Mario2 Helstein's Light Thoughts multimedia installations ran in Second Life from 2015 - 2017 and were some of the most imaginative artworks ever created for virtual reality. When I visit Linden Lab's new virtual reality platform, Sansar, now in open beta, I noticed that Mario had two destinations open for inspection.
M2D Organic, which I photograph here, is billed as "A World of Shapes and Light". This is a hypnotic and almost frightening work - static, and glowing with strange otherworldly lights. Part of the installation seems "dead" -- as it it is some poisoned coral reef that has given up its life to an alien interstellar pollution.
There is a video on Youtube showing M2D Organic on Mario's channel. Make sure to hear the sound effects when you watch the video -- they are key to the mood effects.
Mario has another destination open for visiting in Sansar, M2D The Border, which has a rather foreboding subtext description "When death imitates life". There is a video up on Youtube showing the installation. I am not sure how long the destination will be available for visiting since it has a Halloween season (October 31) theme:
You can sign up for and visit Linden Lab's Sansar, which is in Creator Beta stage, and open to all Windows users who can meet the minimum system requirements here. See my note on my own system below.
You can catch historic reviews of Mario2 Helstein's Second Life works in Scoop It! Destinations:
Mario has a Facebook Page. You can keep up on his happenings here:
I showed some images from the Sansar Nasa Museum (without any explanatory text) in September:
Check out Scoop It Second Life Destinations for more great places to photograph:
Note: You do not need a headset or full featured gaming controls to visit this new virtual reality platform. I do not a VR headset, My desktop system is as follows and works adequately (although slow) for Sansar
- Operating System: Windows 10
- Processor: Intel i7 6700
- Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970
- Memory: 16 GB + 480 GB SSD