Hazardous is a wonderful, artistic location created by Dingo (Mandingo) Quan. After I plummeted from the surreal, sky based arrival point I found myself on an island with steep, craggy cliffs. There were ruins, old paths and bridges dotted around that hinted of the inhabitants that once resided there. It's a truly beautiful sim that earned a place on my must-visit-again list. I'll let the pictures below tell the story... 
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The arrival point
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Just one of the many beautiful scenes

The LEA Arts Festival is packed with interest and fun. It features twenty sims with:
  • art installations 
  • machinima screenings 
  • artist talks 
  • interviews
  • tours
  • performances
  • classes, and 
  • more! 

For more details you can check the LEA blog and/or refer to the SL Art Exhibits Schedule (below). 

Opening 2nd Feb! Play, explore, watch, listen, learn - visit the LEA Arts Festival to enjoy a fabulous range of Second Life art exhibits and events!
LEA Arts Festival 2013 - Arrival Point and Directory on LEA 4
I read about New Synthetic Theatre on Ziki Questi's blog and just had to try it for myself. This theatre makes you one of the actors in a 10 to 15 minute production. 

How does it work?
At the New Synthetic Theatre's arrival point, instructions were given to me in English via streaming sound (turn this on) and there were signs explaining how to set up my preferences (remove AO). In summary:
  • Buy a ticket for the "next show" at the arrival point (2 productions to choose from, L$50 or L$75)
  • Wear the ticket that's delivered to you and don't remove it until the show is over
  • Wait for the TP to the appropriate theatre be sent and click it when it arrives (this can take a little longer than expected, so be patient), then
  • Wear the hud that's given to you when you arrive.

The experience 
The production I saw was called 'Ninety Nine Percent'. I was expecting a fantasy story of some kind but it seemed to be a safety training tool for warehouse employees. Ironically, in real life, I'm an Instructional Designer (a fancy job title for someone who creates training programs for businesses), so I found it very interesting. My avi manoeuvred her way through a busy, animated warehouse. My task was to find as many safety hazards as I could. There were several - boxes fell from racks and I was run over by moving trolleys. I scored a point on my hud for each hazard I identified. 

It was interesting and cleverly done, but perhaps not everyone's cup of tea - especially if warehousing or logistics are not your 'thing'. I was the only ticket holder there at the time and can imagine it would be even more fun with others. Maybe you could go with a friend or two or three? 

Ziki mentioned that she found the other production 'Jabba, Jabba, Jabba' more engaging. I didn't see this one but perhaps it's more along the lines of what I initially expected, meaning story-based. Regardless of the plot, this new style of theatre is a fun, immersive experience and well worth checking out. 

Make your own!
The owners of New Synthetic Theatre also encourage you to create your own theatre production and are happy to offer those who are interested a degree of guidance and support. 


Not quite what I expected ... it was even better!

Петро́вский флюс (a Petrovsky flux)

I decided to visit 'A Petrovski Flux' after seeing an artistic, psychedelic photo of it by JJ Coronet posted on Google+. (Let's face it, colourful shots look great in blog posts.) When I arrived there was little time to take in my surroundings because I had to duck and weave to avoid being struck by bouncy, pink armchairs. Sheesh, they were on springs! 

When out of harms way I cammed around. I found myself on the edge of a massive, weird space station structure. The designers recommended 'Bristol' wind light settings, so the colours I saw were mainly industrial greys, greens and browns. JJ Coronet had obviously had lots of fun with his viewer settings or in photoshop to create his picture - so much for my fluro-photo plans. Still, the muted pallet suited this strange organic-mechanical build and it looked like an incredible place. I could hardly wait to explore...
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A Petrovski Flux - strange, interesting and fun!
There was a sign close by. I've learned it's always wise to click signs when arriving somewhere like this. CLICK! I'm given a note card and a Noggin Protector to wear (noggin is slang for 'head'). I tried to read the note card first. It provided a tongue-in-cheek explanation of the installation but was filled with terms like 'lacunae' and 'hyperbolic partial differential'. I went cross-eyed trying to make sense of it but, if scientific, you might find it easier reading. [Publication edit: Cutea Benelli has since informed me that the science jargon is all artistic blah, blah, blah. And here I was thinking I needed remedial science classes. Duh!]

What I did glean was that 'flux' (in my own words), "makes things break, move and fall-down-go-boom". Ahh! So that's why there's a Noggin Protector. I put it on without further hesitation and what a fashion statement it turned out to be! It oozed refinement and understated elegance and, as an added bonus, the note card promised it would make me look smarter. What do you think? 
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I'm modelling the elegant 'Noggin Protector'. Note the flying chair behind me. With this hat on I was impervious to its onslaught. Whew!

I was awe struck when I arrived at Forgotten City, created by the very talented Jenne Dibou. This unique, sim-sized build contains steam punk elements that somehow sit comfortably next to columns and arches that appear to have time traveled from ancient Rome...Greece...Venice...wherever! 

Built on a number of different levels it's very detailed and intricate. In fact there was so much to see a friend and I hopped into a handy blimp for a tour. This helped orient us to the overall layout but there was still so much to see. In my wanderings through the labyrinth of buildings I came across a very weird bar and properties for rent. Yes, you can even live here!  
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Forgotten City by Jenne Dibou