This afternoon I visited Metamorfaces, an installaton at LEA10 by the creative Art(istik) Oluja.
The notecard one receives at entrance point explains the installation, which is RL based and tells Art's impressive story:
One morning, I woke up to troubled dreams, and realized, I was in a state of metamorphosis. Like a spider trapped under skin, paralysis slowly crawled across my face, suffocating the sensation in my lips, then taking away my ability to taste, swallow, or speak normally. For the following months the distortion continued; I couldn't smile, frown, laugh or cry, and had become hyper-sensitive to sound.
At night, I would tape down my eyelid to sleep, and think about how to accept my new face, my new mask. I had to learn to express myself despite my lack of facial expression. I had to learn to be me, transformed.
(...In the meantime, I was quietly wandering SL’s landscapes, exploring and observing the loss of prims in SL, a transformation that resonated with me, as more and more prims faded away, and the grid’s face also went through a phase of distortion as it was gradually injected with more and more Mesh.)
My face was a Bonsai tree, raw and torn out of place; submitting to doctors, to technology. Organic roots shifted, branches pierced with wire, twigs tamed, leaves refined.
6 months of drugs, electric therapy, and facial exercises later, I began to heal.
Now, almost two years since I woke up on that Kafkaesque morning, I present Metamorfaces as a metaphor of my story, my journey of transformation. It made me realize, more than ever, that I am a process of constant flux, learning.
Don't forget to take the cool free transparent mask that hides your facial expressions. Everywhere are objects with poses, and green boxes that will tp you around the different parts of the installation.
I hope these snapshots give you an idea of the place, which is definitely worth your visit!
Here's your taxi to Metamorfaces
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.