MetaLES to close its doors in Second Life

MetaLES: Haveit Neox The Haul (2017)

On Monday, January 15th, Ux Hax and Second Life partner, Romy Nayar, announced that their art region, MetaLES, would be closing at the end of the day. The announcement came in a simple statement passed through a number of art group:

After 8 years of art, fantasy and work MetaLES ..O.. closes its doors. Many thanks to all the artists, bloggers, friends and visitors who made it possible, The decision is for the lack of time to dedicate to the project.

Kisses and hugs

Romy & Ux

“Yes today is the last day,” Ux informed me. “We are sad, but the art in SL will continue!” He went on to say that the lack of time mentioned in the notices is related to a new physical world project he and Romy are involved in. However, he refused to be drawn into providing any  specifics for the time being.

MetaLES: Rebeca Bashly – Sleepy Snail

My first exposure to MetaLES was back when it was referred to as Per4mance MetaLES ..O.., and came with the installation Conformational Change by Selavy Oh. However, it wasn’t until 2013 and Cica Ghost’s Ghostville that I regularly started blogging about the region and installations hosted there.

From the start, MetaLES proved a popular venue for some of Second Life’s top artists – Selavy, Rebeca Bashly, Cica, Cherry Manga, Eupalinos Ugajin, Moya, Bryn Oh, Kicca Igaly, Nessuno Myoo, Igor Ballyhoo, to name but a few, together with Romy and Ux themselves. The depth of art displayed on the region speaks volumes on the esteem in which both Romy and Ux are held by the SL arts community. For my part, one of the great attractions of the installations presented through the region has been the depth of narrative in so many of them.

MetaLES 7th anniversary retrospective – 2016

For example, both Haveit Neox and Igor Ballyhoo both explored ecological issues with The Haul and Tumor respectively; JadeYu Fang examined our anxieties through OpeRaAxiEty;  Rebeca Bashly explored ideas of birth, growth and life, and renewal with Queens Gambit Declined, while Ux and Romy explored the tarot through a multi-part series of installation in Escenas / Scenes (see here, here and here).

Such is the richness of art displayed at MateLES over the years, that it is hard to pick out a personal favourite – I thoroughly enjoyed all of those mentioned above, as well pieces like the exploration of Gaston Leroux’s Le Fantôme de l’Opéra in A Bit of Red, by Kicca Igaly and Nessuno Myoo, and lighter installations like Romy’s Sparky’s.

MetaLES: Nevereux – Journey into Communication – 2017

MetaLES is currently hosting three exhibitions, all of which will end with the closure: Shattered, by Theda Tammas, Melancholy by Ini Inaka and Journey into Communication by Nevereux (see here).  All three are well worth a visit.

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5 thoughts on “MetaLES to close its doors in Second Life

  1. Reblogged this on Diomita and Jenny Maurer’s Blog and commented:
    Just a few minutes ago I heard that MetaLES is going to close today after 8 years of providing space for the art in Second Life and featuring a lot of artists. I personally discovered MetaLES, which was run by Romy Nayar and Ux Hax, in July 2016 on a Saturday afternoon simploring tour https://themaurers.me/2016/07/05/saturday-afternoon-simploring-tour/ and had a longer visit to it in 2017 (Simploring 2017 (45) MetaLes ..O.. ArT Virtual Space) https://themaurers.me/2017/06/16/simploring-2017-45-metales-o-art-virtual-space/.
    It’s sad that this art space is going to disappear but we have to be thankful for having it for such a long time. Thank you Romy and Ux, and good luck for your next projects outside of Second Life.
    Inara has a way more detailed farewell blog post about MetaLES. Thank you, Inara.

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  2. Very sad news to me. My very recent comeback in Second Life was enlightened by the quality of MetaLES ..O.. activity and proposals. I was going to get in touch with Ux and Romy to start a collaboration with them for my DARTS Movement project for the Digital Arts.
    I hope my project can take now the space left by MetaLES ..O.. in the SL art community to keep their work going even if under a new creative direction, mine, which wants to keep the same quality I’ve seen at MetaLES ..O..
    I hope to have the strength to start from such a huge heritage and I hope in the same artists involved along these 8 years by MetaLES ..O.. will start taking me as their reference in SL for making even better exhibitions and programs for the Digital Arts.
    I give here a link to the DARTS Movement website, which is still a work-in-progress with a lot more to come along the next weeks and months.
    I still hope to get in touch to Ux and Romy, by the way, to take suggestions from them and to eventually make them change their minds about MetaLES ..O..
    MetaLES ..O.. and the SL artists and their art lovers deserve to keep it going!

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