Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Hours after Second Front's 1st Performance...


Left to right: Wirxli Flimflam, Man Michinaga and Tea Chenille.
All the pix in this posting were taken just hours after Second Front's very first performance-artwork which took place in the Reuters newswire complex. The archives for this pioneering performance are available on Second Front's official blog. For my own personal blog however, I have decided to post pix of the hours following that performance as I was still on a virtual high of sorts and wanted to maintain the momentum. So, Tea Chenille met up with me and Man Michinaga back in the Reuters complex to celebrate Second Front's new beginning and also to explore the Reuters region some more for future performances in our "Breaking News" series. Tran Spire was the 3rd person who performed in this first performance. Tea could not make it because she had to finish designing her special zebra avatar and Alise-Iborg is still maintaining a curatorial and PR role until she can get Second Life access in the New Year of 2007...
...after hanging out in the Reuters auditorium for a bit (pic not documented by me), Mr. Michinaga decided to venture off to the NBC HQ to watch the Virtual Christmas Lights display...I promised to follow him in there after Tea did some promo shots - I wanted to keep her company.

So, we loitered for a bit in the gorgeous Reuters courtyard...what a nice clock they have and what luck weather-wise with the sunset and all that...

On the left, you will notice this brand light-brown virtual sculpture on the floor...we did not make that but Tea made one very similar to that when we followed Man Michinaga into NBC's NYC...more on that later...I just wanted to mention that now because one of the ideas for Second Front is to collaborate on some massive real-time based virtual sculpture...


Speaking of "time-based sculpture", here I am killing sculptural time by making a phone call while Tea Chenille takes some close-up promo pix of herself to post on the Second Front blog and eventually her own blog. I tried to contact some of the high-ranking Lindens but they were unlisted.


Well, Man Michinaga tried to send me several teleport requests but I guess the Second Life grid was still not up to its usual strength because none of the teleports worked. So I had to find MM the hard way and ended up at NBC 7 (instead of NBC HQ where MM was located). So, here I am posing with the snowmen in NBC 7's plaza. Yes, it certainly looked like NYC to me!

..so, I wandered down some of the streets around this virtual NBC-esque NYC and ran into this smashing artiste-style avatar named Zermit the Black Magick Woman. She had the caveat "Don't you turn your back on me" and I guess she put a hex on me because I certainly had my back turned to her while taking this photo..I had my eye on her though.

She told me that she was planning to visit some Vampyre Empyre but ended up stranded in NBC's NYC. She said she was from NYC and so she verified that the simulation looked very similar to NYC in her 1st Life. She also said that occasionally she practices performance art in Second Life so I asked her if she heard of Franklin Furnace and she said that it did not ring a bell..I then asked if there was a Macy's big-box store nearby but she was not sure about that either.


Here I am having a coffee break at some Aztec themed cafe (still owned by NBC) that is near one of the main ice-skating rinks. I wonder if this cafe will be franchised in 2012?

Ok, finally I made it to NBC's NYC HQ but Man Michinaga had already fled to his 1st life bed so it was just me dreaming of all my heroes.

The slogan "some people are made for something more" really resonates with me for some reason ;-) Also, it seems like having events on Cyber-mondays is getting increasingly popular, eh?


Just by chance I managed to arrange a last minute meeting with Rubaiyat Shatner who is the Director/Curator of Ars Virtua. This was the very first time I have met him and what a pleasure it was to finally meet him. He said he liked my avatar which is fantastic that a curator would take notice of how attractive I look for a change! If Documenta was held in Austria rather than Germany, he would probably be the featured curator (a compliment).

...here is a slightly different pose from the curator...

A furry named Iexo (yes, with an "i" and not an "l") joined us and Rubaiyat said that Iexo made his own sim...very kewl indeed! I asked them both if there was a Wal-Mart nearby and Rubaiyat noted that there is a Wall-Mart in Second Life which is similar but not the same thing. Iexo was friendly and chatted for a few minutes and then took off.


..and here is Iexco taking off to meet other furries, I guess. I spoke with Rubaiyat for another few minutes and then we called it a night...

...just before I packed it in for the night, I had a quick peek at a "rave" at the Pink Panther Club. It looked more like a rock club to me but at least I got a free bottle of virtual Jack Daniels Whiskey for making the effort to visit. I tried to return the favour by attempting to joyride their parked vehicles (cars and helicoptors) outside but I guess they had their locks on securely...


Now I must nap to refresh myself for tomorrow's SL events.
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