Archive for December, 2007

skatin’

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Sooo, I discovered a new favorite sl pastime. I don’t really remember how I ended up here but I’m glad I did. This was so much fun! Free skates (I think the creator dropped his work somewhere halfway while working on the textures, but somehow going around on wooden blades seemed to work anyway) and very good skating animation. When I put on my wooden bladed skates I was surprised with my instantly obtained talent! For a figure skating program like this, a training outfit would not be suitable I decided. So I immediately changed into a figure skating approved outfit and nearly choked with laughing because of all the passion and dedication I put into this new discovered talent. When my neighbor got online I tp-d him over to join me in a couples program. Completely hilarious, especially because he refused to take of his cargo pants and rasta hair (which kept on flapping in my face) but I think we made a perfect match…ahum.. Winter in Canterbury!

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lili was here!

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The last exhibition in the old DEPOT contained work by artist Lilian Kreutzberger (RL name). As most of the DEPOT artists she is not a very active sl user so I’ll just stick with her RL name here. Her exhibition has been very successful, almost all works are sold. Lilian finished the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague this year and will be applying for an artist residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam next year. Since her exhibition in sl has been such a great success I felt I had to share some of the recent developments here. Each year the director of one of the main dutch art museums, makes a selection of the graduate students from the aforementioned academy for an exhibition. And Lilian was selected as well this year. No surprise there so far…hehe…no seriously, that’s something to already be proud of obviously. But when I arrived at the opening I found a radiant Lilian who told me the director bought one of her works just a few minutes before. Way to go Lili! I was so proud of her! One of her large paintings has been sold and will now be in the collection of the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague….for keeps. Congrats. For anyone wishing to see her RL work, it is on show in the 7-up exhibition until february 3rd. Above pics: Some of Lilians work in DEPOT. Lilians website can be found here and the exhibitions page is here.

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gender bending

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In the past week I took my first steps into the whole sl gender bending thing. Of course I already knew it is not an unusual thing in sl and I also bumped into enough female avi’s with obvious male typists but this recent experience really got to me. In general I can say that one gets to recognize the female/male avi’s pretty soon as they are usually dressed up poorly. Either as long legged, big breasted bimbo’s desperately seeking for girl girl sex or as pretty basic sl avi’s without prim hair. Any rl girl would not walk around in sl with her default hair when there is so much prim hair around to shop for. Believe me, I’m a girl. What’s so funny about the first category is that it totally lacks in ‘fashionista’. As long as the girl presents the basic ingredients it’s okay. As I said…legs and breasts (where in self made shapes the hips usually are forgotten)…and as for clothes short skirts and stiletto heels usually do the trick. Doesn’t matter if they match or not. Anyway, this first category is, generally speaking, as with their wardrobe, not very picky in their contacts. They want a girl and they want it quick. So they start their lame and purposeful chatting up …. which is where you definitely recognize them as a man, hadn’t you done that before. So, those being the basics I am now cracking my skull over something I never saw coming. I met this guy, months ago. A kind, intelligent, artistic, sane, funny, somewhat absentminded and cute guy. Alltogether an attractive person to me. We meet in rl. He’s still a guy, and all those other things as well. And I start liking him more. How that turned out to be the wrong thing to do. I already knew he had a female avi and it really didn’t bother me much. Why would it? Like I said, I already knew lots of men try it out so he was no exception. Months ago he already wanted to show her to me but I said ‘neh, let’s don’t‘ back then. How smart of me. Last week I was talking to him again and he noticed I was wearing prim lashes, and somehow in this conversation about lashes I ended up meeting her, his female avi. So there I was, standing face to face with a superherostyle bdsm mistress dressed in black latex. And not, as in the first category, put together in haste for some easy sex. No, this girl was attented to with the most detailed care. Which in fact did not surprise me at all since he has shown that same eye for detail in other things as well. Moreover, despite the fact that she had this whole hardcore sex thing going on, looking at the undeniably sweet face he has given her I don’t really think she is a one-issue-avi. Anyway, can you imagine all the questions this instantly raised for me? What did he do? Did he build his dreamwoman? Does he like this? Is he into rl bdsm? And in what role? These things can actually keep me up at night. He built his fantasy I thought, since that is what I see most men doing. This must be what he likes. Definitely sub. But then I wondered…if you prefer sub how could one play dom? Could one? How does it work? Is it something where one can easily shift between the different roles or is it a set thing…either this or that? Like being a man or a woman. I am a woman and it is not something I have to think about. I just am. For me having a female avi was not a question. Not at any moment. When I had to choose between a male or female avi I don’t think I seriously considered having a male one. And already after a few days in sl I realized that pretending to be something/someone you are not is in fact pretty hard to do. In the end it is always you. So everything your avi says or does, it’s you. So back to this dom/sub thing, I really really wonder and I can’t seem to figure it out. And then, who does he play his fantasies with? With female avi’s, yes. But then, think again…some of those will be men too. And maybe he plays with male avi’s as well. And on top of all those questions I now experienced some interesting other aspect of this whole thing. Something, I guess, that only comes into play when you start liking someone. I started to feel about this woman as the ‘other woman’. Competition. How weird is that? Since it is in fact just another side of the man I liked. But the fact that he chooses to be her somehow changed into ‘chooses to be with her’. And even though he speaks about her somewhat indifferently I have the impression she is much more important to him than his male avi. So, that’s it. Defeated by a by male brain and hand created pixelwoman. Weird shit. Above pic? Better to light another smoke on this one.

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odyssey

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Just recently I discovered the odyssey land. A land owned by a British Company, to be used as a platform for artists. When I first looked around it was no surprise I bumped into some people, artists, I already knew and some names I had until then only heard about. A week later I was invited to a performance done by eva and franco mattes (aka 0100101110101101.org). As part of their synthetic performance the artists were reenacting three performances by Gilbert & George, Vito Acconci and Marina Abramovic & Ulay. It was because of the Acconci exhibition in the (rl) museum where I work that I was acquainted with his work but still…of the three performances, that one made the least sense to me. Could have been sl lag problems though. To me the Abramovic & Ulay performance called Imponderabilia was in it’s simplicity and (literally) nakedness the best. Two naked bodies, one female, one male are standing in a doorway, facing eachother. Other people wanting to go through the door had to pass these two naked people, closely. And one could only pass sideways. So what will you do? who will you face? Man or woman? Do you pass at all? In the seventies, when the original performance was done in a gallery in Italy it raised enough issues I can imagine. But what was the point here? I wonder, I haven’t figured it out yet. Above some pics of the sl as well as the rl performance.

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