News from Furillen

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As the real Hotel Fabriken – as pictured above: a pretty good imitation of our Second Life version [sic] – closes its doors in anticipation of another grim winter in Gotland, I’m returning from my own summer break in the Italian Dolomites with a fresh mind and aching legs. It’s time, then, to make a couple of announcements …

First, as promised some time ago, we’ll be mounting another group exhibition, this time of pictures taken while Furillen has been at its bleakest, in sleet and snow. This was the sim’s original state, and we’ll be reaching right back into the 10,600 or so Furillen pictures that have been posted on Flickr during the last two years. If one of your images is selected, you’ll be hearing from us in the next few days, with a request to exhibit your work. The show should start around the beginning of September, and will replace the terrific exhibition of Furillen pictures by Imani Nayer that has been in place since early July.

Second, we have something new on the horizon … another sister sim for Furillen. Just as we opened La Digue du Braek for a few months last year, this new sim will be for a limited time only. I’ve been researching this place on and off for almost two years. I don’t want to say too much about it now, other than that it corresponds to a real location somewhere in Russia. It’s on YouTube, but not Street View. So that narrows it down a bit for you …

Vagabonds

We are exhibiting a new collection of seven real life photographs taken by Laura – this Thursday in Gotham Warehouse, just off the city’s main square. It is called “Vagabonds” …

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Laura has exhibited at Furillen a number of times, most memorably perhaps with Birds. This new collection follows a period during which she has rethought various aspects of her style. Whereas one of the most notable features of Laura’s photographs up to now has been the unusual angles she uses, the images in this new set are – to my eye, at least – fundamentally about place and time.

“Vagabond” literally means “a person who wanders from place to place without a home or job”, or “having no settled home”, and as you will see on Thursday, this spirit pervades the new set of photographs in quite a profound way.

I am not usually taken to flattery. This collection is outstanding.