Kultivate Magazine - September 2020 Issue

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Welcome to the

September 2020 issue of Kultivate

Magazine! This issues features artist and gallery owner Sisi Biedermann, the new Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA), photo essays by Tempest Rosca Huntsman , What a Conundrum, and Inara Pey, Bamboo Barnes newest art exhibition, Club End of Days is our music spotlight this month. This issue also features the mainland location of the Yellow Dots CafĂŠ, and we take a look at one of the many new water logged sim locations in Second Life, Flooding Tango & Dreamy Waters. It is the end of the month and while usually we look forward to autumn leaves and cold weather, here in southern America it is still quite warm out and I am actually seeing more people around in real life than before the pandemic. It is good to see people enjoying themselves once more in real life and as it approaches Fall we can expect to see many Second Lifers to return and we can also expect the return of some our favorite shopping sims, events, and just fun stuff to do. As we approach the last quarter of 2020, I hope everyone is easing into Fall and finding ways to occupy their time as the pandemic is still steadily moving and becoming a norm in our everyday lives. For more it means more fishing in my backyard, walks on the beach, and of course missing Tempest as she is on holiday this week in real life! Tempest and I hope that you enjoy the issue and would like to thank the many artists, galleries, advertisers, friends, and family members who support us at Kultivate! We appreciate all of you tremendously! Sincerely, John, Owner & Publisher of Kultivate Magazine



Johannes Huntsman, Owner & Founder

Tempest Rosca Huntsman, Photographer Liaison Veruca Tammas, Gallery & Sim Manager Jessii Warrhol, Marketing Manager CONTRIBUTORS: Inara Pey, Lead Contributor Pearl Grey Ricco Saenz Whata Conundrum, (formerly Grace Sixpence) Tempest Rosca Huntsman Johannes Huntsman











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first heard of Sisi Biedermann about 5 years ago,

after visiting one of her many galleries. In 2020 I was fortunate enough to exhibit at one of her galleries and be asked to have a permanent exhibit in the same location! 2020 also saw Sisi exhibit a new collection at Kultivate Signature Gallery! I was able to sit down with Sisi to discuss art, curation, and more! JOHN: So tell us about yourself. How did you first discover Second Life? SISI: Its a funny story. It was my son who told me about it after he saw me playing SIMs for a long period. He told me it was with real people, so I just had to try it out. My god what a difference from Sims . I loved it from the start for more than 13 years ago. JOHN: And why did you decided to create art in Second Life? SISI: My intention was to try, without using any money on the game, to make a gallery to show my acrylic paintings. It was all paid from my camping activities in sl. After one year I had enough to buy a piece of land and build a very primitive gallery. JOHN: So tell our readers about your galleries. I know you have many. Are they themed? SISI: After this first small gallery, I got eager to extend my land, and I became a premium member. I started building a big gallery The Gualdo Art Centre, where I had one featured artist invited by me to exhibit for one month. This was my first big gallery where I invited other artists to have a small spot or wall. I think this was some time in 2012. After this I moved the gallery to different spaces and every time extended it bit by bit. My present gallery has many buildings. I have my main gallery Sisi Biedermann Gallery and Garden, where I have 2 featured artists invited by me to exhibit for 2 months each. The rest of the building has my photographic art in 2 floors. In another building I have my Acrylic paintings in 2 floors. Also I have 2 very small garden-galleries. One with rl photo art and the other with acrylics.

My latest private gallery is meant for the newest of my photographic Art. Beside all these buildings I have The Artists United Gallery, where 20 talented artists picked by me exhibiting in permanent places. They only have to change their exhibitions once in a while, to keep the gallery alive.

different pics art making layers . This is where I am today still trying to develop my skills. Latest I am going to teach a photo team in manipulating the photos. I look forward to this a lot. JOHN: Are you a real life artist as well? If so have you exhibited in real life?

SISI: well I have answered this in the former JOHN: And how can an artist exhibit at your question. galleries? What is the process? Do you choose the artists yourself? JOHN: What motivates you to create art? SISI: Well I love coming around to galleries and see new exhibitions, and some times I find SISI: My positive thoughts, my interest for artists that surprises me with their style and nature and a certain adventurous drive, and of talent, and if I don't have any more spaces in course my fantasy Artists United Gallery I invite them to be my featured artist in my main gallery. for a period JOHN: What are your plans for your galleries of 2 months. for the rest of the year and early 2021? JOHN: You are a very talented artist yourself. SISI: Since I have just build this new gallery for my newest photographic art, and just rebuild Tell our readers about your art genre. the Artists United Gallery, I don't have any SISI: Oh thank you John. I am a self-taught specific plans for the rest of the year. It will still artist in rl. Have interested me for photography be renewed with art from time to time, and and paintings since I was a teenager many maybe I make an opening or two more this years ago. I may have some of my skills from year. 2021 will have to come before I make any my family where both my granddad, my father plans. But one can never know. I am very and mother have all been very good at impulsive and can find new things to do just over a night. painting and drawing. I started when I was 16 painting with oil on canvas, but it was a slow procedure, and when I got married and had 2 small children I had to stop. I took up photography instead buying a very good camera with lenses and all and joined a photo club. I learned a lot from these guys.

JOHN: And are you currently exhibiting in Second Life? If so where? Any upcoming personal exhibitions?

SISI: Oh yes - many places. Right now I have exhibitions in Kultivate Signature Gallery, Cherished Melody, **Forever**, Gulls Wing Some day when my kids had grown up my son Marina Gallery, The World Culture Hub, Visions gave me some canvases and acrylic paints and of Beauty Art Complex, StarZ Art Corner, The told me I should start painting. Ha-ha - this son Galleries, Art Gallery Route 7 and Bohemian is really a pusher in all the good things I have Imaginarium Galleries. explored. I started paint and never stopped again. Have had a few exhibitions in rl which I hope I have not forgotten any. There are so gave me the idea to exhibit in sl to. many. My phot never stopped either, but I found a more interesting way to make art. Went out on I have an upcoming exhibition coming in Rock Your Rack opening 3rd of October - ending excursions photographing and after I edited 18th October. the photos and manipulated them with

JOHN: Any advice for upcoming new artists in Second Life? What about new gallery owners?

many favorites in rl. I am a member of the board of directors in an art-society and are one of the persons who will choose artists for next years SISI: My advice for new artists will be - Never exhibitions. I cant give you one name, and they give up - If you are dedicated to your art just fight your way up and be seen to openings, exhi- are all danish, so not many in sl will know them KM. bitions and other events with art. If you want some goodwill from other artists, you can do as I have done. Invite those you want and be friends. Many of the artists here has good connections and might all give you some good advices on how to make it work. Be a member of the art groups and see what moved withing art in sl. JOHN: If you could invite any artist from real life into Second Life, who would it be and why? SISI: That is a tough question, because I do have

Very special thank you to Sisi for taking the time to sit down and chat with us! You can visit her many galleries at the following slurl in Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/ secondlife/Caisteal%20Maol/221/71/41






modest and flexible footing. n August 2019, and after an eight-year run

(it’s first public exhibitions coming in 2011 after initially being announced in late 2010), the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) closed, the organizing committee having decided to step away from managing it (see: Linden Endowment for the Arts to officially close, LEA: more on the closure, and a move to save it and Linden Endowment for the Arts: update).

Following the announcement, there were numerous discussions on how the work of the LEA might be continued. In particular, artists Tansee Resident and Riannah Avora launched an in-world group specifically with the aim of gathering ideas and viewpoints on how the work of the LEA – and Linden Lab’s involvement in the body – might be continued.

Announced today, and starting an January 2021, the Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA) will operate across seven regions supplied by Linden Lab, and managed by Tansee and Hannington supported by a Board of Advisers (the full list of whom is yet to be announced), and a team of volunteers to help in the day-today operations, once the new regions are open. The seven regions, which are currently being set -up, will comprise the following: •

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At the time, a lot of discussions were held and a considerable number of ideas put forward (I was happy to play a small background role in advising both Tansee and Riannah in a number of areas, including potential discussions with Linden Lab). Ultimately, both went on to found groups operating on similar principals to LEA, with Tansee co-founding the Hannigton Endowment for the Arts (HEA) along with Hannington Xeltentat, and Riannah cofounding United Artists of SL.

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A central hub (SLEA7). This will likely include: A landing point. Facilities for SLEA coordinators, advisers and volunteers. An education centre. A events centre to support arts activities and events across Second Life. A teleport hub serving the SLEA grant regions and information on the artists currently exhibiting. The SLEA Theatre for mounting art-related and special events. An art Challenge corner.

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Four Full regions (SLEA1-3 and SLEA6) for region-wide art installations ranging from 1 to 6 months duration. A single region (SLEA4) providing four quarter -region installation spaces.

A sandbox region. This will include an artist However, the idea of a Lab-supported facility to hangout and club for events and parties along help promote arts in Second Life never entirely with a new underwater building area. went away, and Tansee continued to pursue ideas, refining a proposal originally created from As noted above, SLEA will formally début in the ideas gathered after the LEA had closed down. Then, in June 2020, a conversation with January 2021. Between now and then, the plan is to release information over a period of time, Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg at the SL17B event opened a door of opportunity. This in turn lead starting in October. These activities will include: to a series of meetings with senior staff at the Providing information on: Lab, including Patch Linden, Vice President of • How those interested to volunteer to help run Product Operations, and Brett Linden, the Lab’s SLEA, and on specific volunteer roles that are senior Marketing Manager. After several such available. meetings, which included reviews of, and updates to, the proposal, Linden Lab indicated a • How artists will be able to apply for grants, and requirements / guidelines for exhibiting willingness to support a new body similar to through SLEA. that of the LEA, but operating on a more

So, in the interim period, those interested in SLEA as artists and / or as potential volunteers are asked to join the SLEA in-world group, which will be the primary channel of communications for the next few weeks. Also, to help promote SLEA, there will be a special Designing Worlds show featuring Brett and Patch Linden, together with Tansee and Hannington, which will be show at 14:00 SLT on Monday, September 14th via the Designing Worlds website and channels. You can also read the official SLEA announcement from the Lab. I’ll also continue to provide updates through these pages. KM






pen for the Autumn period (or spring,

for those living in southern latitudes) is Where Our Journey Begins (I’m assuming the “begings” apparent in the name at the time of our visit is a typo), a Homestead region designed by Vivian Ewing and Dream Shadowcry. Offered as a place to relax and take photographs (which can be shared through the region’s Flickr group), it’s a setting that appears to be caught in a forever sunset, quite the romantic time of day (although admittedly, I opted to run my own daylight settings while visiting), and which is visually impressive both in its layout and for one or two ideas it might give to those who like to fiddle with their own homes. Where Our Journey Begins sits with a northsouth orientation as a horseshoe shaped island, the open end of which looks westward towards the lowering Sun. Cupped within the arms of this horseshoe is a deep inlet, no doubt cut by the waters falling from the high curtain of rock that forms a major part of the island’s eastern aspect, the falls within it sitting as a series of high steps down which the waters tumble to reach the curved bay.

The open end of this bay is spanned by a broad stone bridge that connects the north and south aspects of the island and provides visitors with a landing point. Whatever traffic this bridge once witnessed has now largely passed: its stone surface is now the home of long grass and even young trees have gained a foothold at either end of it’s span. As well as being the landing point, this bridge offers a place to sit and the first opportunities to take photographs within the region as it is subject to the periodic sweeping gaze of the off-shore (but still within the boundary of the region) lighthouse.

The northern and southern arms of the island offer places to visit and appreciate. To the north, the bridge leads visitors to where a flattopped table of rock thrusts out from the much higher curtain of waterfalls. A path curls up the side of this table, the easiest way to reach the top. As it does so, it passes the flat toes of the cliffs, a place of long grass shaded by autumnshaded willows and green fir trees and is the home of a old carousel and its ticket booth and pipe organ. The top of the table presents a summer house set within its own grounds (but open to the public) and with plenty of detail within and without – I admit to particularly liking the manner in which a glass-walled pavilion has been converted into a cozy outdoor bathroom warmed by its own wood-burning stove.

From this southern spur, it is possible to walk down to the island’s shoreline and the shingle beaches that border three sides of it. Two of these beaches offer further places to sit – an open deck to the south, and a little beach house with canvas sides and roof and extended deck to the west. Looking towards the lighthouse, this beach house is fronted by an old pier, matched by one at the foot of the lighthouse, both of them suggest a route between island and lighthouse, although sadly, there is no rowing bone to traverse it. However, you can cam-sit yourself onto the boat tied-up at the lighthouse pier – a method that also lets you avoid the disapproval of the seagulls who have laid claim to both of the old piers!

I’m not sure how long Where Our Journey Begins will remain open to the public. As noted, it’s About Land details indicate it is available for Stone steps guarded by old concrete gate posts public visits for the “Fall season”, so I presume point the way down from the terrace behind that as it has apparently only opened recently, the summer house to a broad lip of rock that it’ll remain available to the public until at least offers a secluded hideaway and place to sit. A mid-to-late October – but don’t quote me on second path just to the right of the one that that! rises up the plateau, slopes gently down to where a small meadow sits under the arms of Overall, the region makes for a photogenic and two huge oak trees and sheltered by a rich engaging visit, although some adjustment to growth of the bushes, the home to a wooden viewer settings might be required to get the gazebo warmed by a stone-built fireplace. best FPS when wandering (I had to switch to a lower draw distance to keep my FPS at least in The southern end of the island presents a the teens). It’s a setting that is well put together further table of grass-topped rock, this one and offers a lot to discover and appreciate. KM lower than the one to the north. It is home to what may have once been farm outbuildings – a YOU CAN VISIT WHERE OUR JOURNEY BEGINS windmill and a couple of barns. However, while AT THE FOLLOWING SLURL: http:// one of the barns still provides shelter for sheep, maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Santa% this area now looks to be more of a garden 20Iria/95/132/28 space; the second barn has been converted into another little summer house / music room, three of its walls now fitted with windows, the space between it and the other barn fenced as a little wild garden.










amboo Barnes is one of the

most vibrant, evocative, provocative, and emotive artists displaying her work in Second Life. Hailing from Japan, Bamboo works with digital tools to produce pieces that are strongly assertive, both in terms their narrative depth and their ability to dominate the space they occupy, rich pieces that speak to the eye and mind. All of this can be witnessed firsthand at her current exhibition, Receding Reality, which opened at Ribong Gallery’s Artspace 2243, and which opened on September 12th, 2020. This is an extensive exhibition of work that presents pieces in a range of styles that have, per Bamboo’s description, have something of a introspective nature about them. The styles themselves offer hints of Dali, Picasso, Warhol, encompassing abstract, pop-art, neoimpressionism, expressionism and neo-expressionism. The elements of introspection comes from the faces apparent within many of the painting on offer; faces that oft carry thoughtful expressions or distant looks, suggestive of caught in memory, or are incomplete or distorted, as if being pulled from half-remembered memories. Those that feature figures rather than facial features equally suggest distant thoughts.

As I’ve noted in the past when writing about Bamboo’s art, the emotions she experiences whilst producing a piece are a central aspect in how it eventually emerges. These emotions may be the result of her own feelings or perhaps those evoked by the music she is listening to, and her own response to the emerging piece. This tends to give her art an added depth, those emotions remaining with it and transferring to the observer the longer one regards it. There is also something almost visceral in her work through her use of color; this in turn gives her work an attraction that pulls at the attention. KM YOU CAN VISIT BAMBOO BARNES’ NEW EXHIBITION AT THE FOLLOWING SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ Mieum/192/45/2244









YellowDots “Chatty Cafe� is a friendly, social establishment for avatars including new and return on Jeogeot. The open air cafe is in a park setting and rated Moderate.

ning residents. It’s located on a 3072 sq m parcel in Stanlee at the end of the West Coast Road

“Welcome! Seeking friendly people? Like to chat? We want to meet you. Stop in! Join YellowDo Coffee, Tea, Old, News, Art, Help, Returning, New, Date, Games”

The Cafe owner, Ann Forbes is currently working on the website, and also finds time to keep up

ots group: Rez objects, set home to here. Sandbox, Changing Rooms, Hobo, Lonely, Friends,

p to date with available tours, discussions and events.

There’s space for art exhibits on the fence. Currently there are pieces by Fau Ferdinand shown

Pods travel by the area, and there are bike rezzers withing a short walking distance up the road

You can visit Yellow Dots CafĂŠ at the following slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/St

d at Jonson Springs in Ezquerra. KM






I am fortunate enough to be one of the great DJ’s at Club End of Days! I was able to sit down and talk to Club End of Days owner and creator Phoebe Avro:

JOHN: How can one become a DJ, host, or dancer at End of Days? PHOEBE: Anyone can apply for a job at Club End of days but DJ's are required to have at least some experience of SL and how to stream in SL etc.

JOHN: So tell me about Club End of Days. How long has it existed in Second Life and why was JOHN: What is the craziest thing you have it founded. seen at End of Days? PHOEBE: I started Club End of Days mid July PHOEBE:A linden with a spider Av 2008 JOHN: As previously mentioned you are also a JOHN: And what is the genre of the club? DJ, what are some of your favorite real life PHOEBE: Its multi genre .. Industrial, rock, singers and/or bands? metal, ebm, synthpop, future pop, dark wave, PHOEBE: Hats a hard question! mmh etc. Blutengel, VNV Nation, E Nomine I also have a soft spot for a K Pop band called Momoland lol JOHN: Does the club do any themed events, if so what are they? JOHN: If you could bring any singer and/or PHOEBE: The only main event we have it our bands into Second Life, who would they be Halloween event that Linden lab reps have and why? attended for the last 5 or 6 years PHOEBE: haha it would be Mommoland, totally out of genre for our club but they are fun and JOHN: What are the hours of operation for the very talented club? PHOEBE: We have live DJ's from 10 am to 8pm JOHN: Any advice to new club managers in Second Life? JOHN: How long have you been affiliated with PHOEBE: Be strong, firm, friendly and get the the club? job done. KM PHOEBE: Since 2008 Very special thank you to Phoebe Avro for the JOHN: Tell us about you! How long have you interview! You can visit Club End of Days at been in Second Life and how did you discover the following links: Second Life? PHOEBE:I joined Second life in November 2007 I think I saw an online story about Second life FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ but at the time the laptop I had then could not groups/770650546808467 run SL at a later date when I updated it I tried to log in to see if the new laptop would work DISCORD: https://discord.gg/HR8UwVB and it did!

JOHN: And how long have you been a DJ and club manager? PHOEBE: Since July 2008

You can also visit Club End of Days in Second Life via the following slurl: http:// maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/End%20of% 20Days/228/216/504






irtual Ability Inc., will be hosting its 9th

annual International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference (IDRAC) on Saturday, October 10th, 2020. IDRAC is a professional conference held inworld in Second Life that is open to professionals and the public alike. It is held at the Sojourner Auditorium on Virtual Ability Island. As 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act, this year’s conference will have a particular focus on Disability Right, both in the United States and globally, under the theme Where have we been? Where are we headed? How should we get there? The conference will again feature an

international line-up of guest speakers, and for those who cannot make the in-world venue, it will be live streamed via the Virtual Ability You Tube channel. Individual sessions will last between 30 and 90 minutes, and may include opportunities for Q&A. SCHEDULE OF SESSIONS. The following is a summary of the conference and speakers / subjects. For more detailed information, including biographies on the participating speakers, please visit Virtual Ability’s IDRAC 2020 conference page, which will also include any updates to the schedule that may occur between now and the conference. Note all times below are SLT and apply to Saturday, October 10th, 2020. KM For more info about the conference: http:// www.virtualability.org/






s flooded landscapes seem to be getting a

new momentum in Second Life, I decided to pay a visit to an already classic location fitting that category on SL’s grid: Ocho Tango Place. As the name suggests, the parcel, which shares a region with sculptor Mistero Hifeng’s store, is described as a venue dedicated to tango music and dance. Yet, it goes beyond that, and what motivated this visit, in particular, was the recollection of how Ocho Tango Place has changed and converted from a visual reference to Argentina’s imagery into a more surreal, dream-like environment, dominated by water. Years ago, Ocho Tango used to be described as a club in the middle of the Argentine Pampas. It has moved from one region to another, maybe twice or three times. And then, from at least five years now, maybe more, those Pampas became flooded. Together with that transformation, the place has also incorporated some more unexpected features. Probably, the most evident one is the collection of living origami flamingos, including some flying ones – but there are also other surprises, such as an elephant hidden in a train car. It is clear that these items create an oneiric landscape and that water is integrated in it.

Water carries a variety of meanings. It can be seen as an essential element, from which life has grown and on which living beings depend. In narratives such as the Genesis, it is fundamental, for it was there since the very beginning of creation, but it also has to be contained, and the process of creating things is, to a great extent, the one of separating waters and making them recede, giving place to dry ground. Later, water is what destroys almost everything, in the Bible’s flood narrative – and flood is actually a very destructive force, causing so much damage and being so feared today. Nonetheless, some predictable and regular floods can also

guarantee fertility to soils where they occur, being considered, then, a desirable phenomenon. Water washes us and can represent cleanliness and health, but it can also be a vehicle for disease and death. Because of those many meanings, I don’t intend here to overinterpret the use of water in places such as Ocho Tango. Still, I would like to notice that it often appears as a main feature in dream-like parcels and regions in SL (and this blog has a few examples of that). This is not trivial. In Second Life, dreamy landscapes could easily be based on flying islands, for instance. Yet, even if they do exist, it’s also noticeable that oneiric spaces built on ground level and dominated by water are not rare at all. In a very loose employment of some Aristotelian ideas, probably most landscapes in real life can be seen as part of the opsis, of the spectacle, or, in other words, as the scenery where the poetics of our personal, social or political lives will be enacted. There are some, though, that we elect as places for being admired – for instance, portions of the Grand Canyon or the ruins of Ayutthaya as visited by tourists. In them, only very rarely the drama of everyday life takes place. Mostly, those landscapes can be seen as selfsufficient units, as sceneries for no play. In SL, of course, landscapes can be considered part of the opsis, too, as in role-playing sims. Still, there is a widespread tendency to see regions and parcels working as a somewhat self-sufficient creation, where no relevant action has to take place: they are put together mostly to be admired and photographed. And here I depart from the Aristotelian characterization of the opsis as a lesser element, at least under a certain perspective, in the whole poetics universe: it is clear that some sceneries, both in real life and in SL, can evoke or produce the overwhelming sentiment of the sublime. It is in that key that I tend to see flooding water as part of dream-like landscapes in SL: it is there to help building an immersive dreamy atmosphere, as an element of overflowing, as something that expands and reaches every corner, mixing with the ocean that surrounds private regions in SL, creating continuity and adding to infinity. It is interesting to notice, though, that Ocho Tango‘s landscape is self-sufficient only under a certain perspective – for instance, when visitors like me go there at a random moment in order to observe the place. Yet, the parcel is intended to be a tango club – so, actually, its scenery is meant to insert music and dance sessions in the

in the atmosphere that it creates. There, tango becomes, then, an oneiric activity and production, related with desire and passion – words that, themselves, are part of the greater mythology of tango, which has often been described as both dramatic and sensual. KM YOU CAN VISIT OCHO TANGO AT THE FOLLOWING SLURL: SLURL: https:// maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ Retrospect/185/185/33/


Ristorante Kandela is the free and self serve restaurant on the Kultivate Sim! This v couples intan so you can enjoy a romantic date out with your loved one! The restau Huntsman a notecard in world with the booking date and time and any other specia 20Haven/95/221/28

venue is decorated in an Italian rustic style and features crooner music and a urant is also available for private events, free of charge. Simply drop Johannes al requests. SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%



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