BURN2 Preview

This weekend marks the start of BURN2, the Second Life sister celebration to Burning Man.

This year, BURN2 is spread over a total of four sims, in a suitable desert theme, surrounded by sandy hills that add to the atmosphere of the event. I’ve already outlines the first couple of days of events that are going on at BURN2 (subject to final calendar adjustments), and this week I had the opportunity to tour the sims and see what they have in sort by way of builds.

Desert scene: BURN2

Featured Artists

BURN2 features displays by a number of invited artists, and I decided to start my wanderings by seeking out their work. The first wasn’t hard to find, given I’ve had the advantage of seeing it in preparation while interviewing her.

Claudia222 Jewell
Claudia222 Jewell’s “The Sacrifice”

Claudia222 Jewell’s completed The Sacrifice. It is a truly stunning piece of work, that plays fully on the visual senses in a very dramatic manner.

“The Sacrifice” from the other side

Find Claudia on the map.

 Rebeca Bashly

Rebeca has time on her mind and the passing of life with her piece, I Said I Will!

Rebeca Bashly’s “I Said I Will”

Find Rebeca on the map.

Oberon Onmura

Oberon Onmura presents Inculcation. This is hard to describe, but is fascinating to watch.

Inculcation – step inside and all will be revealed!

Find Oberon on the map.

RAG Randt

Still a work-in-progress when I sneaked a peek, RAG Randt’s piece looks a lot of fun.

RAG Randt

Find RAG on the map.

Starlash Sweetwater

Starlash presents, Identity, a wonderfully enticing piece. Enjoy and experience!


Find Starlash on the map.

Trill Zapatero

Trill Zapatero’s Grail Quest is a magnificent piece by day, and beautifully illuminated by night. The piece represents, “The Fool’s journey to the end of the universe and back., through all the pitfalls and trials of identity and desire, to death and beyond, through the  gauntlet of useless rusty grails offered up by religion and ideology, through a modernist purgatory, and into the heart and soul of the crumbling grail castle reclaimed by nature and love. all steps along the way leading to the ultimate discovery of the true grail.”

Grail Quest

Find Trill on the map.

The Temple

The BURN2 temple is an exquisite design by Damanios Thetan that blends arches, curves and spires together beautifully. As someone who has a deep affinity for Sri Lanka, I couldn’t help but see something of the Stupors of places like Anaradhapura.

BURN2 Temple

Visit the temple at BURN2.


Would you like to fly…?

BURN2 isn’t as big as SL8B, obviously, but that doesn’t mean it lacks for content. There are some amazing and thought-provoking pieces throughout, and one can wander at will along the wheel-rutted tracks around the sims, or choose a more convenient mode of transport – such as a tour balloon that will waft you around under the power of a propeller rather than leaving it simply to the wind…

The desert theme and campfire feel has been nicely captured – although I can’t help but feel the windlight and sky could do with a Touch of Torley to add to the ambience.

Signs on exhibits were still going on when I took my wander (personal commitments mean I’m missing the official press / blogger preview), so it was hard to understand what some were about in relation to the event’s theme of Rites of Passage. Perhaps some simply don’t have a deeper meaning. Some were certainly fun walking through / over / in!

If there is one complaint to be levelled at all on the sims it is going to be the inevitable lag. Even with *just” the exhibitors and helpers and staff on the sims, it was pretty horrendous. Sculpties abound through many of the exhibits and undoubtably contribute to issues, as does the potentially high script count in some pieces. As those familiar with this blog will know, I’m a confirmed Firestorm user, and I’ve encountered very few crash issues in the months I’ve been using it (few as in less than half-a-dozen); yet during two visits to BURN2 totalling around 90 minutes, I experienced no fewer than nine Viewer crashes. Viewer 3 also crashed on me twice, and even Phoenix had issues.

Nevertheless, and while I’ll miss most of the opening weekend, I’ll be back at BURN2 next week seeing what is going on where and when!

Burning the Man and the Temple

These two events, central to BURN2 have been scheduled to suit major timezones as follows:

  • Burning of the Man – Europe, Saturday October 8th
    • Gather: 11:00 SLT
    • Burn: 11:30 SLT
  • Burning of the Man – USA, Saturday October 8th
    • Gather: 19:00 SLT
    •  Burn: 19:30 SLT
  • Burning the Man – Australia / Asia, Sunday October 9th
    • Gather: 03:00 SLT
    • Burn: 03:30 SLT
  • Burning of the Temple – Europe, Sunday October 9th
    • Gather: 11:00 SLT
    • Burn: 11:30 SLT
  • Burning of the Temple – USA, Sunday October 9th
    • Gather: 19:00 SLT
    • Burn: 19:30 SLT
  • Burning of the Temple – Australia / Asia, Monday October 10th
      • Gather: 03:00 SLT
      • Burn: 03:30 SLT

BURN2: Final countdown

This week, BURN2 enters the final countdown phase. Events commence on Saturday October 1st at 12:00 SLT (following the opening speeches at 11:00), and BURN2 runs until the 9th October, with sims closing to public access at 23:00 SLT.

Around the main event are a few special events that might be of interest:

  • Thursday 29th September: Builder’s / Playa preview from 08:00 SLT. Press and bloggers preview from 08:30 SLT. Press passes can be applied for here
  • Friday September 30th: special Burning Man, Regionals, and Rangers day open to Regional leadership, BURNING MAN staff, and Rangers, presenting them with the chance to see the virtual playa before it opens. Full details here
  • Saturday 15th October: Skin Burn: a final party. Details of access TBA.

The organisers have announced that mesh builds are not allowed at BURN2, although mesh clothing and avatars are allowed. The stated reason for the “no mesh” build policy is insufficient mesh rendering support among Viewers.

As well as the builds and invited artists, the week will feature a wide range of entertainment and other events. Some centre stage highlights for the weekend*:

Saturday 1st October (times SLT)

  • 11:00: opening addresses
  • 12:00: Mankind Tracer – music and dance
  • 13:00: Firedancer Yman Juran
  • 15:00-22:00: live music from Farrokh Vavoom, Mommaluv Skytower, Eio Tuqiri, FedordJones Popstar, Lillie Woodells, Doofus Luckless and Larree Quixote

Sunday 2nd October (times SLT)

  • 10:00: live music from Eio Tuqiri
  • 11:00: Ladyslipper Constantine & DRUM
  • 12:00-14:00 – live music from Rainbowrocks69 Resident, DedheadDMT Infinity and Bubba C John and the Bubbettes
  • 15:00: poet Karima Hoisan
  • 16:00: recording “The 1st Question” with hosts Pooky Amsterdam and Hydra Shaftoe
  • 17:00-22:00: live music with Truelie Telling, Strum Diesel, Vaughn Michalak, Grif Bamaisin, Chip Takacs and Mike Nelson.

*Times may vary as then final showcase is put together – be sure to check the main events calendar at the BURN2 website.

BURN2 Land Rush 2

The second Burn 2 Land rush will take place on Saturday 10th September, so if you if you wan to have a camp at Burn 2, so if you missed out in the two Round One sessions, now is your chance to claim a campsite.

Here are the details:

  • The land rush will be open to all, without restriction. You may purchase as many plots as you like. The only condition is that new plot locations will not be adjusted to match with your existing plots purchased in Round One
  • All payments must go through the land terminal on the parcel. If you pay someone directly we will not be held liable for a refund of your land terminal fee ($4L)
  • By participating in the Land Rush you agree to the rules and decisions made by the DPW in the execution of these rushes. You also agree to all Builder Guidelines and the Burning Man Ten Principles
  • Builders may have up to two assistants. The builder who owns the plot is responsible for their assistants’ actions at all times, and ensuring that all builders are knowledgeable of the Builder Guidelines, Policies of BURN 2, Second Life Terms of Service and the Second Life Community Standards
  • On the completion of the Rush, any remaining plots will be sold on a case by case basis by members of the DPW authorized to sell plots and certain members of the Core Team of Burn 2. Please ask for assistance through the BURNING MAN 2.0 group with these sales.

If you have any questions, please contact Kev Sweetwater or Diana Renoir in Second life.

BURN2 Invited Artists announced

The Burn 2 Art Committee has released the details of artists formally invited to display at this year’s Burn 2 event. In a statement issued by the organisers, the artists:

“Were chosen through an intensive selection process which involved a vastly encompassing variety of criteria to determine through consensus those whom we feel best represent a wide sample of creativity, technique, artistic expression, and resourcefulness that best expresses the spirit and values of Burning Man and  Burn 2.”

The selected artists are:

Rebeca Bashly

A Serbian artist, Rebeca has been active in Second Life for almost four years, and uses only her own sculpts and textures in her work. She regards her most significant work in SL as being “SnowCrash” on UTSA Artspace, a collaborative work with Igor Ballyhoo.

Rebecca Bashly: Snowcrash


Claudia222 Jewell

Claudia222 has been involved in Second Life since mid-2007, working primarily in fantasy sculptures which use rich, vibrant organic textures to bring them to life. Her first SL build, “Parallel Worlds”, was exhibited on the sim FarStar in January of 2011. She has also exhibited at Pirats Art Network, The  Nordan om Jordan  gallery and has entered her work at the UWA Expositions and SL8B, where she built a honey swamp.

Claudia Jewell

Claudia222’s work most recently caught the imaginations of many residents when her mesh creations were featured in a Machinima by Rockerfaerie, previously featured in this blog. She is currently working on a sky level installation “mesh mellows”.


Oberon Onmura

Active in SL since December 2006, Oberon Onmura has been making art in Second Life for over two years. In that time, his unique approach to using opposing forces on physical objects has attracted the attention of blog sites, SL and RL galleries and publications. He has recently become interested in the use of scripted agents (i.e. bots) as artmaking material.

His early work with physical objects, “Grid Floaters,” was seen at the “Kiss the Sky” exhibition at the NMC ArtsLab sim, curated by DanCoyote Antonelli, while “Beacon,” a 100-meter tower that constructs and then destroys itself, was selected for inclusion in a national exhibition of virtual and corporeal art – the “@ Exhibition” (www.arsvirtua.com) – in association with the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the College Art Association conference in Los Angeles, California (February, 2009).

Oberon Onmura: Four Galaxies

More recently, his sim-sized projects, “The Tunguska Event” , “Storm Cells,”  and “Four Galaxies” were seen at the Project Z Gallery. His collabortive work includes working with Juria Yoshikawa and Dancoyote Antonelli for a SL/RL event with a  jazz club in London, curated by Arahan Claveau. He has also collaborated with Diogenes Wylder (Georgie Roxby-Smith) at the Watermill Center (USA) and Melbourne (AUS). Currently, Oberon exploring the creative possibilities of Opensim grids, running two simulator servers on his home computer in NYC, with the sims, Titania and Elena connected to the Craft grid (http://craft-world.org:8002/).


RAG Randt

RAG Randt – the RAG standing for Richard A Goldberg, grew up under the influence of Mad Magazine, Warner Brothers cartoons, and the New Yorker Magazine. He creates artwork for publishers, advertisers, and corporations. His style translates concepts into humorous, thought-provoking art which enables his client’s  messages to be memorable and effective.

RAG Randt: Monkeying Around


Starlash Sweetwater

Starlash will be exhibiting “Identity” at Burn 2, which has a quote from Vithu Jeyaloganathan, “The identity of one changes with how one perceives reality.”

Starlash describes herself as being, “Born at the age of 4 to confuse enemy agents. Growing up in the Central Kalahari Desert and later London has left her with a fertile and vivid imagination which fuels her desire to actualize and add a unique perspective to her creations.”

To date she has had showings of her 2D work at several galleries and has recently started to bring her stories to life with machinima.  Using second life as inspiration she is constantly trying new techniques and mediums to evolve her work.


Trill Zapatero

Trill describes herself thus: “Artist maybe, painter, BFA. in Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba, love to travel, draw, paint, make stuff.Canadian, activist with Four Bridges and amnesty international. Curator and Builder of the War and Peace Exhibit at the Howard Zinn Memorial Centre for Social Consciousness and the Arts as well as the Afghanistan Virtual Museum in SL. Illustrator and co-author of It’s All Chinese to Me  – a culture and etiquette guide to China’ by Gwen Penner and Pierre Ostrowski: friend, lover, sister, daughter, dog lover, coffee drinker, piano player, book reader, pizza eater…”.

Of his work, she says, “Welcome to the Fool’s journey to the end of the universe and back., through all the pitfalls and trials of identity and desire, to death and beyond, through the  gauntlet of useless rusty grails offered up by religion and ideology, through a modernist purgatory, and into the heart and soul of the crumbling grail castle reclaimed by nature and love. all steps along the way leading to the ultimate discovery of the true grail”.