Not only does the virtual world open new creative horizons for those itching to explore, it makes art accessible. A night on the town now means a night at home! Without the expense and effort of travel, within seconds, a concert can be attended, a gallery dropped into. Amid this peripatetic [what a great word! it means running around a lot] activity, comparisons and conclusions form like space dust coagulating into planets. Even in this international arena, there are threads of commonality in philosophies, craft, and styles. Then, as they come together in a community, the original thinkers stand out. Whether well-known, or obscure, these original voices are what defines the thrill of discovery for everyone.
Sim Street Journal seeks these conclusions to test their relevance against real life. The visual world excels in being a simulation platform. The more it reflects re-creation, the more relevant it becomes. Historical, scientific, and educational applications are still in infancy. But what is no longer immature are the virtual arts! As the other professions struggle for legitimacy, the artists soar ahead in developing new approaches, opportunities, and societies. The community of artists in its vast range of creators, dealers, presenters, and fans, skew the time spent away from the practical and physical considerations of real life. Audiences discover conveniences. Artists can focus more on to creation and promotion. It is an incubator for developing. Every original achievement pushes understanding and builds an audience that is applicable to the real world.
VISUAL MUSIC presents articles that interlink:
• “Visual Music: An Evolved Interaction” by Eleanor Medier sets the stage for what ties all the articles together, and how they reflect yet a bigger theme than each alone.
• “Immersively Integrated” profiles how The Dirty Grind seeks and presents originality. Each musician to take the stage performs live. Each visual artist who displays adds to the audience experience, from just listening to also viewing. But, it is more. The venue itself is as creative as those it represents. Here is an inspiring fusion that results in a comprehensive immersive experience. Lisa and Ian Witt share how they can fuse their creativity with contributors, throughout interconnected ventures. In addition to The Dirty Grind, they sponsor Radio Grind, and develop Jasmine Hollow, a rental community. All work together to support virtual potential.
• “Symbolism: Icons and Insights,” by Eleanor Medier, demonstrates the elements of Symbolism through the work of ten artists. The online extension of this article,“Symbolic Synergy,” has another set of reviews. Ten artists. Twenty works. Ten components. Concise and considered, these two parallel articles are more visual than literary, presenting the works to consider, though do not take the place of seeing the exhibits. Rather, they ask questions that, hopefully, are windows to understanding. The artists work that is reviewed includes: 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: “Symbolic Extremes” continues the ongoing debate about artistic interpretation in a role play between the qualified and the unqualified. The critical pair, Eleanor Medier and Heavy Writer, find two very contrasting exhibits: one that pushes the intellectual, and the other that pushes the emotional. Emerging from the treatise on Symbolism, Sim Street Journal has yet to review these two talented artists who’s charismatic images linger in the memory:
“Saying a Lot with a Little”
Moondrift Tomorrow’s iconically organic series takes a step-back from portraying individual experience. Cohesive, representative, and allegorical, their mystery provokes theories.
Talullah Winterwolf portrays individual victims of circumstances that resonate emotionally with any viewer. Her virtual vocabulary is metaphorical, demanding narrative interpretations.
The virtual world can’t help but be a mirror for the real one. It is a place to hone communication skills and for the artist, that means testing a visual language to speak internationally. Although the artists in this issue were not selected via nationality, it turns out that they are from many countries. They prove, though, that where they live in the real world is not as relevant as the world-shrinking images they produce.
As Sim Street Journal is read in 72 countries, a dedication to an internationally blended culture is a responsibility. It is best expressed via music and art that don’t use words. Yet, the literary arts thrive in SL as well. They push the verbal language that expands audience skills. SL is a fantastic place to learn another language. Fractured more into special interests, the literary arts can’t reach as wide as the visual and musical. Sim Street Journal, published only in English, stretches those with it as a second language. This has to happen. It is necessary for everyone to speak one language, while preserving regional ones. Perhaps it is inevitable that all people become bilingual. But following the nonverbal art forms, while writing about them, brings audiences together faster.
— 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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