Tutsy Navarathna has made a fascinating machinima – filmed mainly at Furillen – about the role of corporations in genocide and war. It’s brilliant.
I wanted to draw attention to three videos that were made recently at Furillen. As can be seen here, the sim has featured in some really well-made videos, and it’s a pleasure to add these three to the list.
All were made during recent music events at the sim. The first is by Tizzy Canucci, and serves as a great reminder of the installation she made for our Radiohead weekend.
The second is by Dooozy, and this captures the sights and sounds of our recent disco night.
The third, also by Dooozy, covers the memorable Abba party at Furillen.
Thanks to Tizzy and Dooozy. With future events being planned – including the opening of Bar Cafe Fabriken next weekend – I am sure there will more to come.
This won’t be a regular slot, but who can resist this as a celebration of everything that makes Furillen ‘fit together’ as a sim. Made by Dooozy, I think it’s brilliant.
We have some great scenes (and great music) at Furillen today, with a Radiohead-themed sim that is deliciously surreal. I will post more pictures in due course but here are some early highlights …
The event runs on tonight and will continue throughout the day tomorrow. Even if you are not the band’s greatest fan, I would urge you to drop by simply to take a look at the deco.
We are showing some Radiohead videos on the sim – mainly featuring live performances by the band, such as their legendary 1997 Glastonbury set. In addition, some of our regular visitors have made their own machinima, featuring the sim and set to Radiohead’s music. You can watch them right here …
“The meaning of Furillen”
While we’re handing out the plaudits, I wanted to draw attention to the fact that Carolyn’s wonderful machinima from Furillen was featured in Flickr’s Explore recently. Current number of views – 10,349 !!
Carolyn had to cut the video in order to post it on Flickr, so I am sure she will be happy if I tell you that the full version can be viewed right here on Vimeo.
Congratulations to Carolyn – what a buzz !!
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!
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.
You never knew that
That I could do that
Just walking the deadSitting in the Dschungel
On Nürnberger Strasse
A man lost in time
Just walking the deadWhere are we now, where are we now?
The moment you know, you know, you knowTwenty thousand people
Fingers are crossed
Just in case
Walking the dead
Where are we now, where are we now?
The moment you know, you know, you know
As long as there’s sun
As long as there’s sun
As long as there’s rain
As long as there’s rain
As long as there’s fire
As long as there’s fire
As long as there’s me
As long as there’s you
It was a busy weekend at Furillen.
It was compelling. I love this art, and enjoy the sense of drama – imagined and real – that surrounds it.
The winning picture engages with the ‘cold’ theme in a direct but nonetheless subtle way. For me, as for many others I think, it is the light in Carolyn’s picture that really grabs – and holds – one’s attention.
By the time you read this, the winning picture will be on display in the hotel reception.
Tomorrow, I will announce a theme for the next competition, and set down some other new ground rules – just to keep things interesting.
Third, the great Rinnuendo continued working at the movie player. We discovered – and worked around – more SL-specific quirks, and we are starting to believe that we may now have one of the best – no, the best – movie screens on the grid.
In a previous post, I said that the screen is only a temporary installation at the sim, and I believe this is the right choice. So do enjoy this while it lasts – and please be patient if you are not so keen (derendering is your best option).
If you tweak your preference settings for media at distance, you can hear and see (or glimpse) the screen from all over the sim. To me, it has the feeling of a vast, empty cinema.
If you haven’t checked it out yet, make sure you follow the instructions on the board next to the screen – and avoid pressing buttons repeatedly as you might with your TV at home. Give the movies time to load, particularly those you haven’t yet seen.
Fourth, the outside cinema was the location of not one but two ‘flashmob’ line-ups. These are great fun – a good test of photography and lag survival skills, and a really pleasant social occasion.
There are some really exceptional characters at Furillen, which has now taken on a social and creative life of its own far beyond anything that I have created or can (or would want to) control. I called myself the janitor with good reason.
Fifth, preparations are well underway for the Bowie weekend that will take place at Furillen on 13-14 February 2016. I have the music well covered, but if there is any digital Bowie-related art – including movies – that you think would enhance the weekend, please get in touch.
Before then, I will be resuming my nocturnal first life habits as I come out of hibernation and start going to a gig or two in London. This week it is Slipknot and All Time Low. I’m looking forward to the theatricals in both gigs, especially the former.
But the working week, alas, starts now. Whatever you get up to, do make the most of it …
Someone requested that we hold a Bowie event at Furillen.
This is no doubt partly a response to the wall-to-wall Bowie music, featuring 17 of his albums, that we had streaming through the sim just after he died.
I think it’s a great idea. We could simply have a party, but with a homestead limit of 20 avatars I can imagine the carnage that would ensue if I issued an invitation with a start time on it. So instead, I propose a Bowie weekend …
… during which you are invited to come to the sim appropriately dressed, in outfits that the great man himself might have enjoyed at some point during his long and distinguished career as a style icon.
Besides a spaced out Janitor, greeting you at Furillen will be …
- as much of Bowie’s back catalogue as we can pump out through the music stream;
- a slide show of Bowie pictures on the wall of the main house; and (hopefully!)
- some Bowie movies on the big screen.
If you like the sound of this, pop over to Furillen next weekend, February 13-14 2016, to celebrate the life and work of this extraordinary – unique – artist.
… let’s dance !