The Summer of Love 2.0

lizsolo | Uncategorized | Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Patrick Lichty is joined by Second Front, Janell Baxter, T. Burtonwood, and many others for
“Summer of Love 2.0”: A Durational Social Media Performance“, starting July 7 and running until July 12 at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art’s Here/Not There summer series. Summer of Love 2.0 an e-Happening occurring on the 42nd anniversary of the the Summer of Love in San Francisco. For the Opening, Lichty and Second Front will perform an interpretation of Lennon & Ono’s “Bed Piece” in Second Life, projected live in the gallery.

Have we created through Social Media a “New Togetherness”
Have we realized McLuhan’s Global Village?
If Open Source/Free Libre is another form of Free Love, have we made a trans-panoptic state or created a Sartean hell.
Is our new togetherness a new form of “Free Love”?

“For the period of time, I am performing a durational/relational piece about Social Media asking, “What is Love?” After seeing an ad campaign by Macy’s with pure-looking hippie girls selling the “Summer of Love”, and the YouTube video talking about “2.0”, I’ve come to wonder about what love has become since 1967. Has it merely become a marketing tool for collectivized individuality, or can we still love one another? The concept of togetherness in the age of networked society is complex, but perhaps we can derive meaning from looking at the differences between 1967 and 2009.
For seven days, I am going to make my life transparent to the Social Nets, in a loving (?) sense of Marina Abramovic’s The House with the Ocean View or Hasan Elahi’s sousveillance work. During this time, I will try to have a channel open at all times, inviting people to have a “virtual be-in” with me, and stage small happenings in the gallery.”

In Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
Open 10-5 Wednesday - Sunday, 10-8 on Tuesdays,
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

In Second Life:

On Facebook:
Summer of Love 2.0 on Facebook

On Myspace:

On Flickr, Delicious, Digg, youtube, you3b:

On Twitter & Yahoo IM:

plichty aht colum dot edu

July 7-12+, 2009 Noon-5PM in Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Gallery,
Daily performances from 2-3 PM by Second Front at I Am Columbia in Second Life
Group Hug Panoramic Photos, Jul.12, 3 PM Outside MCA Gallery
Special Events all through the week. Look at the Facebook page for the most info.
In Second Life:
Daily Sculpture competition in “Ragland” region, 7 PM, SLT/PST.

@ The MCA:
Daily Discussions of the daily topic, 12×12 room
1-2 PM CST
“Hug” Action, 3-4 PM, 12×12 room
Panoramic “Group Hug” photo:
3 PM July 12, outside MCA (Meet at 12×12 room @ 2:45)

In Second Life:
Free “Dream Umbrellas” created in cooperation with Cao Fei for RMB City @ the Yokohama Triennial
Vendor at

Noise Ratio

lizsolo | Uncategorized | Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Second Front performed as part of the project “Artistic Creation Workshop in Second Life” at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux arts of Algiers. This project was initiated by artists Wafa Bourkhis (Tunisia) and Myriam Myriam Hammani (Algeria) with Professor and artist Mohamed El Ghobrini.

“Among the endangered species of noise pollution, there are the Dolphins who suffer from one day to another causing the death of a significant number… On the occasion of the establishment of the Artistic Union for the mediterranean, and under the auspices of the Association based in Paris, it was thought to highlight these problems of the Mediterranean … an exhibition-performance-installation in Second Life métaverse about the noise that dolphins suffer.”

The Second Front performance of Noise Ratio took place on Saturday April 25th in the world of Second Life and at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Algiers.

Documentation from our performance by lizsolo Mathilde/Liz Solo and Fau Ferdinand/Yael Gilks.

Dolphins frolic along with lizsolo as Dolphin Fairy.

Fau Ferdinand is also a delicate water creature effected by all the noise pollution.

Gazira Babeli’s Gazbots runs in different directions.

And so, the carnage begins….

Gazira surveys the dead.

So many dead…

Each member of Second Front responds in their own way.

We release more creatures.

Gazbots come.

In the end, just as the dolphins of the Mediterranean, we are banned. A good way to end a performance.

Losing It

lizsolo | Uncategorized | Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Caged and suspended , Fau Ferdinand & Lizsolo Mathilde are looking for something most people take for granted ..

Second Front have just released a new machinima made by Osprey Therian. The video was conceived by Fau Ferdinand with Bibbe Oh. Losing It was performed at RMIT Creative Media in Second Life by Fau Ferdinand and lizsolo Mathilde. Sound by Zeb Vindaloo, a.k.a. Robert Gilks. Special thanks to Pyewacket Kazyanenko.

Click the image to watch the vide on Blip tv

Car Bibbe

lizsolo | Uncategorized | Saturday, January 31st, 2009

The Second Front performance of Car Bibbe is based on a script by Al Hansen of Fluxus. Al Hansen wrote the piece for his daughter, Bibbe Hansen, a.k.a. Bibbe Oh.

Introduction to Car Bibbe
“In Postface, Dick Higgins wrote about Car Bibbe: Another Hansen Happening might be described here… A hundred cars come to a beach at twilight, when people might well be going home, They filled up the beach parking lot. They flashed lights, and honked horns, drove forward and back again rapidly and jerkily, now ten feet forward, now five feet back, now ten feet forward, now twenty-five feet back, wherever there was room to go. To one puppeteer, a teacher whom I know, it was the most maddening thing he had ever esen. He ran up and down the dunes screaming. In the midst of the cars there was a single car with twenty-five people on and in it, all singing and having a fine old time. On the roof, one of the people had a broken leg. He fell off the car, cracked his cast and rebroke his leg. There is almost always plenty of physical danger in a Hansen piece as well as intellectual danger.”

Al Hansen said of this piece “I did a piece called Car Bibbe, named after my daughter. Ten or fifteen automobiles. Reads List samples. The counting was to insure there would be silences. The last performance of this was in Dusseldorf. Someone rang the bell of a bicyle that was leaning against the fence and that caused a dog to bark woof woof! Like an angel came down and kissed me.”

These great images by Bibbe Oh are from Second Front’s performance of “Car Bibbe” presented at Around the Coyote, 2008 Fall Arts Festival, in October 2008. Curated by LiveBox.

Car Bibbe is to be performed again at Bridge Art Fair Armory Show on March 7th, as also pointed out by Man Michinaga below.

Second Front is alive and well.

All photos by Bibbe Oh/Bibbe Hansen. Pictured here are SF members Bibbe Oh, Fau Ferdinand, Great Escape, lizsolo Mathilde, Tran Spire and Man Michinaga.

SF at Arena - Hardon Collider Experiment #2

lizsolo | Uncategorized | Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Second Front
will be presenting our performance piece - “Large Hardon Collider”
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
23:00 pm CET - 14:00 pm SLT
as part of
uqbar. media art culture e Rinascimento Virtuale

Location: slurl (

Here is a link for viewing the live web stream of the performance:

Second Front De-Value the Dollar

lizsolo | Uncategorized | Monday, October 13th, 2008

In a previous mission (see Grand Theft Avatar Post) Second Front stormed the Linden Treasury in Second Life and relieved the vault of millions of Linden dollars. Now Bibbi Oh, Man Michinaga, Fau Ferdinand and lizsolo Mathilde arrive on Odyssey Island by stolen helicopter (pictures not available) to celebrate their new found fortune.

All the beautiful money is laid out in a big pile and then we dance..

and dance..

Until one among us grows silent and finally speaks - admonishing us - “What have you done? You have become greedy and corrupt”, says the wise Old Hippie.

Hmmm. Yes. So what to do?

As the wise Old Hippie suggests - “Burn the Money”! It is the only answer.

And so we build the pyre high.

and as all the beautiful money burns..

we dance..

and dance…

and dance…

Until the sky grows black with smoke.

Later, when the smoke has dissipated and the people have gone we have only question left for the Old Hippie - “Now what?”

Large Hardon Collider Experiment #1

lizsolo | Uncategorized | Monday, October 13th, 2008

Second Front built a Large Hardon Collider with the intention of using it. We got together in October at the GOGBOT Steampunk Festival for the First Experiment.

View of the Large Hardon Collider:

Man Michinaga prepares the team to activate the device.

Fau Ferdinand stands to the ready.

Liz Solo begins to program the device for ignition.

Man gives the word and the Large Hardon Collider powers up.

Bibbe Oh, Tran Spire and Great Escape take their place as particles inside of the device and prepare for their journey around the Collider.

The Collider in action:

The device at maximum power, something is happening!

Behold! A baby Black Hole is born!

It is Great Escape, transformed!

Creating a Black Hole was only one the mysteries of the Metaverse we unravelled that day. Check out this cake! (and Olga Wunderlich as mermaid!)

Images from Macedonia performance

lizsolo | Uncategorized | Monday, October 13th, 2008

This September Man Michinaga went to Skopje, Macedonia as part of the UPGRADE! biennial world gathering of New Media artists. He presented a live performance of “The Hansen-Ono Piano Method”, (an extension of Al Hansen’s historic FLUXUS work “Yoko Ono Piano Drop”). lizsolo was present in SL and sat at the piano as Man Michinaga played, until, inevitably, she was crushed. The performance was also projected large in RL in Skopje. See also Man Michinaga’s Post about this event. Here are a few images from SL before the crash:

lizsolo and Fau at SF Camerawork

lizsolo | Uncategorized | Monday, October 13th, 2008

lizsolo Mathilde and Fau Ferdinand dance between realities and await visitors to Second Front’s Virtual Identity Theft installation at SF Camerawork Gallery in San Francisco and simultaneously at the in-world installation in Second Life. (see also Virtual Identity Theft post)

12:36] : heh
[12:38]Fau Ferdinand: if anybody is sitting at the booth
[12:38]Fau Ferdinand: we are here
[12:38] Fau Ferdinand: talk to us

[12:38] lizsolo Mathilde: yes please
[12:38] Fau Ferdinand: prove that you are real
[12:38] lizsolo Mathilde: talk to us
[12:38] Fau Ferdinand: we know we are

[12:38] Fau Ferdinand: what about you ?
[12:39] Fau Ferdinand: we are the real ghost in that machine
[12:39] Fau Ferdinand: or screen
[12:39] Fau Ferdinand: talk to us

[12:40] lizsolo Mathilde: oooooooooooooo’
[12:40] Fau Ferdinand: we’d like to know

[12:40] Fau Ferdinand: what makes you tick
[12:40] lizsolo Mathilde: who you are
[12:40] Fau Ferdinand: and what you had for breakfast
[12:41] Fau Ferdinand: what are you wearing
[12:41] Fau Ferdinand: what do you read
[12:42] Fau Ferdinand: what brought you here
[12:42] lizsolo Mathilde: do you listen to music?
[12:42] lizsolo Mathilde: what kind?
[12:42] lizsolo Mathilde: are you maried?
[12:42] lizsolo Mathilde: have children?
[12:42] lizsolo Mathilde: what is your favorite colour
[12:42] Fau Ferdinand: don’t get us wrong
[12:42] Fau Ferdinand: we’ll answer your questions
[12:43] lizsolo Mathilde: yes
[12:43] lizsolo Mathilde: anything you wantto know
[12:44] Fau Ferdinand: see ?
[12:44] lizsolo Mathilde: nything?
[12:44] Fau Ferdinand: we’re talking to our imaginary friends

[12:45] Fau Ferdinand: those on the other side of the screen

[12:45] Fau Ferdinand: don’t really exist
[12:45] Fau Ferdinand: all that is real is in here

[12:45] Fau Ferdinand: on our side of the screen
[12:46] lizsolo Mathilde: Yes, well this is quite obvious
[12:46] lizsolo Mathilde: I don’t believe in the other side
[12:46] Fau Ferdinand: only avatars and cats are real
[12:46] Fau Ferdinand: the rest
[12:47] Fau Ferdinand: are just myths
[12:47] lizsolo Mathilde: yes
[12:47] lizsolo Mathilde: not real
[12:47] lizsolo Mathilde: just stories
[12:47] Fau Ferdinand: memes though
[12:47] lizsolo Mathilde: :)
[12:48] Fau Ferdinand: some avatars believe they have other lives

[12:48] Fau Ferdinand: not as good as ours
[12:48] lizsolo Mathilde: It is an illusion, just a dream that seems real
[12:49] Fau Ferdinand: nightmare actually
[12:49] Fau Ferdinand: an avatar that misbehaves

[12:50] Fau Ferdinand: get banned and supposdly chucked into the other side of the screen hell
[12:50] lizsolo Mathilde: Oh what a nightmare that must be!!
[12:51] Fau Ferdinand: luckily
[12:51] Fau Ferdinand: we know better than that
[12:51] Fau Ferdinand: so we don’t live in fear
[12:52] Fau Ferdinand: some avatars can get so supersticious at times

[12:52] Fau Ferdinand: but though I can’t spell
[12:53] Fau Ferdinandu: I know better
[12:53] lizsolo Mathilde: hahaha
[12:53] lizsolo Mathilde: yes I too know better
[12:54] Fau Ferdinand: now where is our lady of the desert ?
[12:54] lizsolo Mathilde: I do not know.
[12:54] lizsolo Mathilde: Perhaps lost in the desert

[12:55] Fau Ferdinand: or played russian roullette with the wrong guys
[12:55] lizsolo Mathilde: I hope that is not the case
[12:55] lizsolo Mathilde: But our lady of the desert is very adveturous
[12:55] Fau Ferdinand: the world is falling to pieces
[12:55] lizsolo Mathilde: adventurous
[12:56] lizsolo Mathilde: poor world
[12:56] Fau Ferdinand: and all we have for keeping it together
is baloons
[12:57] Fau Ferdinand: not much eh ?
[12:57] Fau Ferdinand: who knows
[12:58] Fau Ferdinand: we might pull it through
[12:58] Fau Ferdinand: get some glue
[12:58] Fau Ferdinand: naa
[12:59] You: gaffer tape
[12:59] lizsolo Mathilde: Gaffer Tape is an amazing material
[12:59] Fau Ferdinand: yeah
[12:59] lizsolo Mathilde: could possibly hold th whole world together if you had enough of it
[12:59] Fau Ferdinand: excatly
[12:59] Fau Ferdinand: let it all fall to pieces
[13:00] Fau Ferdinand: we’ll gaffer humpty together again
[13:00] lizsolo Mathilde: yes we will
[13:00] lizsolo Mathilde: we know how

[13:02] Fau Ferdinand: times up
[13:02] Fau Ferdinand: times up times up times up

[13:02] Fau Ferdinand: all hail the great shamalama ding dong
[13:03] lizsolo Mathilde: shamalama ding song

Here are a few images from the SF Camerawork opening with Gazira Babeli, Tran Spire, Great Escape, Man Michinaga, Fau Ferdinand, Bibbe Oh and lizsolo Mathilde:

Grand Theft Avatar Video

lizsolo | Uncategorized | Friday, August 29th, 2008

In Second Life, Lynden Labs owns huge amounts of land, makes their own laws and mints their own currency. They are, in effect, a nation-state. On April 14th, 2008, Second Front raided the Lynden Treasury. We plotted, we attacked and we freed the Lynden Dollars. Presented as a live performance at a panel discussion hosted at the San Francisco Art Institute, we impersonated the panelists to disguise our true identities in this historic raid.

View the video Grand Theft Avatar event by following this link to bliptv:
Grand Theft Avatar

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