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Storks on a Cottage in Swayland

Storks on a Cottage in Swayland

Today’s picture once more come from Honour Macmillan’s beautiful blog: blog – Honour’s Post Menopausal View (of Second Life). Today she visited Sway Dench’s Swayland region – you can read about it in Swayed in Second Life, and admire the beautiful images.

I chose this one because, with the storks nesting on the roof of the stone cottage, it’s a very European scene for me.  I think most people know my love of European rural architecture, and how I wish there was more of it in virtual worlds. That’s why I love Sway’s long cottages, and Dutchie’s cottages in the polder setting. And one day, perhaps, someone will make an Umgebindehaus.

Talking to Froukje Hoorenbeeke outside the polder cottage she created for the Home and Garden Expo 2012

Talking to Froukje Hoorenbeeke outside the polder cottage she created for the Home and Garden Expo 2012

But, for today, let’s enjoy the storks on a rather chilly roof in Swayland!

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Storks on the Roof in Swayland, photographed by Honour Macmillan

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

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Bryn Oh's 'Imogen and the Pigeons'. Photo by PJ Trenton

Bryn Oh in her new exhibit ‘Imogen and the Pigeons’. Photo by PJ Trenton.

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Jesus saved… and so do we

As in most of her narrative installations, Bryn Oh’s ‘Imogen and the Pigeons’ opens with a mystery hinting at catastrophe. Her sim, Immersiva, has been made a dry, dystopic wasteland, riddled with artefacts that conjure a story. What was this ‘Rebirth Life Encryption’ organisation… and why does it immediately fill us with dread?

Bryn Oh's 'Imogen and the Pigeons'. Photo by PJ Trenton

Bryn Oh’s ‘Imogen and the Pigeons’. Photo by PJ Trenton.

Tonight PJ Trenton and I had a chance to preview this new full-sim immersive installation, which opens this weekend, but as we attempted Bryn’s shifting and tumbling staircase (a visual introduction to her narrative), we were met with an even more challenging and fearsome obstacle: lag from hell. Even after a reboot of the sim, everything seemed, as they say, ‘borked’. But it was not Bryn’s carefully managed scripting that was the trouble, as we quickly learned when complaints popped up in groups and all over plurk. Tonight, SL was utterly f*cked.

Bryn Oh's 'Imogen and the Pigeons'. Photo by PJ Trenton

Bryn Oh’s ‘Imogen and the Pigeons’. Photo by PJ Trenton.

In some ways this was a good thing for this article, as I won’t be tempted to spill the beans about this new story of Bryn’s. Instead, I can simply tease a bit… I hadn’t even met poor Imogen before I had to give up, though I did see hints of her story in the receiving room of an incredibly creepy ‘Therapist’. I also noted creatures which appear repeatedly in her work as symbolic motif: rabbits and butterflies in particular.

We were also able to see that from the start, ‘Imogen’ has all the hallmarks of Bryn’s excellent immersive style – interactive components, multiple complex spaces, atmospheric sound, ‘clickable’ objects which take you to related machinima on the web, and her simple-yet-eloquent poems that allow the tale to unfold. All of these reflect Bryn’s wish ‘to challenge the way the SL resident experiences 3d space and also to immerse them within a engrossing narrative.’

Bryn Oh's 'Imogen and the Pigeons'. Photo by PJ Trenton

Bryn Oh’s ‘Imogen and the Pigeons’. Photo by PJ Trenton.

I am very excited to return and continue the journey I began, which had just led me into some kind of asylum, where I was meeting the characters in this dark tale of heartbreak and madness (at least that’s how it seems so far). Before I departed, I asked Bryn a little more about what she hoped visitors might experience at ‘Imogen’, to which she revealed: ‘each piece to this build.. each character and scene is a facet of my personality. In the end I would mostly just like the mood to linger for a few days… the feeling of meeting someone who perhaps stays in your mind for a reason you can’t quite put your finger on.’

Bryn Oh's 'Imogen and the Pigeons'. Photo by PJ Trenton

Bryn Oh’s ‘Imogen and the Pigeons’. Photo by PJ Trenton.

I’ve no doubt this will be the case, and as such, I confess a small hope that the story ends somewhat brighter than it begins. But either way, I suspect it will be another riveting – and successful – work from this virtual virtuoso.

Six months in the making, ‘Imogen and the Pigeons’ opens this Sunday, the 13th of January, on Immersiva. The sim is closed to visitors until then, but mark this page for your slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Immersiva/15/125/22

Until then, here is Bryn’s trailer for this exhibit (and I love that she makes trailers!):

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