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[June 16-30, 2008]
Nebulosus has shattered the real life/second life boundary in her latest work, titled I'm Sorry, Dad. It is a moving, personal statement that reverberates in the heart. Click the cube with the b&w photo of a boy with a bowtie. I immediately invited Sabine Stonebender. After viewing, Sabine's response: "makes me wanna give her a big hug."
What was so compelling? I did not tell while the installation was up, as the exploration and discovery of this work contributed to the experience. Now that it has been removed, the photo below has been added and here is some more of the story. Clicking on the cube teleported me to a skybox that was a long, crooked tunnel, built like a rustic kid's playhouse or fort. Exploring this space I clicked on whatever was there, and an end wall turned out to be a door, which opened to reveal a picture of a boy, whom one assumes is "Dad." In the photo below you see me standing in front of the picture, to give a sense of scale. Clicking the opposite wall (behind the camera in the above photo) reveals a photo of a girl, whom we take to be the artist.
There are other objects scattered about, and in the center of the room is a question mark floating above arrows pointing in opposite directions. Clicking this opened a link to Neb's blog, where the story behind the work is told. The details will be left for you to read, and perhaps the work will be installed elsewhere, so suffice it to say that placing the father and daughter at opposite ends of a twisted tunnel exemplified the metaphor of the text.
Brooklyn is Watching is a gallery in the Second Life world that is telecast to the real life Jack the Pelican Presents in Brooklyn, NY. Teleport To Brooklyn is Watching to see the artworks currently on exhibit.
You can read more now about this great project--the good, the bad and the ugly, at their website, where you can also listen to weekly podcasts. The commentary is refreshingly blunt, no holds barred, love it or hate it.
©2009 Richard Minsky