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Artist Snapshot: Anelime and Serra

From April until the end of June 2021, Anelime Lubitsch and Serra Qendra will undertake a 3 month residency in Quad Grant Region (SE) in order to present “Trampled Ground Pt. 1 (Dream).” This is no mean feat, given their timezones make it difficult to meet, being based in Europe and Australia respectively.

My first impression on briefly talking to them both, is that of an excited enthusiasm for the venture ahead, but behind that is a serious, thought-engaging working partnership dedicated to the success of their future SLEA exhibit. This is reflected in their responses to my asking how they feel about being awarded a grant: Serra being both thrilled and a little scared at the prospect, while Anelime expresses a sense of pride generating from it being a new world for her ‘full of ideas to experiment with‘.

Although Serra and Anelime are between projects, Serra is the resident artist at Anelime’s club, ‘The Pear’. Though not its original name, it’s not hard to see why the current one stood the test of time! Serra describes her style of art as experimental, surreal, site-specific and improvisational and if her work could be displayed next to one of the great masters, she chooses the ‘Anarchitect’, Gordon Matta-Clarke. I reflect on what a great word ‘Anarchitect’ is, and Serra rues not being able to have been a part of that 1970s New York art group.

“F.Y.O. (Find Your Own) [creativity]” Serra

There is a similarly anarchic approach to how DJs are able to work in Anelime’s club, giving a little insight in how these two artists were drawn to collaborate. Serra perceives art to be ‘a shimmering layer of investigative journaling superimposed upon Life‘ and would like you to approach her work with a ‘sense of freedom‘. Having not heard of Matta-Clark, I engage in a layer of anarchic investigation of my own. I’ve also journaled my opaque responses – perhaps art in the making?

Anelime

Anelime views art as ‘a free luxury‘ and adopts a multiple, open-minded and slightly dark artistic style. If she could, it would sit beside a very specific work by Kandinsky, ‘Composition VII‘. She explains her choice: ‘It can seem chaotic but is also incredibly harmonious, and everyone can interpret it in their own way, and that interpretation can change with time and mood, too. It tells multiple stories at once‘. While having planned a 15 minute post, the composition draws me in and it’s a pizza and an abstract painting-immersion hour later that I continue to blog.

I, for one, am extremely intrigued to gain insight into the art behind these thoughts, but wonder what a viewer should bring with them when approaching their work. Anelime is defiant on this point, feeling she would have failed if there were any prerequisites. ‘It is on me to convey a message, and I have to accept that it can be received in an unexpected way by the visitor. The art is in the meeting of both sides, it’s the combination of what I have created, and what the viewer gets from it‘. I’ll be bringing along that sense of freedom Serra urges us to have, and perhaps…. a rioja….. or even two.

Many thanks to Anelime and Serra for the words which enabled the writing of this post, and also for their inspiration. Good luck with Trampled Ground Pt. 1 (Dream)!

Images by Safar Fiertze

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Safar used to be a slave to her own ideas about what it meant to be a proper person. When she woke up she decided to learn how to ride a motorbike, and took to the road armed only with pen and paper. She now calls herself a writer, though currently as a ghost.

6 thoughts on “Artist Snapshot: Anelime and Serra

  1. Oh! Didn’t mean to come off moaning about our time zone differences! What is amazing to me about our collaboration, is just how easy it is for us to work together…
    We have so many values, and approaches to art / music / life, in common, it flows very naturally.
    In fact, one of our few differences serves us well in this context. Which is that Ane is a night person, and I am a morning person – so we have a regular, weekly, 3hr, inworld session (at 11am slt which is 8pm for her, and 6 am the next morning for me). Then we work at our own inspiration and availability – jamming with what we see from each other.
    Also, of course, we have a strong email connection to swap & blend our thoughts and graphics.
    We explore what we think about this ‘subject matter’ by the acts and experiments of building…using the “embodied” 3D modelling tools given by Second Life.

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    1. Thank you Serra for the extra insight into your collaborative process. I’ve also found biorhythm differences a way to connect with those in a different timezone. Yay for night owls!

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  2. OMG am I really going to have to meditate for FOUR MONTHS on what “Trampled Ground Pt. 1 (Dream).” might be? Can’t wait!

    I think the Europe-Australia time zone issue is so interesting. Yes, challenging, I’m sure! 😀 But also such a wonderful property of SL. Some virtual worlds have regional servers so that users in Australia can’t actually see users from Europe. SL has always put everyone on one big grid. I know lots of sleep has been lost! But it’s also an amazing opportunity.

    IRL we often wind up spending time with people because we share DNA or Postal Code. ISL we connect because of shared passions. The person you’re having this great interaction with might, as in Anelime and Serra’s case, be on the other side of the globe, or they might be your next door neighbor! You don’t know! But you know you’ve connected over ideas and activities. When we have an event and there are participants from 5 different continents all participating on on SL parcel, I find that exhilarating!

    IDK how Anelime and Serra work, but there’s also the process where one person does something… goes to sleep… the other person comes… tinkers some more… the first person comes back… it’s like being “Pen Pals” of yore exchanging letters… but now it’s “Prim Pals” exchanging virtual creativity.

    Best of luck Anelime and Serra! Looking forward to meeting you and can’t wait to see your project!!

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    1. Nice reflection. Interestingly, as I’m covering the collaborations, only one I know of is geographically similar as you’ll see as we progress through the artist snapshots. One did express how she loves that about SL, that despite timezone differences it manages to bring people together who would never have otherwise have met.

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      1. That’s also a nice property of sites like CC Mixter, where artists spread across the globe can collaborate to create musical tracks. This was very cool before COVID-19, and perhaps even more compelling now.

        And, of course, all the Collaborating from Home that peeps have been doing during COVID, like this one:

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        1. Yes, I think SL is a really good outlet for the more isolated and even better if you can do something meaningful. Makes a note of CC Mixter for the music man at home 🙂

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