Starts with a Walk, then a photograph.

Starts with a Photograph, a set of images I created over the past few years. There are a few that I took on my walk to Minneapolis Community Technical College. 

Some of you know that I am recreating this blog, so people have seen some of the images, but there are new ones, too. I hope you enjoy it. 

I call this image the Tunnel of Light: a sun, a tree, and a lake. Sun is brilliant coming through the branches of the tree.
Tunnel of Light — Hendricks©2023

While working this month on my Labyrinthine/Labyrinth in Second Life, I discovered Jorge Luis Borges, an author, poet, and philosopher (1899 – 1986) born in Argentina. I used a quote from him in my last post. He wrote a short story that I am still digesting, a short story he wrote. The Library of Babel was published in the book The Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges.

I read the first few words and was hooked to read more of this man’s works.

The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite and perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries, with vast air shafts between, surrounded by very low railings. From any of the hexagons one can see, interminably, the upper and lower floors. The distribution of the galleries is invariable. 
~ Jorge Luis Borges, The Library of Babel, 1941

Post Openings on SLEA (4SW)

The Labyrinthine/Labyrinth opened
on November 15, 2023

The worst Labyrinth is not that intricate form that can entrap us forever, but a single and precise straight line.
~ Jorge Luis Borges (Author, The Library of Babel)

I termed the first party or opening a quiet opening the first hour of silence… Voice and music were turned off for the parcel; the only sounds were the chimes of Tibet chimes being rung as avatars walked through the hallways. During the second hour, DJ Sheperd played music that was both peaceful and still provided the installation’s visitors with a musical journey in the center dome. It attracted a small crowd. Quiet is not one of Second Life’s suits. I did enjoy sharing it with my visitors and friends.

A poetic drawing was used for my invitation to the quiet opening on Nov 15, 2023. It is of a tree, and the drawing is inverted. The white is now black.
The Invitation to the Labyrinthine, November 15, 2023

The Labyrinthine/Labyrinth second opening party was held on November 22, 2023

Poster for the second party at the  Labyrinthine/Labyrinth. Friends from Brotherly Love, Exile, and a dance club moved their weekly party to the labyrinth's center.
Exile on Exile—> to SLEA (4SW), the Labyrinth

This was a well-attended party and celebration  DJ Tomtom, from Köln, Germany. Second Life is a global community. The music was great and everyone had fun. 

I am planning a Zoom tour soon. I will be announcing soon. 

The Nature of Being — An Artistic Investigation

Understanding Ontology and Metaphysics

Post-modernism concerns itself with the very subjectivities first posited by Husserl (and Heidegger), in that facts are not rigid but rather shift according to an individual’s interpretation of the world around them.   Therefore there is a need for a greater understanding of the systems and hierarchies’ individuals have established to understand the world.
~  Bhuvinder S. Vaidc
   (Onot0logy—The Nature of Being)

Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
Dr. Susan O’Neill of Simon Fraser University

Labyrinthine-- A project for Second Life Endowment for the Arts
Labyrinthine– A project for Second Life Endowment for the Arts

Artist Statement — Bill Hendricks/Tap Quentin

Tap Quentin (a.k.a.) Bill Hendricks is a Second Life (SL) and Real Life (RL) Artist and has shown at SLEA’s Sky Gallery twice. He holds an MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Bill came to SL 16 years ago. He was fascinated by the global community and the creative space he found to experiment, play, and present his work. Second Life has always fascinated me because the very concept of this virtual space tweaks our perceptions of what reality might be and is. 

Tap Quentin will use this opportunity to stretch his imagination and technical abilities further to communicate better the aspects of the nature of being. This concept can be simplified into “questions about the nature of reality. Second Life is not a game but a community that allows a global community to test and poke at the fabrics of reality, cultural or physical. 

In this work, I have created a labyrinth rather than a maze. Some say a maze is where you find yourself, and a labyrinth is where you come to know yourself.