NATURAE Opening at MiC Musei in Comune di Roma (1st Part)

The Opening was on Monday 28 March 2011 at  1:30 SLT – 22:30 to MiC –

Museum of Rome

“Naturae” literally means “of Nature”, born out of the root ‘natus’. Nature, the creative force, is also the forgotten matrix source, and is a system of natural laws which determine and control the entire universe and all of its elements and living beings.

Official Blog of Rome's Museums - MiC Musei in Comune di Roma

Official Blog of Rome's Museums - MiC Musei in Comune di Roma

Because of man being blinded by his technological prowess, this has now fallen into oblivion and become a shadow of the past but which now resurfaces unexpectantly from this hidden immortal line of continuity.
In this installation, Merlino Mayo follows this theme of Man having turned away from this integral  part of himself and who now turns and is again confronted by it. A meeting with Lex Naturae, with this shadow part, still ever present in our DNA (internal) and our environmental domain (outdoor), and that, as a latent virus, re-emerges in a disturbing way.

NATURAE 4th ELEMENT EARTH Photo by ChrisTower Dae

NATURAE 4th ELEMENT EARTH Photo by ChrisTower Dae

The path of “Naturae” starts with a solid and impressive sculptures such as: Life’s Lines – (Life Line), huge Ley Lines, etc. calling upon the visitor through a more active exploration into a dialogue with our existing environment and the surrounding seas, rocks and light.

Then at a higher altitude the installation changes through different levels within this enormous dream and the visitor will be overwhelmed by these elements in a purely symbolic, metaphysical, surreal and free exploration, where we can allow ourselves be safely and pleasantly lost.

The video installation will be part of the “IMAGIN@RIUM” which, together with those of other facilities of the MiC, will occupy a position at MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Rome.

Entrance of MiC SIM

a great video by ColeMarie Soleil

How to visit the installation in these days follow these slurl coordinates:

– N A T U R A E –     5 levels

*** LEVEL 1 ***

The Beach Start Point

“Life Line” Sculpture

“The Giant Kybernetes”


ELEMENT FIRE – “The Man of Fire”

“The Climbing”

“Tsunami” – The Big Wave
– on the Wave



-Wood the base



* Teleports to follow the installation complex are one little red man to go on the next level, and one blue little men to go back one level
** for a good light I suggest EUPHORIA sunset 2  (Sky preset)


* Attenzione! *** i Teleports per seguire il complesso dell’installazione sono il piccolo Uomo Rosso per avanzare di 1 livello, e l’Uomo Blu per tornare indietro di un livello. Il primo teleport e’ qui:

segui gli omini rossi per la visita.. ****

Lunedi 28 marzo 2011 alle ore 22.30 ita – 1:30-SLT al MiC – Musei di Roma Capitale

“Naturae” letteralmente  “della Natura”,  ciò che da essa nasce (natus) e ne fa parte.
La Natura, la forza creatrice, è anche l’origine matricale dimenticata dagli uomini; il sistema delle leggi naturali che condizionano e controllano l’intero Universo, tutti i suoi elementi e gli esseri viventi.
L’uomo con tutto il suo genio tecnologico, è caduto nell’oblio di ciò che lo ha generato come un ombra dimenticata nel passato che riaffiora continuamente e inaspettatamente nel presente.
In questa installazione Merlino Mayo ripercorre il tema dell’Uomo che si è allontanato da una parte importante di se stesso, che affronta l’incontro con la Lex Naturae, con la sua ombra, sempre presente nel suo DNA (interno) e nell’ambiente circostante (esterno), e che come un virus latente riaffiora in modo anche traumatico.

NATURAE 3rd ELEMENT WOOD photo by ChrisTower Dae

Si inizia quindi il percorso “Naturae” con delle solide e imponenti sculture come ad esempio: Life Line – (Linea della vita), The Big Kybernetes, etc. che esortano il visitatore ad una esplorazione più attiva. Un dialogo con  l’ambiente preesistente e circostante dell’isola, con il mare, la roccia e la luce.
Successivamente, salendo in quota, il percorso cambierà e ci si troverà tra i vari livelli onirici e gargantueschi all’interno dei quali verrete sovrastati dagli elementi in una dimensione puramente simbolica, metafisica e surreale, in libera esplorazione dove perdersi piacevolmente è auspicabile.

Il video dell’installazione farà parte del progetto “IMAGIN@RIUM” che, insieme a quelli delle altre installazioni del MiC, occuperà una postazione al MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma.

inizio percorso:

* per una buona luce suggerisco  EUPHORIA sunset 2  (Sky preset)

Foto di Musei in Comune

Foto di ChrisTower


italian language:

Merlino Mayo Biography

Merlino Mayo Biography  – updated 6-2011

Screen from Linden Labs on Viewer2 – 2011 my Show “Naturae” at MiC Musei di Roma

Artist interested in the relation of Art between the Virtual and the Real World, starts into virtual worlds to find a synthesis, and a symbolic alphabet to be used as a starting point to create a score always different but recognizable. The Nature, the Human being, Technology, Architecture,  Mythology, Fractal Math, Processing, CyberArt, Futurism, Pop Art, Pop Surrealism,  Street Art and the contrast with real decadent romantic atmospheres, are main sources of inspiration. Interactions with structures and visitors are important.

My exploration of Second Life began in April 2007, and from the start I found myself identifying with experimental builder. I spent a great deal of time learning and sharing building knowledge, first  at the Skybeam Sandbox, and later (from 2007-08) on sim Lupulinus (closed in the end of 2008), and at ZigZag still active, and in 2009 at 2Lifecast HUB project, working on various terraforming and structural projects, focussing on the study of the virtual reproduction of natural forms, the perception of colors in movement, the creation of complete avatars and experimenting with inworld snapshots and graphic.

Spring-Summer/2007 Firsts Art Moving Sculptures

5 June 2007 Born of Xaan Allen my female Alt Symbiont Avatar  *written in her profile “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction”
Pablo Picasso

1/2008 First study for a complex art installation, a travel on sky planes through colors and shadows related to the ancient history concepts.

3/2009 I joined the “Hub Creativo” group as a builder and graphics designer, working on complex structures.
Hub Creativo was in partnership with RL Province of Milan, Italy, and was located on sim (2lifecast) – Adpocalypse.

I later built a number of media-related structures including auditoriums, an exhibition hall based on Fractal develop and Pop Surrealism concept, an experimental modular trail,  a large completely avatar-accessible installation based on Escher’s “Waterfall”, and a faithful 3D reproduction of an optical illution – the Penrose stairs, impossible objects.

I have also been closely involved in a number of events and scenography sets, workshops and conference series, including “Earthquake – the day after” ( earthquake in Abruzzo, Italy) the series  “Lessons in Modern Physics”, “Right and Virtual”, “Social Dreaming Psychocity” and so on.  All in streamed web live.

With my 90×50 meters  installation “Magna Mater 2.0” I won first prize in “Calling for Creativity 2.0” an Art competition presented also at the two day conference  ‘Ars in Ara’ which was broadcasted live in RL on National Italian RAI television NET from the Ara Pacis in Rome, Italy,  June 5.6 2009.

Magna Mater 2.0 - by Merlino Mayo
The competition called for an artistic interpretation of  the concept Web 2.0, and Giovanni dalla Bona delivered a talk (in Italian) on the subject of creativity and the methodologies of both formal and informal training in Second Life, available at – you can see Magna Mater at the very end of the video.
With Magna Mater, I began experimenting with modified sounds and structures that react to the presence and movement of avatars.

09/2009.  I built a movable auditorium structure used for “Scienze on the road” an inworld project that travels around 30 Italian sims with science-related shows and discussions, in partnership with the groups as Second Physics, streamed over the web by 2lifecast. We also participate in  RL conferences in various Italian cities, for example at Venice, explaining the opportunities for learning and creativity that Second Life offers. In a big tour with more than 32 nights events in different sims.

10/2009 Began experimenting with terraforming, with an emphasis on creating a natural looking   environment, and showing my experimental sound installations at a number of art collectives.

10/2009 “IMAGINE FESTIVAL” into the Imagine Festival we can found the partecipation of Yoko Ono.
With my  installation ERUDIUM, I took part in “Imagine Festival 2009 live events” in the CARP with others groups. ERUDIUM is constructed on a single platform which makes it possible for me to continue trying out scripts, manipulated sounds and rotational movements, creating an interactive work that the visitor can experience for themselves in a totally unique way every time they visit the structure.
E.R.U.D.I.U.M. 2119 - 11 oct 2009 by Merlino Mayo
a pic of ERUDIUM into the official ImagineFestival blog

Complete the Auditorium in the Estonia Embassy Official SIM and Brain2Brain organisation. (B2B is not still active in SLife from some months in the 2010)
A collaborative work with the artist Arcana Jansma, the provvisory Structure with wave sits, lights, platform and art sculptures for the “Edgar Morin interview” – Meet the Media Guru – in Milan Live Streaming from Theatre “Dal Verme”. Present in-world Prince Paskua french international artist.

First Show at Pirats
with Fuschia Nightfire, Trinity Eales, Mitou Waco and Georg Janick aka Gary Zabel.

The Book "Rinascimento Metaverso"

EL MENTUM One of my most representatives and complex works I ever done, a big installation partecipating at the “RINASCIMENTO METAVERSO” Show – 30 Jan 2010 – presented in Benvolio at CARP (Virtual Cinetic & Cybernetic Art in the Second Life Metaverse Infrastructure) a Collective Show with italian artists.  The Structure was a travel into the Elements through dream visions and simbols, into complete immersive spaces.

EL MENTUM at CARP by Merlino Mayo for "Rinascimento Metaverso"
Creation of the final event “The War of the Elements” that closed the whole Show, a performance with different outfits own created, rezzer, sculptures, ect. with visitors directly involved into the battle space.

15/02/2010 Pirats – Patrick Moya – Carnaval Virtuel de Nice 2010 – Second Life and Real Life.
Partecipation with many artists from all around the world. I made a giant jellyfish-Outfit sculpture-avatar made of blue pixels. First Virtual Carnival from SLife to Real Life. Into the SIM of Patrick Moya with Live Stream into the Real Life Festival at Nice (France)

Show at PIRATS  my installation titled: “The Man and the Elements”
with Filthy Fluno aka Jeffrey Lipsky, Antenna Rae, Ragamuffin Kips aka Anthony Jacob, and Chrome Underwood.
16 - Feb - 2010

Into the big event of Global Mixed Reality Exhibition (Virtual art Galleries and Real Life Galleries all around the world at the same time) of the Art of Virtual Worlds called “Through the Virtual Looking Glass”. CARP is one of six exhibitions being held in six countries: France (Nice), Holland (Amsterdam), Germany, Brazil, Australia, and the USA (Boston)
Into the Benvolio Sim for CARP-Diabolus I built a Spheric Cinema made of hundreds panels, for machinima show event, and an Art Installation called “The Battle” beside the reconstruction of RL event Gallery in Holland.

Interview for the Metaverse Art Books by Velazquez Bonetto, Josina Burgess and Nazz Lane
metaverse_art_book_02b_internet (pg.79-81_pg.93-106)
Cybernetic Art Research Project/Diablous

28-5 till 13-6-2010 – Museo del Metaverso at Viareggio ART Project into the Musei Civici Villa Paolina Bonaparte (SL-Real Life).

Viareggio ART Project - 28 Maggio al 13 Giugno 2010 il Museo del Metaverso

12-6-2010Merlino Mayo (Italy) & Abstract Baroque (UK) each took home the $L20,000 prizes for winning the inaugural Scien@Art Physics 2010 Competition, challenging all of Second Life to create 3D art objects incorporating Physics principles across a number of categories, Atom, String Theory, Nanotechnology, Big Bang, Electricity and Atom.”

16-6-2010   Show at Pirats

White Velvet Art Gallery on Tuesday June 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm SLT, 22h00 FR, that will exhibe until July 10, 2010 works of:
Carmine Caliera aka Carmine Freudenberger – Trinity Eales – Jazz62 Masala aka Vasco Lago Pinto – Merlino Mayo – mitou Waco

20-06-2010 SL7B Second Life 7 Birthday

with the project called:  The “Exquisite Corpse Tower”

by Merlino Mayo & shanti Yutani

01-06-2010 to 20-12-2010 Summer-Fall 2011 – Project for Brera Academy of Arts & Milan ATM transports

…Work on a Project with Imparafacile group, with the Accademia di Brera (North-Italy) and ATM transports (Milan-Italy) Metro. Articles about this project are on Virtual Worlds Magazine….my first step project presentation in voice with wall screen into the class at Brera with my alt Symbiont: Xaan Allen

09 oct 2010 – Nicolas Schöffer’s Tower at IMAGINE FESTIVAL – (CARP)
with: 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.

25-sept-2010 – Burn 2.0 – installation with my alt symbiont Xaan Allen

!D.A.! Digital Art – My installation LINEAE into the collective show at MdM in streaming Real Life (2lifecast, Museo del Metaverso) Milano, october 2010 Loggia dei Mercanti

23th November 2011 – PAD – Pop Art Display (museum of Pop Art) Solaris SIM – I built the vistable 3d reconstruction into Second Life,  of the legendary Silver Factory of Andy Warhol in New York City 1962-1968

Show at Pirats on 23th November 2010 with my friend Mikati Slade in the outside space of Omega – my work installation was dedicated to Andy Warhol and Pop Art music “The Andy’s Last Supper” by Merlino Mayo alt (Xaan Allen)

November 2011 – Live interview ON-AIR Television in RL on RAI.IT streaming talking about the Big Art Events into Second Life, as Burning Life 2009 . Burn2.0 2010. Imagine Festival (Yoko Ono) and the CARP partecipation with Nicholas Schoffer’s Tower on 5 december 2010

22 Mar – 16 Apr 2011Show at SAS La Criée Art Gallery Mar.22 – Apr.16 – 2011

28 March 2011 –IMAGIN@RIUM- “NATURAE” by Merlino Mayo – Opening at MiC Musei in Comune di Roma
The Opening was on Monday 28 March 2011 at  1:30 SLT – 22:30 to MiC –
Museums of Rome SIM

1 Apr 2011 – Art Kahos – collective building with: Aloisio Congrejo, Cherry Manga, Daniele Daco Costantin, Elie Maurice, Fuschia Nightfire, Josina Den Burger, Merlino Mayo, Typote Beck.

8-9-10 June 2011 – NO NUCLEAR – installation “COSMO” 1st of Series CUBICUS 1/3  linked to a 3 days debate about No Nuclear Referendum in Italy. ALOISIO CONGREJO, GIOVANNA CERISE, MERLINO MAYO, SOLKIDE AUER.

20 June 2011SL8B Second Life 8th Birthday “Idolum” art installation 2nd of Series CUBICUS 2/3.

25 June 2011 – Show “Light & Gravity” at Caerleon in Real Life at Boston with interviews Live with public in the Boston Art Institute, presented by presented by Jason Pramas (aka Sunseeker Miklos), Gary Zabel (aka Georg Janick) and Martha Jane Bradford (aka Alizarin Goldflake).

My Artwork installation is “The Cage” 3rd of Series CUBICUS 3/3.

26 August 2011 – Come out an Article written by Simona Lamonaca about Virtual Art related to Real Life on VOGUE (Italy edition) newspaper with my photo about my installation work in Second Life that I did for the Brera Academy 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 Greenaway, Merlino Mayo, Cutea Benelli and Blotto Epsilon.

VOGUE Italy edition article
VOGUE Italy edition article

11 September 2011 – 
setting up displays with a little art installation by Merlino Mayo at MiC in Second Life, a show about “CITIES OF NEW YORK” a Real Life show with photographers  on the Theme 11.9.2001 Day in New York City.

1st Oct 2011 –  For the opening the 1st October 2011 – Burn2 – Burning life event – Xaan Allen Symbiont work installation Fall of the Giants”.

Oct 2011 – Collective working progress  in the InworldZ grid (no Second Life), into the sperimental Betty Toureaud’s Project – “Babel Tower”, Typote, Wizard Gynoid, Ultraviolet Alter, Merlino Mayo +(Xaan Allen), Soror Nishi, Miso Susanowa, ect.

–  1  December 2011 –  Still Open to Visit: Art&Poetry based on Carmen Auletta’s visions (aka Margy Ryba), with 132 Artists from all the world, 22-poems, 22 weeks, 22 sites, 22 exhibitions, 132 works.  My show is in December 2011 in Rose Borchovsky‘s sim, “Two Fish” for “The Ship” theme poetry. WEEK from DECEMBER 1 to DEC. 4, 2011 – Artists: SIMOTRON AQUILA, KIKAS BABENCO AND MARMADUKE ARADO, MISTERO HIFENG, CARLOTTA CEAWLIN, ARS NAVALIS, MERLINO MAYO, EUPALINOS UGAJIN.

– 23 Jan 2012 –  Presentation in Virtual Worlds of the Show: La grande astrazione celeste – Arte cinese del XXI° secolo, al MACRO Testaccio at MiC – China Abstract Art from Bejing in MACRO Museum in Rome Curator in Real Life Achille Bonito Oliva who did a selection from NAMOC – National Art Museum of China – Beijing Pechino :  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). Guest in virtual worlds SL – the MiC  responsable: Marina Bellini.

Working progress:

– LEA Project –  Linden Labs assigned me a full SIM for my dedicated project presented and accepted in November-December 2011.  Full Realization will be in the first 2012 and the project will stay open till March 2012.    Listed 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

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