SL’s Personal New Year

This coming week SL celebrates its 7th birthday and does so with the theme “Uncommon Collaborations.”  It’s so very fitting that Shenlei Flasheart, CEO of the Fashion Research Institute, will have an exhibit at SL7B.  Shenlei’s creative efforts and work with others have long epitomized uncommon collaborations.  As one of many examples, check out this writeup on a synchronous fashion show put on by Shenlei’s fashion interns during which they modelled their creations in FL while a virtual version modelled their same fashion inworld.   

Of her many successful endeavors with talented individuals and corporations both, I was proud to work with Shenlei when she envisioned the Shengri La Marketplace program.  For a year I curated the Marketplace, which was dedicated to finding and nurturing new and/or early emerging fashion designers, all of whom received guidance from Shenlei, herself a very successful fashion designer inworld and in FL.  Many of these collaborative relationships are still thriving, well into two years later.  Some of those collaborators who will showcase their work at SL7B include Shenlei’s student intern Missy Lavecchia, and Shengri La Marketplace alumni:  Misteria Loon creator of Pas De Deux fashion (highlighted extensively in this weblog), Yoona Mayo creator of Cocoon Jewelry, and Tiffy Vella creator of Eclectica Jewellery.

Happy personal new year to SL and really to all of us…the wonderful uncommon thinkers who make the world as fascinating, enriched, and vibrant as it is.   

The swimwear is a sneak peek of some of the wonderful creations you’ll see from Missy, Misteria, Tiffy, Yoona, and Shenlei.  The suit pictured here is “Aryana” from Missy’s White Queen line.

Internal Editor

The personification of my writing process:

Today is the final day of the BBBC 2010 event.  The question posed is along the lines of “what did you learn from the experience.” 

I learned my writing process itself has form and shape and a distinct will.  When manifested, it often resembles the creature in the photo above.  That creature is me when the internal editor becomes larger than life.   Some of what I mean by that is that my internal editor seems to need to define a structure before allowing the creative muse to have voice.  And sometimes that’s so exasperating, yes, but on the other hand, it’s something (a process) entirely known to me.  During last year’s BBBC, instead of writing about the daily BBBC topic, I chose to write a 5-day short story based on a random image each day.  On the first day, the photo and writing were purely random, purely creative.  Whatever struck me in that moment about the image.  But with each day I found myself connecting the story and being much more deliberate with words and action, much more deliberate each time I scanned my harddrive for photos to continue the story thread.  It was great fun to write a mini story over five days.  But truthfully, the first day was the day I really felt the most unencumbered by my internal editor.  

I thought I would challenge that this year, but I realize now that the theme of a theme continues!   This, even despite the fact that I randomly answered some of the BBBC daily challenges and others I didn’t, choosing instead to write whatever struck my fancy.  But what unified the five entries (including this one) was the theme of creativity, or beginner’s mind, or uncommon thinking, or exploring another perspective…maybe even gleening some of what we don’t know we don’t know.  Even just a little bit or if only for a moment.

What I do know is that the BBBC provides a wonderful opportunity for “being in the doing” and if you so desire, for challenging your own processes.  Next year, I hope to make my entries completely chaotic and random, even while knowing that my writing process can be quite formidable.  I mean just look at it!  Yet I also know that there’s something somehow cute and endearing about it.  Maybe because I’ve wrestled with it just about everytime I’ve stared down a blank page. 

The nice thing is…I’m beginning to see a smile on the little monster.

BBBC 2010 … Day 6 (and finale, until next year!  Thank you, Alicia, for doing this every year!)

Breaking the Fourth Wall

This Ted video of John Underkoffler’s talk as he demonstrates a 3D user interface is rated as “jaw dropping.”   I’m still picking mine up from the keyboard.   Blurring the digital and atomic spatial worlds like this is an incredible demonstration of Uncommon Thinking, the start of which began 15 years ago in this case and happened to be used in the movie “Minority Report.”  In the video, Underkoffler envisions that this type of technology will be made universally available within 5 years.   Presently it’s used heavily within certain industry pockets.

I marvel at this.  I have no idea how all of this is done (it’s clearly way over my head) or whether or not it will become standard in every computer within 5 years.  (And when it does, I’ll be interfacing with my hands over my head in a tai-chi way.)  But irrespective of the if or when, what becomes glaringly apparent – among so many things with this – is how profoundly short-sighted it is to chase fads or the monster hits of the moment. 

It’s so equally apparent how the velocity of change has completely redefined how “far out” the future might be when it comes to articulating and enacting a strategic vision.  Strategic plans used to be 10 years out.  Then five years out.  Then three years out.  Now a one-year plan is called “strategic”…but my hunch is that a one-year plan is still a reactionary position, one that chases opportunities others created, established, and capitalized upon far earlier.  The truly inspired, uncommon envisioning seems to have a much longer lifecycle…there’s something profoundly challenging about that in the face of exponential change (those muses have be really incredible!) and something really inspiring about such incredible depth of vision.

BBBC Day 5

Odd Ball State of Mind

Today’s BBBC 2010 asks if our inworld persons are the same as our biological age, which I assume is asking about some kind of social construct or expectation about how one should behave at certain numbers beyond the birth date.  Every time I think about this question, my immediate response is “age is a state of mind.”  What’s the expectation for behavior at 21, 25, 35-1/2, for example?  Or even at 1 rez year, 2 rez years, 3-1/2 rez years as I find myself to be?  There are times when I’m still quite a newbie (I rezzed a box on my body just the other night)…and I’m actually grateful for the Beginner’s Mind.

Out of curiousity, I did a google search on the construct of age, found a number of links discussing the topic, and came across a viewpoint somewhere that I thought reflected what I think about the question.  It basically said:  transitions in age and relative status are not uniform…where a child ends and an adult begins is purely social.

That’s a picture of me playing in my closet (sometimes otherwise known as sorting inventory) while dancing at the Odd Ball.

So, how old am I?  Beginner’s Mind old…which means to say old enough to cherish creativity and an openness to learn.  Old enough to know that no one, including me, knows it all.

BBBC Day 4

Creatives Uncommon

There are so many incredibly creative souls inworld.  Their range and talents are just as great as their numbers.  Individually and collectively within the culture, they bring through their talents and presence diversity and surprise; they provoke thought and feelings.  They are part of the very fabric of the SL community…at one with it, an integral part of it…with many wholly removed from the Tyranny of Conformity. 

 A few days ago, a group chat came in with an announcement that ColeMarie was singing.  I hadn’t heard Cole sing in maybe a year, but I remembered her voice as if I had just heard her sing a week ago.  She is quite a talented singer among her many talents.  When I tp’d into her performance, I cammed in after everything had rezzed and I spotted Cole singing from within the audience (not separated away from the audience from the use of a stage, tellingly enough).  She sat next to her friend Bryn Oh and other friends nearby.   And so I took their picture…as much in celebration of their talents and friendship, yes.  But equally as a gentle reminder that all of us come from this same creative fabric.  In whatever way we hone our craft, in whatever way we contribute to this wonderfully imaginative community by being present and actively participating.  Indeed, all of us are Creatives Uncommon.

BBBC Day 3

ArtSpace

In the pursuit of nurturing the spirit of Uncommon Thinking in all worlds, do visit the University of Texas at San Antonio’s ArtSpace.  According to the “About Land” tab the sim is “…dedicated to the support and exploration of art and culture as they exist in the real and virtual worlds…”  This is a mission and an exhibit that pushes back — and hard — at mediocrity, and thank goodness for that.   

The slurl brings you directly to this wonderful creation from Caerleon Artist Igor Ballyhoo.  I couldn’t resist doing my own interpretation of the “haystack” series by taking photos of this amazing mirroring tree in a number of windlight settings: 

It’s made of birds.  And it has movement.  But go there, walk the clouds, and get a bird’s eye view for yourself.

BBBC … Day 2