Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Not Possible IRL: Land Art in Second Life – A historical perspective and an introduction to virtual artist Comet Morigi

Land Art in Second Life – A historical perspective of land art in real life and an introduction to virtual artist Comet Morigi, a land artist in Second Life. Posted by Bettina Tizzy of Not Possible in Real Life.

Here is an excerpt from the article. Check out the full story HERE.
Bettina Tizzy writes:

..."While economies of scale in Land Art are paramount in Real Life, creating art on a very grand scale is nowhere near as problematic in virtual worlds. In Second Life® and on OpenSim grids, residents are magically empowered with land-altering – though quite indelicate - tools that enable them to instantly raise, lower, and sculpt the ground up to ± 100 meters, depending on the estate.

Terraforming, the ability to intentionally transform surface topography, atmosphere, temperature or ecology, is not unique to science fiction or even science (where it is primarily called planetary engineering).

In Second Life®, terraforming land is a skill that looks easy to do, but frequently results in unrealistic and poor duplicates of mountains, lakes and canyons. In this video tutorial by Second Life’s Resident Enlightenment Manager, Torley Linden instructs us on how to work the user interface to "terra":

Introducing Comet Morigi – A Terra Painter in Second Life

Japanese artist Comet Morigi became known to me when I came across one of her works quite by accident: an immense curtain-like particle effect that is driven by the sim’s wind (teleport directly from here)...."

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1 comment:

Bettina Tizzy said...

Thanks for pointing to this blogpost, Doubledown! I just got more and more interested in Land Art and then couldn't help myself. Yet another rabbit hole. :D Too many!