Destination: Immersiva (14, 107, 23) The Gathering of Bryn Oh Exhibit
By Netera Landar
Unforgettable Magazine blogger
It seems that the very fiber of our lives is defined by how we perceive the world and our ability to file it in categories which can be interpreted. We have been taught to recognize how everything relates to us on some level. History frames the existence of our lives by the just or unjust actions of others. Creation/Science is at the heart of everything that breathes or exists. Language determines interaction at work and home, even art, which is created by individuals in its purest form, is categorized. So it seems only natural for us when observing, appreciating, assimilating art to say, “This is what it is.”
Those of you familiar with the artistic creations of new media artist Bryn Oh raise your hand. You may not have explored Bryn’s work, but if you are on Second Life you have seen frequent recognition of it through the Destination Guide. Bryn is simply “unique.”
My partner, Alexander, and I entered Bryn’s artistic realm late one night. After clicking an informational board allowing an exhibit to take motion, we watched giant pinball machine balls roll to the left. It actually made you feel as if you were in the machine. The scripting has the balls rocking and breaking. Bryn also mentioned wall walkers on another display board.
We then teleported to the skyplatform store. These sculptures were on the grounds. Make sure you see all the objects from various perspectives.
Alexander’s first impression of the art was that it was abstract in design (the setting and figures were the perception of an insane mind. Having dug a little deeper into Bryn’s profile, I could now look beyond “Alice in Wonderland and Tim Burton-like imagery” to what Alex was visualizing. This appeared to be “mental disorientation in a psychiatric ward.”
After watching various YouTube films on her blog, it finally clicked: Bryn is an extremely talented machinima artist, and storyteller, and these 3D sculptures in her store are part of her commissioned music videos or her own short films. One music video she produced was for musician (1) Megan Bernard: “Clean Up Your Life.” Or “Imogen and the Pigeons,” which I believe to be a young woman who is heartbroken after her lover leaves her. She emotionally slides into a delusional- depressive state where she wishes to fly away to an uncomplicated existence.
The following are some of Bryn’s sculptures. A Gothic asylum creates the perfect backdrop for characters in the stories. I recommend not viewing the short YouTube films right away. As a creative exercise, let your imagination wander and create your own storyline.