At 2 PM Beijing time, 11 PM SLT on Aug. 2/1, the RMB city team announced that Jerome Sans would become the 3rd Mayor of Cao Fei’s virtual analogue of Beijing, RMB City. As stated on the RMB website:
Jerome Sans is Director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing, and cultural curator for the hotel chain Le Meridien. He co-founded the innovative Palais de Tokio museum in Paris in 2002, and served as its co-director until 2006, and has curated numerous exhibitions worldwide. He is a singer and songwriter as a member of the rock band Liquid Architecture (www.liquidarchitectmusic.com).
Since we created the “Dream Umbrellas” project for Fei in Deceber of last year for the Yokohama Trienniale, I wanted Man to be there, because he had been very absent from the RMB scene, and could actually make that time (1 AM, New Orleans time).
No one else from SF were on, so I invited Mab Macmorath, one of the organizers of the SLon Des Refusees that will be going up in a couple weeks, and we mainly observed. Giana, and italian artist fromt he RMB team, showed up about a half hour early, then about ten minutes before, Cao Fei and Jerome Sans followed, along with an entourage of avatars.
The event was to swear out Alan Lau, and swear in Jerome (who goes by SuperConcierge) - his platform is that of accessibility and interaction - a concierge who is interested in the interfacing of worlds, and the interaction with its residents.
Since Man will be finishing the Umbrella project in Sept-Oct, it’ll be interesting to see how Superconcierge will breathe more life into the RMB City project.
After the inauguration, we went into Fei’s giant Panda where we experienced a cyclonic money jar, and when I found myself being thrown around by the currency, one artist sid, “See? The market is a turbulent and dangerous thing. You should be careful before jumping in…”
More info HERE