Who let the dorks out?

The Dorks’ Guide to Burn2 – Part I October 18, 2010

Even though RL is still winning over SL at the moment, I wouldn’t want to miss my favourite virtual event, Burning Life (or Burn2, as it is called now). It seems a lot smaller this year, which in the first moment made me feel a bit sad – but then I realised that this means I will definitely get to see everything in the short time frame, which was a relief in a way. I haven’t forgot the marathons in the last years, when I was flying around with speed of light and trying not to miss anything!

I started off with a small tour today but already found one of my favourite builds EVER: “Concrete Soldiers” by Liz Gealach [SLURL]. Her build is an interpretation of a poem which you receive on a notecard, and features a very grey and bleak street silhouette with a lonely sheep.

Concrete Soldiers

You must stay at this build for several minutes, because a sun will rise and transform the whole scenery into a small paradise of colours. First I didn’t realise what was going on and it confused me a lot that one second the butterflies were there and the next one they were gone. But after I figured out what was going on, I stood for a while and watched the scenery change. What a fantastic idea!

Concrete Soldiers

I also really liked “POP ATOMIC” by Mikaty Slade and Emily Lang. [SLURL]. From the notecard: “The ATOMIC bomb changed the Japanese people forever. 8-bit console games are a loving part of Japan’s POP culture nowadays. I felt that both the atomic bomb and the 8-bit consoles are powerful symbols of 20th century’s civilization, at least as experienced by the Japanese people. And, so, POP ATOMIC was born.”


Lastly, I thought that “The Painted Glasstower” by Betty Tureaud[SLURL] was both a beautiful and an impressive installation. The glass panels change over time and I think there is also an elevator box driving through the middle of the tower to the top (I entered the hole from the top and then landed on top of said box and drove a bit back up with it).

The Painted Glasstower

Hopefully I will be able to continue my Burn2 exploration in the next days and share more fabulous builds with you!


Burning Life 2009 in a Nutshell – Part 5 October 23, 2009

This year’s BL theme is “Evolution” and it is fascinating to see how different creators have interpreted this topic. Some artists approach it in a more abstract way, like the “Evolution of Fun”, the “Steampunk Evolution” (see Part 4) or the “Evolution of Mind”.

Evolution of Mind
“Evolution of Mind” by Solo Mornington [SLURL].

Cambrian Explosion

“Cambrian Explosion” by Sledge Roffo [SLURL] however is the most literal interpretation I have seen so far, and one of the most beautiful installations this year.


Burning Life 2009 in a Nutshell – Part 4 October 22, 2009

Today I started my exploring in one of the corner sims as they always seem to get a bit less traffic than the center ones. And all I can say is that Vya and Leadville host a bunch of very creative and talented people!

Short Lived



Burning Life 2009 in a Nutshell – Part 3 October 20, 2009

Earlier today I read this blog post by Poid Mahovlich in which she talked about the 12 big art plots at Burning Life. “Gulliver’s Travel” and Yoa Ogee’s “Friends” fall into this category (see part 2) and I continued my exploring from where I finished it yesterday – right at Gulliver’s foot.

Towards the Future

“Towards the Future” by Shellina Winkler and Solkide Auer [SLURL] is an immersive and colourful installation. Walk to the top of the build and click the fireball for a bubble ride through the installation.

Sekhmet's Serpentures


Burning Life in a Nutshell – Part 2 October 19, 2009

Today’s post will be quite short because a serious bug in my viewer forced me to log out at some point (i.e. elephant feet and wall textures all over my clothing). But that is OK because the two places I visited today are so amazing that they deserve more attention and more pictures.

Gulliver's Travel


Burning Life 2009 in a Nutshell – Part I October 18, 2009

“Burning Life” is my absolute favourite festival in Second Life. Since weeks I have been looking forward to the moment when the vast desert would open to the public and reveal its abundance of awesome, original and totally random art projects. Burning Life 2009 will be running from 17th to 25th October and there is sooo much to see! Just looking at the interactive map makes me feel slightly overwhelmed (but in a joyful way). Like last year I am going to share pictures and SLURLS of amazing and interesting places which I stumbled upon during my rather aimless journey through the desert.

Cabaret of Flames


Burning Life in a nutshell – last chance to see! October 5, 2008

This is the third and last part of the “BL in a nutshell” series (if you missed the other parts, you can find them here, here and here). Originally I had planned four parts but my internet connection went down yesterday evening and only came back this afternoon! 😦 Out of time reasons I can’t cover the rest of the awesome installations that I already visited or still have to see, but I would like to refer you to the “Burning Life” Flickr group with lots of great images, many of them with landmarks!

I am very sad that BL is finishing so soon today because one week was by far not enough for me to see all the installations, attend more events and enjoy the great atmosphere. When I registered for SL last year, I stumbled across this large festival in the middle of the desert and was deeply amazed by the installations, many of them that would not have been possible in real life as they were. Unfortunately, at that time I didn’t know a lot of people and I have no idea if Flickr was already that active back then, so I could not really share my impressions with others.

Burning Life this year was the most amazing experience for me. Being able to use the Windlight viewer made taking photos so much more fun and looking at other peoples’s images in Flickr did let me discover many places that I might have missed otherwise. If somebody would have told me a year ago that we had our own build this year, I would never have believed it. A big thank you to everyone who stopped at “Blasts from the Past” and who joined us at the parties, you made us very happy! We had a lot of fun and we hope that we will be able to participate in Burning Life again next year.

But enough words, here are the landmarks!

Pop Erades Everything
Pop Erodes Everything by Mikati Slade (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Burning%20Life%20%28Optic%29/191/47/24)

Clickable Sandman
Clickable Sandman by Grace Loudon (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Burning%20Life%20%28Reaper%29/170/50/24)