Moni’s Changing Moods in Second Life

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery: Changing Moods

Monique Beebe makes a further return to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery, curated by Dido Haas, with a new exhibition entitled Changing Moods, a must-see exhibition, although part of it should be considered NSFW.

This is Moni’s third appearance at the gallery, and having covered her first two – Hidden Faces (see here for more) and Sensuality (see here for more), I confess to having been excited by the news of her return, as I’ve found her to be one of the most sensuous, evocative artist and – given she is generally the subject of her own work – models in Second Life.

The traits of sensuality, strength, vulnerability and expressive beauty seen in both Hidden Faces and Sensuality are clearly present in the 14 images presented within Changing Moods, which takes a different direction to the two prior exhibitions by presenting all of the photographs in monochrome. This is a particularly striking decision as it richly casts Moni’s work in a new light: black-and-white photography can often lead to bold images bereft of the greater softening afforded by the blending of multiples hues and tones common in colour photography; it also tends to draw the eyes into the central figure(s) within a tableau.

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery: Changing Moods

This is very much the case with many of the images Moni present here. But while perhaps appearing more hard-edged than might have been the case had they been produced in colour, the monochrome presentation also serves to heighten the beauty within each piece and – to my eye – induces more of a feeling that we are witnessing Moni’s inner perspective of herself, as shaped by her moods and desires – some of which might be considered leaning towards the erotic.

Narrative is another powerful factor within Moni’s photography, and this is also brought to the fore within the pieces offered in this exhibition. Take for example Robotoca, Almost Real, and The Mask We All Wear. All offer up ideas of identity, place and self-image in an increasingly technological world where the demands to reveal all perhaps causes us to react with a greater desire to hide, while the pressure to conform evokes the need to be strikingly  different.

Moods and desire as also powerfully incorporated into these works in a variety of ways, from the direct – as with Captured, with its strong portrayal of erotic desire -, through the almost wistful subtext contained within InnocentThe Look and (to a degree) Wet.

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery: Changing Moods

There is also something else within these images which is salient for the times in which we live. It is an over-arching narrative that collectively runs through all of them and which, in so doing, completely alters the perspective they present. This is entirely intentional on Moni’s part, as Dido explains in the liner notes accompanying the exhibition:

Moni presents work that shows how her ‘Doll’ is created. She uses artificial arms, legs and face to illustrate this process. Moni gets the impression in SL women are often treated like Dolls; pampered, loved and dumped after usage.

When viewed with this in mind, the context of the images presented in Changing Moods is dramatically altered. We are no longer in the mindspace of personal thoughts, moods, and desires, but have stepped into that questionable space of how – as Dido notes – women can so often  be regarded and treated as objects. Thus is the subtext present within the images dramatically shifted. Take the way in which Captured, for  example, moves from being a sensually secretive desire within the mind of the subject to become a darker voyeuristic (and subjegative) desire to see a woman so helpless on the part of an observer.

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery: Changing Moods

Evocative, provocative, challenging and captivating is another stunning exhibition of photography by an exceptionally talented artist, Changing Moods is open through until the end of October 2018, and one not to be missed.

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2018 SL UG updates #40/2: TPVD meeting – EEP and Animesh

“Red and yellow and pink and green / Purple and orange and blue / I can sing a rainbow” – Graham Linden demonstrates a rainbow effect in Second Life using EEP. Credit: Graham Linden

The majority of the following notes are taken from the TPV Developer meeting held on Friday, October 5th, 2018. A video of the meeting is embedded below, my thanks as always to North for recording and providing it.

This is again a short meeting, with lengthy pauses in chat, so the following is a summary of key points. Note that due to a log-in issue occurring before the meeting, the discussion proper doesn’t start until the 3m 40s point in the video, having been delayed to give people still having issues the opportunity to log-in and get to the meeting.

Simulator Deployment Update

The planned deployment of server maintenance package 18#18.0924.19940, scheduled of Wednesday, October 3rd was cancelled after a last minutes issues was found in testing.

SL Viewer

[3:40-6:56]

The new Spotykach Maintenance RC viewer updated to version 5.1.10.520176 on October 4th.

The remaining viewers in the pipeline remain unchanged from the start of the week:

  • Current Release version 5.1.9.519298, dated September 5, promoted September 26. Formerly the Rakomelo Maintenance RC viewer.
  • Release channel cohorts:
    • Estate Access Management (EAM) RC viewer, version 5.2.0.520057, September 28.
    • BugSplat RC viewer, version 5.1.9.519462, September 10. This viewer uses BugSplat for crash reporting, rather than the Lab’s own Breakpad based tools.
    • Animesh RC viewer, version 6.0.0.518949, August 24.
    • Love Me Render RC viewer, version 5.1.8.518751, released on August 20.
  • Project viewers:
  • Linux Spur viewer, version 5.0.9.329906, dated November 17, 2017 and promoted to release status 29 November – offered pending a Linux version of the Alex Ivy viewer code.
  • Obsolete platform viewer, version 3.7.28.300847, May 8, 2015 – provided for users on Windows XP and OS X versions below 10.7.

Of the current RC viewers:

  • Animesh appears to be the leading contender, but this is unlikely to happen “immediately” due to apparent performance issues (see below).
  • Bugsplat is currently awaiting a change to the updater to be merged with it, so will likely remain at RC status, and the update may appear in week #41 (commencing Monday, October 8th, 2018).
  • [32:06-32:53] The Estate Access Management viewer is largely regarded as feature complete, although estate holders / managers are being encouraged to test the viewer and offer feedback to the Lab.
  • Bakes On Mesh has received the required simulator update (maintenance package 18#18.09.20.519894). This should just leave the Bake Service update before the capability will be available on Agni (the main grid).
  • EEP is now officially available for testing on Aditi – see EEP testing and project viewer officially announced for more, and the additional EEP news below.

EEP

[10:00-25:50] EEP permissions may cause some confusion. Please see the EEP documentation on permissions for additional information.

  • EEP assets can be set to be Mod(ify) or No Mod(ify); Transfer or No Transfer, but they are always Copy.
  • No Copy is not supported because  – like avatar shapes –  it is possible to manually copy settings values, even if the asset itself is No Copy.
  • No Mod(ify):
    • Is respected for a fixed sky / water asset if it is transferred / sold.
    • Is not respected if the asset is subsequently used as a day cycle frame (presumably to allow blending with other frames in the cycle).
    • No Mod EEP assets cannot be edited and saved; however, Save As can be used with them to create a new asset based on them.
  • No Transfer:
    • Adding a No Transfer asset as a frame in a day cycle will convert the entire day cycle to No Transfer.
    • This prevents No Transfer assets a creator does not want re-sold from being used in day cycles created by others.

The permissions appear confusing in order to allow people to be able to create and sell sky and water assets; however, there have already be calls for EEP assets ignore permissions altogether. This would mean they would be freely exchangeable – much as windlight XML settings are currently.

This feedback has been heard by the Lab and will be taken back to the project, but in the meantime the request is that TPVs do not alter the assigned permissions with EEP assets, due to the additional confusion this would likely cause.

Adjustable Vertical Zoning

[34:06-35:00] Note that the project viewer version of the EEP viewer allows the vertical position of sky settings to be adjusted, rather than being fixed at 1,000 metre intervals. However, Rider Linden has indicated some refinement is required on setting the slider values.

The vertical layers for EEP sky settings are now adjustable. Select the default level to be adjusted, then use the slider.

Animesh: Performance Issue

[30:00-31:45] There is an apparent performance issue with Animesh, which may be connected to the needsUpdate patch added to the viewer as a part of the changes for dynamic bounding boxes – see BUG-225584.

It was always expected that Animesh might introduce some performance hits – although up until the changes to the bounding box nothing major had been encountered – and the degree of impact this issue seems to produce was not anticipated.

Diagnosing the problem has been difficult from the Lab’s perspective, as issues have so far only been reported on the Black Dragon viewer and Firestorm’s Animesh test viewers – with the former suffered a far greater impact than the latter.

Vir Linden has started a forum thread on the issue (as Jira comments are limited to supported users at present). He has also asked for specific testing using the official Animesh viewer as well. Those wishing to test and offer feedback are asked to do so via the forum thread (although for those with permission to comment on Jiras, feedback on the bug report will also obviously be accepted).

There is an upcoming update for the viewer, but it does not include any fix for this issue. As of the TPV meeting, it hadn’t been decided if the issue was sufficient enough to be classified as a blocker to the promotion of the Animesh viewer to de facto release status.

Other Items

  • [8:50-9:06] BUG-225557: “Attaching an object from the ground causes inventory loss under certain circumstances” can be nasty. The Lab are aware of the issue and will be investigating it.