Hello my dearest dears! How enchanting! Here we all are again ready for another whirlwind adventure on OpenSim, the non profit software platform that hosts hundreds of independant worlds, many of which are connected by the hypergrid, an amped up teleportation system that allows you to endlessly explore this incredible free metaverse! If you do not understand any of this terminology, or just want to get on OpenSim,please read my easy to understand OpenSim posts, and don´t forget my Newbie Glossary at the top of this blog! Come join the fastest growing virtual experience on the planet!
Today, we are going to NEW GENRES GRID , which is a very different OpenSim experience. New Genres isn´t really a world in the sense of most grids- the regions mostly seem to be workshops of the various extremely accomplished artists, builders and intellectuals who belong to this grid. One area appears to be kind of a storage shed for the inworld part of an international symposium on electronic art. Although they occasionally do have sort of standard museum exhibits, these folks are very clearly on the hypergrid hoping people with their level of education and professional achievement will have a look around, and decide to join them. So there isn´t too much information aimed at the layperson, inworld or on the Web. Liquid, flummoxed and experimental indeed!
This is not a community in the conventional sense, there are no offers of groups to join, or schedule of events or meetings, and I have yet to even see anyone. There are a few freebies in the welcome area, aimed at getting a simple avatar up and running. The world itself seems to change quite a bit- the HYPERICA listing and the artists own pictures and descriptions are not exactly what are on the grid at this moment. And while they have some things around from other grids, that you are free to copy; their own work, which is stuff like thesis material, is not. As you have probably noticed if you followed my link to their blog, these people are just the eensy teensy tiniest bit full of themselves. Their “official” NGRID BLOG actually had me giggling. But after reading more of the material scattered across the web, particularly the individual members CREDENTIALS, I decided to be a bit more ELIZABETH BENNET about the whole thing. It is not unreasonable for this group to be so proud.
I know this makes it all sound like a big snooze; I am probably doing a bad job describing it- let´s just head over and take a look! There are gates to New Genres Grid at the Sanctuary Eld, on the far left, and Hyperica Upper in the Major Grids and Education section. Or you can type the address: hg.ngrid.org:8002 into your world map search engine and teleport! The most excellent Snoopy of Dreamland Metaverse is in charge of their techno stuff, so they tend to be online, with little to no lag.
Named after the really creepy sci fi horror novel UBIK by Philip K Dick, this is the Welcome Area´s current incarnation. I am the tiny figure standing in the center. Next to me is a red triangular prim upside down on a blue triangle. Look out for these in every region you go to; they offer teleports around the area, and are sometimes the only way to a particular section.
( Oh I nearly forgot! After you’ve done some eyeball clicking, here is a link to NOT POSSIBLE IN THE REAL WORLD, Bettina Tizzy´s marvelous SL Arts blog- It´s all a great read, but especially note the fourth picture down on the page!)
To my far left are a row of teleport panels to various regions around the grid, to the left behind me is a the NGrid logo and notecard giver. On the far wall behind me is a black square with LPDT, these are teleports to LA PLISSURE DU TEXTE 2, and you will see them here and there. We will cover them last, and I think you should go there last; but if you decide to jump there first you might want to have a crack at ROY ASCOTT`S LPDT1. It would be a crying shame to see something this amazing and have no idea what it is about. On both sides of the the LPDT2 teleport are freebie avatars,the rows of boxes to my right are some more clothes animations, etc. from metaverse powerhouse ELIF AYITER akaALPHA AUER aka Felix Ringtail. Now let´s zoom out completely, something you should always do everytime you teleport.
In the region list on New Genre´s METAVERSE TUTORIALS blog, KLEIN is listed as an example of Grid founder Max Moswitzer (MosMax Hax) and PETER SCHARMÜLLER´s kleinbau architecture, which , as far as I can make out, is a term they have coined and copyrighted. Kleinbau literally means small build, but after reading New Genre´s KLEINBAU MANIFEST a couple of times, I think that here, it must mean minimal. The feel of kleinbau creations is supposed to be monumental, which is is one of those things they could tell folks up front. As this homegrown movement seems to be central to the grid´s philosophy, the manifest is worth reading before you head out any farther.
MAX is described as Max´s Museum Sim in the Metaverse Tutorials regions list. Max is Max Mowitzer aka MosMax Hax.´ Don´t get too excited by the word museum, it is not a standard exhibition with mundane things like explanations. Here is a link to Max´s website dedicated to his many impressive projects, among them his award winning, ground breaking, WHITE NOISE build. The museum appears to be bits of his various works. There´s a teleporter outside, at the very bottom. Let´s teleport to level 2000!
It also looked a bit like the WHITENOISE CHURCH and some other stuff from the SL days. Have a gander.
Or was it one of THESE bad boys?
The black and white wallpaper Max seems to favor is, according to the German language article on the White Noise blog main page, something called VECTOR GRAPHICS which involves way too much math for me to deal with this time of night. He created the pattern from images of his many avatar identities, to adorn the outside of his METAVERSE INSIDE box, an exhibit about the evolution, meaning and future role of the avatar.
MaxMos Hax built this for his friend, the very important French filmaker, photographer, multimedia artist, the “prototype for the twenty first century man” CHRIS MARKER, who was also active in Second Life. Bankrolled by the MUSEUM FÜR GESTALTUNG OF ZÜRICH ,the Ouvoir, which is French for workroom, is a museum and kind of playground for Marker, whose avatar is his favorite cartoon cat, a likeness he drew of his RL pet. When reporters wanted interviews, Marker used to just hand them the cartoons. This POST BY ALPHA AUER is a terrific introduction the museum. There are just two small points I could make!
You can see from the NGrid blog PHOTO, the sim is not as elaborate as it was, although if you look around, a lot of the pieces are there in different locations. There are also a couple of cinemas on the sim showing excerpts from Markers films-and of course there are cats everywhere.
8) 8) Is Shinyuku, where they seem t be building a Japanese village from the fifties, when Marker was there making documentaries. He did a thing on Akira Kurosawa, which gets my attention in any reality. The region is scattered with little things that only make sense if you have a bit of biographical material.In the sky above is a white spaceship auditorium thingie; a piece of Peter Scharmüllers zerodimension build, that used to occupy the sim that is now 1o) ZOO, an empty Island. 9) Is called twelve owls, but is also virtually empty. But that could all change tommorow!
Okay, now let´s mosey on down to the southern archipelago!
Here are some better PICTURES from the New Genres Gallery.
ISEA was the 2011 Istanbul Symposium on Electronic Arts.One of the main sponsers was Istanbul´s SABANCI UNIVERSITY is where ELIF AYITER teaches. The dots connect. LEA stands for Leonardo Electronic Almanac, jointly produced by Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts Sciences and Technology and MIT Press. Yeah, MIT. Sabanci University is also a partner. They published the results of the symposium. What you see behind me was the setting for some of the inworld events. With the exception of the big black and white striped pillars coming down from the sky. They had nothing to do with the ISEA, but why change the sim name- it´s just a workshop now after all!. They are my favorite thing. You have to fly up to take a look.
Here is a LINK to the lady getting serious. It is a film she made of our next destination, LPDT2, which is now possibly 3 or 4. I loved it- and I would have even if I didn´t recognize bits from all over this grid in the film. I loved the Whispering Plateau, and the avatar angels.
Below me is the ground level of LDPT2, the SL incarnation of Roy Ascott´s media artwork “The Pleating of the Text”, shown at the Paris Museum of Modern Art in 1983. The very broad strokes are, the work was about interactive nature electronic communication turning George Orwell´s dark 1984 totalitarian state into the greatest expression of democracy in the history of the known universe. It about distributed authorship, a phrase coined by Ascott during LDPT 1´s creation. It is about the pleating , which is layer upon layer of contribution to the text by people from all over the world. It is about the point where the reader becomes the writer, a concept Ascott didn´t invent, but is packing a much bigger wallop in the age of You Tube and Word Press.
Level 5000 is just a small platform in an empty sky.
Ye Gods! Look at the time! I absolutely have to get some sleep now! Thank you so much for bearing with me- this post was more than a bit above my pay grade! Not to mention my level of education and little grey cell count! You encounter something like this and you realize how many of the blighters you have lost over the years. But I had fun exploring this grid and writing this post, it made me see our culture, real and virtual, in a somewhat different light. And I am now officially following the very brilliant Elif Ayiter. She paints too..no you google it- I am just too fried. Thank you all so much for joining me in my small adventures. Your company means more to me than I could ever express in words. The sweetest of dreams and the brightest of days to all my beloved readers! Until next time, Adeiu!