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SL UNDERGROUND magazine interviews Djehan Kidd

December 16, 2012 in general by technopunk

SL UNDERGROUND magazine focuses on cyberpunk
http://slundergroundmagazine.blogspot.fr/
GloriaLanka http://ccyberpunkk.blogspot.com.br/

GloriaLanka : What are your main sources of inspiration for your creative process?

Djehan : Everything I see amazes me, anything around me, all the time.

It is all the moments of inspiration I had so far in my life that I feed my mind with constantly. It is very large, it is everything, all at once. It includes all the experiences and cultures I was exposed to during all that time. From the collection of thousands of books we had at home with every possible author available for me to read ;Philip K. Dick being my all time favorite; to my life traveling in a truck and living within international communities since I was 14 years old, without my parents, witnessing extreme social situations and sometimes being part of them.When it comes to creating I crystallize everything from the second I started to breath into what I do at any given moment, this only present moment that exists and matters: this is also Albert Camus’s theory of the absurd, but I don’t completely share his point of view because this present moment , no matter how chaotic, tends to something and this is futuristic by essence.

Creating futuristic and dystopian cities is the visual anticipation of a very special social environment of which roots I find laying a lot into social realism literature with writers such as Dostoievski or Gogol, and the start of the industrial era, it is easy to imagine a futuristic city when passing by a chemical plant.

I am of course very inspired by music as well, I listened mostly to avant garde musician Laurent Mialon who created Hangars Liquides back in 1998, his latest acousmatic tracks and work in progress for the realisation of this city. Music directly tweaks the way we perceive our physical and social environment. I believe there is no compromise in that example because honestly music , sound, is the only art that can make you cry that easy. I am also very inspired by Iannis Xenakis and I apply the stochastic theory into my work as well.

And finaly all the people I met, mostly artist, intellectuals, junkies, the ones that like to open doors in their minds..One especialy, when I used to live in Hackney/London, a living Bilal creature with a big heart.

I lived in various megapoles, the first and ultimately dystopian ever was Sao Paulo in Brasil and it deeply affected me. All the street culture all the kids in the streets. How inspirational they have been ever since, how they climb the concrete jungle, how they create their own signs only them can recognize and make graffitis with it, how they decorate their city, the city is their playground, it is theirs by principle of nature as society’s legacy to the next generation. They bring life to it they animate it , they give a meaning on everything around them, and they are the future. They climb very high to paint signs on the towers, not the roofs only lol, but on the whole vertical sides, people outside Brasil don’t know all of this. I think about these kids when I make a tower, I create them so they could climb them easily. There are a lot of improvised shelters as well, literaly everywhere. When you are not from Brasil, and you happen to cross eyes with one of them, they can be very young like 4 years old, it changes your life because they are little gods. I have a lifelong inspiration coming from a girl like that, now she must be 20 years old or something, I could draw her face right now and I pray she is alive.

We try to reach as high as possible, we like to go high, we don’t really care if an asteroid will come crash on us, it doesn’t stop us, because until now, we are alive, and that’s all that counts and looking forward to the future as long as there is still time ahead.

G : Within Hangars Liquides, which is the place or environment you created that you like the most?

D : The most interesting place within the city is the place You will find yourself at some point, this place will eventualy open a door in your mind, and this place in your mind is the most interesting one. I couldn’t point someone to go visit one special spot at hangars liquides, I can only recommend people to go and fly all over it, to go everywhere and try to see everything. That way only you can get what the city is about, and you can start to understand it.

It’s an immersive environment, a very complex one I agree, maybe the hardest to adapt to, but this is on purpose, dystopia isn’t about being taken care of and feeling secure, some like it, some don’t, I get extreme reactions from pure love to true hate. Of course it has many hangouts, like any city would, I simulated a lot of places that cities usualy have. The main simulator has a taxi that you can call to go in a lot of places and a teleport system. Both were made by my friend Rogier Qunhua of cell, it allows everyone to go visit a lot of places in town, art galleries, bars, all these places where made with a story behind. But the whole city is a huge playground.

Long ago, before fully getting into 3D I was into abstract art and video. When I create one special “concrete” place within the city I always think about the bigger shape which is my main object. It is a strange feeling to create tiny details on a huge structure.

When I build it my favorite parts are complex knots to resolve. This way I find new possibilities that would otherwise remain always hidden within unresolved structs, very much like psychotherapy works. But the whole city is the only place, if you look at it from very far it starts to look like a giant crystal like those you would find hidden in a mountain, this is an aspect that I like, it tweaks the sense of scale.

G : Which graphics developers do you admire SL and RL?

D : On SL I admire great people. Like Blotto Epsilon obviously who did the huge Petrovski Flux with Cutea Benelli, it even inspired me at some point, the connectivity aspect I think. The Wastelands world that was created by Neobokrug Elytis with the wastelands dev team. Aston Leisen who did the Bamboo Ink for China and organized most the China Art Academy projects on SL and he was also one of the first builders I built HL with at the start, HL was very honored to provide an environment for his students to work on their new media projects as well. Detect Surface, Claudia222 Jewell, Xenius Revere, DH Architect, Gutterblood Spoonhammer, Mantis Oh…I am extremely selective when it comes to mentionning artists on SL.

RL I love the crazyness of Shinya Tsukamoto, the onirism in Akira Kurosawa and Andrei Tarkovski, the strange x-factor found in David Cronenberg’s work, Jean Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro’s color palette, Gaspar Noé’s fleshy realism, Enki Bilal’s blues, Matthew Barney’s Cremaster, Joseph Beuys’s rooms, Francis Bacon’s distorted realities, the never ending landscapes of Tsutomu Nihei, gore, weird things, the strange things…the list…is way too long when it comes to what I like, out of the billions of humans a lot of them are very talented an exhaustive list is impossible..I forgot to mention Syd Mead & Ridley Scott for Bladerunner, Ranxerox comic, Fluide Glacial magazines, the Akira manga, Pierre Soulages paintings, and so much more realisations as well..Alexandre Aja’s movies, Alain Resnais, Chris Marker of course.. the list goes on..Everytime I go into a museum be it for contemporary or more classical arts I always find something that I like. The entire world is bursting with new creations non stop it’s all inspiring.

G : What is your opinion about the Second Life metaverse?

I like the wild west aspect of the platform. The software provided is a great tool for artists to exhibit their creations to immerse people in them.

Though, Linden Lab should reconsider the social aspects of their platform as in *Socius*. This january they will stop to consider Hangars Liquides a non profit organization (ed. : Linden Lab decided to offer non profit organizations the discount back in spring 2013) ) of which corporate status is “to create, promote and diffuse any kind of art”. When you find yourself in a society that revokes such organizations it slowly becomes an antisocial environment. It forces artists to think and create on a smaller scale because they need to make more money and true art is priceless.

Linden Lab also has to consider avant garde more, and better. I feel alone into this with a few others, avant garde artists aren’t emerging a lot from what I see.

But overall, the software is great since it allows me to create a wormhole into the future..through another dimension even, they should have called it Black Hole.

G : What is your opinion on copybot?

It should be a great tool used for backing up their work for artists like me. Unfortunately it is used in such a malicious way that I would have to use illegal software in order to save my work on my HDD.

Still, while ripping off politicians to give their money back to the people should be a noble cause, I don’t think that ripping off artists is an act of bravery at all. I would like to tell all copyboters to join the online forces to fight against the system that ruins so many lives and not being part of this same system by ruining the life of the individual and often poor artist.

It is a very hard question. Culture is part of education, and it is an emergency to provide a good and free education to the next generations, hence a maximum access to culture. This is a key element to save the world from poverty as well. So I think that people that want to get digital things for free have to consider wether or not the product they are about to rip is to elevate their soul which is what culture does, or to elevate their social appearance which is what consumerism does, and consumerism provides with a quick fix to make people fall asleep and be dependant. So even if you get things for free and that it fullfills your consumerist need for a moment, it will make you fall asleep and dependant.

G : Besides the creations developed in Second Life, you have other jobs?

D : Right now Im working on a project that will be presented at the Venice Biennale.

G : How do you see the current graph scene for the developer ?

D : I spend too much time building to have a clear idea about the scene as it could be seen by the people outside from it. Anyways there’s not much of a scene at the cutting edge, we always need new hacks to happen in order to make what we want possible, then others can follow in and organize themselves better on a social scale with happenings and events et caetera. But for the ones that pave the ways, there’s not much of a scene. I see that we need hackers to help push boundaries and provide us with new tools that shouldn’t be proprietary so anyone can use them without any fear of going further and breaking into new territories. My graphical work at the stage it is now is totaly dependant on new hacks that are being worked on right now. It is a very fragile equilibrium yet it works because of a common wish to get to a new world with enlarged possibilities at every level, but this starts by creating state of the art tools to be used by artists to widen global consciousness at first through art.”

When da hybrid prodz visitz djehan didd, it makes ace

October 25, 2012 in general, slideshow, technopunk by technopunk

http://www.lekebuschmusik.se

Legendary techno producer Cari Lekebusch, founder of the excellentissime Hybrid Prod stopped at HL to shoot two beautiful machinimas over the years :

Here is the latest that was shot for The  Advent (geez)  H-PRODUCTIONS // [HPX67] // THE ADVENT — SONIC INTERVENTION (2012)

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And another one was the first one, and I was just amazed, was a video for Robert Leiner (double geez)..HPX19 Lost And Found by Robert Leiner aka The Source Experience (2008)

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TECHNO RULEZ! respect to Cari and Hybrid Prod for gracing our graphix with the best techno in the world.

Space Cocoon : now in orbit

October 2, 2012 in general, slideshow by technopunk

UFOs in SL’s sky? No, they are Space Cocoons and they are now in orbit around the metaverse.

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I have released the Space Cocoon, a full mesh skybox that you will find at Hangars Liquides only.

Teleport to Djehan Kidd’s mainstore on Hangars Liquides

or on marketplace:

Link to Space Cocoon on marketplace

 

Profile photo of cell by cell

RIP – Chris Marker just died

July 31, 2012 in general by cell

Chris Marker was most famous for “la jetée” a cult science fiction short movie that later inspired “12 monkeys”. He died in France he was 91 years old.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGAMY0xZlVQ

Chris Marker was, along with his friend Alain Resnais, one of the few movie makers/dystopian artists that inspired me to create dystopian art and the city of hangars liquides on second life. This is a big loss. RIP Chris Marker, I can’t find a better hommage than sending the link to his “la jetée” movie..
Coincidence .. Chris Marker also had a museum on second life, http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ouvroir/190/67/40

RIP…

TAXI NETWORK : READY

June 7, 2012 in general by technopunk

The TAXI system is now ready! Come at HL (preferably the main arrivals so you can see how the taxi caller looks like), call a cab and go around town in a hovercar :)
The TAXI CALLERS have been dispatched around town, in a lot of locations, you can click on them anywhere and a taxi will come pick you up anytime.

Brought to you by cell !

have fun and enjoy your ride!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hangars%20Liquides/137/140/2227

Meeting at HL tomorow

June 7, 2012 in general by technopunk

When: Friday, June 8th
Time: 10am slt
Who: Everyone interested in RPing at Hangars Liquides

Thanks for your time, effort and patience! Be well!

Check inworld : hangars liquides RP group’s latest notices for details.

new windlight setting at hangars liquides

June 2, 2012 in general by technopunk

I hope you will enjoy this one as much as we already do ^^ tropical pre-storm like thick clouds. Come check it out!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hangars%20Liquides/138/139/2227

We are your dissidents

May 15, 2012 in general, technopunk by technopunk

NETWORK 11 – now hijacking all systems

WE – ARE – YOUR – DISSIDENTS

Recently, corporations have been trying to force their way into the Hangars. We will not tolerate any corporation that will try to rule over us.
From now on, any foreign ship trying to fly over our territories without permission will be destroyed without any warning.

NETWORK 11 has developed its own range of DNAnoscans against infiltration. We will proceed to scans on any suspected citizens. All infiltrated agents will be prosecuted and eventually erased by NETWORK 11.

NETWORK 11 warns all citizens implanted with a REALCOV surveyor that their system will be reset.

NETWORK 11 claims the right to deactivate any surveyor.

NETWORK 11 warns REALCOV that their drones will be hijacked whenever they perform a DNAnoscan.

NETWORK 11 calls upon the free people to join our troops to defend intelligence rights.

This was a message from NETWORK 11

WE – ARE – YOUR – DISSIDENTS

neurocore – ‘oublie tes illusions’ hangars liquides 18

MSR_NV NCRPT #25122366

May 3, 2012 in general, technopunk, Uncategorized by Lawrence Celestalis

Captain,

the recent crash of our ship in Hangars Liquides cannot be tolerated.

The anarchy in that town prevents us from contacting any local authority.

Whether Crimson Merchants or some other faction are involved or not, we must take action.

I command that the following series of sensible targets be bombed starting from tomorrow.

Find herewith attached an encrypted file with the locations and timings.

Doge Nicolò Michiel III

the Most Serene Republic of Nova Venetia

CRASH

April 13, 2012 in general by technopunk

ALERT!

>>// Unidentified ship crashed in Hangars Liquides South.

>>// Infrared thermal scan: high heat detected.

>>// Calling Firebots *ERROR456*
>>// Calling Firebots *ERROR456*
>>// Calling Firebots *ERROR456*

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hangars%20Liquides%20south/117/79/2220