Thursday, January 24, 2013

Victoria Lenoirre's Review of Barry Richez's Dreams in Space (Imagination)

For the month of Januarry at LEA6, we have Barry Richez's Dreams in Space (Imagination).

When you arrive, you find you are standing on a bright blue circle. Don't forget to grab a Anti-toxic suit, just buy it for 0L. It is a full space suit. You have now entered space, Barry style. There is also a box you can click for translations. Barry reminded me to set world to midnight so that you can see the Aurora Borealis. It is simply divine!

Landing at Dreams in Space (Imagination)

You just follow the wooden plank path to move around this amazing, exciting world. A wooden path marker sign also points in the direction you should travel. It is very windy at this location. I can hear the wind howl and see a tumbleweed blowing around near my feet. Ahead of you is a stone gateway, with words carved into it.

Keep walking and in the next section you'll see a DANGER sign on your left. There are some tree stumps now and fallen trees on the cold  ground as well as sparse patches of grass.

A little further along you reach a wooden bridge. Once at the top of the bridge, you see that below you, the landscape has changed even more. You see the first hints of lushness and a bit more color...a peachy colored  bunch of flowers.

Once off the bridge you are in a small grove of cacti and you see a small, unkempt bush. Then when you keep walking, you find yourself in a lovely meadow. There are many flowers and more grass.

As you go deeper and deeper into the meadow, the foliage gets thicker and the path starts to curve and bend in a more natural way. It gets prettier and prettier. I love the butterflies and birds he put in. It gives the area a lighter, happier feel.

The turning point on the ground is a place with mountains and a small waterfall. From there, the path leads on and it builds into a more habitable, fascinating place. If we think about philosophical thinking, the work takes you from a linear point of view to a nonlinear point of view. After this mountainous area, you see other paths that branch off from the main path and you find hidden rooms or secluded places.

Barry gave me this new LM with a teleporter to the locations in the sky, they make up his version of the Galaxy:

You should see 4 options to click in the blue teleporter on the ground. I decided to try Relaxation.

Vic Lenoirre relaxing in Relaxation
It really felt relaxing and it's so beautiful in the Galaxy.

There is also Taichi, Fantasy, and Omega. Omega is my personal favorite.

A talk with Barry clarified a few questions I had but also intrigued me even more.

---What Amazes you or interests you about the mind? I've noticed that your works are about the mind and the imagination.

Yes, my work focuses on the imagination because it is essential to my work and what you see when arriving at the sim and all the fruit of my imagination. I wanted to share with the public.

---Do you like Rodin's Thinker?

Yes I think this sculpture represents well what Auguste Rodin wanted to portray. First called The Poet,

this piece is part of an order of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris who wanted to create a monumental portrait based on The Divine Comedy of Dante.
Each of the statues of the coin was one of the main characters of the epic poem.
The Thinker was originally represented Dante at the gates of Hell, pondering his poem.

---Is this your first work that explores the galaxy, where you interpet what you think it looks like?

No this is not my first job where I explore the galaxy. I love all the talk about the space conquest of man and how he walked on the moon the first time.
I was then very young and had already dreamed of an innner space installation. The space that you see is purely imaginary.

---What does this work say about dreams?

My work is the dream of a better world, a world where a person can use his (or her) imagination to create positive and great achievements.

---How would you describe your work? What does the installation say about imagination?

When you arrive on the sim and you read the story you dive straight into my imagination. Making your first steps on the sim as you follow the path, you discover the galaxy that the imagination is able to create. And you discover  through some sculptures, symbols like peace and love. The first sculpture in the pyramid  show that we would like to build a new world.

After a great castastrophe we will run more quickly each day and want to remind the world of today, about the  lack of love and peace and how it can lead to a creative imagination and also positivity for a better world.

----Who do you admire most, in RL or SL?

I admire anyone in particular whether rl or sl. And I do not like that word admiration, I prefer words like creation or imagination.

--Did You have help putting this together? This is such an extensive work. You have art on the ground and in the sky. It looks stunning and brilliant!

Regarding the lower part of the sim, I did call a friend who is a  floral wildlife specialist who perfectly understood what I wanted to do and it fit very well within my story.

---In the Galaxy, Which is your favorite planet?

The planet in the galaxy that is my favorite is the moon. I find it very beautiful and mysterious.

I hope you come visit Barry's latest dream at LEA6 this month! It is definitely stellar and far out! It is mind blowing and very creative and imaginative! Please come see it while you can!

Have fun and enjoy the art!

Victoria Lenoirre

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