|Standing in front of "1000 Avatars" book by fellow Crap Award nominee, Gracie Kendal.|
I've been nominated for the 2011 Crap Awards:
Unlike The Best of Second Life or other awards you see out there, the Crap Awards handle the other end of the spectrum: the lowest of the low and the worst of the worst. These are people who have done Second Life and its user community a disservice by joining it, engaging in it, abusing it, and refusing to crawl back under the rock they came from.Although the contest is (mostly) a parody, it's fair to say that I'm out-of-sync with the Second Life community and have been for a long time. The estrangement is a reflection of my migration over the the last few years from actually living in the 3D virtual world, to merely using it as a platform for creative work. I've long since packed my virtual identity, stored it safely in my imagination and left the place of my birth. Instead of being a fellow resident who shares in the ongoing life of the community, I'm an outsider who pops in once in a blue moon to attend an event or shoot a video.
This blog has evolved from a journal of ideas inspired by living in Second Life, to an artist's notebook exploring virtual identity outside of the 3D virtual world. My creative work is now just as likely to spring from atomic-world content as from virtual world visuals. For instance, the image above is a shot of a small plastic action figure posed in front of a physical copy of Gracie Kendal's "1000 Avatars Book".
So what business do I have writing a home town publication called "Botgirl's Second Life Diary"? None really. Therefore, I've changed the title of the blog to "Botgirl's Identity Circus" and hereby rescind my self-proclaimed status as a Second Life pundit.
Whew! That feels better.