As I’m sure you’ve heard, Linden Lab is out of the Burning Life business, and the Burning Man organization will be leasing regions from Linden Lab for “Burn2.” It’s not going to be close to last year’s amazing 34 regions, the BM folks will lease at least 2 regions, and they hope to lease 6-10 regions. So if they’re lucky the event might be as big as 1/4 of last year. Whether this is too small to achieve critical mass, I don’t know. What I do know is that Burning Life ’09 was an incredible event, and even in a “diminished” event I’d like to see us participate.
Arts participation will include a, presumably small, amount of “curated in” art, and another group of pay-to-exhibit artists who will pay an over-Linden-Lab lease rate for space to cover their own space as well as some of the other event space.
IDK if it’s even worth VB/CO submitting a land proposal, but I’d love to see us do something along the lines of last year which featured a “Zombie Crawl” flashmob thru the event, and a performance on the Burn Stage. One thing that IS better than last year already… we have actual dates for the event! October 16 – 24.
And here’s the text of the notecard that the BURN2 Ops Team sent out today:
Dear Burner Community,
As you may know, last week the Burning Man organization assumed oversight of the Burning Life festival in Second Life. This is exciting news in the evolution of our virtual event. Linden Lab has been a great partner all these years. We thank the Lab for their past sponsorship and leadership of the event.
The festival’s name has changed to BURN2, and it will be a more intimate gathering than in previous years.
What will not change is the essence, the spirit, the soul of the celebration you have known as Burning Life. BURN2 is a festival of community, art and fire. It is creativity, it is energy, it is harmony. And this year it will push the boundaries of Second Life as it never has before.
BURN2 will be held October 16 – 24, as scheduled. Our Burning Man-inspired theme is “Metropolis: Civilization in the desert.”
The Operations Team for BURN2 consists of ChatBrat Pippita, Countess Decosta, Doctor Gascoigne, EmCee Widget, JeanBaptiste Eilde, Kev Sweetwater, Ronon Carver, and M2Danger Ranger who represents the Burning Man organization.
This change in leadership also means a change in groups. It’s time, once again, to sign up for the new BURN2 group; “BurningMan 2.0.” (No space between Burning and Man.) You can find it by searching groups, or by checking out the profile of any of the people listed above. Simply double-click the group name, and then click the Join button.
For news updates, check out http://www.burn2.org/. This site is as barren as the BURN2 Playa at the moment, but we’re busy working behind the scenes. Land distribution starts in September. Look for news about volunteer opportunities, art submissions, and calls for performers through the BURN2 site.
Click here to watch an interview with M2Danger Ranger: http://treet.tv/shows/metaverse-arts/episodes/mva-31jul10
BURN2, like Burning Man, is an inclusive community where you are truly free to express yourself within the bounds of civic responsibility. We are bound not by commerce, but by a burning desire to evolve and create. This year’s smaller, leaner festival is a new beginning. It is an opportunity for you to be part of a groundbreaking movement that will only become larger, stronger, and more innovative every year.
The virtual Man burns October 23rd. Woohoo!
– BURN2 Ops Team