Archive for the ‘sea’ Category

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.

 

At the Ministry

ministery

 

This morning I had an official meeting at the Ministry of Virtual Matters. Here I met up with Han Reve and dzjengis Parx two very capable officials. We discussed the troubling combination of subsidence and the sea level rise. These long term processes make me feel very uneasy! As a island inhabitant I am in the uncomfortable position to get a front row seat.

I got the impression they shared my views.

 

Birding II

ijsduiker

 

here you see how Dr. Do Whybrow and I approached the Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer) at Ameland, to get some details straigt about the mould paterns visible in this bird. There was a litle discussion about theĀ  exact status, but we soon came to the conclusion that it was without doubt an adult bird in summer plumage.

Winter times

Cees vd Oever and Timo Mank, Den Burg Texel

Cees vd Oever and Timo Mank 1979/1980

 

There is something sentimental in the air, Sunneklaas, X-mas, New Year, the low light and the icy winds. I hit uppon an old photo, here you see my creator and a good friend of his Cees vd Oever. They didn’t take much pictures in those days and screenshots where unknown to them, it was a real down to earth fysical winter, long time before my birth.

They are standing in a place called Den Burg on the Wadden island of Texel, it looks pretty cold with snow and ice everywhere. Timo has his favorite binoculars around his neck, a Brenner 10 X 40 he seems nicely tucked away in his pilot overall, Cees has no optical device on hand, he was less fanatic when it comes to birds and bird watching. The picture is taken by his brother Martin vd Oever. They formed a small group together with guys like Kees van Oorde, Jan de Die and Kees Mosterd. They where always on islands and coasts making observations, entering the unknown sphere of the blank early morning beach at low tide: to be the first ones in the freshly fallen snow!

Its exactly this magic atmosphere resonating through the whole idea of Archipel. In fact they where the first Archipelists, although this concept had to be formed much later and they had to find the medium and vehicle for this kind of fantasies.

Living archive

at the beach

at the beach

 

The great thing of working on Ameland for so many years is that all shifts in all… the place and it’s specific scenery the colors & shades connects everything you do. Ameland in Secondlife brings together al those wonderfull moments like an open and living archive.

At the beach Ookoi, Hars Hefferman and Frans Peterman, playing their 2525 music at the beach.

Start of a voyage

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To me it’s significant that in Second Life the sea and the air are by far the most impressive elements. These vast domains are essential and inspiring to me. My name is Haglet Alter I’m one year old now, I’ve got my home set up on Ameland since september 2008. This is a record of my life, wanderings and my favorite places.