Second Life has always been a mystery to me. A strange cult that I was totally aware of, but had only heard through whisper in myth. It’s mechanics and general usage were entirely out of my knowledge. Until today. Our assignment was to interview an artist who did their work inside the virtual medium of Second Life, an online platform that allows users to create the world as they see it and then tour and chat in a world of their own creation.
I was a little late to the party, just barely catching the final opportunity to interview an artist. One Isabella Medici. What followed was an artistic experience the likes of whic I never thought I’d witness. Appearing on the CSULB lot of virtual space I was greeted by a dragon-man, and enormous Ozymandias-esque pyramid, and a dome made of hundreds of copies of a picture of nude Second Life Avatars. I was afraid.
5 minutes later, a small crowd of students had formed all just figuring out how to navigate this bizarre landscape, when our potential artist appeared. Isabella Medici is a reincarnated renaissance-era Italian princess, who upon appearing in our time as her second life avatar, made it her life’s goal to improve the quality of life for her fellow avatars, and the people who moved them, whom she referred to as “users.”
She led us a short distance away to a Greco-Roman platform fit with a couple dozen treadmills, where our avatars jogged as we interviewed her. we learned that she loved our time of technology, and that her favorite additions were indoor plumbing, and the internet. However she was saddened by the state of education, and she hopes to start her own university that people would want to go to, instead of having to.