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The Spoils of Annwn

One of the book series I’ve enjoyed was the Copper Crown series by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison — The Copper Crown, The Throne of Scone and The Silver Branch (actually a prequel), which blend science fiction, medieval fantasy, adventure and romance into a fantastic whole.  Part of the story was derived from Preiddeu Annwn, or The Spoils of Annwn, a medieval Welsh song-poem.  There’s lots of puzzles in this piece, and it’s beauty holds up well in the translation I’ve heard recited of it.

I heard it recited here in Second Life, specifically.  An exhibit built by a class at the University of Rochester celebrates this poem in high style and multimedia.  Teleport to the sim and follow the instructions carefully to enjoy the whole experience!

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Revisiting Light Thoughts 2

Jem visited an LEA exhibit called Light Thoughts 2 back in March.  I took a pass through there this past week, and found that it had been added to considerably since then, so I shot some fresh photos:

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LEA29 Art Exhibit — Disturbing and Thoughtful

Cammino e Vivo Capovolto, LEA29_010

The current exhibition in LEA region 29, entitled Cammino e Vivo Capovolto, is not easy to fathom, as most abstract forms of art are.  What occurs to me, on seeing the various dissolving human bodies, is the fragmentation of attention and culture under the assault of everything vying for our time in these years — including computer cultures such as social media and Second Life itself.  Many critics accuse the computer’s seductive appeal as breaking down the bonds and bounds of human society and interaction.  Or could it be that things are breaking down merely to reshape themselves into a new form that may be more powerful, tighter than before?  Time will have to tell, and we will have to stay on guard to ensure that it doesn’t go the other way.

Draw your own conclusions on this; you can examine the photos I took, including the above, at my Flickr stream under the album Cammino e Vivo Capovolto.  Or, even better, teleport to the region while the exhibition is still in place, and turn on the music, and see what the builds say to you.  This is usually the best way to appreciate modern art — to see what comes out of the deeps of your heart and mind and soul when you look at the images.

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