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.

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Nicolas Schöffer’s Tower at IMAGINE FESTIVAL – (CARP)


Into the Imagine Festival 2010 today: 1 – 3PM  Imagine the Architecture of the Future

http://imaginepeacetower.com/

(the Imagine Festival 2010 calendar of events)

Today: CARP exbition and concert
Click here for more info – Nicolas Schöffer’s tower
Contact: Velazquez Bonetto & Josina Burgess

The Nicolas Schöffer’s Tower at CARP

Nicolas Schöffer

Father of Cybernetic Art, a architect, visionair and artist, famous  for his enlightened way of thinking and his architectural  “cybernetic art” of moving and turning modules and mobiles using light and mirrors to create new forms of all kinds. In his time the 50-60-ties he was creating a totally new form of Art that he called “Cybernetic” and his work is displayed in many musea over the world. There are even  several musea carrying his name and showing his art.

One of his biggest creations  was his Tower of Light, what he designed for the city of Paris where it had to stand in a special surrounding where you could see it from far away.

Mirrors and lights were used to create the illusion, specially at night, to make  the tower was like floating in the air.
Inside the tower all kind of exhibitions, theatres, cinema’s, restaurants and shops would entertain the visitors, rotating floors  would give spectaculair vieuws and on certain times a lightshow would make the tower a performence of its own
Schöffer made a blueprint of his tower, did build maquettes, painted it and drew it many times. Just he was too visionary, the tower could not be build, there was no technique good enought to build the machines to controle all, so his tower remained but only on paper.

Schöffers widow Eléonore de Lavandeyra Schöffer kept his heritage and is still working to keep Schöffers work alive and vivid in many openings and many exhibitions about his work. Also on SL where she made herself a avatar and visited a exhibition in world.

This we she learned to know Velazquez Bonetto and CARP.
The contact remained and she liked the work of CARP and its creators very much and also learned what Velazquez was capable of…

Eleonore wrote a letter to Velazquez Bonetto and  this is what she wrote:
“Agota told me that you could be interested in building the TLC on SL.  It is a marvellous idea.  I thought about it a long time ago. It would be fantastic if it could be done for the 100th anniversary of N.S. birth, and 20th anniversary of his death. 2012.
If  you decide to do it, and I agree to the principle, (the modalities would have to be clearly precised together) their previous work could be of some help, and a meeting with you and them should be arranged as a second step.  The first one being your trip to Paris, contact me, visit the atelier, and  try together to put a wonderful dream… into reality.
So, you have to tell me if you can come to Paris one of these days, and when.  Propose to me different dates, so that I can find one fitting with my work.
I am very VERY happy with your idea.  No one could be able to realize it properly exept you.  I already thank you.”

Eléonore de Lavandeyra Schöffer

So Velazquez Bonetto and Caravaggio Bonetto went to Paris RL, spend several days in the atelier and home of Schöffer with Eleonore explaining. Then he got the blueprints and made many pictures, went back home and started building the Tower.

AND ITS READY NOW………to see and experient in SL… to walk in and look around. its build on scale 1:1 that is a bit different  then what we are used to in SL where we all build  “bigger” because our avatars a bigger and taller as well.  This is because we  look from behind our avatar and not through the eyes of the avatar. Still the tower is a amazing piece of work, it will be a performence at itsself, Velazquez did build in a programm and controllers that let all the lights and particles perform in a lightshow automaticly or on command.
Seats with the audience will fly around with build in camera’s that offer spectacular views, because the tower is to big to see in all. Elevater seats bring you to the floors you chose, the exhibitions with cybernetic art show you what that is about. great artists did create specially for the tower all kinds of interactive, and scripted sculptures. Josina Burgess created immersive particles, lots of cybernetic sculptures and  both they invited

Dancoyote Antonelli
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Benvolio/63/125/969

Igor Ballyhoo
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Benvolio/129/124/1238

Velazquez Bonetto
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Benvolio/122/130/1322

Josina Burgess
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Benvolio/112/122/993

Artistide Despres
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Benvolio/127/126/1093

Glyph Graves
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Benvolio/103/124/1000

Werner Kurosawa
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Benvolio/127/167/969

Merlino Mayo
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Benvolio/129/126/1274

Bryn Oh
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Benvolio/142/126/986

shellina Winkler
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Benvolio/128/125/1145

Nicolas Schoffer’s Tower at CARP
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Benvolio/111/108/970

Nicolas Schoffer “Show Surfaces”  at The Lucien Herve Gallery “depo”
http://slurl.com/secondlife/depo%2011/40/133/25

to add  cybernetic works on the floors.
Special performences and small shows are there for your entertainment.
Its  the dream of Schöffer,  his tower to be build, and even better: its build in the virtual world, something he never would have thought would really become true! and Velazquez Bonetto did build it.

Cybernetics  “is the interdisciplinary study of the structure of control and regulatory systems, circular, casual and feedback mechanisms, self-organization and system dynamics. «Cybernetics – derives from the Greek «kybernetes» meaning «steersman»; our word «governor» comes from the Latin version of the same word. The term cybernetics was first used by Norbert Wiener around 1948. In 1948 his book «Cybernetics» was subtitled «communication and control in animal and machine.» The term today refers to systems of communication and control in complex electronic devices like computers, which have very definite similarities with the processes of communication and control in the human nervous system.”

CYBER ART The First Sculpture was “CYSP 1”


here you can see it with a young Nicolas Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.


THE IMAGINE FESTIVAL 2010

The program:   http://imaginefestival.wordpress.com/if-programme-2010-2/
from imaginefestival.wordpress.
The Partecipants at the Imagine Festival 2010

Participating sims:

Woodstock, Extropia, Africa Live, Benvolio, Four Bridges, Garden for Change, Virtually Speaking, Native Lands, Zinnia, UTSA, KUWOL, Etopia

Talks & presentations :

Dr Andrew Wallace, Artemisia Mathy, Cotton Thorne, Trill Zapatero, Jenny Valerian, Delia Lake, Nany Kayo, Cliff Schecter and Tom Schaller, WilliamThewise Goodman

Music :

Naftali Torok, avantgarde Frequency, Grace Mcdunnough, junivers Stockholm, Hexis Moody, Cypress Rosewood, Fran6 Parkin, Jana Kyomoon, Lance Rembrandt

Artists ( 2D & 3D art works ) :

Glyph Graves, Artistide Despres, Igor Ballyhoo, Bryn Oh, Eliza Wierwight, Sorror Nishi, Ub Yifu, Shellina Winkler, Ariel Brearly, Jedda Zenovka, Sabrinaa Nightfire, Misprint Thursday, Bliss Violet, Starlash Sweetwater, Paulette Felisimo, Trill Zapatero, Dancoyote Antonelli, Velazquez Bonetto,  Josina Burgess, Werner Kurosawa,  Merlino Mayo.

Event arrangers :

lynsey Fleury, Isenhand Nightfire, Artemisia Mathy, Velazquez Bonetto & Josina Burgess, Cotton Thorne, Trill Zapatero, Jenny Valerian, Delia Lake, Nany Kayo, Jana Kyomoon, ConstructiVist Solo, Widget Whiteberry, MS Hawker, WilliamThewise Goodman

Festival management team :

Medora Chevalier, junivers Stockholm, Lynsey Fleury, Paulette Felisimo, any1 Gynoid, Sunshine Vayandar, Monarchy Republic

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