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Santalarity: calling builders and performers in Second Life

santa-1Like a fable borne upon a mist of time, a magical, mysterious transformation is wrought upon the ancient dry lake bed we know as the playa. When the mist clears you see an alpine wonderland of mountains, hills and valleys.

Oh, but that is not all! As you draw in for a closer look, you notice something incredible: everything is small in size. You are surrounded by miniature villages and diminutive trains, with Lilliputian creatures and beings populating the scene. But don’t let their small sizes fool you – things are rarely as they appear.

So reads the opening of the Press Release for the BURN2 seasonal event, Santalarity, which this year has the theme of Great Thing come In Small Packages. The event will open its doors on Saturday, December 12th and run through until Sunday, December 13th.

Right now, there is an open invitation to builders and performers to be a part of the festive event, with a very special invitation for tinies, petites and other small avatars to be a part of proceedings and perform or build or DJ.

Those wishing to obtain one of the limited number of FREE builders plots which are available for the event should sign-up now. DJs and performers who wish to join in with the fun of the event can book their preferred spots through the DJ/Performer Sign-up. If you fancy helping out as a greeter, drop a line in-world to Freia Guillaume, and she’ll get your sorted and signed-up.

Further information on Santalarity 2015 will be available through the BURN 2 website, and I’ll hopefully also include updates in these pages, as they are announced.

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BURN2: A Carnival of Mirrors in Second Life

Please note that all SLurls given in this preview will not be generally open until approximately 12:00 noon SLT on Saturday, October 17th, 2015.

BURN2 2015 opens its gates on Saturday, October 17th and will run through until Sunday October 25th.

As with previous years, the festival is spread across six regions, all in the familiar desert look, surrounded by sandy hills that add to the atmosphere and give more of a feel that the event is connected with the real life Burning Man festival.

The theme for this year is “carnival of mirrors”, with the announcement of the theme noting:

This year’s theme is about mirrors and masks, mazes and merger. It will be a kind of magic show that takes the form of an old-fashioned carnival. This Carnival of Mirrors asks three essential questions: within our media­ saturated world, where products and people, consumption and communion morph into an endlessly diverting spectacle, who is the trickster, who is being tricked, and how might we discover who we really are?

Classic carnivals, as theatres of illusion, upheld a very strict dividing line that separated carnies, cast as showmen, from members of a naïve public who were labelled chumps and suckers, marks and rubes. Our carnival, however, will perform an even more subversive trick — its motto is Include the Rube. The wall dividing the observer from observed will disappear, as by an act of magic; through the alchemy of interaction, everyone at once can be the carny and the fool.

The Man (by Danger Lytton) overlooks the carnival theme of the playa

The Man (by Danger Lytton) overlooks the carnival theme of the playa

The Festival will  commence with a Lamplighters procession, which will set out at 12:00 noon SLT on Saturday, October 17th, with a further procession taking place at 19:00 SLT.  There will be similar daily processions at 12:00 noon and 19:00 each day of the event through until Friday, October 23rd.

Saturday, October 24th will feature three burnings of The Man, at 06:00 12:00 noon and 18:00 SLT. On Sunday, October 25th, the Temple will likewise burn at 06:00, 12:00 non and 18:00 SLT, but each of these burnings will be preceded at 05:00, 11:00 and 17:00 respectively by Lamplighter processions, which will each include a Fire Dance performance at the Centre Camp. Note that different LMs will be in operation for The Man and the Temple during the burnings, and that you can keep track of all BURN2 activities through the event schedule on Google Calendar.

To ease your explorations of the regions, don’t forget you can pick up a ride at the Department of Mutant Vehicles. This is  also the place where visitors can join a guided tour of the event, which will take place twice daily throughout the week, at 14:00 and 22:00 SLT respectively. The tour will include descriptions of Juried plots, invited artists, theme camps and more. Hot air balloons also offer tours of the regions at any time.

As with previous years, participants have fully entered into the spirit of the BURN2 theme, and the six regions offer a tremendous carnival atmosphere, with Today Nakamura’s Temple build beautifully and brilliantly capturing the essence of the theme and the playa as a whole.

The Temple, Toady Nakamura's theme-capturing buil

The Temple, Toady Nakamura’s theme-capturing build

About BURN2

BURN2 is an extension of the Burning Man festival and community into the world of Second Life. It is an officially sanctioned Burning Man regional event, and the only virtual world event out of more than 100 real world Regional groups and the only regional event allowed to burn the man.

The BURN2 Team operates events year around, culminating in an annual major festival of community, art and fire in the fall – a virtual echo of Burning Man itself.

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All SLurls will be open to the public from approx: 12:00 noon SLT on Saturday, October 17th, 2015.

BURN2: A Carnival of Mirrors coming to Second Life

Inside the Temple: BURN2, 2014

Inside the Temple: BURN2, 2014

BURN2 2015 will be opening its gates on Saturday 17th October, and will run through until Sunday 25th October 2015, culminating in the burning of the Man on Saturday, October 24th and the burning of the Temple on Sunday, October 25th.

The official press release describers the theme as being:

About mirrors and masks, mazes and merger. It will be a kind of magic show that takes the form of an old­ fashioned carnival. This Carnival of Mirrors asks three essential question:  within our media­ saturated world, where products and people, consumption and communion morph into an endlessly diverting spectacle, who is the trickster and who is being tricked, and how might we discover who we really are?

Classic carnivals, as theatres of illusion, upheld a very strict dividing line that separated  carnies, cast as showmen, from members of a naïve public who were labelled chumps and  suckers, marks and rubes. Our carnival, however, will perform an even more subversive trick  — its motto is Include the Rube. The wall dividing the observer from observed will disappear,  as by an act of magic; through the alchemy of interaction, everyone at once can be the carny  and the fool.

BURN2 2014: The Man

BURN2 2014: The Man

The plot sale is now open, as is the Plot Lottery and Juried Art Applications. You can purchase a plot for BURN2 directly from the kiosks on the playa, with parcels priced as follows:

  • 512 sq m / 117 LI – L$2,500
  • 1024 sq m / 234 LI – L$5,000
  • 208 sq m / 468 LI – L$10,000
  • 4096 sq m / 936 LI – L$10,000

Please ensure you read all the information on an application forms, and that you also read the
Builder Guidelines and Ten Principles before you submit your application. Aesthetics mirroring the Black Rock Desert are in effect for this event.

In addition, the BURN2 organisers have opened a sim name survey, and are asking BURN2 supporters to indicate their five favourite region names from past BURN2 events. The five most popular names will then be used for the 5 additional regions for the Carnival of Mirrors. The deadline for the completion of the survey is 20:00 SLT, Thursday, August 20th, 2015.

About BURN2

BURN2 is an extension of the Burning Man festival and community into the world of Second Life. It is an officially sanctioned Burning Man regional event, and the only virtual world event out of more than 100 real world Regional groups and the only regional event allowed to burn the man.

The BURN2 Team operates events year around, culminating in an annual major festival of community, art and fire in the fall – a virtual echo of Burning Man itself.

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BURN2: A Playa before time in Second Life

primordial

The BURN2 team have announced the latest in the series of BURN2 events for 2015. with it, come invitations to artists, builders, DJs, musicians, blogger and the Second Life populace as a whole to join with them for three days of art, music and events that will take place between Friday, July 10th and Sunday July 12th, 2015.

Called Primordial the event will, in the words of the official announcement:

Find a way to look back at how our beloved Playa may once have been, so a window was opened to one fanciful possibility of the past.

A primeval jungle surrounds the Playa as it was long long ago, a great lake.  On the edges here and there are hot springs and geysers, some of which remain even until today. Steam drifts from them out across the water in the same way the dust we know so well does today.  Thick mats of vegetation float upon the surface, some large and strong enough to hold sizeable structures.  Other mats are less substantial. You must pick your path across the maze of them; one wrong step and you drop below into briny water.  Who knows what else has slipped below? What rests or lives there awaiting its genesis, ready to emerge in the next stage of our growth?

Parcels for artists, builders and creators on the Playa are being provided free of charge, and are available for builds on land, in / on the water or floating over the water.  Those interested in applying for a parcel should:

Musicians, DJs and performers wishing to participate on stage at Primordial should:

No closing dates for applications appear to be given, but as BURN2 events are very popular, parcels and stage slots are liable to fill-up fast – so the sooner those intending to apply do so, the better their chances!

About BURN2

BURN2 is an extension of the Burning Man festival and community into the world of Second Life. It is an officially sanctioned Burning Man regional event, and the only virtual world event out of more than 100 real world Regional groups and the only regional event allowed to burn the man.

The BURN2 Team operates events year around, culminating in an annual major festival of community, art and fire in the fall – a virtual echo of Burning Man itself.

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