A NOTE FROM THE GLOOM METEOR/L1Aura Loire
Here on the meteor, it is 2499 and we hurtle through space, bereft of sun, with barely enough water to keep us being civil to each other. Sometimes I think if I bang my head on the edge of the dome one more time when I'm cleaning up, I'll really scream. The gloom persists. But not too long ago, we found some fragments from a non-quite forgotten past, and they ignited our imaginations. Images, a poem, some sounds, some video, pieces of text, pulled off an ancient disc that somehow survived in space and floated to us.
What a find! The motifs invigorated our design, infiltrated our dreams, shaped our virtual environments. The sun, the flower, the ripple, the garden, the snow. A poem that speaks to our experience here on the gloom meteor, my own desert place that I call home. But then of course I toggle into the virtual, and my eyes drink in the water, my skin sears with the heat of the sun, I am enveloped by the petals of the flower, and I turn my face and part my lips to taste the falling snow.
Part of what we found has made us think about the long ago past, how quaint it must have been when the virtual was so split from the actual, when it was not so effortless to shift between, when not everyone was moving between realities. On that disc, maybe corrupted because it doesn't all make sense, were some ideas about virtual subjectivity written by someone named Lori Landay in the year 2009, a primitive time of computer screens, something very bad called lag in an early virtual world named Second Life, and also I think a time of great hope, connection, and invention.
Dome built by Cinco Pizzicato.
Glowy Thyme & Meteor Flowers on the Dome Roof by Alexith Destiny at DBD
Other objects by L1Aura Loire, with building, scripting, and keeping calm help from Al Lurton, Cinco Pizzicato, Cube Republic, Hermit Barber, kurie Erde, Maya Paris, Misprint Thursday, & Sage Duncan. Child pose and mountain animations courtesy of the MGH Mind/Body Relaxation Response Study on teaching people the relaxation response in SL. IM Anamika Bebb for info. Thank you all so very much for your help!
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