April 5, 2007

SL Humanism discussing art

Written by Plurabelle Posthorn

My two main interests in SL: art in general and SL Humanism group. Separate things, but sometimes they intertwine, like last sunday.
Every sunday 2pm SLtime at ROMA Humanist Garden humanistic avatars gather for a discussion. On sunday the topic was Humanism & Art: Does Art Convey Knowledge? Our "godfather" Torin Goldin had posted us a link to some reading stuff as an interesting beginning point for our discussion: http://www.humanismtoday.org/vol10/kurtz.html
An article by Paul Kurtz, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, State University of New York at
Buffalo; Chairman, Council for Democratic and Secular Humanism: "Humanism and the Arts: Does Art Convey Knowledge?"

To warm up the humanist avatars' senses, hearts and brains before our regular sunday discussion, 2pm at ROMA Humanist Garden, Boythorn from the SL Humanism group, has taken this very nice initiative by arranging a field trip to some interesting place. On Sunday, 2nd April, we went to an immensely huge art gallery somewhere in Second Life.
We were trying to find some humanist art... Hard to tell what that could be, or not be. And then we came up with some great ideas...
Doc: Now if you could just touch the paintings and travel into their world... sort of a Third Life in Second Life

TZ: SL hyperlinks ! a teleporter could do that. It would be fun to make a gallery where each picture is a TP to the place it shows
Zen: imposible physics doesn't matter
Boythorn: An interactive art gallery. Would change art in the way that a web page changes a document, huh?
Boythorn: Could even script the paintings. A real interactive experience.

I guess we were a litle frustrated because this gallery didn't exhibit interactive art. We avatars want to do things! We want action!

Doc: what about statues that walk around
Doc: oh, yeah. That's what we are :-(
Boythorn: Perhaps one painting would link to another.
TZ: we do need more statues that walk, that would be cool
Zen: walking statues.
Lludmila: Hey~
I just had to put on my wearable sculpture "This is not a Branscusi Sculpture".
TZ: ah, PP has the right idea


Then we hurried over to Humanist Garden for our discussion. I decided to keep my sculpture on.
Torin Golding: lol love it plurabelle! you came as some art!
Me: hi torin, hi everybody
Torin Golding: and some rather phallic art at that ;)
Me: OMG is it?! Never thought of that...
Torin Golding: it reminds me of these statues on the Greek island of Delos that the ancient greeks made http://www.the-bear-den.com/travel/2004_08_Cruise/GreekIsles/phallus_2.JPG
Me: it's actually a copy of a sculpture of Constantin Brancusi from 1924. Brancusi must have seen that sculpture from Delos!

At ROMA Humanist Garden.
Me: Oh, there's my sculpture on top of the waterfall!
Torin: yep. seen for miles around now Plurabelle
(I made that blue humanist logo sculpture. Torin added the plywood box, to make it look like the SL Humanism logo.)


Then followed our rather interesting discussion about art. But since I don't like to push my (non-)belief on you, I'll stop here, but you can go HERE to read this article in a longer version with an excerpt from the meeting.
Or you can whole minutes from a notecard giver in ROMA Humanist Garden, if a member.

Freethinkers of all kinds are welcome to our SL Humanism group!

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