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Friday, April 15, 2011

The freakiest show

If you're curious about what war is good for, and would like to confirm your suspicions that it's absolutely nothing, then the place to be this weekend in SL is Four Bridges. 
Trill Zapatero has curated a wonderful, all-star show at
the The Howard Zinn Center for Social Consciousness and the Arts with artwork by twenty Sluminaries
ranging from Chrome Underwood, Fiona Leitner, and (shown here) Igor Ballyhoo,
to Filthy Fluno, Fuschia Nightfire, Pol Jarvinen, and Larkworthy Antfarm. Affiliated with Amnesty International, Four Bridges is well-known for hosting art that may be considered too political for other galleries. These drawings say they're by Drumstick Ah.
It's a  two day Peactivity, with music and poetry as well as meet the artists. On Sunday at 12 SLT you can hear junivers Stockholm and Medora Chevalier, the musicians behind CARP's The Wall.
If you don't know Trill's art, you could do worse than checking out her studio on Artropolis. As curator of this exhibit, though, she's brought together a huge and diverse collection of fine art, which has inspired a whopping 40 page book and - wait for it - a Hudvitation!
I won't lie, it's way too much information, on top of the rezzing issues connected with an unfamiliar sim bursting with prims. Thank goodness, the lovely Miso Susanowa, resplendent in a flower-power outfit, was at hand to explain it all, including her contribution, Theater of War perhaps the show's jewel in the crown. Cuz lord knows I'm not wearing a laggy Hud. Not even in the name of Peace.
Miso’s State of Mind was already on the sim when Trill Zapatero began setting up this latest show. At the time, Miso was actually making the Theatre for Sabrinaa Nightfire's last show, Black White and Red. Clearly, though, it was a natural fit for this collection. The  ghostly audience cheer quotes from popular war films, in a misty ghoulish setting. Movie posters line the walls, and the sounds and moving images are flawlessly sewn together, creating an unforgettable sensation.  With the support of Trill, Miso was able to concentrate on the Theatre itself, which took two days of long hours to put together, plus a week or two to get the right audio clips. It helped that she had a good idea of what she wanted.
Miso Susanowa: I wanted it to take a while for people to get the sense of the place, and to point out that the flashy figures and the familiar audio clips, the 'light fixtures', the coffins and so on. A lot of the work went into the glow and animation settings. If you focus on the center of the figures, the animation will make the glow jump dynamically between the triangle. If you set to midnight, the bluish texture is stark and the "entertainment" fades into the background and throws the diorama into sharp relief. the figures are made to flash and animate with the background at regular lighting they are much clearer at midnight.
Sailors fighting in the dance hall, Oh man! Look at those cavemen go. It's the freakiest show.
Take a look at the Lawman, beating up the wrong guy. Oh man! Wonder if he'll ever know,
he's in the best selling show ... To really get Miso's work, you should be listening to Bowie's Life On Mars
Another stunning piece is Sgt. Aaron Hughes' poem I Am Who Survived; you can both read and hear it. Unmissable.
War and Peace e starts tomorrow at 12.00pm SLT.

1 comment:

Miso Susanowa said...

The show is wonderful; many top-notch SL artists have contributed to this event. Thx for the shout-out!