VB Previz #21 – 2nd Degree Burn

We’ve all seen the SL skins that have tan lines, as if you were at the beach in a bikini. This is “funny,” of course, because IRL you might fight with tan lines, but in SL you never have to have them – so you go to the trouble of adding something you’d otherwise try to avoid.

Above is conceptual / performance artist Dennis Oppenheim’s Reading Position for Second-Degree Burn, 1970.

I’d love to do a performance, perhaps at an SL beach, where we have a variety of tan scenarios. Like Yves Klein’s Living Brushes, Oppenheim’s work presents the viewer with a bridge across space and time. The two images above are juxtaposed as a diptych, yet they infer the passage of perhaps hours.

Since no one in SL ever ages, this might prove an interesting meditation on the passage of time in a place where time never passes.

As a virtual public artist my work invites avatar communities to express their identity, explore their culture, and demand their civil rights.

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