The Andy Warhol’s SILVER FACTORY my historical reconstruction 3d

On the last 23 November 2011, in Second Life at Solaris SIM opened the PAD, Pop Art Display, which I attended in my particular environmental reconstruction of the “Silver Factory”, the historic Loft laboratory in the period 1962-1968 in New York of Andy Warhol.
My work consisted first of all in a historical research documentation, necessary for the reconstruction, by collecting material on the network, through the vision of cinema films, documentaries and video, then watching interviews with the protagonists of the Factory. The first problem was to understand how the environment space was made in plan with its openings and main functions, such as windows, bathrooms, corridors, entrances, exits, warehouses, etc. but also in height, on the ceiling with its traditional arcades, supported by pillars, and not least the definition of what kind of finishing, coating materials were originally used.

One of the key issues was the total lack of current references, because the original factory no longer exists, all material available, even if present in large amounts, (I found more than 230 photos taken in internal and external profile of the very few glimpses of views from the road) this space was always in a rapidly changing, with characters moving furniture that were constantly moved and accumulated considerable material for construction work and/or artistic events or shooting on film sets, concerts or just for certain work phases of large amounts of paintings, instruments, wood works, paintings and serigraphs.
Finally there was a problem of “space” or geometric number available in the virtual environment, meaning that the geometry or rather the number of prims available, was severely limited for my work, and this required an additional effort for construction and true reconstruction of many pieces of furniture or tools, often present in photographs or historical movies more in the inworld mode “sculpted”, this process is a bit much more complex, it will considerably reduce the space of simple primitives used for a structure, but this requires additional effort in the reconstruction work phase.

At the end of the reconstruction work, I found a pleasant surprise during my researches, that never end with working progress, the little discover was a plan drafted by the photographer Billy Name of the Factory, a very intersting sketch map but eloquent on the number of pillars, the vaults, the exact location of services and other ports, all confirmed exactly the work carried out so far that in broad terms was remained susceptible to small changes as a slightly higher ceiling height, to facilitate movement of cam avatars and visitors, because it was also intended to be used in future like public environment for the exhibition of works by artists inworld, giving a certain vitality of proposals events to the PAD whole structure’s armony.

The overall design of the PAD and team work was ideated originally by Matteus Taurog (coordinator critic), Zorro Hirvi (builder structural), Eros Boa (builder for paints in 3D) and then built up in the last 2 months of works with my further contribution Merlino Mayo (artist builder of the Silver Factory) with my Alt Xaan Allen I was also cobuilder of structural and individual works 3d in the whole PAD building, much of which was removed by me and reconstructed by others, due to subsequent  wrong attributions rules concerning the final effective work done, in the official comunications notes and web press so after this I decided that my work was “officially” only focused on the single historical reconstruction of the Andy’s Silver Factory about which I am still proud of.

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*notes of interest

* The first artist that comes to show at PAD was Rose Borchovski, Rose is the virtual alt of Saskia Boddeke and she is the creator of the Susa Bubble story. Here an old intersting interview with Rose from VirtualWorldsMagazine, she speaks about her talented art work.

** The first music event at PAD was the Concert Live by the very talented ENGRAMA group band, Lakua Arriaga (drums and song) and Pupito Helstein (guitar and song), with activity in Machinima examples too, so an intersting event to see how the atmosphere into the Silver Factory, could start and works, like a real art life progress of the structure and people, remembering the old original atmospheres with Velvet Underground perfoming in the real NYC Silver Factory. The Engrama concert have been thanks to the PAD officer Halixia Zenovka that found the group band and organized it, the event had a great partecipation with almost 100 presences and intersting polemics with Saveme Oh a well knowed artist in SLife.

*** The Virtual Silver Factory at PAD was visited from the avatar Bibbe Oh in Real Life Bibbe Hansen a real goers with her father Al Hansen of the  Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory in the 60s. She confirmed that general atmosphere and many details were correct.

**** The PAD Pop Art Display Project was also officially presented in Real Life in the last ARS IN ARA 2011, Social Media Week convention in Rome – Italy. at the presence of: Carlo Infante, Umberto Croppi, Francesca Barbi Marinetti, Fabio Fornasari, Paolo Brenzini, Marco Longo, Gianni Panconesi who presented PAD, Massimo Melica, Adelchi Battista,  Giovanni dalla Bona, Luca Spoldi, Ariella Risch of illycaffè, Patrizia Nofi. Photos.

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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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