Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses by Merlino Mayo at LEA – Full Sim Project – 1st turn – 2011-2012 Show Open till 15 March 2012.

First of all I want to thank LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts) and The LEA committee (Bryn Oh, Dancoyote Antonelli, Dekka Raymaker, JayJay Zifanwe, L1 Loire, Sasun Steinbeck, Solo Mornington, Werner Kurosawa, PatriciaAnne Daviau -advisor-) who trusted me and other artists (Artistide Despres, Charlotte Bartlett, comet Morigi, Freewee Ling, Glyph Graves, Harter Fall, Merlino Mayo, Mikati Slade, Misprint Thursday, Oberon Onmura, RAG Randt, Secret Rage, Selavy Oh, Sowa Mai, Ux Hax, Zachh Cale) for the first round LEA Land Grants to give me the opportunity to use a big space as a full sim to express my art.

Taking inspiration from the 1st book and a few of other episodes of the “Metamorphoses”, word that from greek means “change of shape”, written in latin by Publius Ovidius, this new project aims to build a path of multi levels within an allegorical vision related to the current age of crisis and transformation of human beings and our society.

Mannerism's most famous fresco: Giulio Romano's illusionism invents a dome overhead and dissolves the room's architecture in the Fall of the Giants.

The way to see the whole work would formally very different but conceptually similar to the fresco dedicated to the “Fall of the Giants” by Giulio Romano in the Palazzo Te in Mantua (Mantova), where the representation becomes a metaphor of the times lived and precarious power and human ambitions; So going on other examples are possible like the trasformations of Aracne, Daphne, Icarus, Heliades sisters, Medusa, ect. The outer and inner change of form and substance of living beings and their natural relationships into something different, new and unexpected, from the creative process naturally with technology through the lens of the symbolism of Myth and the squared glass of Science.

It is very interesting to see the origin of name Palazzo Te: “The famous villa, designed for parties, receptions and “idleness” of the Duke of Mantua, was built on an island in direct contiguity with the city center, known since the Middle Ages Tejeto, or Te. The hypothesis most likely derive from the term ’tilietum’ (place of linden trees) or from the Celtic ‘tezza’ linked with Latin ‘atteggia’ in english ‘attitude’, both meaning ‘hut’.” *from

Obviously the project is not complete about the whole huge Ovid’s work, and in start I’ve done just some main episodes, but my intention is to work on it in future, it will take time for sure. Stay tuned.

Merlino Mayo

Book I: Cosmogony, Ages of Man, Gigantes, Daphne;

0  Metamorphoses – Start point “Palazzo Te,  Mantova” 
http://slurl.com/secondlife/LEA27/128/151/23

1  Metamorphoses – I – Cosmogony – The Creation of Universe
http://slurl.com/secondlife/LEA27/130/66/4042

2  Metamorphoses – II – Cosmogony The Elements – EL MENTUM (2010)
http://slurl.com/secondlife/LEA27/128/137/3893

3  Metamorphoses – III – Cosmogony – The Creation of Sea and Sky
http://slurl.com/secondlife/LEA27/216/134/3565

4  Metamorphoses – IV – Ages of Man – The Golden Age of Man
http://slurl.com/secondlife/LEA27/138/149/3215

5  Metamorphoses – V – Raise of Giants
http://slurl.com/secondlife/LEA27/149/204/2803

6  Metamorphoses – VI – Fall of Giants
http://slurl.com/secondlife/LEA27/126/129/1078

7  Metamorphoses – VII – Daphne
http://slurl.com/secondlife/LEA27/128/50/1534

Some references:

LEA lindenarts.blogspot.com, LEA www.lea-sl.org, Metamorphoses Illustrations First Book, Latin Original Texts, Book I in Latin, english text, virtual tour into the Room of the Giants.

THE GREAT CELESTIAL ABSTRACTION

Silk Roads – International Biennial of Culture
THE GREAT CELESTIAL ABSTRACTION
from the MACRO Museum in Testaccio to Second Life
MiC – Museums of Rome Capital
Opening 2012 January 23, 23.00 (02.00pm SLT)

http://slurl.com/secondlife/MiC/204/154/40

The contemporary Chinese art, the complexity of its ancient roots Dao and Zen, Chaos and Cosmos, is the result of a long painting way, which was liberated by a starting manual skill as a simple confirmation of the tradition. So going beyond the executive discipline, acquiring a subjective value of gestures and a conceptual quality that allows us to recognize the latest Chinese generation in a position in the international artistic research.
The exhibition “The Great Celestial Abstraction” curated by Achille Bonito Oliva for the MACRO Testaccio in Rome, in the International Biennial of Culture “Silk Roads”, in Second Life passes through a recreation by Merlino Mayo, who has set up a path in which his performance, digital and immersive, brings us in contact with the great contemporary Chinese artists. So the works on canvas become three-dimensional with the environment surrounded by echoes of Oriental traditions.
Along the way, you will find all the notes (in Italian and English) related to Chinese artists, the curator and the presentation of the texts Commissioner for Culture and the Superintendent of Culture.

Marina Bellini (aka Mexi Lane)

Responsable and Curator at MiC

http://museiincomuneroma.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/second-life-la-grande-astrazione-celeste-al-mic/

Video from MiC virtual show

References to the show in Real Life in Rome at the MACRO of Testaccio from 16 Nov 2011 to 15 Jan 2012 :

On display the selection by Achille Bonito Oliva of 32 artworks coming from the show at NAMOC – National Art Museum of China in Bejing.

Lei Hong (1972), Li Huasheng (1944), Li Xiangyang (1957), Lian Quan (1948), Liu Gang (1965), Liu Xuguang (1958), Ma Kelu (1954), Meng Luding (1962), Tan Ping (1960), Xu Hongming (1971), Yu Youhan (1943), Zhang Hao (1962), Zhang Jian Jun (1955), Zhang Yu (1959), Zhou Yangming (1971).

The Great Celestial Abstraction – Chinese Art of the 21st Century’ is organised under the patronage of the Chinese Embassy in Italy and sponsored by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Roma Capitale, Department of Cultural Affairs and Historical Center – Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, Chamber of Commerce of Rome; organization and museum services by Zètema Progetto Cultura.

Curator

Achille Bonito Oliva

http://www.viedellaseta.roma.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=116&Itemid=112

http://en.macro.roma.museum/mostre_ed_eventi/mostre/la_grande_astrazione_celeste

Umberto Broccoli – (PDF) – Superintendent for Cultural Heritage in the City of Rome

Dino Gasperini – (PDF) – Councillor for Cultural Policy and the Historic Centre

Presentation by the curator Achille Bonito Oliva of the 15 chinese artists partecipants.

VOGUE

The 26 August 2011 finally come out a well written and positive article by Simona Lamonaca about Art in virtual worlds related to Real Life on VOGUE (Italia) newspaper with my photo about my installation work in Second Life that I did for the Fine Arts Brera Academy, Polytechnic and ATM transports in Milan and presented in RAI television in december 2010.

In the article and illustrations the mentioned artists are:  Bryn Oh, Rose Borchovski, Peter Greenawayillustrations: Merlino Mayo, Cutea Benelli and Blotto Epsilon.

The mentioned institutions, museums, universities and galleries, etc. are: Canadian government (Ontario Arts Council O.A.C.), MiC (Museums of Rome), Academy of Brera (Fine Arts Academy in Milan) MIND (Milan network for design), Polytechnic (University of Milan), UWA (University of Western Australian), ArtSpace UTSA (University of Texas), and Spencer Museum of Art ( University of Kansas), Parco della Musica (in Rome), and the Teatro Arcimboldi (TAM in Milan), Imparafacile Ning, ArteLibera.

VOGUE Italy edition article

The paper article

 

References:

– An english translation of the article can be found here on Bryn Oh Blog

– A short article version on the website VOGUE.it

– The first presentation of the project for Fine Arts Academy of Brera  “The Metro of Milan meets virtual worlds (1st Part)”

   Merlino Mayo project description for Brera Academy.

– The presentation in Live Television of the project “The Metro of Milan meets virtual worlds (2nd Part) ON AIR – RAI Television”.

– Bryn Oh won a Canadian Governative OAC Media Artists Emerging Program (the story of it on her blog)

Videos from Bryn Oh:

Bryn Oh WORLD EXPO

RUSTED GEARS

http://museiincomuneroma.wordpress.com/ (managed by Mexi Lane, aka Marina Bellini)

http://imparafacile.ning.com/ (managed by Imparafacile Runo, aka Giovanni Dalla Bona)

http://www.artelibera.biz/ (Arte Libera managed Simba Schuman and Storm Blauvelt)

– The University of Western Australia
A blog for the University of Western Australia (UWA) presence on Second Life. A post about the Vogue’s article.

“The Blue Planet” Show  at TAM Theatre Arcimboldi  and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma – Peter Greenaway and Saskia Boddeke with music by Goran Bregovic

Videos from Rose Borchovsky:

WHY IS THERE SOMETHING Susa Bubble Part 5: Greek Myth, The Battle of the Gods

LOST IN COUNTINGSusa Bubble

WHY IS THERE SOMETHING  -Introduction-

Trailer: Een dag uit het leven-Kasteel Amerongen/ A day in the life of Castle Amerongen -1680

– VOGUE (Italy Edition) on WebMagazine: http://www.vogue.it/ http://www.vogue.it/magazineThe Cover of September Avant-Garde by Steven Meisel subject Ethel Granger (1905-1982) photographer Stella Tennant

NATURAE Show by Merlino Mayo at MiC Musei in Comune di Roma (2nd Part)

Screen Shot from NATURAE on the official: Viewer2

Screen Shot from NATURAE on the official: Viewer2

My art show NATURAE at MiC the Sim of Rome Museums, started on 28 March 2011 and closed in the last 30 May 2011,  with a concert event and my last level element of Fire.

From the start there was a great unexpected feedback of thousands visitors. Many publications, blogs, articles, books, photos, etc. were produced, that has gifted to me great satisfactions, so I would like to create here a little summary to get a memory of what happened in these last months.

Finally I want to do special thanks to those who made it possible, the MiC sim project sponsored in real life from Musei in Comune di Roma Capitale, Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali e della Comunicazione Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali, Zètema, so to all the people that helped to realize this show at MiC so the curator Mexi Lane aka Marina Bellini also responsable of the official Rome Museums Blog, the talented builders and officers of the Sim that created a fantastic ancient roman empire island to host the art shows: Rumegush Altamura and Patrizia Blessed. Thanks to Ultraviolet Alter for the great music concert performance in the closing night, so thanks to those who had inspired my art project, to my friends and all those who wrote, filmed, took pictures, or chatted  about it and thanks to all people that visited Naturae with fun and curiosity.

Merlino Mayo

Links:

Destination Guide – Editor’s Picks from Linden Lab official Second Life website: http://secondlife.com/destination/naturae

Official video from MiC Musei di Roma – Zètema by Mexi Lane:

video by Arm Strom:

video by Al Peretz / Alfonso Kohn

Art-Book “Merlino Mayo” Monography CARP – by Velazquez Bonetto
with photos on Naturae at MiC:

Monography Merlino Mayo - by Velazquez Bonetto ed.CARP

Monography Merlino Mayo – by Velazquez Bonetto ed.CARP

http://issuu.com/diabolus/docs/ma_merlino_mayo_inet

FormaFluens – International Literary Magazine with photos taken in Naturae and a critic about the show from Cristina Cilli:

Forma Fluens - International Literature Magazine

Forma Fluens – International Literature Magazine

http://www.formafluens.net/

To view the number 3 in .pdf: www.formafluens.net/formafluens.net_2011-3.pdf

Interview:
http://virtualworldsmagazine.wordpress.com/2011/04/22/giovanna-cerise-interviews-merlino-mayo-english-version/
http://virtualworldsmagazine.wordpress.com/2011/04/22/giovanna-cerise-intervista-merlino-mayo/

Official Blog from Rome Museums:

http://museiincomuneroma.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/imaginrium-merlino-mayo-naturae/

http://museiincomuneroma.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/mic-naturae-di-merlino-mayo-le-foto/

http://museiincomuneroma.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/second-life-londa-umana-travolge-il-mic/

http://museiincomuneroma.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/second-life-naturae-nella-destination-guide/

http://museiincomuneroma.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/second-life-al-mic-concerto-ultrasonne/

http://museiincomuneroma.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/second-life-ultrasonne-le-foto/

http://museiincomuneroma.wordpress.com/2011/06/09/second-life-naturae-immortalata-nel-viewer2/

Blogs:

http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2011/03/coleys-world-merlino-mayos-naturae.html

http://slartgroup.blogspot.com/2011/03/delluomo-della-natura_29.html

http://solexistence.wordpress.com/2011/04/22/naturae/

Naturae on my Blog:

https://merlinomayo.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/naturae-opening-at-mic-musei-in-comune-di-roma/

https://merlinomayo.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/naturae-the-night-of-fire-at-mic-musei-di-roma-capitale/

Some Photos:

Mexi Lane

ChrisTower Dae

Merlino Mayo

Merlino Mayo NATURAE

Some nice shots from visitors:

Eupalinos Ugajin
"Naturae" by Merlino Mayo

Moti Moody
Naturae

Tim Dechanel
Envahisseur et destruction ...

Isabella Alphaville
3 28 11 @ MERLINO MAYO

Suapte Dionysus
Natuarae

Harbor Galaxy
Naturae  3
Naturae  2

Callie Mocha
Naturae

Merlino Mayo (Bryn Oh in visit at NATURAE)

"Bryn Oh at Naturae" - Merlino Mayo 2011 1

Light and Gravity 2011 at Caerleon

Light and Gravity 2011

Light and Gravity 2011

Welcome to Light and Gravity — A Virtual Reality Art Exhibition & Live Presentation

Posted on June 22, 2011 by lightlygo

The Light & Gravity virtual art show will open as  a LIVE presentation on June 25th at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in Boston, MA, USA.

Times of the LIVE presentation are as follows:

  • 2-4pm SLT/PST=Pacific Standard Time(Los Angeles / San Francisco)
  • 5-7pm EST=Eastern Standard Time (Boston / New York / Detroit)
  • 10pm-12am (midnight) WET=Western European Time (UK / Ireland)
  • 11pm-1am CET=Central European Time / Netherlands (Italy / France / Serbia)
  • 7am-9am next day (17 hours ahead of SLT) ATZ = Austalia Time Zone

The LIVE presentation of the Light and Gravity Virtual Reality Art Exhibition will be presented by Jason Pramas (aka Sunseeker Miklos), Gary Zabel (aka Georg Janick) and Martha Jane Bradford (aka Alizarin Goldflake).

In his virtual avatar form as Sunseeker Miklos, Jason Pramas will move throughout the exhibition to present the works of each artist and demonstrate specific aspects of each such as immersion, interaction, reaction and so on.

Simultaneously, at the Art Institute, Gary Zabel and Martha Jane Bradford will read aloud to the audience the answers to the interview questions presented to each artist.

Particiapting artists from around the world will be interviewed if they are able to be present during the LIVE presentation.  The artists whose work is exhibited at Light and Gravity are:

Aequitas (US)
Alizarin Goldflake (US)
Bryn Oh (Canada)
Georg Janick (US)
Glyph Graves (Australia)
Igor Ballyhoo (Serbia)
Lollito Larkham (France)
Luce Laval (Italy)
Maya Paris (UK)
Merlino Mayo (Italy)
Oberon Onmura (US)
Pixels Sideways  (US)
Shellina Winkler (Italy)
Sunseeker Miklos (US)
Ub Yifu (France)

The artists were given a set of questions to help prepare for the LIVE presentation interviews.  You can read their answers and find out more info about the artists by clicking on their individual name links above.

The “inworld” show on Caerleon Isle in Second Life will officially open to the public on Sunday, June 26 at 12:00pm/noon SLT (PST).    For your convenience, here is the slurl: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Caerleon%20Isle/195/123/23

For additinal information about the project, click on the About link above.

We hope you enjoy Light and Gravity.

My work is THE CAGE a 3rd from 3/3 series CUBICUS that I did in other 2 shows.

SL8B “IDOLUM” by Merlino Mayo

IDOLUM by Merlino Mayo at SL8B

SL8B – Second Life 8th Birthday

The Official theme of this year: “The Magic of Second Life”

“IDOLUM” by Merlino Mayo

Idolum is the representation of a knowledge path, through the experience of life, its symbols and its magic, a travel into memory, shadows, lights, reality and dream. The lower level is the time and space in the natural substrate, where the “cage” sphere (symbol of perfection and technology) is a way to link the upper dimension of Ideas, the cube of Creation. The giant sitted is the time, the floor is the space.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/SL8B%20Exhilarate/104/232/31

* Put local sounds, and use the teleport inside the sphere to go into the cube..

NATURAE The Night of Fire at MiC Musei di Roma Capitale (2nd Part)

Concert Hall of Fire in NATURAE at MiC while music performance of Ultraviolet Alter

Concert Hall of Fire in NATURAE at MiC while music performance of Ultraviolet Alter

The Show NATURAE  at MiC Museums of Rome official Sim started the 28 March 2011 was closed in the 30 May 2011 with this final installation of FIRE element witch closed the circle of 5 elements. So Fire was celebrated and visible only 1 day, with a great concert from Ultraviolet Alter performer alive.

Here also the official post of the event:
http://museiincomuneroma.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/second-life-al-mic-concerto-ultrasonne/

The Sun star in the Concert Hall

The Sun star in the Concert Hall

The FIRE
This final installation in the whole complex of NATURAE (more bigger), consisted in detail of a desert plane with 16 red vases and a giant artist portrait (Ai Weiwei) in the sky, made of hundreds of little men, in the center there was a hole grid to enter in the Concert Hall a big dark space with the Sun (the star of fire) and dozens of spheres sits for audience, the performer was in the center with one line connecting to the upper star.

Fire Desert with Ai Weiwei portrait the entrance for Concert Hall

Fire Desert with 3d-ManyLittleMen Ai Weiwei portrait the entrance for Concert Hall

The informative note of the event:

“ULTRASONNE” Concert! Tonight!
1.30 PM (SLT)
(22:30 ITALY)

Tonight at the MIC, the island of Rome’s museums in Second Life, Concert “ULTRASONNE” Ultraviolet Alter and “Night of Fire” to celebrate the closing of the hit show “Naturae” by Merlino Mayo.
The cycle of Naturae exhibition closes tomorrow, after a very successful turnout and publishing a report of Linden Lab, interest and participation of thousands of visitors with hundreds of photos on Flickr, blog posts and publications virtual art, is celebrated in the sim of Museums Rome Capital. The cycle ends in the name of Fire, the last of five natural elements already present in the inauguration of the East April 28:  Metal, Wood, Earth, Water.

UltraSonne by Ultraviolet Alter.
Performing under the name of UltraSonne, Ultraviolet is a passionate Second Life artist/musician who loves to share her experiments in improvisation, often collaborating with other artists towards creating an immersive artistic happening. You are invited inside a world
of sounds composed of dynamic weaves of traditional instruments, a touch of jazz, modern grooves and irresistible syncopations making you feel you do not have enough body parts to
fully move with it.
The themes of her engagements are sensitive with subtle meaning : from the echo of ancient tribal evocation to polyphonic united voices, visiting depths of cadences and
rythmical dynamics… it’s a pulsing fiesta of energyies and dynamic lyrical tensions.
Merging, you can travel through waves of live rythms: from a delicate whisper to a cascade of interlaced matrix patterns: it’s intense, vibrant, coming from far, often with a humourous touch and a nostalgic evocation of grandiose landscapes of futuristic impressions.
Always open, not resolved, engaging, inviting you in, expansive but with an instinctive delicate intimacy.
UltraSonne on the Ultraviolet frequency waveband……

http://slurl.com/secondlife/MiC/124/90/3941

Input NATURAE show closing 31th Merlino Mayo

http://slurl.com/secondlife/MiC/203/156/40

Photos of people present at the concert:

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