“Zwischen Nacht und Nirgendwo-Between Night and Nowhere”


Hope you will play the YouTube and here is the story behind it:)

This phrase came from a fever dream, my film partner, Natascha,
had while very ill and when she told me about it,
all the lights of inspiration went blinking off in my head!!

I found the phrase intriguing, compelling and more than that,
I found it challenging as well as inspiring.

After she described the whole dream, seeing her father again (who she lost very young)  asking him questions, in a garden of her childhood, I was inspired to write this poem for her…

but not until, I too had an image to join with hers, one of my country, Costa Rica,
in the time of burning off the cane fields.

I saw in my mind, that we were riding through a smokey, hazy rural landscape, that is very representative of my Costa Rica, in the month of March; the heat of the burning fields was in harmony with her burning fever.

 From Nat’s dream, it became this poem, that you will hear in the video
and like magic, my 15th world on Kitely – Virtual Worlds on Demand was born!

I want to thank my film partner and creative twin,
Natascha Randt, for having such a cool and amazing dream.

This is a real first for me…that someone else’s dream, could inspire me to go crazy and create a world where it could be showcased.

Nat did a really incredible job, building and bringing her dream part and installation alive.
I just swirled a world around it and made a way to get to it…:)

In the end…the two of us built our fantasies, Zwischen Nacht und Nirgendwo and we filmed it in 2018, but I left a few days later for Ramadan in Jordan, and never shared it on my blog or promoted it at all.. 

P.S. A special thank-you to  Dale Innis, once again, for being such an excellent virtual building partner and scripter, and to get our roadster to actually climb up and down instead of horizontally or vertically plowing through the mountain pass or taking us upside down and underground like it wanted to do at first :):)

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33 Responses to “Zwischen Nacht und Nirgendwo-Between Night and Nowhere”

  1. Ace says:

    WOW!!! What an amazing experience to watch! Your soothing yet powerful voice took me on a journey! And the visuals were absolutely stunning! I really appreciate you explaining the story behind this one as it made everything more alive…dreams are quite magical! Thank you for this gem of art, you are so talented in many ways 🖤🤗.

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    • Aww thank you dearest Ace… so glad I could take you for a ride. If you actually visited this virtual world sometime, you could get in the back seat..write /1 start in chat and off you would go..on a beautiful but at times perilous ride. Nat captured it so well with her camera and in her beautiful still work too.. So glad you enjoyed the magic we tried to prepare for you:):)🙏🌹❤️🌟💐

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  2. daleinnis says:

    This is a great video! The poem, the build, the voice and camerawork and the music.

    Maybe someday I’ll actually figure out the 3D rotation support in SL/Opensim scripting, rather than just tweaking things at random until they stop turning upside-down… XD

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    • Haha Dale…meanwhile… your workarounds are LEGENDARY:) I could have never gotten that popcorn eating chauffeur to get us up the hill if you hadn’t put a Macgyver on it:) That was a fun challenge and loved hanging out in that landscape too while we figured it out:)

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  3. Joey says:

    Oh yes, I remember it–what a ride it was! Such a beautiful build, and Nat’s machinima captures all the images that your poem and voice provoke just perfectly. Thank you for letting us revisit this world ❤

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    • It’s my pleasure..I’m afraid I didn’t do it justice the first time with a post about the video…just the world and the poem…But I revisited it today and knew..I had to post it now.. Nat’s camera work and still really captured the whole dreamlike ambiance..So glad you came along Again..for a ride Joey🤗❤️🌹🌟

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  4. Jeff Flesch says:

    I loved this, Karima. Your beautiful poetry reading, accompanied by the beautiful virtual landscape is so stunning. Takes the breath away, while giving back so much. The concept of between night and nowhere is deliciously representative of so many things, and resonated with me deeply in regard to life as it sprouts up before us, and is, in effect, as you write/read, planted within us. Beautiful, my dear friend.❤️🦋🙏✨🤗

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    • Thanks so much Jeff..Yes!! As you say…” The concept of between night and nowhere is deliciously representative of so many things” It struck me in the moment too, but I am lucky that I can create virtual worlds and I knew I HAD to try with this idea and then leave a space, “upstairs” in the sky, for Nat’s build where she could recreate her dream in her Grandmother’s garden when she was 3 or 4. So after touring the Costa Rican landscape, in the hazy ambience of the cane fields burning, a visitor to the world will be directed to Nat’s installation that she lovingly built with photographs she has saved and her childhood memories, plus the dream she actually had while sick. Somehow these two ideas work together and I think Nat captured it all well with her VR filming technique:) So pleased you enjoyed it as I think many people missed seeing it 3 years ago, for my not promoting it.
      🙏❤️🤗🌹

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      • Jeff Flesch says:

        It is so lovely, and I am so glad that you shared it now! You are lucky that you can create virtual worlds, Karima, both with your poetry and VR creativity. Stunning, my friend. 🙏❤️🌹🦋

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  5. Aww thanks Jeff…I am very grateful to be able to do that.. Yes..I agree, I am very lucky that I got into it early and little by little learned..Thank you my sweet friend and hope you have a wonderful week!🙏❤️🤗💙

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  6. KK says:

    Wow! Once again you took me on an amazing journey along with you. Between night and nowhere, there are so many beautiful things- stunning video with virtual landscapes, soothing music, an impressive voice reciting beautiful verses, and above all, a captivating magic. A big salute to the creative duo. You are the best, Karima. Keep shining, my friend 😊💐💖🙏

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    • Big Big smiles..so glad you enjoyed your ride Kaushal:):) I had so much fun trying to bring this idea to life…and as I said, It was Nat’s dream..so there I was building her dream..or at least a surreal two layer landscape she could build her own dream in…The poem came after the world…as I had to be in that ambience for awhile, to write it.. The creative duo wave back:) I know Nat will love this comment too:) Nat is the eye that so wonderfully films all our works.. Thank you Thank you my friend and you too…stay shining and inspired!!🙏🤗❤️

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      • KK says:

        You’re always welcome, Karima. You are right, if you enjoy your work, the result is bound to be good. Both of you keep doing good work having fun and making others smile.😊🤗💐💖

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  7. Msdedeng says:

    Don’t you just love trying out new ventures? and yes, it’s amazing where inspiration could randomly come from. Great video and words to accompany it.

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  8. Thank you for the encouragement Angela!🙏

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  9. jonicaggiano says:

    So amazingly gorgeous. Such an incredible experience. Telling or sharing what the story (the dream) was about really helped to get in the mood. I felt like your voice and the beautiful piece you wrote with the movie animation was perfectly timed. Everything about it. I also loved the horses and that beautiful car and landscape. Your team is incredibly talented. So glad I visited this evening. What a treat before bed. What a beautiful land to visit. Thank you for all the hard collective work that went into this productive and for sharing its beauty.
    ❤️🤗😘💕love Joni

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    • Thank you so much Joni…who knows?Maybe someday we can get you into an avatar and I can take you for a ride and you can experience the whole world and Nat’s installation:) Our team is only 3:) Nat and I both build and I do the sound and Nat does the camera work and we both kibbutz a lot until we both are happy:) Dale Innis handles all coding and scripts to get things moving on every world:) Thank you so much for being so excited and enthusiastic about our little project.. It means so much to all involved…Thank you for your wonderful appreciation Joni….big Hugs, Love and Rest Well 🤗❤️🌟💤 Karima❣️

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      • jonicaggiano says:

        I am just amazed at the your team’s talent. Your voice is hypnotic and beautiful to listen too. I wouldn’t call that a little project either. It was a full on lovely production with great music which complimented your voice and your poem was so descriptive and took us right there. The animation was also so amazing. The timing blew me away. I have been trying to catch up since my procedure on my back and it only takes a day and you have already miss so many beautiful post. I left yours for last and knew it would be a treat but I wasn’t expecting another movie. Thank you for what you do it really is a treat. Sending you lots of love, hugs and prayers dear Karima. ❤️❤️🤗😘🦋🌺🌺
        Blessings,
        Joni

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      • Awwww hope I was….the thing to remember is these avatars are live..not animation…there is someone on a computer controlling them and everyone is inside their avie at the time we are filming…This is machinima instead of animation Huggs

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      • jonicaggiano says:

        I am reading now about the technology. I am sorry I did not understand. I am researching Machinima really means. Thank you Karima. So are the actors filmed in their locations doing different movements and then they are put together? I am still a bit confused. I will read more and hopefully will grasp the concept better. Thanks for being patient with me. It is super impressive so I am interested in the technology. Talk soon hugs my amazing friend Karima. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    • Was just thinking Joni, when you have time, here is a video about our process:) Hope you enjoy it https://youtu.be/gKO7pt_UCzI

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      • jonicaggiano says:

        Going in now on my computer. I will let you know what I think. Thank you so much you must have been reading my mind. Love ❤️ J

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      • jonicaggiano says:

        Amazing. I wrote a response on you tube. I loved it and watched “El Kombo Style.” Bravo. I loved it. I must have my head in the sand because I have never seen anything like this but in the movies. The movie Brave came to mind, the animation feature with the beautiful red headed girl. So wonderful. I loved that movie. What a trip it must be to watch yourself like that. Wow!!! You all are something else. I applaud you all. 💃💃💃🎸love Joni. Thank you so much for sharing this with me it means a lot Karima. ❤️🤗🦋💃💃

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    • Yes all the actors are together virtually in the same virtual space although thousands of miles from each other. We film in real time meaning all need to be present to shoot a scene, just like in a movie. I think you will enjoy this video focusing on the University of western Australia and how they have opened a machinima department and festival…It’s super interesting…Nat and I are interviewed for a few seconds too..It will give you a better idea how machinima is made https://youtu.be/JWx1KVG7hAo Happy to help you Joni..It is a fascinating Looking Glass World:)

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      • jonicaggiano says:

        You are so sweet Karima to take the time to educate me about this. I will watch this tomorrow morning when I am fresh. It sounds like fun and challenging at the same time. I will watch this and get back to you. I am surprised you are not working in LA some where. Love to you, have a wonderful evening. ❤️❤️❤️

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  10. Wow!! Thank you Joni…I will pass this on to Nat…This means so much to us both..It’s really a sort of magical, other layer of existence, where people can collaborate on all different levels, maybe never dreamed about 20 years ago.. I love your empathy and your willingness to just open yourself to what we do..It is a REAL TRiP as you say…Each movie is a journey into our minds and pushes our envelopes to be able to realize what we imagine… The wonderful thing is…we almost always can..smiles, we have learned some trick and work arounds over the last 9 years:) Thank you so much for your interest and these wonderful comments..I cherish them🤗❤️🌹❣️🙏

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  11. “If you hear a cicada singing…” I love that bit!!! Good music in the background, as well.

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  12. Thank you Ben, for enjoying them:)🙏

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