We will be angels

At Tournicoton Art Galleries a very special exibition was opened last month (21st March 2008). Angels1_2 Who are the angels? Do they really exist. Could everyone be an angel? And what does it take to be an angel. The impression at the start, on the groundfloor is one of a ordinary photo-exposition… But things are not always what they seem to be. The poetry on the walls make the imagination run.

One day you will meet what you have sown, it will be your created flower and her petals will be the light….
Let sleep and you will meet the gold of the world under your feet….

Angels2_2 This poetry, in French, suggest that there is more between heaven and earth and invites the visitor to explore and find out. And if he will, he might even become an angel. The teleports to the second and third floors bring the visitors more ideas of how he could recognise an angel, and he will feel like getting lifted.

At this point he can either choose to follow the fluid-like stairs up in the sky, or for less-skilled flyers there is also a teleport, that brings the visitor in higher levels. Ascending the stairs, following poems, music and voices… the feeling of becoming an angel will be evident.

Angels4 Mariaka Nishi, who is the great spirit of this exibition, is always looking for ways to express what is between Second Life and Real Life, what is matrialistic and what is immatrialistic. The friction of real and unreal, possible and impossible, makes new levels visible and shows dimensions that have not been seen by ordinary human beings. One will get aware of the new dimensions while walking in this Exibition of Angels. It is not just a walk, it is an adventure throught a new level of consciousness that will give a lot to think about.

Angels5 While Mariaka gives all she can give to an exibition like this, she also gives room to other artists whose work she appreciates very much. Therefor, also the following artists made their contribution: Sacremeustache Beerbaum, Artistide Despres, Anathaniel Gausman, Domi Ahn, Coulaut Menges, Frao Ra, XaNaDu Watkin, Typote Beck and Philippe Kodekko.

I will help you to go up the ladder of light which lives in your heart and blossoms in your body.
Yes, that ladder exist in yourself, you create it, it is a cantic thing, traverse all your self…
And all degrees of creation, it’s a benediction…

Angels6Here starts the travel through the territories ascendent…
I only have a flower to offer you, it was born in my heart and it’s kingdom is in the earth and in the sky…
If you look in the water of the well, you might see it’s beautiful smiling at you in a dizzying hug.
Because her perfume was kept secret from the beginning of times.

Come and vist these new countries.
Come closer to the divine….

Let the forces go through you and irrigate the earth….
Let the chains behind…..
Come higher on the way which opens up to meet who you really are….
and allways were.

We are far away yet close at the same time….
we work together in different dimensions…
my identity is similar to a room opening on a big garden…
and here on the bottom….

Angels3 The “L’échelle de l’Ange” will stay at Tournicoton Art Gallery, Kual Hele, till June 2008. So, don’t miss this experience.

My special thanks are for Philippe Chaplin who made the first two fantastic photographs for this article and even more because he was so generous as to go all the way up with me to translate a great part of the poems. Thank you, Philippe!

Weblog of Mariaka Nishi (French): http://tournicoton-art-gallery.blogspot.com
More photo’s by Philippe Chaplin: http://www.flickr.com

3 Espaces / 3 Spaces

An interesting and very innovative project of arts is now taking place in both Second Life and in Real Life, in Paris, France. The event started on the 12th of March and will continue until the 18th of March.

3espaces_1 At this time when I write this, it’s not that far yet. A visit in the Bibliotheque Francophone, located in Second Life on the land of Ebeoplex feels like visiting a hive, where everyone is very excited to make all preparations for the event. Still, the man behind this project and in Second Life the manager of the Bibliotheque Francophone – Hugobiwan Zolnir – finds time to tell a lot about the project. Though the project in Second Life is developped by La Bibliothèque Francophone, the whole event is developped by Adreva and created by Carole Lipsyc. So are the texts used for both the exhibition in Paris and in Second Life.

This project of arts is a constellation called ‘3 Espaces’ (3 Spaces). The project concerns a new vision, a new way of telling stories. The “Story of the 3 Spaces” is an interactive story which is broadcast for one week on all media, such as poetic journey, projections, flashcodes, interactive terminals, Bluetooth terminals, audio messages, street theatre, film, Internet, luminous panels of the city of Paris, Second Life, sms and emails.

The new genre that these stories introduce, can be called “virtual literature”. The virtual literature does not refer to books that are read on screens, but it refers to virtual stories designed to exist in different forms. The forms can be in any sort, both traditional like printed books, but also in new forms like ebooks, installations, games and such. The texts of a virtual book can be read in any order. There is no beginning, no end, no timeline. At the same time, it can be combinated with any kind of other media, as listed above. The stories change and go depending on the point of view of the viewer or reader.

This idea is also visualized in an installation in the Bibliotheque Francophone in Second Life. As shown in the photo, there are different text lines on each screen. These lines are the products of writing by about 10 autors in a blog on the internet during 2 years, in which each author has his or her own character. Depending on the place where the viewer stands (litterally) he can read the lines in any order fom the center of the installation to the border and in any direction. The story changes in any direction.

Still any visitor (who understands and writes French) can contribute to the stories. This can be done on the website of the project: http://www.3espaces.com/accueil.htm In this way, new interactive and virtual stories can be written by anyone. The story can continu and change with every adding of lines. The number of combinations and possibilities is endless.

Anyone who is in the opportunity to visit the “Forum des Halles” in Paris and is eager to explore new media and possibilities, should not avoid the chanche. For those who are not that lucky as to be able to visit the Real Life installation, should at least visit both the Bibliotheque Francophone in Second Life and the according websites of “3 espaces”.

Sources: http://www.3espaces.org | http://www.3espaces.com | http://www.3espaces.net