Galerie 17 re-opens in Second Life

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Galerie 17 – Rage Darkstone

Thursday, June 9th saw the re-opening of Galerie 17 in Second Life after a three-year gap, featuring an ensemble exhibition with works  by Angelika Corral, SheldonBR,  Rage Darkstone, Christy Underwood and Flor Nachtigal, the gallery’s owner / curator.

Located in a modern 2-storey structure from the Fanatik range, the gallery offers for main display areas split two to a floor, with the lower level also providing a large, airy lobby space which is also used for displaying art, with the upper level also providing a lounge area.

Rage Darkstone’s vivid abstracts (top image) occupy the lobby area, together two of her very striking portraits. Naturally lit by windlight, these are superb pieces well suited to the display space, enticing the visitor to step forward and explore.

Gallerie 17 - Angelika and SheldonBR
Galerie 17 – Angelika and SheldonBR

The two gallery spaces on the ground floor are given over to a shared exhibition by Angelika Corral and SheldonBR – two artists I greatly admire. One again, Sheldon’s penmanship and Angelika’s photography powerfully contrast and perfectly complement one another, presenting a series of monochrome studies of the female form, which have been beautifully set against the gallery’s lighting, and to a quote from Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida.

Upstairs, the two display spaces are split between Christy Underwood and Flor Nachtigal. Christy presents a set of her entirely computer-generated paintings, which she produces with pen tablet and painter software, much as an artist may use paints and canvas. The results, abstract in nature are striking to both the eye and wall.

Gallerie 17 - Christy Underwood
Galerie 17 – Christy Underwood

Flor’s images comprise two sets of nude or semi-nude monochrome avatar studies. The firs comprises two images taken from a series entitled Adriana, which I assume refers to the model’s name.   These stand on either side of the entrance to the display room, and are quite distinct from the remaining four images, drawn (or forming) a set called Odalisque.

This is a term generally taken to mean a chambermaid or a female attendant in a Turkish harem, particularly the court ladies in the household of the Ottoman sultan, but who were not themselves concubines. However, it can also mean, “an exotic, sexually attractive woman”, and it is perhaps into this latter category that the four images offered here would fall, offering a hint of submission within them, together with an echo of the days of Ottoman.

Gallerie 17 - Flor Nachtigal
Galerie 17 – Flor Nachtigal

Taken individually, each of the displays at Galerie 17 offers excellent viewing; taken as a whole, and as indicated by the positioning of Rage’s images in the lobby area, they form a complementary theme of avatar studies and abstracts which carries the visitor through the gallery.  My congratulations to Flor on the re-opening, and on such a superb exhibition to mark it!

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SL project updates 16 23/2: server, viewer, Avatar Complexity

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Server Deployments – Recap

As usual, please refer to the server deployment thread for the latest information.

  • On Tuesday, June 7th, the Main (SLS) channel was updated with the same server maintenance package, comprising the addition of mnemonic names to be used in LSL scripts when attaching to the new attachment points on the Bento skeleton extensions and minor internal changes
  • On Wednesday, June 8th, all three RCs were updated with a new server maintenance package comprising “minor internal changes”.

SL Viewer

There have been no further changes on the viewer front since part 1 of this update, leaving the official viewer channels as follows:

Remaining Viewers

All other viewers currently remain unchanged from week #22:

  • Current Release version: 4.0.5.315117, dated May 11th, promoted  May 18th, and formerly the Quick Graphics RC viewer
  • RC viewers:
    • Maintenance RC viewer, version 4.0.6.315924, dated June 2nd. Includes fixes for the recent release of the Avatar complexity / Graphics Presets viewer release
    • Inventory Message RC viewer, version 4.0.6.315555, dated May 23rd – removal of deprecated and unused UDP inventory messaging mechanisms from the viewer
  • Project viewers:
    • The Visual Outfits Browser (VOB) project viewer, version 4.0.6.316123, dated June 6th. See my overview of the viewer for further details
    • VLC Media Plugin viewer, version 4.0.6.316087, dated June 3rd. Sees the Quicktime for Windows media plugin for the playback of media types such as MP3 MPEG-4 and MOV, replaced by one based on LibVLC (https://wiki.videolan.org/LibVLC/) Mac viewer currently unaffected.
    • Project Bento (avatar skeleton extensions), version 5.0.0.315657, dated May 26th – includes the “reset Skeleton” option and additional slider updates
    • Oculus Rift project viewer, version 3.7.18.295296, dated October 13, 2014 – Oculus Rift DK2 support
  • Obsolete Platform viewer, version 3.7.28.300847, dated May 8th, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.

Avatar Complexity

There are some issues with Avatar Complexity which have been noted, but have yet to be addressed, One is that a “dirty” install the viewer (i.e. not removing the previous version + its supporting files from a computer will default avatar complexity to No Limit (BUG-18199).

Another (BUG-18195) is that initial default values for Avatar Maximum Avatar Complexity (defined by the graphics benchmarking) are not applying. These should be: Low: 35k; Low-Mid: 100k; Mid: 200k; Mid-High: 250k; High: 300k and High-Ultra / Ultra: 350k. Instead, the bug means that all graphics settings above Low are defaulted to 80k. This also means the Rest button for Avatar Complexity reverts the setting to 80K for all settings, rather than applying the correct default.