30 July – Day 23

Yesterday the news reached us of the passing of Chris Marker, aged 91, considered one of the most influential filmmakers ever. In his eighties, while proclaiming the death of cinema, Marker joined Second Life (through an avatar named Sergei Murasaki) in order to explore its possibilities as an artistic medium. Here’s a great quote by him on SL, roughly translated from the French: “(…) a world of ghosts, these people we know nothing about, whose looks are necessarily a lie, but where it’s so easy to lie that some perverse souls, I’m sure, feel a wicked pleasure in telling the truth so that others don’t believe them”. This picture was taken at Ouvroir, a sim set up in his hommage a few years ago, where the cat Guillaume-en-Egypte, Marker’s alter ego, is omnipresent.

In Second Life I developed a show with my partner Kikas Babenco, and we participate in performances and improvisations around the grid. Meanwhile, I take a lot of pictures!

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