When I came back from my summer long election tour I found Second Life back in total devastation. A complete emptiness, resembling walking in an open sim, occurred. The use of groupchat was brought back to zero, almost as if the last survivors where too afraid to wake somebody up out of their self chosen days of the living death.
The first festival I visit was the ultimate nothing, Gogbot, parked avatars in a sad landscape. The owners of the avatars for sure too busy with friending or unfriending eachother on Facebook. A performance of Stelarc was too sad for words, were last year he could move one arm, now he could move 4, what an improvement. And I can almost predict Chantal Harvey will “surprise” us again with a movie about what we “missed”. Will they go for 10 arms next year???
At the opening at Arte Libera the same sadness, Rotating Pulsating Prim Plague (see my earlier remarks about this) Art for which they want you first to read a booklong notecard. Don’t they understand that when I want to read a book I go to a bookstore or a library? When will the true interactive artists wake up again and make something that really exploits the possibilities of a virtual world experience. Do I have to do everything myself??? Don’t you think I also have other things to do???