24 hours a great number of which came from Second Life saw the lead change hands again leading to a tense final 12 hours where it remained close enough to go either way.

In the end, My Journey Through Freo pipped Virtuosity at the post, allowing Radheya to deservedly take #MyFreoStory People’s Choice prize.

In commenting on his son’s winning entry, Jayjay is convinced that it was the input from Second Life residents which gave Radheya the win. More particularly, it is interesting to now that throughout the voting process, Second Life users appeared to demonstrate greater involvement with the film than was perhaps witnessed through other social media channels, providing Radheya with a lot of direct support through comment and feedback.

This has led Jayjay to ponder whether research is warranted into the nature, strength and responsiveness of the various communities built via the various social media channels. It would certainly be interesting to see how effective a medium Second Life is in terms of providing a social platform on which to share news and information.

For now however, I’ll leave the closing words to Radheya himself, while congratulating him on a great little video and a great win. And who said Second Life users don’t have a voice? 🙂

Savouring a Honeycomb in Second Life

Honeycomb; Inara Pey, May 2016, on Flickr Honeycomb – click any image for full size

Lundy De Luca (Londinia Leistone) is a maker of mesh home and garden furnishings under the Hive brand. She also offers her store’s homestead region of Honeycomb as a place others are welcome to visit and explore, as indicated in a recent Destination Guide Highlights blog post from the Lab.

Honeycomb presents a rugged landscape, deeply cut by the sea into a series of headlands linked by a low, forked tongue of land, and two equally rugged islands. The store and landing point occupy the largest of the headlands, located in the north-west of the region, a dirt track dipping down from it, turning north-east at the fork of the tongue, to arrive at small farmstead where horses peacefully graze in a field of grass turned golden brown by the sun. Here sits an old garage with a makeshift wooden deck before it, looking out across one of the inlets towards the middle headland.

Honeycomb; Inara Pey, May 2016, on Flickr Honeycomb

Reached by crossing the local railway line, this middle headland offers a careworn beach on its west side, backed by a tired cabins built on or over its rocky eastern shore. A rickety looking bridge runs out from the beach to the smaller of the two islands, scarcely more than a table of rock rising from the sea, which is surrounded by a small skirt of sand and topped by a tall pier.

The railway line, which emerges from a tunnel beneath the Hive store, curls its way across two trestle bridges and the middle headland to arrive at the larger of the two islands, where it abruptly ends. Here sits another cabin on top of a rocky table, looking westwards towards the setting sun. A board walk and wooden steps offer a means to get down to the water’s edge on the east side of the island, passing under the railway. but to get to the gravelly, overgrown western shoreline of the island requires a bit of a scramble over rocks.

Honeycomb; Inara Pey, May 2016, on Flickr  Honeycomb

While it might sound tired and a little past its prime, the landscape of Honeycomb is nevertheless highly photogenic and evocative, and it is hard to avoid turning the camera slightly left or right and finding another view worthy of a photo. Gulls call from overhead, waves wash against the shores with soft hisses, while geese wander, horses and deer graze, and trawlers work just off the coast. From the tatty/chic beach through the connecting lowlands there are numerous places to sit and while away the time, with rowing boats out on the water offering a chance for a quiet cuddle with a loved one.

All in all, another great place to visit and, if you’re looking for something for your home or garden, or with which to further decorate you land, you might just find the answer in the Hive store!

Honeycomb; Inara Pey, May 2016, on Flickr Honeycomb

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