06 July 2011

Miso Susanowa's "Helix" Shows at Split Screen ... and Split Screen Makes BOSL!

Split Screen Installation Space got a spread in the July issue of The Best of Second Life (BOSL)! My friend (and major Split Screen supporter) Kara Trapdoor wrote the article. Many thanks, Kara and the editors of BOSL!  You can get a copy inworld, or see it on the web (pages 214-17).

Of course, the most recent show has just closed and new artists are coming in (the next show is in August), but if people come to Split Screen after reading the BOSL article, or just on their own, they'll still find something well worth seeing. Miso Susanowa, who created one of Split Screen's opening installations, has kindly placed one of her works onto the Split Screen Sky Platform: the mesmerizing Time as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones (Composition for Kandinsky). The first version of this piece won two awards in a recent University of Western Australia competition. She developed it further for Split Screen, where its setting in the nighttime stars makes it spectacularly beautiful.

Here are some excerpts of what Miso writes about Helix:
Kandinsky saw houses and churches decorated with such shimmering colours that he said "...upon entering them I had the impression that I was moving into a painting." Music was also a critical influence on his painting and this piece has a soundtrack that plays with time.

"Time As A Helix" continues my experiments with RGB color beginning with CHROMA in December and "Prime Radiant" for Misprint Thursday's "Visualizing Theorem" show at UTSA in April. I am fascinated at the computer's ability to make infinite shadings and tonals of color combined with translucency/reflection/transparency; a plastic fantastic palette.

I decided to reference the work of Mondrian in the quasi-Mondrian Grid Generator - an homage to his "Composition 10" and "Broadway Boogie Woogie" - because Mondrian's work was an inspiration to the early "pointillist/punctualist" compositions of Stockhausen and Boulez, to me one of the main roots of modern "ambient" soundscape/music.

Kandinsky's "upward moving triangle" from Concerning the Spiritual In Art also makes an appearance in this piece. Like his work, Time attempts to transmit an emotional and subjective mood to the viewer through color and movement. The slow shifts and rotations of parts of the color-cloud provide more time variables to accompany and complement the soundscape.

The outlying cubes are the ghosts of Mondrian's rectangles and squares, the colors escaping from his 2d grid into the 3d surround of Kandinsky's "interior mood."

The title is adapted from the Samuel R Delany story, "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-precious Stones," a title which always has invoked for me a mystical, philosophic mood quite apart from the story itself; a kind-of abstract mantra guaranteed to put me in a reflective mood.
This is another work in which sound is a crucial element, so be sure to set the local sound (not music) slider to maximum, and also set the sky to midnight.  Here again is the SLURL.

"Helix" will remain on the sky platform as long as the prims aren't needed by the other artists.  Happily, Miso has created a machinima, so it will outlive whatever time it can have at Split Screen or elsewhere.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Divi! It is a pleasure to have a home for 'Helix' in the exact right setting to immerse the viewer in the views and hopefully the thoughts and feelings the piece inspires in me.

    To divulge further: when I used to go walking in the high desert and the Mojave, far away in time and distance from the modern world, the feeling in my own head and heart was in sensing the incredible flow and energies of Life surrounding me; the timelessness of the desert night. Trees would "sparkle" in my mind (probably a combination of their scent, shape and sound)with the awareness of their THISNESS.

    Hopefully my work can bring that state of mind to others and we can share.