One Billion Rising in Second Life 2018

One Billion Rising – 2LEI

One Billion Rising in Second Life will once again be taking place in Second Life on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018. Over the last couple of weeks, work has been progressing on putting the event and its regions together – and having had the good fortune to be able to tour the event’s four regions, this year promises to be stunning in the range of art on offer, together with a beautiful setting in which people can come together.

When launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, One Billion Rising (OBR) was the biggest mass action in human history; a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls who are at risk. OBR aims to bring people together, raise greater awareness of the plight of those at risk the world over, and bring about a fundamental change in how vulnerable and defenceless women and girls are treated.

One Billion Rising – Terra Merhyem and TheDove Rhode

Starting at midnight (00:00) SLT on the 13th/14th February, OBR in Second Life will run a full 24-hours throughout  February 14th, closing at 23:59pm SLT on Wednesday night. Throughout that time there will music and dancing at the central main stage area, with poetry, dance performance and live performers also part of the overall event. There will also be the art displays across the four regions and two special activities, the #MeToo Forest and the White Rose Challenge.

The #MeToo Forest

The MeToo Forest is a collaborative art piece both honouring the MeToo hashtag which has allowed so many women around the world to share their stories. There is a standing invitation for Second Life residents to share their stories, messages and poems. These will be attached to the trees so that visitors to the forest can witness the stories and messages of others as they explore this quiet and beautiful space.

One Billion Rising 2018 – #MeToo Forest

The White Rose Challenge

The White Rose Pin by Kilik Lekvoda

Time’s Up is a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere. Founded on January 1, 2018 by Hollywood celebrities in response to the Weinstein effect and #MeToo, it is symbolised by the wearing of white.

For OBR 2018 in Second Life, a special white rose pin, beautifully made by Kilik Lekvoda, has been commissioned to show support for Time’s Up.

Unique to the event, the pin can be obtained by travelling around the One Billion Rising regions and counting the number of white rose bushes (kindly provided by Lilith Heart of Heart Botanicals) which are scattered between the art installations, in the corner parks and the #MeToo Forest.

When you think you have the number (of bushes, remember – not individual flowers). Go t one of the four OBR landing zones and use the mail box there to post your total – your name will be automatically recorded with your total.

Event Schedule and Artist Details

The full OBR event scheduled, and information on participating artists can be found via the following links:

For special background information on the OBR 2018 dance performances, please read R. Crap Mariner’s Who Puts the Dance Into One Billion Rising, published in these pages.

One Billion Rising – 2D Gallery

Why Dance?

A critique sometimes levelled at OBR / OBR in SL is that the issues it raises cannot be solved by dance. Well, that’s absolutely true, just as marching through the streets carrying placards and banners is unlikely to have a lasting impact on whatever it is people might be marching about.

However, like marches and protests, dance and music does serve to draw attention to matters. It provides a means by which people are encouraged to stop and think, and for information and ideas disseminated. What’s also important is that it’s a lot harder to see dancing as a threat than might be the case with an organised march or protest – something to take into consideration with countries in which the right to march or protest freely does not exist.

One Billion Rising

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From the Worlds to the World in Second Life

From Worlds to the World – Giovanna Cerise

From the Worlds to the World is a new installation by Giovanna Cerise at the R&D Gallery, Diotima, in Second Life. Occupying the entire gallery space, this is a complex installation to unravel, incorporating as it does elements of post-modernism, philosophy, logical progression, nature, geometry – whilst also, perhaps, promoting a discussion on what is the role of past and present in influencing the future.

Produced entirely in black-and-white, this is perhaps a stark piece, but there is a natural symmetry to it. Set against a black surround, the white forms within the installation are made up of geometric elements denoted by fine black lines – geometry being both a basic expression of both nature and intelligence. In all, the installation comprises three parts, perhaps analogous to the concepts of past, present and future, and which represent the evolution of intelligence.

From the Worlds to the World – Giovanna Cerise

“The first part of the installation can be seen as an archetype of nature, now incorporated and reduced to its geometries,” Giovanna states in introducing the work. Given the overall framework of the installation, I’d venture the opinion that in this instance archetype is being used to reference Jungian archetypes – universal, archaic patterns and images from the collective unconscious which form inherited potentials, which are transformed once they enter consciousness and are given particular expression by individuals and their cultures – and the idea that as universal patterns within the collective unconscious, they exist as a kind of primordial suspension, without individual structure and form.

Thus, in this first second of the installation, we are confronted with a chaotic form, uneven, broken, but with its geometry holding the promise of potential, of becoming individually / culturally and collectivity more.

From the Worlds to the World – Giovanna Cerise

From this the installation progresses through and initial shape and patterns in which human forms can be seen – a reference, it would seem to the rise of intelligence and self. A time when we shape and drive the world around us, while being both apart from it (humanity over nature?), yet wholly constrained by it – as evidenced by the shapes rising and folding out of, so to speak, the same geometric forms as seen in the initial part of the installation.

Beyond these lies the future: a place where individually no longer exists per se, and the identical reigns. A point at which intelligence has homogenised, There is no need for bodies nor the baser needs of humanity. Life has again become unified, archetypes woven together through their universality. A time has been reached where individuality or culture are no longer required. Nor is there need for dialectical discussion or reasoning; all that is required is uniformity and experiential growth and perfection of the whole.

From the Worlds to the World – Giovanna Cerise

As a representation discussion of the evolution of intelligence, From the Worlds to the World (“worlds” and “world” perhaps again a reference from separate cultural environments and attitudes to the single, homogeneous “whole”) is – as noted – a complex piece. While it may well point to a time where dialectical discourse is no longer required, it nevertheless encourages it, just as it also promotes more philosophical consideration of our own development and growth. Are we really to rise from the “primordial” homogeneity of initial instinctual intelligence to a point where the potential of the individual (be it person or cultural) is to be only a span of time before we are once again absorbed into a single whole once again, uniform of thought and goal?

These latter elements: the opportunity for considered thought and discussion make  – for those willing to dwell on interpreting the installation – From the Worlds to the World an ideal opportunity for a shared visit.