Chestnut perked up and said "A friend's got an installation we should look at," so off we went. The theme was "masks" and the build is simple. The masks, tho, are anything but simple. Oversized, so you walk among them, the masks are set on simple black walls.
What takes my breath away, is the range. Abstract, Simple, Concrete, stylized, conceptual. I stand and look. Its art. Its very creative and mixed in are scripted effects, subtle texturing, incredibly good sculpted prim work. Above all, its a wonderful cross section of ideas.
We walk along the wall of installations, commenting, chatting, and I wonder. Do the original Lindens. Philip, Cory, the old hands, who brought this all to life. Do they wander these spaces and inhale of the creativity, and smile at what they have wrought?
The intersection of creativity, technical wizardry, and a social universe, where people can share ideas, and become artists and observers, is an pretty special thing. Its easy to forget, amidst the lag, the drama, the never ending oddities of the grid, that Second Life is uniquely new.
Do the new hands, the people brought in to take it from a raw unfinished tangle of rough edges and powerful ideas, come to spots like this and realize h
ow powerful Second Life is? I hope they do. I hope both old and new, wander it and see the magic.
This installation is one of many in Second Life. Those who would hope to get a hint of what makes Second Life special, and why it, and not other virtual spaces, have taken off, should wander the world, and inhale deeply of the creativity. Technology, and creativity. Audience, and Creator. Sharing. It is a heady mix, and hints of why Second Life, and Virtual Worlds matter.
"Masks" organized by Sabrinaa Nightfire, at: Erato of Caerleon