To accompany the photo challenge I issued here earlier on, I’ve put on a quick exhibit of Pink Floyd album covers in the gallery space on the southwest corner of the sim. Check it out – Floyd’s album art has always been spectacularly good.
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 …
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 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!
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.