Monday, July 02, 2007

PgUp Performances Saturday 30 June - Part 1

This is such a mega blog post that I am going to split it into three parts to do it justice. Today, I will cover Douglas Story's beautiful installation, Chambers and Landscapes. Still to come, coverage of Wirxli Flimflam and Fwwixli Swindlehurst's amazing performance, Ageplay Performance Residue #1, and another brilliant concert by Avatar Orchestra Metaverse.

After a slow start, Saturday's PgUp event went well in SL and rl. It took a while for people to turn up in both venues - in London, we had terrible weather and travel chaos caused by the Pride festival to contend with, and in Second Life, it took a while for everybody to wake up. For the Americans and Canadians, it was, to be fair, extremely early in the morning, and many of the Europeans had attended Angrybeth Shortbread's remix of Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings at what was for them 3 or 4 in the morning. While waiting for things to get going, I hung around Virtual Haidplatz and took virtual drugs with Fwwixli and Miulew ...

You: hey miu!!
Miulew Takahe: hello spin! ;)
Miulew Takahe: i am socializing with Fwwixli a little...
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: do you see my hallucinations ?
Miulew Takahe: i can't believe she is talking drugs at that young age...
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: my dad is a drug dealer !
Fwwixli Swindlehurst gave you Here's your half of the Sunshine Acid , EAT IT ! (wear it) 2.
You: woohoo!
You: i'm on acid!!
Miulew Takahe: ahh Sunshine Acid - -is that good Fwixxli?
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: very
Miulew Takahe: is that something you take?
You: yep
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: good colours
You: wear it
You: teehee!
Miulew Takahe: are you on acid spin?
You: yep
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: /ahem
Miulew Takahe: ok - i took too
Miulew Takahe: greato! ;))
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: No but,
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: yeah but,
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: no but,
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: yeah
You: we are just about open at Notice
You: few peeps here
Miulew Takahe: great - - - hallu's! ;)
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: Uh - ooooooh!
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: Uh - ooooooh!
Miulew Takahe: yes - is it now - or one hour later it starts?
Miulew Takahe: i mean gallery opens...
You: now!! hahaha
You: can't move camera when on acid!!
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: you fat bloated idiot
Miulew Takahe: oh rocky horror - i hear meatloaf! ;))
You: taking off acid cuz i can't move camera
Miulew Takahe: hmm - might be a good idea
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: yeah
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: trying to drive on acid
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: is
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: impractical
You: hehe
You: We are the Knights who Say ...
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: Hey!
Miulew Takahe: must do some belly dancing...
Miulew Takahe: it's the acid..
You: good thinking miu!!
Miulew Takahe: actually i would like to jump in a car and go drive a little wild...
Miulew Takahe: anyone care for a joyride?
Miulew Takahe: and anyone has a car?
You: i have a good rideable pig
Miulew Takahe: ahh the gaz. drums are doing good with the acid...
Miulew Takahe: ahh pig might not be the same... but - i might reconsider later...
Miulew Takahe: i am flying high
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: heellllllllppppp
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: tp me down
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: I'm hightscared and stuck
Fleep Tuque: Still rezzing, can't see a thing.
Fleep Tuque: :)
Miulew Takahe: then you don't see my bellydance either! ;))Miulew Takahe: so you got the notecard?
Fleep Tuque: I did, thank you!
Fleep Tuque: Douglas is a good friend, so I was planning to attend anyhow, but I didn't have the TP point, so it came in handy. :)
Miulew Takahe: great! nice
Fleep Tuque: Goodness, the coffee hasn't kicked in yet, what a horrid sentence.
Fleep Tuque: :)
You: we are ad-libbing while waiting for douglas

Fleep Tuque: Welcome E!
egenerica Dagger: thanks. are there any movies?
Miulew Takahe: there is this one that Gaz. made
Miulew Takahe: for Fau
Miulew Takahe: it is down here below the fountain
Miulew Takahe: please come down and look at it...
egenerica Dagger: cool... i'm still getting the hang of finding things to do that aren't based around shagging half dressed people and dancing like a retard in SL
egenerica Dagger: i've been looking for some good art but it's hard to come by
Fleep Tuque: Everyone has that trouble at first, e, but don't give up
Fleep Tuque: we're out here. :)
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: we love doing all that and call it art
You: hehe
egenerica Dagger: that's good to know

We all seem to need coffee and/or drugs today - I have both!

You: hello folks
You: we are a little late starting with the PgUp programme this afternoon
You: but in a few minutes, Douglas Story will be here
You: to show us round his installation
You: Chambers and Landscapes
You: then at 7.30
You: we have Wirxli and Fwwixli's performance
You: Ageplay Performance Residue#1
You: that will be upstairs here
You: you can get up there using the teleporter that is a spinning sculpture in a sphere
You: at 8.30 we will be drawing the raffle in the rl gallery
You: (where we are being screened live right now!)
You: and then at 9 we have Avatar Orchestra Metaverse
You: who will be performing here in the square
You: including the premier of SLippery SLope
You: you can get a full programme from the table next to the poster
You: and some elderflower champagne
You: it is a very informal atmosphere in the rl gallery today
You: people are able to ask questions and ask me to zoom in on things
Miulew Takahe: Both Spinster and Wirxli has blogged about the thursday happenings - pretty extensive on their blogs
You: Douglas is on his way now

Douglas arrives

By the time Douglas arrives, in his pyjamas, both venues are starting to get busier ...

Douglas Story: huh? wha?
Douglas Story: Oh, hi.....
You: hello douglas
Tayzia Abattoir: Hello Douglas
Douglas Story: It's 6:45 am inCalifornai
BlaiseDeLaFrance Voom: :-)
Douglas Story: grin
You: douglas story has made a wonderful photographic installation
Fleep Tuque: Love the slippers!
You: called Chambers and Landscapes
You: we are announcing in rl right now too
You: say hello to the notice gallery everybody!!
Gumnosophistai Nurmi: hello londong
Tayzia Abattoir: Hello :)
Miulew Takahe: /hi london! ;)
Gumnosophistai Nurmi: sorry misspelling
BlaiseDeLaFrance Voom: CIAO
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: hello notice gallery !
egenerica Dagger: hola londres
DannyDarko Raymaker: cheers London!
You: big hello back from london
Douglas Story: Greetings from the colonies.
DannyDarko Raymaker: Britain I'm your lost SON!
Miulew Takahe: /waves
You: howso danny?
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: London....
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: secret...
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: ...controller of this vast network...
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: ...
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: ...upon who's shoulders...
DannyDarko Raymaker: cause i live in Italy but my soul and mind are English/Ireland i hope to move there soon!
You: hehehe fwwix
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: ...ever alert...
DannyDarko Raymaker: yay!
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: ...cut away you fool!
Douglas Story: love the soundtrack! hehe.
You: ok douglas
You: are you ready to show us around Chambers and Landscapes?
Douglas Story: Yes, please use the TP device in the yellow globe
You: lead on ...

We have terrible problems with the teleporters, leading douglas to say a very rude word! Luckily, it was in IM, so only I saw it. (and everybody at Notice Gallery) (and now the rest of you - sorry Douglas =-p)

Fleep Tuque: Oh dear
Fleep Tuque laughs.
IM: Douglas Story: it's not working.
Miulew Takahe: fleep - right click
IM: Douglas Story: TP people up?
You: not working fleep?
Miulew Takahe: and choose teleport
Tayzia Abattoir: I will go last so I dont look so silly :)
Tayzia Abattoir: lol
You: ok we use the other one
IM: Douglas Story: f**k! (edited for decency)
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: tp is broken
Fleep Tuque: Hehe, think the center ring needs to be unlinked. :)
Gumnosophistai Nurmi: is porting up to the skyboot, right? was there thursday
Fleep Tuque: Ahhh touch the ring
IM: Douglas Story: (forgot folks in the gallery can see this)
Fleep Tuque: not the center ball
IM: Douglas Story: darn!
Fleep Tuque: :)
egenerica Dagger: i get a message to teleport that does very little
Fleep Tuque: Oops yes indeed.
Gumnosophistai Nurmi: select target works not
You: over here folks!!!
You: this thing
You: right click and choose the location

Eventually, we all arrive safely in the entrance room to Douglas's installation, 700 metres above virtual Haidplatz ...

You: phew made it!
Douglas Story: yay.
Douglas Story: Set your light to midnight, folks.
Douglas Story: and use mouselook through the tunnels. I suggest going through only 2 or 3
Douglas Story: at a time.
Gumnosophistai Nurmi: mouse or skateboard?
Tayzia Abattoir: lol
Douglas Story: ha! skateboard look will do, too.
Miulew Takahe: this is sooo nice! ;)
Gumnosophistai Nurmi: (sorry - not used to the mouselook)
Fleep Tuque: Hehe
Fleep Tuque: It takes some getting used to.
BlaiseDeLaFrance Voom: can enter?
Douglas Story: this isn't really a mass audience entertainment.....
Douglas Story: oh sure...step in if you wish.
Douglas Story: I'll meet you on the other side.
DannyDarko Raymaker: it's my turn?
Gumnosophistai Nurmi: sure dan
DannyDarko Raymaker: thanks

BlaiseDeLaFrance Voom: wow
Douglas Story shouts: The management is not responsible for acid flashbacks!
DannyDarko Raymaker: ehehe
You shout: doug fwwix is giving out acid today!!
Douglas Story: uh oh. getting crowded in there?
You: hehe
Tayzia Abattoir: psssst...that spinster walks like a noob
You: lol tayz! they just discussed that in the rl gallery too!
Miulew Takahe: even though she got a cane... ;)
Douglas Story: never had so many people in there at once!
You shout: douglas - why flowers?? london asks
Douglas Story: Well, London.....
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: why flowers and not why jammies ?
Douglas Story: I started with them just playing with the closeup capabilities of my new camera
DannyDarko Raymaker: so nice here
DannyDarko Raymaker: flower power
Douglas Story: literally shoved the lens in rose,

You: this room suits you danny
Douglas Story: and the results were striking and unexpected
DannyDarko Raymaker: right:D eheh
Tayzia Abattoir thinks Douglas knows how to capture real beauty
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: :)
DannyDarko Raymaker: cheers up!
BlaiseDeLaFrance Voom: DOUGLAS is wonderful
Douglas Story blushes
DannyDarko Raymaker: greetings Doug!
Douglas Story: any other questions from the Old Country?
You: gin says that is not why that is what and how!
You: gin is our rl announcer
You: (sorry about gin)
You: hehe
Douglas Story: Announcer? part of my job is torturing voice-over talent
Tayzia Abattoir: How long have you been involved in photography Douglas.
Douglas Story: Oh, since high school.
Fleep Tuque: Ahhh!
Douglas Story: when we used ACTUAL FILM!
Douglas Story: the digital thing reawakened my interest.
Tayzia Abattoir: And did you photograph nature then as well?
Douglas Story: Yes.....but also any geometric shapes,
Douglas Story: bicycles, etc.
Tayzia Abattoir smiles
Fleep Tuque: I love this one, it's almost too beautiful.
Douglas Story: most of these are flowers, but..

Douglas Story: can you tell what this one is?
Douglas Story: (group exercise)
egenerica Dagger: my money is on feather or butterfly wing
Tayzia Abattoir: a zebra ;)
Fleep Tuque: Ahhaha! This one stumped me.
Tayzia Abattoir: lol
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: not really
You: ooh i know i know!!!!
Douglas Story: good call, egen
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: feather
Tayzia Abattoir: a tree
You: am i allowed to say doug?
Tayzia Abattoir: ohhh
Douglas Story: it's a primary flight feather of a Great Horned Owl
Tayzia Abattoir: nice ;)
Fleep Tuque: Ooooh, e wins the prize!
You: what does she win?
Douglas Story: note: it makes owls VERY cranky when you pull out their feathers.

Tayzia Abattoir: Tell us about this one Douglas, I love this one.
Douglas Story: Tayzia, that is a very, very tiny cactus.
DannyDarko Raymaker: yay!
Fleep Tuque: This one looks so surreal, too crazy to be organic.
Tayzia Abattoir: It is beautiful
Douglas Story: probably about 3/4 inch across in real life.
You: can you say something about the scale of your work in second life douglas?
Douglas Story: I've always loved very very big images in galleries
DannyDarko Raymaker: me too
Fleep Tuque: Yes, the ones that envelope you.
Douglas Story: and actually had some of my flowers printed by
Douglas Story: an industrial shop
Douglas Story: on vinyl.
Douglas Story: a company that makes huge, building size adverts
Douglas Story: the idea of displahying thse big like this here was appealing.
Douglas Story: they're 5 megapixel digital images,
DannyDarko Raymaker: macro world of tiny things
Douglas Story: printed as big as 3 x 4 feet in real life.
You: how big can you go with these here?
Douglas Story: ha!
Douglas Story: well, my new piece is about....ummmm... 120 feet high.
Douglas Story:
Tayzia Abattoir: lol
DannyDarko Raymaker: wow
You: WOW!! megaprims?
Tayzia Abattoir: and a beautiful one it is
Douglas Story: Tayzia and Fleep have both seen it.
Douglas Story: yes, megaprims.
You: and me
Fleep Tuque grins.
Douglas Story: oh too, Oh Sleep-Stealer.
Fleep Tuque: It's gorgeous.
You: can you explain what a megaprim is?
Douglas Story: megaprims are semi-legal objcets in SL, much bigger than the 10 x 10 meter limit
Douglas Story: usually imposed.

Juria Yoshikawa arrives - greetings all round ...
Douglas Story: (she's like Norm at Cheers)
Juria Yoshikawa: yah!
Tayzia Abattoir: HAHA
Fleep Tuque laughs!
You: heehee
Juria Yoshikawa: lol
Miulew Takahe: if you havent been walking the tunnels here juria - you must do that - - inside there are some marvellous things! ;)
Juria Yoshikawa: gimmee a beer
You: london likes your belt juria
Douglas Story: (an American television reference. sorry, London)
You: we get cheers!!!
Juria Yoshikawa: bye it at muji
Miulew Takahe: cheers! without beers
Douglas Story: Let me whip up a picture of the new piece to show y'all.
Fleep Tuque: Building under pressure! Brave man!
Miulew Takahe: ;)

You: am explaining your process to the people at Notice
Juria Yoshikawa: go douglas!
You: we like it as a multiple image too
Douglas Story: as you can's big!
Tayzia Abattoir: A picture does not do it justice ;)
Douglas Story: it makes music, too.
Douglas Story nods at Juria
Fleep Tuque: Oh there you are, tiny as an ant down at the bottom.
egenerica Dagger: is this roughly the size of a small building?
Douglas Story: I collaborated with a musician that Juria's worked with too.
Fleep Tuque: The soundscape is fantastic.
Douglas Story: it is that size egen
Douglas Story: you can see me standing there very small.
Wirxli Flimflam: think I need to zoom in there, Douglas ;-)
Douglas Story: Sugar saw an earlier version of this sans music.
You: tell us about the sounds in this installation please douglas
Douglas Story: I collaborated with the wonderful musician Aldomanutio,
Sugar Seville: its beautiful Doug : )
Douglas Story: and a genius scripter named Desdemona Enfield
Douglas Story: I got lucky....and have an entire sim to display it on.
Juria Yoshikawa: i wanna live there

Douglas Story needs more coffee.
Wirxli Flimflam: Wirxli Flimflam also needs coffee
Coffee Mug whispers: Ahh! Fresh Hot Coffee
Douglas Story: (laughing)
Tayzia Abattoir: lol
Fleep Tuque grins.
Douglas Story: any other questions?
You: yes did you get your slippers from evo?

Tayzia Abattoir: lol
Douglas Story: I forget!
Douglas Story: I spent two hours shopping last night for this silly joke.
Tayzia Abattoir: Next time tell us it is a pj party.
Fleep Tuque: And well worth it!
You: hehe
Fleep Tuque: Artist in PJs!
Douglas Story: hey, I'm a comedy professional!
Tayzia Abattoir: :)
You: i want a slipper exhibition next
Douglas Story: (sometimes)
Miulew Takahe: yeah - a slipper exhib.! ;))
Wirxli Flimflam: heheheheh
Gazira Babeli: ahahah
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: I'm going to make some
Miulew Takahe: maybe we should all wear on SLippery SLope - - the piece of Wirxli - we do later today
Miulew Takahe: SLippers i mean
Wirxli Flimflam: good idea, Miulew
Wirxli Flimflam: break
You: great idea miu!
Wirxli Flimflam: 2 mins
Man Michinaga: ahahah
Douglas Story: if you came directly here, please walk through the tunnels
Fleep Tuque: The entrance is round this way.
Douglas Story: let me show you
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: oops
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: lag
Sugar Seville: hi little fwwixli...brat : )
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: and acid
Juria Yoshikawa: these are really beautiful Doug
Man Michinaga: ACID! ACID! ACID!
Douglas Story: back through here, folks.
You: we have a rl child in the gallery fwwix!
Douglas Story: thank you, Juria
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: you fat bloated idiot
Juria Yoshikawa: intense color
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: woohooo
Wirxli Flimflam: heheheheh
Douglas Story: btw...none of these images have been enhanced at all.
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: her parents should cover her eyes
Juria Yoshikawa: jeesh
Douglas Story: images straight from the camera.
Wirxli Flimflam: trippy!
You: i am her (his) parent!
DannyDarko Raymaker: I'm crashing and Crashing like monkey with a miniature Cymbals!
Juria Yoshikawa: that's amazing
Juria Yoshikawa: you go monkey man
Wirxli Flimflam: whoa...guy or gal, Spin?
Wirxli Flimflam: do you know for sure? ;-)
You: who me?
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: then you should use a towel or something
Wirxli Flimflam: heheheh..Danny
You: everybody asks that!
Wirxli Flimflam: yeah, you Spin :-)
Douglas Story: btw, this has a permanent home on the University of Cincinatti sim, run by Fleep here.
Wirxli Flimflam: I think I am stuck in Douglas' exhibition
Wirxli Flimflam: Spin, can you TP me outta this flower? ;-)
You: look for the arrow wirxli
Wirxli Flimflam: pleez and thank you
Wirxli Flimflam: uhhh...
Wirxli Flimflam: thanks
You: yay well done
Wirxli Flimflam: I could not even find the arrow I was so lost
Wirxli Flimflam: thanks for the TP, Miulew
You: are you hiding douglas?
Zodial Semple: This one looks like blade grass growing through a body
Chi5 Shenzhou: fwwi!
Chi5 Shenzhou: how are you kiddo?
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: dizzy
Miulew Takahe: i love the sounds from inside the tunnels -- what are these douglas?
Wirxli Flimflam: Douglas did not want to sign autographs, maybe that is why he is hiding
Man Michinaga: Fwix, now don't you dare tell me to pick on someone your own size.

Gazira responds to Chambers and Landscapes

Douglas Story: ha!
Fwwixli Swindlehurst: that acid
Fleep Tuque: I think he's going back through the tunnel part of the exhibit.
Douglas Story: I'm trying to direct newcomers through the effing tunnels.
You: those are pj's douglas!!!
Wirxli Flimflam: did you lose yourself in your own tunnels, Douglas? ;-)
Fleep Tuque: If you missed the tunnels, follow the back wall to the left
Man Michinaga: Beter than the geeng tunnels
Fleep Tuque giggles.
Fleep Tuque: I saw your slippers before you, D.
Fleep Tuque: :)
Douglas Story: come on, you slackers! that's the fun part!
Douglas Story: come on...
Wirxli Flimflam: heheheh...SLackers is right
Juria Yoshikawa: let's dump boiling oil down the tunnels doug
Wirxli Flimflam: hahahaha
Wirxli Flimflam: sounds kinda SLick, dont'cha think, Juria?
Juria Yoshikawa: slick like boiling oil?
Wirxli Flimflam: yep
Wirxli Flimflam: heheh
Man Michinaga: YAY!
Fleep Tuque: Wow Man, your head is on fire.
Man Michinaga: I'M A LITTLE HOTHEAD.
Fleep Tuque: muahaha!
Sugar Seville: i like the new shape Man : )

BlaiseDeLaFrance Voom: Douglas thank you
BlaiseDeLaFrance Voom: for wonderful show
BlaiseDeLaFrance Voom: Spinster say Ciao for me to London RL
You: k blaise especially Babette ;-)
BlaiseDeLaFrance Voom: hahahaha
BlaiseDeLaFrance Voom: my special greets naturally is for Babette
BlaiseDeLaFrance Voom: :-)))))))

Babette Pauthier, coordinator of Pages Exhibition

You: ok so it's 7.30 doug, do you want to say anything else before we move on?
You: btw the people here love yiour work
Wirxli Flimflam: yeah, it is very kewl Douglas, I will explore this area by myself too to get the full immersive effect
Fleep Tuque: Thanks as always, Douglas, good show!
You: thank you so much Douglas Story!!
Douglas Story shouts: you're welcome, Miss Spinster!
Douglas Story: thank you all for coming.
Wirxli Flimflam: thanks Douglas
Douglas Story: it was worth waking up for!

Check back soon for a post on Wirxli and Fwixli's Ageplay Performance Residue #1, and pictures from Notice Gallery as they come in.

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