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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:



Marooned in Reality

Scott Kildall | Uncategorized | Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Welcome installation artist fans!

On this day, Second Front unveils its first-ever gallery installation at SF Camerawork (in San Francisco) called Virtual Identity Theft.

Chuck Mobley, the curator of the show, is the first lost soul. Have you seen him? 

Come visit the installation in-world (running until November 1st).

heh

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