For the next leg of this whirlwind tour of the Ubertemple, Baker Bloch decides just to walk into the West Wing, ascend its levels one by one, take snapshots, and then let me explain what’s going on to the best of my ability.
Here he is entering the ground floor at the West Wing again. Here on this lowest level I decided to “hang” several pre-10×10 collages, just to give more of a backdrop for what’s to come. All 10 of this particular collage set were formerly included in the Edwardston Station Gallery in Tyta. Also presently included on this level (nearer the ramp to the second floor) is one of the three chromagraphic works from the subway area of the Tyta gallery.
In rechecking my blog here, see that I haven’t really explained these works yet. Chromagraphs have a rather long and interesting history in my art and also music. The chromagraphic system is still actually deemed “classified” or protected, so I can’t discuss it at length. Same goes for the map synchronicity system I currently work out of more often. Same for, actually, the core of the TILE game/philosophy/religion, at least in terms of the game and its origins. So again my apologies here if my ramblings seem to be rather incoherent sometimes, or maybe most of the time. There’s quite a lot going on underneath the surface, you see.
Blochs here enters the second floor through a provided ramp. Now as I said in a former post, the West Wing, and also the East Wing, since they are structural doubles, are just 3 B_Hivias stacked on top of each other, as the central part of the Ubertemple is just 3 Temple of TILEs stacked one-two-three. So what you’ll see in each wing is a certain unique pattern for each section which is then repeated twice again.
Blochs is at the beginning of the entire 10×10, at the first of the Greenup series of 20 collages that starts this journey. I’ve placed a 10×10 notecard sign at the bottom of the ramp Baker has just exited to explain this more. In this post, then, I’ll just insert the comments from this notecard so you can read further about this now 4+ year work, if you wish.
Baker Bloch quickly ascends another ramp up to the third floor where the Greenup series is continued. The eucalyptus tree planted here in the pool (one of only two pools within the Ubertemple currently) is at essentially the same location as the one that use to exist in the Gliese B_Hivia before its deletion upon the move to the mainlands in August. You can read more about the Gliese B_Hivia through a created blog category on the subject.
Some pictures of how this particular area looked in B_Hivia can be found here.
Baker Bloch now stands on the 4th floor after walking through a emerald hued “L” shaped area (also present within B_Hivia). Still in the Greenup series, but moving toward the end.
On the 5th floor he reaches the beginning of the next series, Rose Hill, and, simultaneously, the first opening from the West Wing into the central part of the temple beyond the ground level. The third collage of the 11 part Rose Hill series is actually place within this central part (Baker Bloch is staring directly at it, here).
The transition from green to beige floor just in front of Baker Bloch in the snapshot below also marks the boundary between West Wing and Central Section, which here would still be part of the lowest of 3 “Temple of TILE” equivalents making up this center.
Baker can’t resist walking over to the view offered into the central chamber and peak down at the Xmas tree and surrounding portal objects. He’s at elevation 521 now, or 15 meters above the base of the Xmas tree (since it, in turn, is 5 meters above the actually ground level of the Ubertemple and adjacent Sky Forest).
Then a look up toward the Tyle Cube as well, about 25 meters higher than his present elevation. Which means he’s only ascended a little under 1/4th the temple’s total height.
In exploring further beyond the central area, Baker also finds an opening into the East Wing on this level, but with no art apparent within his visual range. As I said before, the East Wing is mostly empty.
Ubertemple Tour, West Wing-2.
NEW 10×10 NOTECARD:
The West Wing of the Ubertemple (of TILE) features the collage series of the art 10×10, created by baker b. from 2004-[projected 2009].
The “10×10” is slated to be completed in late 2008/early 2009 with the Wheeler-Jasper series of 20 collages.
Each series of the “10×10”, as well as the effort as a whole, unfurls a kind of storyline, somewhat in the fashion of Max Ernst’s early 20th Century collage novels such as “A Week of Kindness” (1934)
Not by coincidence, then, several images from Ernst’s collage novels can be found on the floor level of the Ubertemple (central area).
The 1st collage of the Greenup series, and the first of the 10×10 overall, is found on the right hand wall after ascending the first ramp of the West Wing. Simply keep going up and up and up through the remaining 17 floors of this wing to follow this and the other series, in order, until reaching the current, last collage (10th of Hidalgo series, 79th overall) at the top.
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ADDITIONAL “10×10” INFORMATION
The “10×10” collages began being produced in late 2004. I, baker b./Baker Bloch, initially had no idea that the project would be so large and long term. One collage followed another, seemingly, in a logical and even necessary manner. In about a month and a half the 1st series of the “10×10”, the Greenup Collage Series, stood complete. It consists of 20 collages that loop back into themselves from end to beginning. That is, the last collage of the series (“Jigkansawyer Neil”) creates an animation with the first collage of the series (“Finding The Niche”). This makes the series perpetual, in a fashion. Many of these earlier collages in the “10×10” were based on photos of a small valley (Greenup Gill) in the Lake District of northwestern England.
It was about a year later that the Rose Hill Collage Series was created (late 2005). When finished, I knew that it then acted as some kind of more or less direct follow-up to the Greenup series, but I still didn’t have any concrete ideas about the overall “10×10”. Unlike the Greenup series and most other series of the entire opus, the Rose Hill series doesn’t make a looped, perpetual system.
I should back up here a bit and point out that roughly every *fourth* collage, as the “10×10” progressed through each series, turned out to make an animation with the collage immediately following.
Moving onward, then the Yale series came along about a 1/2 year after the Rose Hill series, and it segued seamlessly (timewise) into another called the Newton series. Usually I see these, thus, as one series I term the Yale-Newton Collage Series. However, since both the Yale series and Newton series are looped, I feel they can also be treated as standalone works.
So, really, each batch of collages from these three time periods, as it were, make up separate systems, related but also distinct from one another. The main relationship is the basis upon the number *10* for each *tier* of a system.
Let me explain this crucial bit further, as it helps to link the individual series together and also understand the differences more. In a way, the Greenup series represents the “purest” of any of the systems so far. It represents the blueprint that others have more or less followed. It may be best to see this particular series as not a line of collages but instead a circular one, with the 20th and final collage next to the 1st collage at the top of such a circle. Opposite them on the circle, at the bottom, would be the 10th and 11th collages of the series, which also make an animation with each other like the 20th and 1st. Perpendicular to this opposition would then be another opposition formed by the 5th/6th and 15th/16th collages, more animation sets. So there are 4 pairs of animated collages in the Greenup series for a total of 8 in this category as a whole. The remaining 12 collages of the series do not make animations with other collages in the series. But the main point I wanted to make here is that the Greenup series is 20 collages total, but it can also be divided into 2 tiers of 10 collages, and these kind of 10 collage tiers actually form the basis of the entire “10×10” and lend it its name even, because the “10×10” is made up of *10* tiers of *10* collages. “10×10,” thus.
So to review the individual series so far, the Greenup Collage Series is 2 such tiers for a total of 20 collages (divided by an animated set in the middle), the Rose Hill Collage Series is one such tier, or the 3rd tier overall (10 collages, then), and the Yale-Newton Collage Series is 20 collages, just like the Greenup series — thus 2 tiers, or the 4th and 5th tier overall in the “10×10”. But in the case of Yale-Newton, the overall series can also be broken down into two looped series comprised of 1 tier of 10 collages apiece, or the Yale series and then the Newton series.
I know this may be quite confusing but it is important to explain because, then, the pattern of these first 5 tiers of the “10×10” and their respective series appears to be repeating *almost exactly* in the second 5 tiers and attached series.
So keeping that in mind, let’s move to the Oblong Collage Series created in the Spring/Summer of 2007. The structure of this series turns out to be very similar to the Greenup Collage Series. One could even say they form an octave relationship with each other. This surprised me since the Oblong series seemed to just evolve naturally this way. So the Oblong series, like the Greenup series before it, is made up of essentially 20 collages, including 4 pairs of animated collages (total equals 8 again, thus).
There are other similarities between the two, some too complicated to go into here. The Lake District is reinvoked in a strong way in the Oblong series, to name one obvious link.
Moving then to the last currently created series, we have the Hidalgo Collage Series, which is the first inspired partially by my experiences in Second Life itself. As the Oblong series is structured much like the Greenup series, so the Hidalgo series (direct follow-up to the Oblong series) turned out to be similar to the Rose Hill series (direct follow-up to the Greenup series). Both are composed of 10 collages that don’t loop into themselves from end to beginning, but which still form an animation in a central pair of collages.
Although not started yet, I can safely say that the next series will be similar to the Yale-Newton series, assuming that this pattern holds true. I also have a name for it: the Wheeler-Jasper series. These will form the 9th and 10th tiers of the overall “10×10”. By early to mid 2009, the Wheeler-Jasper series should be in production.
I think I’ve written enough. Enjoy the art and come back soon!
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