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So we’re done building Furillen City. For now. And as this great picture from Wurfi shows, it looks pretty good.

Furillen City

But of course, we never really finish. Just today, we added the art studio behind Cat Mews, filling in the last (lateral) ‘dead spot’ on the main sim platform at 3400 metres. We’ll surely add more, and tinker with what we have. But for now, that’s enough … and we hope you enjoy visiting this place as much we enjoyed building it.

Having spent most of the spare time I had during three rather intense weeks putting the city together, I must admit to feeling some trepidation when we opened two nights ago. This was mainly trepidation at suddenly having to share the space! But in fact, seeing people beginning to occupy the city, visiting some of my own favourite spots, and just hanging out on the streets – sitting and watching – brought genuine pleasure as everything started coming to life. Long may this continue.

So … what now?

Well … in the City itself, we’ll be taking advantage of the higher avatar limit by holding music events (including live events) and exhibitions at the various venues we’ve created. We have identified where the exhibition space will be, and there are at least four spaces where music events can – and will – be held. This starts on Tuesday, when there will be a batman-themed party – what else? – in one of the sewer rooms. So get out your costumes and avatars and come along. And actually, any superhero or comic book character will do – just bring whatever you have.

And watch this space for news of more events.

Meanwhile, having barely visited the ground at the sim for the past three weeks, we dropped down today and installed an old favourite from La Digue du Braek, Maison du pendu loon-plage, which I wrote about here. It means losing the ferry for a while, but nothing stands completely still … even at Furillen.

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Furillen news

As promised last week, there is a new building at the sim. This rather large ‘utility shed’ – beautifully meshed by KT Syakumi – contains a silo tank, and is sited next to the shelter that was placed on the sim last week. We’ve done our best to situate both structures ‘in the spirit’ of the real Furillen, where they look like this …

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I’ve put some placeholders where those benches should be, and will tweak everything over the next few weeks, but this addition really enhances the sim.

Next piece of news: we have an exhibition coming up, of real world photographs by my old friend Laura on the theme of birds …

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This is a stunning collection of pictures, so do come and support Laura – and the sim’s gallery – on Monday when the exhibition opens.

Finally, finally … as I said earlier today in a notice issued inworld, the sim does not pay for itself. It is a labour of love, for sure, but sometimes … well, sometimes it feels a little that one or two visitors take its existence for granted.

Please don’t. If the sim closes again, it really won’t re-open. Given the quality of of the unique builds there – the awesome work of KT Syakumi and Megan Prumier – this would be a big loss for the grid. One less play at the gacha machine is all it takes to help …

To those who saw the notice earlier and stopped by to chip in – thank you.

quick update from Furillen

Thank you to everyone who came to the opening of Ini Inaka @ Furillen – the sim was full for hours, apologies to those who didn’t get in. The exhibition will be open through August, so there is plenty of time to visit.

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Ini’s art is distinctive, strong, and uncompromising. It works very well in Furillen’s gallery space …

Ini Inaka's exhibition at Furillen

Ini Inaka's exhibition at Furillen

There is one more event coming up that you’ll need reminding of. Tomorrow, Wednesday 20 July, the ‘Furillen at its Best’ show closes at Imago. Here is the poster …

" Furillen At Its Best" photography exhibition - Closing Party

I’ll put another playlist together for this.

After the Pink Floyd event and Ini’s launch, Furillen will now go back to a quiet life. The snow has returned, and I’m deciding whether to leave it falling for the summer, when the janitor will be gone for several weeks. Not everyone loves the snow, but it’s how the sim started, and how most people will always remember it …

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.

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 …

 

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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 …

 

 

A Journey Around Gotland

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The gallery space on the southwest corner of the sim is now hosting a series of photographs by Gabrielle Swindlehurst taken on the Island of Gotland, where Furillen itself is located. Gabrielle is an accomplished photographer in both first and second life. I have admired her work for quite some time. This is what she says about the Gotland set …

The Island of Gotland lies off the coast of Sweden in the Baltic sea (Serene told me to be factual, so there). I was not sure what to expect but the journey proved memorable. The island, once peopled by vikings and medieval pirates, is now mostly a place for artists and oddly curled grey sheep to enjoy. Here are some of the images I took. I spared you the ones of my complaining sunburnt family.

The exhibition will run for a couple of weeks, so visit now!

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Furillen’s new gallery space is now showing an exhibition of Laura’s real life photography.

I have known Laura since 2008 and long admired the pictures she takes in Second Life: her sense of colour, and the angles she uses, are very distinctive. But I have also admired her real life photography, and wanted her to put some of these pictures on show at a sim which, after all, makes a big deal of its real world connections.

The exhibition will run for a few weeks. After that, I hope to feature more real life art and photography made by visitors to the sim. But as ever, we will see.

Do visit this building – and exhibition – if you can. The building itself is a fascinating space to show pictures in, wonderfully moody and atmospheric.