The Chamber Society’s artistic expression in Second Life

The Chamber Society 4th Annual Photography Competition: the three main prize winers - Dathúil Gallery
The Chamber Society 4th Annual Photography Competition: the three main prize winners – Dathúil Gallery

Now open at Dathúil Gallery, curated by Max Butoh and Lυcy (LucyDiam0nd), is a display of selected entries from the 4th annual The Chamber Society Photography competition.

Unlike the usual monthly exhibitions at the gallery, which focus on a single artist, the October 2016 exhibition features individual works from the “top twenty” entrants from this year’s edition of the competition, which challenges members of the Chamber Society –  a private member’s club – to explore the club’s home region (which is also home to Dathúil Gallery) and capture images reflective of the club’s theme, for submission in the competition.

he Chamber Society 4th Annual Photography Competition - Dathúil Gallery
he Chamber Society 4th Annual Photography Competition – Dathúil Gallery

The aim 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 – which doesn’t make them any the less artistic. In fact, the range of styles and approaches seen in the images displayed at this annual event make it an intriguing and eye-catching exhibition.

he Chamber Society 4th Annual Photography Competition - Dathúil Gallery
he Chamber Society 4th Annual Photography Competition – Dathúil Gallery

A prize purse totalling a generous L$42,000 was on offer this year, with L$12,000 going to LoVeLy (lovelyxan), L$8,000 to Annjalyk Storm (annjalykh2o) and L$5,000 to Ravi Schou, all of whom have their pieces displayed on the ground floor of the gallery facing the main entrance (and seen in the banner image for this article). The remaining 17 selected pieces are arranged around the walls of the gallery on the ground and mezzanine levels, the members responsible for them each having received L$1,000.

“This is not exactly a regular exhibit,” Lucy said as she accompanied me while I previewed the exhibition ahead of the opening. “But it’s a very special one; during the whole month of September you see people running around all over the region, rezzing props and poses which Max loves!”

he Chamber Society 4th Annual Photography Competition - Dathúil Gallery
he Chamber Society 4th Annual Photography Competition – Dathúil Gallery

“In events like this it’s kinda more about the development throughout the month than the show itself, because of the goals of the whole thing,” Lucy continued, her enthusiasm for both the lead-up to the exhibition and the exhibition itself, obvious. “With the regular shows, it’s just the one artist, and a focus on the gallery. With this, it’s our members letting go creatively, which is a lot of fun for everyone!”

The exhibit runs through until the end of October 2016, and as is always the case with exhibitions at Dathúil, I have no hesitation in recommending it.

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A-haunting we will go with Seanchai Library

It’s time to kick-off a week of story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, October 9th

13:30: Tea Time at Baker Street

Tea-time at Baker Street continues at its special lodgings – 221B Baker Street at the University of Washington iSchool in Second Life. This week, taking a break from the canon of “official” stories,  Caledonia Skytower, Corwyn Allen and John Morland present a series of short pieces and parodies gently poking fun at Holmes and Watson.

18:00: Magicland Storytime

Caledonia Skytower asks, “Dare to be Scared?” as she reads selected tales by the late Robert D. San Souci, from his collection of that name, and from Haunted Houses.

Monday October 10th, 19:00: A Spectre is Haunting Texas

spectreGyro Muggins reads Fritz Leiber’s 1969 novel telling of a world in which Texas had secretly run the United States from 1845 through until the Third World War, after which the former state conquered the entire North American continent.

Of it was never given out to the general public in the states, who never had no brains or guts nohow & flustered easy, that this assumption of leadership was annexation–but it was always known to the Speaker of the House & the senators who counted in Washington that secretest treaty Texas was boss…With the coming of the 3rd World War & the atomization of Washington, New York, San Francisco & so forth, secrecy became unnecessary.

Now, Scully Christopher Crockett La Cruz an actor, fortune seeker and adventurer from the isolated orbital technocratic democracies of Circumluna & the Bubbles Congeries, has arrived in what he believes to be Canada. He’s come to reclaim family mining interests, but finds Canada is now N. Texas, ruled over by primitive, backslapping, bigger than life anti-intellectual “good ol’ boys” convinced of their own moral superiority.

Tuesday October 11th, 19:00: More Madness and Other Tales

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the popular “Spooky Series”, illustrated by Paul G. Hoffman,  focusing on spooky tales and lore from around the United States. Join Trolley Trollop as she delves into a rich vein of tales to suit the season.

Wednesday October 12th, 19:00: Haunts and Ghosts

Shandon Loring reads from his personal haunted library!

Thursday, October 13th,

19:00 Stephen King’s The Rainy Season

A young husband and wife on summer vacation rent a house in a small town called Willow in the US state of Maine, only to be warned repeatedly (if vaguely) to leave by the local inhabitants. They do not comply and, having purchased groceries, return to the house. They never learn the price for prosperity the citizens of Willow must pay – but you can, if you join Shandon Loring in Second Life or Kitely (Check Kitely event announcements for specific grid location).

21:00 Seanchai Late Night

More spooky tales with Shandon Loring.

Please check with the Seanchai Library SL’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule.

The featured charity for September-October is Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a childhood cancer foundation dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for all children battling cancer.

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