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While I was not able to make the preview of this year’s BURN2, others have.  Inara Pey has an in-depth run-through of what the playa will look like, complete with photos, at her blog.

BURN2 opens to the public on October 1.  The Burning of the Man and Burning of the Temple events are scheduled for several times across October 8-10, to give Residents from all major time zones an opportunity to participate.  Make sure to stop in on the playa sometime during the long week and check things out!

2011 Burn2 Invited Artists Announced

The organizing group for this year’s Burn2 announced this year’s Invited Artists for the annual festival, in the following press release:


The [2011 Burn2] Art Committee is pleased to announce their list of Invited Artists to display in this year’s Burn2 annual event. These artists were chosen through an intensive selection process which involved a vastly encompassing variety of criteria to determine through consensus those whom we feel best represent a wide sample of creativity, technique, artistic expression, and resourcefulness that best expresses the spirit and values of Burning Man and Burn2.

Claudia222 Jewell

Claudia222  makes her fantasy sculpties come alive by using  rich vibrant organic textures. Her first SL build entitled  “Parallel Worlds” was exhibited on the sim FarStar in January of 2011. She also has shown at Pirats Art Network and has entered her work at the UWA Expositions.
Her Art has been seen at  The  Nordan om Jordan  gallery, and also at the SL8B where she built a honey swamp.
At the moment she is working on a sky level installation “mesh mellows”.

Trill Zapatero

Welcome to the Fool’s journey to the end of the universe and back., through all the pitfalls and trials of identity and desire, to death and beyond, through the  gauntlet of useless rusty grails offered up by religion and ideology, through a modernist purgatory, and into the heart and soul of the crumbling grail castle reclaimed by nature and love. all steps along the way leading to the ultimate discovery of the true grail. “A fool if he persists in his folly will become wise.” William Blake
Bio: me- artist maybe, painter, BFA. in Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba, love to travel, draw, paint, make stuff.Canadian, activist with Four Bridges and amnesty international. Curator and Builder of the War and Peace Exhibit at the Howard Zinn Memorial Centre for Social Consciousness and the Arts as well as the Afghanistan Virtual Museum in SL. Illustrator and co-author of It’s All Chinese to Me -a culture and etiquette guide to China’ by Gwen Penner and Pierre Ostrowski: friend, lover, sister, daughter, dog lover, coffee drinker, piano player, book reader, pizza eater…

RAG Randt

RAG is artist Richard A Goldberg. RAG grew up under the influence of Mad Magazine, Warner Brothers cartoons, and the New Yorker Magazine. He creates artwork for publishers, advertisers, and corporations. His style translates concepts into humorous, thought provoking art which enables his client’s  messages to be memorable and effective.

Rebeca Bashly

Serbian artist, almost 4 years in SL. Every single sculpt and texture I use in my work is created by me alone. My most significant work is “SnowCrash” sim on UTSA Artspace, which is a team work with Igor Ballyhoo.
Running thru life we often leave behind precious treasures, and just like that,
We often let them fade away from our memory…
Piles of dusty, old bags keeping all that we once were..

Starlash Sweetwater

Name of Art :  Identity
Artist Statement :  “The identity of one changes with how one perceives reality”  ~ Vithu Jeyaloganathan
BIO: Starlash Sweetwater was born at the age of 4 to confuse enemy agents. Growing up in the Central Kalahari Desert and later London has left her with a fertile and vivid imagination which fuels her desire to actualize and add a unique perspective to her creations.
To date she has had showings of her 2D work at several galleries and has recently started to bring her stories to life with machinima.  Using second life as inspiration she is constantly trying new techniques and mediums to evolve her work.

Oberon Onmura

Oberon Onmura has been making art in Second Life for over two years. In that time, his unique approach to using opposing forces on physical objects has attracted the attention of blog sites, SL and RL galleries and publications. He has recently become interested in the use of scripted agents (i.e. bots) as artmaking material.
His early work with physical objects, “Grid Floaters,” was seen at the “Kiss the Sky” exhibition at the NMC ArtsLab sim, curated by DanCoyote Antonelli.
His “Beacon,” a 100-meter tower that constructs and then destroys itself, was selected for inclusion in a national exhibition of virtual and corporeal art – the “@ Exhibition” ( – in association with the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the College Art Association conference in Los Angeles, California (February, 2009).
His recent sim-sized projects, “The Tunguska Event” , “Storm Cells,”  and “Four Galaxies” were seen at the Project Z Gallery. He recently collaborated with Juria Yoshikawa and Dancoyote Antonelli for a SL/RL event with a  jazz club in London, curated by Arahan Claveau. And with Diogenes Wylder (Georgie Roxby-Smith) at the Watermill Center (USA) and Melbourne (AUS). Oberon is currently exploring the creative possibilities of Opensim grids, and is running two simulator servers on his home computer in NYC. His sims, Titania and Elena, are connected to the Craft grid (


This year’s Burn2 will run from October 1-9, with the theme Rites of Passage.  The festival is a parallel event to Real Life’s annual Burning Man celebration.  Be sure to watch the Grid news, including this blog, for further information.

Posted September 6, 2011 by Harper Ganesvoort in Announcements, Events

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Burn2, Baby, Burn2

Announcements are going out now calling for volunteers for this year’s Burn2, the successor to the annual Burning Life event on the digital playas of Second Life.  I was sent this notecard yesterday by Kim Chihuly, who gives permission to reprint it (I’ve reformatted it for purposes):


October 1-9
Theme: Rites of Passage

Burning Man Theme
Burn2 Theme

Former Burning Life is now Burn2.  The first year of the Burn 2  was a blazing success. We are expecting this coming burn to explode with new and exciting art, fun and performances.

In the spirit of the 10 principles of Burning Man – Radical Inclusion, Radical Self Reliance, Unmediated Interaction – WE MAKE THE BURN! Please help us Fuel the Burn in any way you can. We invite all SL residents to participate in one way or another. This is your Burn!

Volunteers are important year round! There are many areas you can volunteer and help out within whatever time you have available to commit. Your skills are needed or we will help you learn so that you can contribute. Please think about volunteering and be truly part of the Burn! You will not have to commit a lot of time . Take a look at the opportunities.

Volunteer signup

This is not a Linden Lab sponsored event anymore, therefore, one way to help is to gift a Sim for the Burn.  Information on how to donate a sim.  Plots are now on wave3  and will be based on the donated sims.  Monies from plot sales and donations are used to finance the sims for Burn2 event.

History of Burn in Second Life

Any questions you may contact me . Lots of information on the Burn2 websites .
Gemma Cleanslate


See you on the playa!

Posted August 10, 2011 by Harper Ganesvoort in Announcements, Events

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Events on the Grid

Shuffling through blogs this morning, I came across a pair of art items, one quite a nice opportunity, and the other almost sure to generate controversy in light of previous happenings.


First, the easy. Prim Perfect magazine and blog have joined with the Orange Island community to sponsor a fashion photography contest, which will run across five days during the week of August 25. Competitors must shoot to a different theme each day, at a location specified by the judges, for daily prizes. There will also be a Grand Prix for the Most Consistent team, available only to those who participate across all five days.

For more details, you can read at the Orange Fashion Photo Contest blog, or on page 48 of Prim Perfect’s issue 11. Get yourself warmed up, get a good model (or spruce up your own avatar), and go for it!

Thanks to Maggie Mahoney of Runway magazine.


And now, the rough.

The word has gone out on the Big Blog.  Volunteers are being solicited for this year’s Burning Life Festival, the in-world equivalent of the famous Burning Man art festival in the Real World.  It’s said that Philip Rosedale got his idea for Linden World, the predecessor of Second Life, from attending Burning Man in 1999.  (That may be, but there must be a dollop of Neal Stephenson in here somewhere, too….)

So what’s the problem?  They’ve done this for several years now, with no complaints from anybody.  Well, Ari Blackthorne examines the festival in light of Linden Lab’s apparent current policy of sanitizing — some would say “Disneyfying,” as Manhattan did to a good deal of Times Square — the Grid.  Remember that Burning Life emulates Burning Man in many ways; and one of them has been a general casualness about clothing.  Ari is suspicious about what will happen to Burning Life if the Lab decides to go after the exposure factor, as it did with ageplay and other matters during the planning for the recent SL5B celebration.  Ari notes:

No one twisted anybody’s arm to go running around to the pr0n clubs, or to put their money into these banks, or any of all that other crap, yet it was the shrill vocal minority that whined about it all. And remember, the alleged trading of RL photographs of child porn in the sensational news story that seemed to be the catalyst for all the bad press about Second Life is alleged. The last word from Linden Lab is that they have not been able to find these assets in the system, thus the media company fanning those flames may also have been blowing smoke up Linden Lab’s ass – just to ‘validate’ the sensationalism of their so-called news story.

If this is the case, then the funky lab on Linden Street, where you could get away with about anything in its virtual world, is definitely adopting a policy of reaction to bad press similar to many normal businesses.  To borrow from an old television program, the new management is getting measured for a team jacket, size 54 extra-uptight.  Virtual nudity isn’t particularly my thing — I ran off last night from someone who was pretending to be a body model at Alady Island and asked me if I’d like to have some fun — but that kind of trolling insanity does not happen routinely in Second Life, despite what the press has to say.

Burning Life doesn’t fall under the canopy of “what you do in the privacy of your home is your affair,” but my understanding is that it’s usually been clean, safe and fun.  It isn’t a mass meet-for-meat market, but a place to display your creativity, just like the celebration of artists in RL; and what is SL but a whole mess of artists at one point or another, shaping a new world for research and enjoyment?  I think the festival should come under the rubric of “If it doesn’t hurt your neighbor or yourself, go ahead and do it,” advocated by such as the ever-lovin’ Spider Robinson in Callahan’s Lady.

The question is, will the new Linden Lab mentality allow that this year and in future?

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