Most of Glyph Graves art is impossible to photograph. His art is visually mesmerizing in that it moves and changes color and interacts with you. It is music and sound and movement and almost always involves the real world as well as the virtual world. A two dimensional image just can't even begin to tell the story and for that I apologize. This is one exhibit you really must see in person.
This morning I was at UWA looking at the 3D Art Challenge entries when I came across Glyph's entry. I was reading the notecard (below) when Glyph messaged me. It was kind of confusing because I thought the message was part of the art work! But, no it was just my artist friend wanting to talk about his fabulous new work. I was lucky to enjoy Reflections within Diversity with the artist and if you follow the links below you just might see him there. I encourage you to go because it is mesmerizing, soothing and oh so cool.
From the notecard:
Reflections within Diversity (A language painting)
with 3 connected parts, gallery painting, Main build and Driftglass sculpture in Sydney Australia.
At the gallery level (teleport at this link)
You see a reflection of the main build (exact in all ways, when a prim moves in the main build it moves in the small language painting, when a prim changes colour from one mapped language to another, the respective prim also changes colour)
The main build (take TP to 1002 meters)
Here people across the earth speaking different languages can come, As they walk the platforms the prims near them picks up the language of the avatar (operation system or as set by them in the viewer) and changes to the colour unique to that language.
It also creates a soundscape / avatar symphony, each prim is a full instrument that maps the nearest avatar's rotation to a set of individual notes (see details below). Its best to walk slowly and turn often. For those who want to sit you can find the spiky prims and touch sit. It will move and turn you slowly.
The physical world sculpture
This is also a reflection of the main build in SL and also changes in real time. 20 of the prims in the main build set out in a regular grid across the platform each of the 20 sends the language induced colour change to their own rgb LED embedded withing the glass sculpture that currently resides in Sydney Australia. (see details below).
The physical world sculpture (RL) can be viewed in real time via the prim in the center and is orientated in the same way i.e. the top left prim sends its colour data to the top left rgb LED in the physical world sculpture.
Of course if the prims are all showing one language then you will need to invite a friend with a different language :).
If you have an older viewer you can see the live cam stream of the sculpture at
Reflections within Diversity (detail)
This piece is many things. Its a dynamic language painting displaying a history of the languages of those who walked through it previously.
As you walk through you add your own language track, combining with those who have come before. (SL has a function for picking up a persons operation system or viewer language).
Its a physical world sculpture (currently in my living room) that is a reflection in real time, of the language painting, reflected from the virtual to the physical world in real time. This is then streamed back live into SL via cam
Its also a musical piece, a set of instruments.
As you walk through, as your friends move through a sound scape is created by your movement/rotation... It is the song of those present.
When you walk through its like a pebble dropped in water, you create ripples. of sound, of colour. These are ripples that also reflect through realities.
The SL parts:- The main platform and a similar reflection of it down in the viewing area..
It crosses realities, has nodes of existence in the physical world, first there is the participants behind the avatars, each in their respective countries, their thoughts of movement translated onto a song and their language into a pattern of colour.
The other physical reflection, its physical world node, where the colour of of the different languages seep into another existence, is a glass, perspex and rgb LED sculpture. There are 20 of the prims scattered across the platform, each has a a direct real time connection with its own rgb Light Emitting Diode (LED).In each L.E.D. the colour is modulated in brightness by the distance of the avatar from the prim that is sending their language colour. These LEDs form the heart of a sculpture composed of glass. It has an overlay of drift glass changing the patterns of language into something else.
Is glass ..old glass, glass that had a life elsewhere .. shattered and transported by the vagaries of the currents and washed up onto distance beaches as amorphous shards of translucent colour among the sands and shells of the sands. And yes, it was chosen for the meaning it brings to the Soundscape.
On the SL Platform itself is the sound scape. Each prim is also an instrument with a full set of notes. As you move through the piece it also maps the rotation of the avatar to the note set.
Its a good idea to keep walking around .. or stopping and turning if you hear something you like .. but you can also choose to sit on one of the spiky prims. these will show up on the smaller painting also moving.
I've created it to have different moods in different locations. It changes things from a conventional composition so its different movements are spatially rather than temporally distributed. Ive done this by not only using different instruments but by varying the tempo for different prims but also using a counterpoint like technique where pairs of the same Instrument play in reverse order to the other. It also is a reflection of the person walking through it, their thoughts of movement.
In 2008 I described my piece Total Windsculpture as a form of Synaesthesia because of the way it transposed the wind into colours, music and movement. This is another form of synaesthesia. Here the transformation is a persons language to colour and their movement to sound. A further transformation takes place when the individual prims are mapped to the individual RGB Leds in the physical world.
Id like to thank Lorin Tone for the following note samples
Thanks to Juko Temple for assistance with various things
Also used in this piece is
Dreaming Pad - Jovica (freesound.org)
Ambiant Drone by DJ Chronos (freesound.org) highly modified and extended by me with audacity.
also Artee for kindly letting me use piano notes she uploaded.