One Billion Rising in Second Life 2019

One Billion Rising in 2018: the #MeToo Forest

One Billion Rising in Second Life will once again be taking place in Second Life on Thursday, February 14th, 2019. 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.

This year, One Billion Rising in Second Life is especially saluting the work and courage of the joint Nobel Peace Prize winners in 2018, Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict,” according to the Norwegian Nobel Committee announcement on 5 October 2018 in Oslo, Norway.

Nobel Peace Prize winners Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, whose work will be saluted at OBR 2019 in Second Life

Starting at midnight (00:00) SLT on the 13th/14th February, 2019, OBR in Second Life will run a full 24-hours throughout February 14th, closing at 23:59pm SLT on Thursday 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, together with art displays across the four regions.

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Fracture Facture in Second Life

Club LA and Gallery: Joss Floss

Now open on the mezzanine level of Club LA and Gallery, curated by Fuyuko ‘冬子’ Amano (Wintergeist), is an intriguing exhibition by Joss Floss.

Fracture Facture (or possibly just Fracture) is an unusual curio of a piece that defies attempts to quantify it – which I tend to think is intentional. It is also very cleverly presented, mixing 2D and 3D elements that I suspect in places are both slightly tongue-in-cheek whilst simultaneously intended to challenge perceptions.

Club LA and Gallery: Joss Floss

What amounts to eight individual pieces are arranged around the walls and on the floor, each presenting a very specific vignette, starting with (in terms of being nearest to the stairs up to the level), the titular piece Fracture. No liner notes are provided to the exhibition or to the individual pieces, so interpretation is purely in the eyes of the beholder.

For my part (and given the way my mind works), I felt several of the pieces perhaps carry a subtext on the subject of identity, which rage from how we perceive our worth in life, to the manner in which some may objectify others, unable to see them as individuals, through to a need to reinforce ego, with (perhaps) a metaphor for our lives always in a state of flux (or perhaps “repair”). Another of the pieces struck me (whether intentional or not) as gently mocking the more highbrow approach to art, as it put me in mind of the over-inflated view taken of a certain English artist’s “autobiographical” work. However, I do emphasise that there is absolutely no objective reason why this should be so, in terms of the piece by Joss.

Club LA and Gallery: Joss Floss

But this is the real charm of the items in little exhibition. Like the artist, they defy being put in a box, but instead ask to each be seen and judged on the basis of how it presents itself to us, without a broader constraint of exhibition theme, or stated ideal on the artist’s part.

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A quiet corner of Second Life

-Paradiso-/Cor meum; Inara Pey, January 2019, on Flickr
-Paradiso-/Cor meum – click any image for full size

I’m not sure quite how -Paradiso-/Cor meum came to be on my list; I have a feeling that I received a poke about it late in 2018, but beyond the region and sim being noted in my list of places to visit, I don’t have an original note card to reference as an aide-memoire to give me a name; so my apologies to whoever it might have been, particularly if the tip came via IM.

Located in the south-east quarter of a Homestead, this is something of an idyllic setting of the kind I tend to like: shallow waters to wade through, little “islands” of trees and flowers scattered across it, and a little dry land to stand upon or wander over for those who prefer to keep their feet as dry as possible. Designed by 髙橋ヒロム (CainAbel), it is the kind of place that can be explored in minutes – and appreciated and enjoyed for hours.

-Paradiso-/Cor meum; Inara Pey, January 2019, on Flickr
-Paradiso-/Cor meum

The landing point sits close to the eastern edge of the region, where a lone tree rises from the water, branches devoid of leaves but attracting butterflies. A rowing boat sits beneath the bare boughs, resting among a gathering of translucent roses.

Not far away, sitting between the eastern and southern sim boundaries, lies a circle of whitened trees protectively standing around an ancient ruin. The broken walls and arches speaking to a presence long past, a single aged fountain at their centre. Like the rowing boat, the ruins sit within a sea of translucent roses under which waves gently shimmer.

-Paradiso-/Cor meum; Inara Pey, January 2019, on Flickr
-Paradiso-/Cor meum

A tongue of land twists a path over the water from this mystical copse, passing under arched trees offering their raised branches as if trying to keep the sky from collapsing on whoever passes beneath them. This path leads to a raised area of grass sitting no more than a metre above the waters, but high enough to trap a large pool fed by a waterfall within it.

Here the trees are lush and green, more of the mist-like roses around the feet of those near the inner pool, which has attracted its own ghost-like butterflies. Rising from this pool is the stump of what must have once been a mangrove tree of huge proportions, and which still throws out sturdy roots, even though it is now little more than the foundation for a ramshackle hut sitting upon its hewn neck. Reached via a rickety little board walk and  crooked ladder, the shack hides a romantic little vignette within.

-Paradiso-/Cor meum; Inara Pey, January 2019, on Flickr
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Follow the land west and south from the shack, and a cosy bed-like swing awaits discovery, another place for visitors to relax, still more roses lapping around its wooden frame. Behind it, willow-like trees twinkle with lights, while a line of telegraph poles march their way to and from nowhere in particular.

There are no ambient sounds within the setting (or at least, none were playing during my visit), but the audio stream provides a gentle flow of music, so those who wish to can use the umbrella-like dance system close to the landing point to twirl their way over the water to the gentle beat and romantic lyrics.

-Paradiso-/Cor meum; Inara Pey, January 2019, on Flickr
-Paradiso-/Cor meum

With a Flickr group available for sharing photos, -Paradiso-/Cor meum is a perfect place to escape stress and worry, and one ideally suited to playing with windlight options and settings when taking photos. As the parcel is part of a residential region, do please keep all explorations to within the parcel boundaries.

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