Tuesday, October 18, 2005


We have, at last, reached a point in our technological/cultural/economic development where a major government is now paying artists to create sculptures based on objects that previously existed only in a virtual world, and display them in an acutal museum.

The artists, in this case, being some of the conceptual whiz kids involved with the private island and "3D wiki" known as The Port (one of their last projects was an in-world party projected into a European park), the state benefactors being the Swedish government, the museum being Bergen Kunstall in Norway, and the objects of virtual desire, being, among others, the penguin balls of Cubey Terra, and Torley Torgeson's 3rd anniversary gift to his SL lover Jade Lily. Cubey recently announced his hopefully temporary retirement from the Second Life aerospace industry, which means his most active contribution to SL at the moment is quite literally sitting on a gallery floor in Norway.

Those who can't make it out to Bergen Kunstall can take an online tour of the exhibit on the Web at Objects of Virtual Desire. (Making it, you know, one more Web-based display of a real world gallery exhibit of material renditions of some virtual world objects.)

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It's quite surreal to see these virtual objects realized as PVC inflatables. Imagine taking *that* to the beach!

If anyone's interested, I'll make the Penguin Balls available soon in my aircraft hangar, which is 120 meters above the northwest corner of Abbotts.

Posted by: Cubey Terra at Oct 18, 2005 11:43:29 AM

Hamlet, you realize Torley Jr. is a she right? It was a gift Av to Av.

Posted by: Satchmo Prototype at Oct 18, 2005 3:35:55 PM

There's a lot to say about this news, Hamlet, though I'm not sure how much of it is appropriate. Contact me by email if you want the rest of the story. I wish I could have given you some feedback before you posted, but that's alright. I'll only offer the following for now: the choker was a gift from me to Torley, not the other way around. It's an interesting story. There's just more to it than what's apparent on the surface.

Posted by: Jade Lily at Oct 18, 2005 8:08:01 PM

Thanks, Jade, I'll e-mail you.

Yes, even after writing "Man on Man", I occasionally lose track of TT's gender from epoch to epoch-- my apologies, TT was "she" when she bestowed the necklace to Jade.

Posted by: Hamlet Linden at Oct 18, 2005 10:52:52 PM


Posted by: Torley Torgeson/Torley Wong at Oct 20, 2005 12:18:46 AM

Hamlet, I think it should be a kind of accepted social norm that you call a person in SL what the gender of their SL av is, even if you happen to know their RL gender, and even if you interviewed them even about this very gender issue. It just seems like a common courtesy to call a second-life person what their gender is they chose to present in. Otherwise, a second life has no point and is easily diminished. But of course...that's what happens anyway. When you do this, however, you're definitely going to face a sense of indignation from those creating second life from the inside out, instead of parachuting into it to make interesting government-funded museum exhibits.

I guess I'm coming to see all these RL entities that parachute into SL from the outside and pick up its uber-kewl media/ad/3-d prototyping capacities without really living in the world as creating a different realm of Second Life that I find suspect (as it may contain the seeds of its destruction). Why I find it suspect is fuel for a completely different blog article.

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