It took a longer time to think this latest video, Art Tartaruga, through for two reasons. One I can’t just was over was a significant actual world injury which restricted my computer use for nearly three months. It is bliss to get back both physically and creatively. But the other was a more usual one – I see some great things in Second Life, but I don’t just want to record them. I want to add something – a layer of reinterpretation. And it took a while for this idea
In this case it was Godley and Creme’s Cry . Released in 1985, it still is music that’s stood the test of time. But also, music videos were not yet common, and it was imaginatively edited and worked. Figures are edited fading one into the next. So I picked up that as an idea to work with, although the context and appearance is very, very different.
And sometimes creativity throws an expected connection to work with. In looking for the music I was thinking Godley & Creme, but not getting very far. I returned to Blue Dot Sessions on Free Music Archive – I’d used a track by them in my last but one video, Waiting Edges. Quite different, but… this one’s perfect. What’s it called? Tartaruga. I had to look up the meaning, and this came up on wiktionary:
tartaruga f (plural tartarugas)
- turtle (any reptile of the order Testudines)
- (colloquial) cat’s eye (traffic retroreflective device)
- (colloquial) (a slow person)
Well, a play on words twice – with ‘art’ and all the statue-like figures are the ultimate slow persons.
Plus the right musical feel.
And what’s more, a linguistic link to the last video made at The G.B.T.H. Project late in 2018. Deliberare Humanum Est was about recent events in Portuguese-speaking Brazil. I will quietly assume the colloquial meaning transfers.
This exemplified how every art work references something else, to some extent. It’s a question of whether the artist willingly recognises it, or pretends to be an original true genius to gain extra status.
So here is the work, as influenced and inspired…
The G.B.T.H. Project is hosting some of the most interesting art and exhibitions in Second Life currently. This was the first edition of Contaminated, which opened in January 2019. It was curated by Marina Münter, Megan Prumier and Nath Baxton. Individual works were by 37 Second Life artists: Ash, Ashlynn Cruz, Belle Des Champs, Daze Landar, Gabriel, Hills, Hope Something, Jack V. Yuitza, Josef K, Junn, Kato, Kiki Ergenthal, Lan, Luc, Luk Renoir, Mako Vitti, Maloe Vansant, Marina Münter, Mavi Beck, Megan Prumier, Mich Michabo, Mistero Hifeng, Miu Miu Miu, Mr. S, Mrs. S, Nat, Nath Baxton, Owen Landar, Oyo, Prarie Kawashima, Praline, Sein Loire, Theda Tammas, Titzuki Yuitza, Toodles Telling, Tralala Loordes, and Tutsy Navarathna.
Everything is shown in the final section. I didn’t get shots of all the work to include in the earlier section, which was partly location, and partly not being sure how I was going to use them. But it was a very good exhibition, and a demonstration of the potential of Second Life creativity.