Monday, January 30, 2012

Le Cactus at SBCC

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You gotta just love Maya Paris. Get one or all of the 7 free and unusual avatars plus a free music hud. Put on something strange provided and jump around on everything including tentacals, bananas, records, etc,. for animations. I played as a sort of horn/record avatar then as myself so I could see how the animations were in both. My friend Divi got me over to this one and when I arrived he was a pile of whipped cream with bananas with a hoop around it all, so I quickly took a free avatar and found myself a stranger creature with horns and record boobies.

The press release reads, : "Welcome to Le Cactus at SBCC!
A celebration of the extraordinary talents of cultural trailblazer Josephine Baker, queen of the trumpet Valaida Snow, the lampshade-hatted dancers of the Casino de Paris and the offbeat irony of Jacques Dutronc.

Throw a banana on your head, dance on a cactus and tickle a tentacle. Everything's interactive, so click away!

1- COSTUMES - Click the records to get your free costumes you can choose to be "human", OR...go on..., wear the invisible avatar then mix and match to make your own combinations.

*Flickr- you can add pictures to the " Le Cactus "flickr group

2- CREATE YOUR OWN REVUE - to DANCE -click a revolving banana, a cactus or hop on a turntable.

**IMPORTANT** (You'll need to TURN OFF YOUR AO, or the animations all won't work and you'll be standing there like a lemon)

**There's 1920's-30's MUSIC on the stream from Radio Dismuke

3- USE the HUD ( right click and choose wear and it will appear on your screen, then click the discs) to listen to Josephine Baker , Vailaida Snow (Queen of the Trumpet) and Jacques Dutronc + also to see movies.

4- There's always someone having a row in the corner, tickle a tentacle if you want to blow off some steam.

5- RELAX by the bar ( click it to get your free drinks ). Sit and smoulder. Dive into a giant cocktail.


Maya Paris 2012
There is a smaller version of Le Cactus inside the Casino de Paris in Virtual Montmartre. LOTS of great other art installations and interesting things to see in Montmartre, do visit!

A huge thank you to Mick Huet, who asked me to participate in the Virtual Montmartre project , to project leaders Dr Bryan Carter, Indea Vaher, Insenara Siamendes and to Liz Rusotti/Zil Jewell, who is so generously hosting the larger version of Le Cactus at the Santa Barbara City College sim ( SBCC).

The University of Paris IV-Sorbonne funded the development of Virtual Montmartre in 2004. The Montmartre and Harlem sims have been cosponsored by the National Black Programming Consortium and the Government of Norway for the development of Virtual Harlem and Virtual Montmartre in Second Life. Virtual Harlem and Virtual Montmartre are owned by Dr. Bryan Mnemonic/Dr. Bryan Carter.

More info on my blog-

+ more Interactive art projects

Credits: Sculpt maps: cactus - Lemondrop Serendipity, tentacle - Ona Ra, banana - Juliea Diesel, snake -Neema Chester
Animations: Easy Babcock, Nomasha Syka, dais Papp, Jackie Jetcity, Actingill Igaly.
Thank you all!"

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