Dissected Soul by Theda Tammas @ Split Screen Installation Space

When the soul wants to break free from wires


Theda did it again

I have little time to blog at this moment, but I simply had to do this one even so. Because Theda Tammas did it again. Blowing me away with an incredible powerful installation at Split Screen Installation Space. Dividni Shostakovich also did it again of course, by choosing Theda as follow up of ‘Everywhere and nowhere’ by the also always excellent exhibitor JadeYu Fhang.  His choice for quality above quantity and popularity in SL really makes me happy. It is the kind of works that really get under your skin, or in this particular case, connect with your soul, hence the title of this new installation: ‘Dissected Soul’.


Emotional DNA

There was no special opening, which is very cool in fact, because openings always are a bit bad for really seeing a work and more a social venue leading attention away from it all.  The notecard that was sent however contained a quote from a poem by Fernando Pessoa called ‘I don’t know how many souls I have’. It reminds me a bit at another poem by Pablo Neruda: ‘We are many’.  Both poems refer at how hard it is to actually define ourselves as person, character and living being, because we have so many faces, identities and emotions, it is impossible to say: ‘This the real me’.  We never are the same ME, only a variation on the other ME’s. Our soul contains many souls which makes us who we are. A soulful existence never stops expanding itself with new pieces of us. We adjust, adapt, dedicate or abandon. We reject and accept, love and hate, laugh and cry, leaving traces of our emotional DNA behind around us. We are affected by theirs, they are affected by ours and thus new strings of DNA will grow into our souls, rebirthing us or destructing us, feeding us or exhausting us, but always unique and different. Sometimes we can feel like torn apart due to all these different emotions inside of us. Dissection causing confusions and fears, sadness and anger, hope and desperation. In the best case we regain ourselves and recreate our soul into a newer stronger way. But no guarantees. We can fall apart as well another day or year and lose control on repair. That’s life, wonderful and terrible. That’s us. Also in Second Life. Maybe even more, because we depend on restricted versions of ourselves here lacking many options we do have in RL.


I don’t know how many souls I have.
I’ve changed at every moment.
I always feel like a stranger.
I’ve never seen or found myself.
From being so much, I have only soul.
A man who has soul has no calm.
A man who sees is just what he sees.
A man who feels is not who he is.

Attentive to what I am and see,
I become them and stop being I.
Each of my dreams and each desire
Belongs to whoever had it, not me.
I am my own landscape,
I watch myself journey –
Various, mobile, and alone. 
Here where I am I can’t feel myself.

That’s why I read, as a stranger,
My being as if it were pages.
Not knowing what will come
And forgetting what has passed,
I note in the margin of my reading 
What I thought I felt. 
Rereading, I wonder: “Was that me?”
God knows, because he wrote it.

A very beautiful heart is the center part of the installation. A more impressive and clear vision of a heart torn apart and shattered into pieces I did not see before in SL.

Just go and see

No more words needed than above. Just go and see for yourself.
Do use the the regional Windlight Setting and enough Draw Distance. It is essential to see the work in the way it has to be seen.
Thank you Theda and Dividni for a very impressive experience.

TP to Split Screen Installation Space at LEA 15: LEA 15 Dissected Souls-Theda Tammas
Theda Tammas: SL profile
Dividni Shostakovich blog: https://dividni.blogspot.com



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