VB22-1/2 – Avatar Suicide

VIRTUAL BLACK ROCK CITY, NEVADA — With Burn2 set to open in less than 24 hours, one plot here on the playa stands completely barren: Burning Man – Bordello27. This is the parcel that was to have been the site of VB22 – The House with the Ocean View. It was to have been a 9-day durational performance by Vaneeesa Blaylock / Company, instead this site lies dormant, a barren parcel of scorched earth.

Ms. Blaylock, apparently already disillusioned by Linden Lab appears to have mentally snapped on being banned from performing her work by the Burning Man organization.

Blaylock, once a rising star in the Second Life art pantheon, but for some time now a lackluster artist performing tedious, repetitive, predictable works to the boredom of ever shrinking audiences, appears depressed beyond consolation.

Whether her motivation is indeed the disturbing “all we care about is money” ideology of Linden Lab and Burning Man as she claims, or in fact her own failure to attract a large audience or ever have Hamlet write one word about her, Blaylock has vowed to “End my meaningless second life.”

The despondent, failed artist stated that she would commit Avatar Suicide at Noon SLT on Saturday 16 October 2010, at the precise moment that Burn2 opens and her VB22 performance was set to have begun. Blaylock has vowed to put a rope around her neck and throw herself off the lighthouse she lives in at Biscuit Bay, An Li:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/An%20Li/71/128/19

In a long, rambling, mostly incoherent statement, Blaylock, appearing with Kaczynski-like hair that appeared not to have been washed in several days, covered in playa dust, and wearing no makeup, stated:

A year ago I thought Linden Lab was a great company, and Burning Man / Burning Life was a great organization. Today I understand that neither organization has a soul or ethics and that their guiding star is “kill for money.” It’s unbelievable how naive I was, and how much has changed in a short year. I don’t know how many times I’ve sat around a campfire making s’mores and retelling the Second Life foundation myth of Philip Rosedale having his epiphany at Burning Man.

What total bullshit.

I cannot believe how stupid I was to believe their lies.

Burning Man is a week-long party where rich (mostly ugly) hippies get naked, get stoned, have sex, make a lot of fire, and “blow shit up,” enjoying their ill-gotten fruits of having raped the public the other 51 weeks of their yearly lives.

Nobody ever had an epiphany there.

I may be ending my life, but at least I will never again have to suffer the humiliation of having my life and my work judged by a man who neither understands nor cares about contemporary art, and who consumes an almost inconceivable daily dosage of steroids and testosterone.

Blaylock went on in this tone for at least another hour, pausing occasionally to bite into one of the lemons she carried in a small basket, but this excerpt should give you a fair understanding of her degraded mental state.

Will Blaylock really commit Avatar Suicide at noon on Saturday? Or is this just another pathetic cry for help? Only time will tell.

Blaylock, mumbling almost incoherently said, “Everyone is invited to come enjoy the fun.”
Noon SLT Saturday 16 October 2010
http://slurl.com/secondlife/An%20Li/71/128/19

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Author:Vanessa Anne Blaylock

As a Virtual Public Artist my work invites virtual communities to express their identity, explore their culture, and demand their civil rights.

9 Comments on “VB22-1/2 – Avatar Suicide”

  1. Wizzy
    Saturday, 16 October 2010 at 05:56 UTC #

    this is total drama queen nonsense. sorry. my understanding is that all vaneeesa has to do is go back and talk to the Burning Man organizers. in fact, i communicated this to her last night. she is not banned. she chooses to carry on this drama like this.

  2. Saturday, 16 October 2010 at 06:47 UTC #

    Well, it’s also hyperbole-du-jour, going on the entire tone of this article. I’d reply, but it looks like “feeding the troll” to me, and I’ve been online too long to fall for that strawman. It’s worthy of SaveMe Oh.

  3. Saturday, 16 October 2010 at 07:40 UTC #

    avatar suicide as art was out of date by 2007. It might be fun to stand around, yet again, shouting ‘DO it, Do it!’ watch, ..LOL..,then forget and go party someplace else in Sl. Ill come if i happen to be online.

    people role playing being famous artists in sl is similar to ye’ol Gorean role play. Some thing to laugh at.

  4. SaveMe Oh
    Saturday, 16 October 2010 at 12:03 UTC #

    One dramaqueen in SL is enough Vaneeesa! I will come and fistfuck you with a Stelarc arm until you move again and together we will burn all artwhores involved in Burning Man, UWA contests and other Idol like events down to the ground. Let’s start with “know it all so well” Miso before she waves a fan again or throws a haiku on us!

  5. SaveMe Oh
    Saturday, 16 October 2010 at 12:05 UTC #

    But if you really insist on suicide, I have still the chair available in which I send Wirxli to the eternal huntinggrounds.

  6. Saturday, 16 October 2010 at 19:22 UTC #

    I was going to write about vanessas installation at the sl7B earlier this year but since she didn´t seem to have any known objections to Rose being banned then I don´t feel like speaking up for her now http://apmel.blogspot.com/2010/06/it-all-happened-on-sl7b-sim-bad.html

  7. SaveMe Oh
    Saturday, 16 October 2010 at 20:49 UTC #

    She is just a narcist artist, not as social feeling and warm as I am. Being a good dramaqueen is not as easy as it looks!

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