“Point of view”
“Point of view”
[balloon rides now available, at Furillen]
“Swans @ Furillen”
by Fabs Burt
We have a few events on the horizon at Furillen, so I thought I would note them down in one place for easy reference.
First. Round 3 of the Furillen photography competition is due to end on Friday 4 March at Midday SLT.
I know that some of you are working on this, but others were a little reluctant because it seemed like too much work, or too complicated. So while there are still almost two weeks left before the deadline, allow me to simplify what this round involves.
Of, and about, Furillen.
Furillen in SL. And also – if you wish – Furillen in RL.
Theme: ‘what Furillen means to me’.
So … if you are holding back from this round because it seems too complex, please think again.
Second. The Furillen Radiohead event – 12-13 March 2016.
This is a weekend with a difference, because although I will do everything I can to pull something together that is every bit as rich and as fun as the Bowie event was, on this occasion I wanted to go a step further …
So I am inviting you to make your own pictures and videos inspired by Radiohead songs to display at the sim during the event.
Which give me an excellent excuse to show you this, of Thom Yorke, going kind of apeshit himself …
Many people are already working on producing pictures and videos for this weekend. I’d like to make it a really collaborative event in which everyone who wants to contribute, can do so.
If you have an idea but you’re not sure about whether it fits, contact me or Mareea Farrasco, who is helping out with the organization.
The likely answer in most cases is ‘yes’.
Third. Abba. Some of you said yes. But I’d like more. All I have in mind is a costume party, based on one of Sweden’s greatest exports. (I could, of course, have chosen Ikea or Volvo … ?)
Now click this, and I dare you not to be moved, somehow …
Want more bad outfits? OK …
Fourth. Other musical events. Someone – she knows who she is – mentioned a heavy metal show. I can well imagine an event with avatars dressed up to the music of great bands like Slipknot, Kiss, Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Rammstein, AC/DC, Marilyn Manson … a Furillen version of the UK’s great Download festival, which I will doubtless be going to.
You might not love the music, but come on … the costumes??
I rest my case.
Enjoy your Sundays!
“I think of myself as a serious professor who, during the weekend, writes novels.”
As I’ve said before, although Furillen stands in many ways for solitude with its emptiness and austere mood, it is a sim that lives and thrives on the strength of the conviviality one finds there. The sim is a virtual community of artists as much – if not more – than it is a landscape.
This is expressed in the art that gets made there: in the way that creative ideas are realised and expressed, shared and displayed. With our previous events – the Moon Edenbaum exhibition of portraits and the Bowie weekend – these qualities have been merged to create occasions that have been genuinely immersive and involving, and really quite memorable for those who took part in them.
In more spontaneous forms, too, Furillen is finding its own particular ways of expressing itself as a social space. The flashmob events are a great example of this process – and we had another last night. The line-up reached a peak of avatars on the sim within minutes of being announced, and while people came and went as first life commitments called on their time, a large gathering of Furillenites remained in place for several hours during the evening, plotting and planning future events and collaboration.
Of the future events we talked about during the evening, perhaps the most exciting will be the Radiohead weekend.
2016 will be a big year for the band. Having been on hiatus for a number of years, they dropped their ‘rejected’ Bond movie theme song – Spectre – onto an unsuspecting public on Christmas day. The song, which I love, has been on the sim’s music stream ever since that time, as are a number of other Radiohead tracks.
Here is Spectre as we might have heard and seen it in the movie theatre, were it not for the exceptionally poor musical taste of the film’s producers…
One of my personal all-time favourite songs by Radiohead is Exit Music (For a Film), which is beautifully conveyed in this ethereal movie …
A new Radiohead album – likely to be released without warning – is due out any moment now. A summer tour is also being planned, with festival dates already being announced regularly on the band’s website.
Here is the image the band is using to publicise the tour – and possibly the artwork that will be used on the album itself – mocked up as Furillen’s welcome mat. Please note – geek alert! – that the font I have used here (BD Plakatba) is from the Kid A album …
As a few minutes on Google will testify, Radiohead’s music lends itself very well to all kinds of original artistic expression, and this is what we would like to tap into and celebrate at Furillen.
We are therefore inviting producers of machinima and pictures – as well those who work in other media – to join us in exploring any aspect of this band’s music that inspires them. Our suggestion – but it really is only a suggestion – is to focus on a particular song and produce a work that conveys it or responds to it in some way.
We have been approaching people individually to invite them to contribute, but if you read this and feel excited by the project, please get in touch, I am very open to ideas.
As ever, I am pulling this together with help from others. In this instance, Mareea Farassco is lending a hand, so please also speak to her if you want to take part.
Let’s fix a date in mid-March for this.
Not everyone likes Radiohead’s music, of course – and not every band or music genre demands or justifies a full weekend of attention. In this spirit, I wonder about holding some smaller, shorter – evening-long – musical events in which we can face the music and dance.
So here’s a question for you. For a shorter music event at Furillen, involving striking costumes and music from Sweden that you can sing along at home to, does anyone fancy some of this?
Let me know, and I’ll ensure that it happens very soon.
Spring has arrived at Furillen – and the response has been good. Sometimes there is no need to ask for your feedback, I simply see it in your pictures.
The ‘Spring coating’ of the sim has been low key.
The windlight was changed …
… trees have been greened …
and three Spring pairings have been introduced:
… magpies …
… and swans …
This new life at Furillen – alongside the woodpecker you’ll find in the treeline – brings with it a new soundscape.
The monochrome feel remains key, as does the sim’s overall minimalist design.
But while the snow has gone, there are no guarantees that the sun will always shine. A Furillen mist is an ever-present possibility, as is rain. Only time will tell …