Author Archives | Marmaduke Arado

2 August — Day 25

If you’re looking for a calm and relaxing place in Second Life, Chris Lorraine Sofee‘s island in the sky is as hard to beat as it’s hard to find. Once inside the house, climb the stairs up to the roof to reach this enchanted meadow. It’s a creation that makes a masterful use of transparencies […]

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1 August — Day 24

That’s Kikas trying out one of our unconventional “instant scenes” on top of an undescribable structure inside Eupalinos Ugajin’s unorthodox Kou! installation in Second Life, where we’re preparing a hopefully unbelievable party with him and some other friends. And that’s enough unusualness for the moment…

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30 July – Day 23

Yesterday the news reached us of the passing of Chris Marker, aged 91, considered one of the most influential filmmakers ever. In his eighties, while proclaiming the death of cinema, Marker joined Second Life (through an avatar named Sergei Murasaki) in order to explore its possibilities as an artistic medium. Here’s a great quote by […]

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29 July — Day 22

I’d say Alpha Auer is the most creative clothing designer in Second Life, she pushes the limits of virtual fashion like no one else does. But Alpha Auer is just one of the several avatars of Elif Ayiter, “a designer and a researcher” in real life, a truly extraordinary virtual artist. Her sim Alpha Tribe, […]

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28 July – Day 21

This picture was taken a while ago in Chouchou, in my opinion the coolest hangout spot in Second Life. It’s just a sandy island with a tree and a piano at the center plus some wrecks spread around, making a very relaxing change from the visual bombardment that is the norm in SL regions. Chouchou […]

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27 July – Day 20

The place we went to this afternoon is so excitingly photogenic I had quite some trouble choosing a picture of it, among the many I took, to share in World Today. So, even for a few words about this Maya Paris’ installation (if the title, Celebrity Blow Your Tits Off, is not enough!), I’ll help […]

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25 July – Day 19

A crashed sports car next to a carousel in the middle of the ruins of what looks like an ancient monastery — this would be a weird scene even if the whole was not located in a flooded plain! Aptly, the place is called Mysterious Dream, a part of the Moonlight sim in Second Life.

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24 July – Day 18

This is the “vintage village” of Verdigris. the main streets of which are mysteriously built on top of two unfinished bridges. I guess it’s all part of “the inventions of a curious mind” as the place’s description laconically informs. Anyway, there’s plenty of shops around, most of them of the “arty” kind, including an antique […]

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22 July – Day 17

This surreal post-apocalypse landscape is where you land if you teleport to the Tableau Vivant main store in Second Life. But good luck in finding any store around to spend money in! This is an extreme example of an apparent paradox of SL — there are places where so much creativity and work was obviously […]

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21 July – Day 16

Today’s outstanding Second Life event was undoubtedly Vaneeesa’s “Pink & Blue” performance at Mikati Slade’s equally outstanding Pico Pico Life installation. That’s me in the back, having some deep musings, as intended by the event, about gender stereotypes and multiple identities!

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20 July – Day 15

Today I’ll be cheating a bit and share a picture that was taken about a week ago. That’s because RL was very pressing and I only got online in Second Life at about my deadline for posting my daily World Today entry. Anyway, this picture of Kikas is a close up of one scene our […]

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20 July – Day 14

This is a picture taken just before dinner, while anguishing over the thought “OMG, I still haven’t got a picture for today’s World Today entry, Vaneeesa will kill me!” So I followed a few promising leads and ended up in this very interesting landscape in the Daytime Dreams sim, which I didn’t know even existed […]

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