Reblogged from Furillen blog; check out this exhibit in a few weeks at Furillen.
The German cultural theorist, Walter Benjamin, once wrote:
Even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it happens to be.
He believed that an indispensable part of the authenticity and meaning of an artwork was its connection to the location in which it was originally produced.
Even in a virtual space such as Second Life, we can still develop attachments to place and location. I have learned this at Furillen. It is a sim that has come to mean quite a lot to some of the regular visitors.
One of the most striking aspects of Furillen is the art produced there. The images – and videos – that have emerged from the sim have been displayed on its flickr stream, and in this blog. It is a remarkable testimony to the creativity and imagination of visitors.
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