Thursday, 12 April 2007

But is it Art?

I was at something of a loose end today, after playing with Adam Ramona's marvellous musical art installations at Marni I tried, in vain, to find somewhere new and previously unexplored. Once again, I spent an age listening to the "whoosh---*ping*" of failed teleports. But when I was about to give up I stumbled upon the island of View Ware Art.

The island is emblazoned with logos for, and being a naive explorer of this virtual world, unused to the fleshpots frequented by so many of its demented denizens, I was a little surprised at the... umm... "robust" nature of the website I found there. Definitely not recommended for those under-18, or looking for a work-safe link.

So what about the island? I suppose I should have known when asked to confirm that I was over 18 at the first door. There are currently 3 "towers" offering you insights into: "Sex Stars";"Making of" and "Lust Pur". Each contains a set of stills and screens with links to various movie pages on the website. To be fair, although the material is pretty strong by UK TV standards, and bordering on the outrageous for the USA, this seemed fairly typical Europorn TV fare. There is a strong branding of cherry red and white candystripes.

The "Beate Uhse" in question is Beate Uhse-Rotermund, an interesting lady, now sadly deceased. She was Germany's first female stunt pilot (no jokes about cunning stunts please) and she also opened the World's first sex shop (or so it says on Wikipedia). The company she started, Beate Uhse AG, claims to be the World leader in the sale of sex toys and - as I discovered above - has its own TV channel.

The island is clearly in a relatively early stage of development. It covers only a small proportion of the available land area and there are clear signs of further development in progress. It would therefore be unwise for me to speculate about the future shape and purpose of the island. Let's just say "it's another media company in SL", and leave it at that for the time being!

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