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Virtual protest III

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roos Gartner and I at the alert stand in the Virtual Holland sim. This is the statement at the notecard: “The eco avatars of Ameland need your help! Netherlands Oil Company (NAM) is preparing a new drilling site right in the center of the island. Recently placed on the World Heritage List by Unesco for its great natural beauty, the Wadden Sea should be protected from industrial development.

Spread the word and PROTEST!

 

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Voodoo Dances

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On June 13 2009 we did the first of an expected Voodoo streaming series. Voodoo is a West African word meaning ‘spirit’. The basic ethos of the religion is that everything in the universe is connected. Nothing happens by chance in this world, and there are no accidents. Everything that you do to one person you are doing to yourself, because you are that person.

Maybe that intriguing concept is useful to exorcize the NAM (Nederlandse Aarolie Maatschappij). Maybe we can stop this whole crazy gas drilling idea, right on a beautiful island full of art and nature. We know that there will be subsidence, the scientists are disputing about the exact amount, the intertidal mud flats are lowering and the dynamic system is supposed to compensate… and if not, the government has “de hand aan de kraan” (the hand on the tap) as they called their idiotic political compromise.

How shall the industrial development of this heaven on earth affects the future visitor, a visitor that is increasingly well informed and keen on getting maximum relaxation in their spare time? Ameland is not the only island on earth, remember people have broad options.

 

The drilling

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The offshore drilling platform in the North Sea in the vicinity of Ameland. Day and night drilling for natural gas, risking subsidence and loss of inter tidal area.

 

Virtual protest II

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Protest is in the air, when I first set foot at virtual Ameland, it was clean empty and tranquil. There was only the sea the wind and the sands, I remember the absolute silence (the Atmo sound-boxes with the rustle of the waves had to be placed). Today the gulls fly and we build that specific salty atmosphere that you find at ramshackle harbours and costal zones, all mixed with successful and less successful projects. Various artist, activists, tramps and tourists are now active on Ameland… all imbued with love for this hypothetical “Wadden” domain.

And here we have the NAM planning to drill for gas, right in the centre of our island, this crazy fact hardened our resistance. Some of us want to remove the offshore drilling platform to Terschelling, others prefer a rapid transition to solar power, all these entangled socio-political topics roam through my dreams. Reports from huge up rise in Iran reach us, the waste of fossil fuels like oil, and natural gas, the almost empty cars in traffic jams, the financial crises, the ecological collaps, sea level rise, global warming and so on, and so on.

We where thrown out of paradise and now all this cross-reality mess make my head spin! Shure I´m protesting! A yell from the 80´s chants through my toughts: DROP THE BOMB, DROP THE BOMB, but I want to create an utopian paradise on our server so please keep the power supply steady and let us all stream.

Demonstration in Teheran / Iran

 

Solidarity exhibition

schoondamme

 

Already another high light in our recent virtual anti-GAS campaign. The Amsterdam based 3D artist Friep Wilbers established a temporary protest exhibition at the village-sandbox of Schoondamme.

Ohh my god! Schoondamme of all places, the most immaculate Dutch sim you can imagine, always tidy always clean cut, just waiting until the businessmen and marketeers come back to Secondlife (which is not going to happen). Why Schoondamme… well maybe just because all the Dutch visitors are walking around alienated and amazed by the boredom dripping from the clean facades. Maybe Schoondamme Netherlands is just the ideal spot to fit in the model of a sleeping island on the verge of being washed away by the sea.

Maybe that’s why we need sims like Schoondamme after all, it gives us a feeling of vertigo.

 

Resistance

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Today I had to act! I no longer accept the hush hush and wheeling and dealing between the politicians and governance on Ameland… I did something unwise I took side in this tricky matter.

 

Against gas-drilling on Ameland! Against gas-drilling on Ameland! I hope my scant is heard… Against gas-drilling on Ameland, from now on I wear my protest sign and I shall stand at the beach and defend my beautiful island.

For the Dutch readers visit Persbureau Ameland

Cross reality III

crossreality

 

On May 11th ETA killed agent Juan Manuel Pinuel. They hanged his portait at the memorial gathering this week in Legutiano. I found this sad picture at the NRC foreign news pages (notice the unhealthy and death trees).

 

Creation destruction II

scene from 4Jetpacks4

 

Last night I had a chat with Evo Szuyuan. She just finished 4Jetpacks4 a machinima production she did with The Virtual Art Initiative. Again we meet people in a apocaliptic setting, scientists demonstrate a new technique called “organic transmutation”. And again death and destruction falls upon them all… This is not realy my cup of thea, but look how this little movie was made, the details, the movement of the camera and the way distortion, thunder storms and atmospheric effects are applied.

Ok suddenly Ameland feels a bit to clean a bit to tidy. See for yourself and grab your Jetpacks

Polly wants a script

Dead Parrot

Still life with dead parrot

 

For me 3D moddeling is tightly connected with taxidermy and the Victorians’ interest in stuffing animals for scientific study, trophies and ornamental purposes. I am a keen observer of all those wonderful frozen tableaux with dried flowers and miniature landscapes under glass and I simply adore those old school educational diorama’s depicting various habitats and continents. I think my life long fascination has to do with stopping and speeding up time.

Polly wants a script! Alberto Linden stated at the editting info of his free 18 prims parrot. His idea is to let this parrot wiggle a bit or display a little prinning now and then. The funny thing is, she won’t get any script from me. On Ameland she has a label on her feet with determination info, that’s how we deal with dead parrots!

Another fine handling of the subject is demonstrated by John Cleese and Michael Palin in their Dead Parrot Sketch. ‘E’s not pinin’! ‘E’s passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s expired and gone to meet ‘is maker! ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, ‘e rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed ‘im to the perch ‘e’d be pushing up the daisies! ‘Is metabolic processes are now ‘istory! ‘E’s off the twig! ‘E’s kicked the bucket, ‘e’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!

Creation destruction

Metropolis - Fritz Lang 1927

Metropolis - Fritz Lang 1927

 

Yesterday evening the Ameland playground was completely re-decorated!

ZeMoo at the Robodock Festival brought me in a heavy Fritz Lang mood with it´s mountain high steaming fantasy machines. There where fires, boiling steel and hight voltage utilities – all beautifully sculpted and scripted. Everything was swimming, so to speak, in strong dark beats. The DFM crew left a cut in half avatar, bleeding to death on the floor that’s what happens if robots take over…

Luun Xue, Brok and myself

Luun Xue, Brok and myself

When I got home re-thinking the scene in Amelander tranquility, I met this heavely armed visitor. Maybe it was not a good moment for a wrong keystroke when I adressed him with Broke in stead of Brok. Anyway the conversation ended up rather one-sided. He calling me a Faget and queer and threat to shut down the island… kill me and my loved ones etc. It got interesting from a developers angle when he taxied a friend for what they called The Particle Storm.

Griefers un-leash a particle storm

Griefers un-leash a particle storm

This was realy amazing! I saw the sunny side of this technique in a demo at Herman Bergson´s place, my brutal visitors showed me the grim side of it. For about 15 minutes they perform a apocalyptic dance, spraying me with their Aids spray, un-leashed their woodblocks and Super Mario´s all over the place. I especially liked the woodblocks dancing in the sky on deafening Hilly Billy music. In the heat of the violent orgy they even sprayed the pest on each other and a few minutes later they got bored, expressed their utter contemn and left.

It made me think about Dylan Thomas, in his Laugharne heaven and his alcoholic New York hell. I thouhgt about the almost extincted Red-backed shrike – Lanius collurio, and its habit to pin down screaming mice on Bobwire as victuals. I´m so full of shit I thought, spoke with FreeWee Ling about the incident. Freewee’s creator had a bread in the oven on that precice moment, I imagined the flavor of freshly baked bread somewhere in the early American morning and went to bed.