Community’s in secondlife are disappearing and are replaced by short events because the community’s are not holding together anymore, first because the ones who have to pay for the community playgrounds see that there is a bottom in their wallets and they don’t get much financial support from others and the LINDEN are also not helping with their rising prices and second because once steady community members fly out and spent their time elsewhere.
This is happening now to the most beautiful designed sim ever Nuova Sicila who is about to close the end of February. This was once a vibrant community of people where people could work weeks on a project together with big results at the end. Now it’s hard to find people who want to contribute, everybody goes for the quick solutions, or things you can do alone. So now we rush from one pixel artist to another to see rotating prims in all kind of ways and gone we are again. I never saw so much expositions in my SL as now, everybody is an artist, but never before I forget them so quick. Mostly they only offer me an image, never an experience (luckily there are some good exceptions).
So what stays is the memory of the crazy events in Nuova Sicilia, all inspired by the experimental visions of Cristos Benelli. The week long struggles to get a RL/SL theatre play broadcasted simultaneous in SL as RL, the search for beautiful voice-overs, the dedication of the artists to make it work. And the trust in each other that all where going for the same goal.
I have my theatre in Nuova Sicilia, I have a cinema in Nuova Sicilia, I stole a house in Nuova Sicilia who are about to become history. Of course I have my magnificent museum SaveMe in 1000 Prims in Virtual Holland, of course I have my choir in Second Enschede, but my home I am going to loose. My dear friend Sole Jie and I always look at eachother on such moments and know…under a bridge again!
Although they are extremely noisy, I start to love the Italians. Thank You Cristos.