Sim Street Journal #16 supports how the arts make the virtual world most relevant. When the musical crosses paths with the visual, when the presentation is as creative as the contents, when the interactive experience captivates, it is like a multi-media symphony. Articles explore these intersections, and the way to take a step back, and see them in a greater context.
The best ideas almost seem to form of themselves when given opportunity. Second Life® is the Land of Opportunity! With the most powerful ideas, the artist becomes the facilitator, the custodian, and the servant. It is rare that an outcome exactly matches an artist’s imaginary conception, but in the difference becomes the surprise. This moment of knowing when the result works, when all the elements snap together, when they sing—this may be the greatest rush for the creator. It may even be an addiction, albeit quite a productive one!
This issue of Sim Street Journal started out like all its predecessors—three distinctively different articles with an underlying thematic commentary. A periodical is not a book. The former has variety, and the latter is consistent in subject from one chapter to another. Sim Street Journal has followed the traditional periodical model.
But like any diligent creative thinker, especially one living in the freedom of SL, definitions must be challenged. The creative vocabulary must expand through influences into new combinations. This issue is unique. It has a consistent flow like a book, but the separateness of the magazine-style article. Each subject brewed for a many months, but were never planned to be in the same issue, until it happened. A spectrum of Visual Music is presented in the fusion of art into the ambience of an immersive experience. Collectively, virtual artists have developed an international culture that speaks louder than words, though through words to ask questions, a shared greater depth can be discovered. The arts seek to push any platform to its potential, always challenging definitions. But the arts also expose the ways various media can blend to be greater than each, and use technology in new ways.
• “Visual Music: An Evolved Interaction” by Eleanor Medier introduces the aesthetic theme of creative integrity. The issue introduction also expands the intersection of the musical with the visual, resulting in a greater whole.
• The Dirty Grind stands out as an artistic venue blending visual art and music. The Steampunk theme at the Jasmine Hollow sim is always intriguing, intricate, and inspiring. The stage presents only live musicians, the more original, the better. Displayed are works by visual artists that enhance the setting and experience. Lisa Witt and Ian Witt discuss how they achieve such an aesthetic fusion in “Immersively Integrated.” One of their strongest shows was with Sina Souza, which is one of the artists regularly reviewed by Sim Street Journal.
• Already in the works, “Symbolism: Icons and Insights” (in-world) and “Symbolic Synergy” (online) were in the works for many months when starting the article on The Dirty Grind. As it happened, Sina Souza was exhibiting. Choosing the ten artists took several months of viewing and consideration. Sina’s work was on the list. It pushes the boundaries between realistic and abstract, and masterfully uses metaphors. To be reviewed, each artist’s voice must be distinctive, developed, and dynamic. They linger in the memory, deserving attention. So, the transition from Sina showing at The Dirty Grind to being included as an example of Symbolism flowed. The final ten artists chosen to demonstrate elements of Symbolism include: Amona Savira, Bear Silvershade, Gem Preiz, Janine Portal, Moewe Winkler, Moondrift Tomorrow, Samara Barzane, Sina Souza, Talullah Winterwolf, and Xirana Oximoxi.
The Aesthete and the Amateur continues the debate between the qualified and the unqualified. The role play between critic Eleanor Medier and Heavy Writer extends from her immersion in writing the Symbolism article. She had in mind, since first viewing, to discuss Moondrift Tomorrow’s show and Talullah Winterwolf’s complex assemblages with Heavy. That was her first intention, but the two artists’ work naturally became examples of Symbolism. Moondrift displays two series in-world, so the elder is included in the Symbolism article, and the more recent, in the discussion with Heavy. Talullah’s pieces challenge the narrative talents of its observers! The contrast between these two artists perfectly presents the power of symbolic language, from intellectual in “Saying a Lot with a Little” to deep feelings in “Emotional Enigma.”
As these articles have all been in the planning for various amounts of time, fitting together in a continuum also uses several platforms. Finding new ways to use in-world book forms to online flexibility to social media enhancement, another form of media meld happens. What carried along the creative months of development, hopefully, is a new blend. It represents the artists’ freedom to create self-rules, while it takes advantage of what the platform inspires.
—Eleanor Medier, publisher, Sim Street Journal
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Please see the in-world edition of Sim Street Journal #16 with comparative and critical articles that add to this online content.
Available in kiosks and at the Sim Street Journal SL Office (Innu 40, 36, 1650).
— The in-world Journal has topics that relate to those who understand the virtual context, including photographs, parallel articles. It has tabs for more information, landmarks, and web links.
— The online Journal expresses what the virtual world offers the real one. It is a mirror that reflects parallel articles and provides links to supportive content.
Contributions are welcome if covering topics relevant to real world readers.
(Back issues are available on MARKETPLACE).
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PLEASE THANK THE SPONSORS FOR SIM STREET JOURNAL #16
INDEX for all contributors and articles
Sim Street Journal #1: Virtual Reveals Real
Sim Street Journal #2: The Old in the New
Sim Street Journal #3: Magicians of Meaning
Sim Street Journal #4: Telling Stories
Sim Street Journal #5: Champions of Expression
Sim Street Journal #6: Overlapping Realities
Sim Street Journal #7: Luck Created
Sim Street Journal #8: Facing the Inevitable
Sim Street Journal #9: Motivated Learning
Sim Street Journal #10: Serious Fun
Sim Street Journal #11: Fantasy Fulfillment
Sim Street Journal #12: Insights from Extremes
Sim Street Journal #13: Bridging Boundaries
Sim Street Journal #14: Realities Blend
Sim Street Journal #15: Creative Collaborations
Sim Street Journal #16: Visual Music
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