News from Furillen

The Pink Floyd event will be closing on Sunday – it was a genuine pleasure putting this together and I really enjoyed the pictures that were made by the many visitors who came by. Thanks, too, for making donations during the week that have enabled me to settle tier into September. Please keep donating, and keep the sim open.

We’ll be selecting the best of pictures from this event and making them into an exhibition – details will emerge in due course. There is still time to take pictures that could be included in this show – and go here for details of a picture challenge I issued earlier.

The Floyd @ Furillen exhibition will be on the lines of the “Furillen at its Best” show that has been hosted at Mareea Farrasco’s IMAGO gallery. This closes on Wednesday 20 July with a party …

 

" Furillen At Its Best" photography exhibition - Closing Party

 

As an event that really transformed the sim, Floyd @ Furillen will be tough to follow, but I have some ideas and will work on these later on this summer. I hope we’ll have one or two new buildings by then, too.

One very successful new building that was set up when the sim re-opened in June is the gallery situated on the sim’s southwest corner. So far this hosted shows by Laura and Gabrielle Swindlehurst, as well as an exhibition of Pink Floyd album covers.

The next show, opening imminently, will feature work by Ini Inaka. For me, Ini’s work speaks to some really personal questions in a very striking, distinctive and original way. So I’m very excited indeed to be hosting her work at Furillen.

Ini’s pieces will be for sale throughout the exhibition, which stays open until September.

Sim news and Floyd photo challenge

I haven’t been around at all in SL this week, but have enjoyed seeing the great pictures that have been taken of the Pink Floyd installation at the sim – and I have been posting them here in picture of the day batches. I have also noticed that visitor numbers have remained high.

So … rather than taking the installation down today as I had originally planned, I have decided to leave it in place for one further weekend. After all, nobody is screaming for me to remove it (not that I would care all that much if they did), and once it’s down … well, it’s gone forever.

I’m also issuing a very simple challenge …

Make a Pink Floyd album cover using something from the sim as it now stands. It MUST be a picture based on or recognisably inspired by an album cover – don’t just post something Floyd-related, that won’t do and will be rejected.

Post your entry here.

The prize is a piece of Dave Gilmour’s hair and some pollyjuice potion. [warning: that was a joke – he hasn’t got much hair …]

Furillen news

Time for an update on what’s happening at the sim …

First, I’ll be keeping the sim open for at least the summer and into the autumn. Tier has been paid into August now, but please don’t use this an excuse to stop donations. To be clear how this works, I pay whatever you donate straight into the tier pot, topping up each week from my own pockets. On average, I’m paying around half of the regular tier myself and I’ll settle for that. So thanks to all who donate. There are some regulars who give very generously – they know who they are, and I thank them on everyone’s behalf, not just my own.

To everyone else, especially those who come by regularly, just drop 100 lindens into the donation pot now and again, it really does make a difference. And a warning: I pay for Linden$ in £sterling, which is weakening against the US$, so I am expecting tier to become more expensive for me personally. So when I say that your help keeps the sim going, I really do mean it.

For anyone who isn’t aware of WHY the £sterling is in a dippy kind of place right now, watch this and weep fat tears of laughter and despair …

 

 

Second, as I announced yesterday, there is a new exhibition in Furillen’s gallery, which is located on the southwest corner of the sim. Go there and you’ll see the Gotland pictures taken by Gabrielle Swindlehurst. Gabrielle and I go way back – she was the person who persuaded me back onto flickr in 2013. I had abandoned my old account in 2009 for one reason or another, but Gabrielle interrupted me while I was buying a suit – she remembered my old stream, we had never met – and managed to convince me to start taking pictures again. So I am very pleased to be hosting her work at the sim, which would probably not exist had I not returned to flickr. I also think that she’s a super talent, and always admired the mix of first and second life pictures on her stream.

Third, we have an event coming up – Floyd @ Furillen – next weekend. Pink Floyd are giants in the history of rock music, and the ‘stuff’ surrounding their music, the opportunities for art and sculpture, are endless. Mareea Farrasco – a huge fan of the band since before the beginning of time – has been helping me with this one, and we’re having lots of fun thinking about ways to dress the sim Floyd-style, and searching for Floyd-related things we can rez up around the sim.

We have issued a photography challenge to coincide with the event – but in case anyone doesn’t feel they can work with the song we recommended, let me say that if you have *any* picture that has a Floyd theme, show it to us and we’ll see about putting it on display somewhere during the event.

But as always, music will be at the heart of it all, and I’m busy uploading all the studio albums to the music stream. I’ll be playing them in chronological order throughout the weekend, just as I recently did with Radiohead.

Fourth, we’ll keep on switching the hotel rooms around at the sim. I share this job with Laura, who added a really cool one recently – with sand dunes – without me even noticing. (To be fair, I was enjoying myself at Glastonbury at the time.) Here it is …

 

Legroom

 

Now if the janitor doesn’t notice such things, what hope is there for everyone else … so take a look there regularly, we won’t always announce any changes.

Fifth, the weather will continue being ‘changeable’ at Furillen. I asked long ago whether we should have seasons at the sim, and the result was about as conclusive and reliable as the recent UK referendum. So I’m fudging the issue, like all good politicians should. To the snow lovers among you, it will return for a while, probably in high summer …

Finally, there will – I hope – be more events and more exhibitions in the coming months. There are plans in the pipeline, but if you have ideas for either, do get in touch.

To those who follow my gigging half-life – and some of you actually do – my next date is with Elvis Costello, at London’s gorgeous Roundhouse this coming week. The guy has a vast back catalogue, but if recent setlists are anything to go by there is a good chance he’ll end with this, so I may as well too …

 

 

The Floyd @ Furillen Photo Challenge

careful axe poster

 

Ahead of the Floyd @ Furillen being held at the sim next weekend – 8, 9, & 10 July – we thought it might be fun to issue a challenge to the many photographers who spend time at the sim. So here it is:

  • make a picture that reflects, echoes, or represents in some way the 1969 Pink Floyd song, “Careful With That Axe, Eugene”;
  • please send entries to Serene Footman or Mareea Farrasco inworld by 7 July (next Thursday);
  • winner(s) to be displayed during the event on the sim.

This is a nice way to get into a great song. Here is a video of it being performed live …

 

 

And here are the somewhat sparse lyrics …

 

Down, down. Down, down. The star is screaming.
Beneath the lies. Lie, lie. Tschay, tschay, tschay.
[Sound of Waters blowing into the microphone]
[Light screaming from Waters]
Careful, careful, careful with that axe, Eugene.
[Very loud and prolonged scream]
[Another very loud and prolonged scream]
[Waters blowing into the microphone]
[Light screaming from Waters]
The stars are screaming loud.
Tsch.
Tsch.
Tsch.
[Low groaning sound from Waters]

 

Like all great songs, this one has been subjected to many different interpretations, such as those found here.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

 

 

Furillen round-up

I’ve been hugely busy in first life recently and unable to say much on this blog – no doubt you are all thankful for this! With another complicated week ahead, I’ll be brief with this round-up of Furillen news.

First: the beach party came and went, with a great set-up put together by Micky and yours truly trying out Virtual DJ for the first time. It was a surreal event, with Scandinavian palm trees and cats in rubber duck swimming rings …

Kitty goes beach ;)

Second: we nominated three winners of Round 5 of the Furillen Photography Competition. You can see their pictures upstairs in the gallery of Bar Cafe Fabriken. Congratulations to them!

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Third: mark down 2100 CEST this Friday, 29 April, in your diaries as our first regular blues night at Fabriken. This ad says it all …

furillen gets the blues

Finally: mark down 2100 CEST  this Saturday, 30 April, in your diaries as the moment we’ll be turning Furillen purple in honour of Prince …

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I’ll be providing the playlist and taking requests before and during the event for your favourite Prince tunes. In addition, a slideshow of pictures spanning the career of this incredible musician will be installed on the sim – along with one or two bits and pieces of Princely stuff.

prince gif

In anticipation, I’ll leave you with this little acoustic gem …