The Best Second Life Arts Event Ever

Major league congratulations to Isolde Flamand, who hosted the perfect storm of an event last night with the closing party for her Spring 2008 “Mosaic in SLiving Color” show. It was, in my humble opinion, The Best Second Life Arts Event Ever. And I’ve hosted a couple events and attended a couple more, so I’ll suggest that my opinion is pretty well informed.

What made the “Mosaic” show so great? A number of factors, which I will detail:

  • A creative concept: The idea of individuals purchasing prim “tiles” and placing their unique inworld photos representing the coming of Spring on the tiles was something I’d never seen before.
  • Engagement of the larger grid community in something bigger than any one person: L$1 per tile! L$10 per photo upload! For L$11 per tile, anyone had a chance to share a little personally-generated creativity.
  • A great performer: For my money, MoShang Zhao is one of SL’s top performers (and talented enough to match up as equals with SL blues god Komuso Tokugawa in an ambient experience like few others). He plays an accessible brand of music and engages the crowd like few others do. Special props to MoShang for open sourcing his Asian Variations CD, which I know many have used as their means to check out MoShang’s music before purchasing other music from this talented, prolific artist. MoShang also said he’s busy producing a few other artists right now, but he will be focusing his next efforts on deep house music. I am SO pumped to learn this.
  • Lots of friends: Gosh, Isolde has a lot of them. And they turn out when Isolde sends out the call. Life lesson to all SLers: Be a friend to others, and they will be there for you.
  • Lots of newcomers: This is less expected but no less welcome. I saw a LOT of new names at the party. The great music, enticing art display and witty banter amongst the pixel peeps clearly was an attractive combination for the uninitiated.
  • A sim crash: Here is where this event truly rises above the other great art-music-fellowship events. Many fine programs attract a bunch of dancing queens and kings with sufficient capacity to crash a sim. (And no event qualifies as a great event in Second Life unless you crash the sim.) This time, however, the style points won out. We didn’t just crash the sim. We crashed it with pillows. That’s right kids, we used temp-rezzing pillow launchers to pummel each other and the Havok 4 sim senseless. It may have been the best sim crash that I’ve ever been a part of.

Hats off to the new master. It was a genuine joy to be a part of last night’s event.

[UPDATE: Just to show that we’re not 100% virtual-centric, Isolde suggested that I pass along this YouTube video of MoShang playing in RL. Apparently his avatar and his humanoid have the same mad skillz…and moves!]

Mr. Rosedale goes to Washington

He who represents This World That Cannot Be Named is going to testify before Congress tomorrow and try to explain Second Life to an institution where one of their own thinks we all work with a series of tubes. Good luck, Phil. (And kudos to SL avatar Larry Pixel, whose RL owner is also going to talk some sense into Congress as head of the New Media Consortium.)

Seriously, what’s the over-under on the number of minutes until Rep. Dingell starts talking about taxation of virtual world activity? I say 27 minutes if the issue is not attacked head-on in Dingell’s opening statement…which is a distinct possibility.