Time As A Helix of Semi-precious Stones
Composition for Kandinsky by Miso Susanowa
The Split Screen Installation Space is part of a sim where artists and builders develop and exhibit a large installation. In general, one or two artists will use the space for two months (give or take), and then another artist will take over. The space is meant for large builds that utilize the possibilities of Second Life as an artistic or immersive medium, such as works that are impossible in real life.
Two artists are building new works at the Split Screen Installation Space which will go on exhibit in August. Please come back then!
In the meantime, we have Miso Susanowa's mesmerizing piece "Time As A Helix of Semi-Precious Stones" here. Set to Midnight, have particles to at least 4096 under Graphics, and turn local sounds on loud (not the music stream). You can sit on the build too!
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. The loops in this composition all vary across 1/4-to-1/2-second timings, so the gradual drifting of the emphasis beats takes approximately 30 minutes or so before they end up back in sync (more or less; because of the nature of network lag/packet delay, the loops may never resync exactly, which is fun).
Miso Susanowa explains:
Miso Susanowa explains:
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 colour-cloud provide more time variables to accompany and complement the soundscape.
The outlying cubes are the ghosts of Mondrian's rectangles and squares, the colours escaping from his 2d grid into the 3d surround of Kandinsky's "interior mood".
The title is adapted from the Samuel R Delaney 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.
To me, one of the feelings in 'Time' is that of... walking in a city in the rain…
Thank you Miso for making it possible for us to admire another piece of your creative and original work, both in Second Life at Split Screen Installation Space Beleza/73/203/1500/ and in the Machinima in YouTube!