Mandala Dance from Maia Nartoomid on Vimeo.
The first machinima submission to the Freedom Project by Maia Kyi'Ra (Starheart Erdhein). The Freedom Project is a 2D/3D Art & Film Event organized jointly by the University of Western Australia, along with members of the Virtual Ability group, and the Centre for ME/CFS and Other Invisible Illnesses group in Second Life. We are calling for artists and film makers from all over the world who self-identify as having a disability or a chronic illness, to create an artwork or a film/machinima on the theme of ‘Freedom’, showing how virtual worlds have in some way helped them or those around them.
Maia's Story... In her own words:
In May of 2008 I was watching TV and I saw a news spotlight on virtual realities. They touched on some of them – really all games – and then they went into reporting on “Second Life.” SL is not a game…not, not not. I emphasize this as for some reason, it is difficult for people to grasp it. Second Life is a virtual world. You certainly can role-play in it but it is a habitat where you can “be” and “do” many things – much of which you cannot yet in the “physical” world. To many of us in the spiritual community of Second Life, it is a place that is more ethereal than this physical space we largely occupy. It is closer to the “New Earth” in many ways, despite it’s physical limitation.
While I am not what you would call in good health today, I am light years better than I was then…and weigh 110 pounds! I continue with Second Life. I spend less time in there, but my First Life work is in places, enmeshed into SL. I hold spiritual gatherings there with people from all over the world.
I co-founded the Spirit Dance Company in Second Life, and later left that to form the Light Fantastic Dancers, who perform for the videos I create.
I also currently co-facilitate spiritual and heath-oriented programs with Monica Leal (Monica Crystalwater) on our Wellspring Island sim.
My freedom Project entry – Mandala Dance video
I envisioned, choreographed, filmed and produced this video. I also ran the dance hud.
Some related info:
Wellspring in Second Life (Word Press blog)
The Light Fantastic Dancers (Word Press blog)
My First Life Bio
Maia Kyi'Ra Nartoomid
Living on the island of Kaua'i