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RMB City Opera at Art 41 Basel

Basel, Switzerland

June 16-20, 2010

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Intrigued glances, embarrassed remarks on the absurdity of virtual love, enthusiastic reactions from the technology pros and an amazing response from the dazed younger audience. This is how “RMB City Opera” went on stage on one of the most prominent international modern art events of the world, the scary bogeyman ‘Basel Art Fair’.

It certainly provoked some reactions and it left a mark among the thousands of works by more than 2,500 different artists. In a constant dialogue with its booth comrades (ranging from disparate art expressions, from Ming Wong’s ‘world cinema’ to Duan Jianyu’s ineffable daily life oil paintings) the “Opera” charmed the public with its unique conjugation of entertaining aspects and more serious and intense comments on society and individuals.

If you sat down for a while and just listened to the music, you could almost feel surrounded by these glorious Red Army soldiers of the old Chinese ballets and fly over Basel skyline hand in hand with a charming black costumed Neo.

Look up to the sky next time you’re in Switzerland, you may see me flying with China Tracy and a bunch of awesome dancers from our second world!

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Blog,Events,Media Center,News,RL Events — Gianna Yebut, June 29, 2010 @ 1:41 am

James Au’s report on ‘Naked Idol’ event

June 15, 2010, New Wolrd Notes

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see full article at http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2010/06/live-nude-avatars.html#more

Blog,Events,Media Center,Press,SL Events — Gianna Yebut, June 28, 2010 @ 2:02 am

Naked Idol in RMB City a Sweet Success

On June 13, 2010 at 8 pm SLT, a gaggle of nude avatars gathered in RMB City for “Naked Idol”, the city’s first ever Nude Pageant. Judged by a panel of three celebrity judges: RMB City builder Rodion Resistance, Second Life scribe Hamlet Au, and RMB City founder China Tracy, the contest featured over a dozen avatars in various states of undress, their appearances ranging from ecstatic to subdued.

In her opening remarks, China Tracy mused: “RMB City began on the premise of distance: between first life and second life; between real people and avatars; between realities that penetrate dreams and dreams that project onto realities; between visible and invisible, between you and me.”

Is there a distance between our bodies and ourselves? Naked Idol encouraged its participants to attempt to bridge that gap, and the result was many an exposed, uncensored, creative soul. Our grand prize winner, Vivienne Graves, was adorned with tattoos and a pair of cat legs. When asked about her inspiration for her naked skin, as well as how it feels different to be naked than otherwise, she remarked “I identify with a lot of traits that are considered ‘feline’: independence, curiosity, playfulness…and the avatar is a way to represent that….as a catgirl it’s possibly more an expression of something a bit feral and untamed?”

Well said, Vivienne. Our first runner-up, Molly Montale, fit right into RMB City with a high-tech, shiny, glittery skin with Chinese characters scrolling across it. She explained that her “nakedness” was representative of “21st century China”, in that the country has “the advantage to move strongly into the future”. Our second runner-up, Ford Roffo, took a decidedly Simian approach. His monkey suit avatar skin provided some laughs, and lots of inspiration, when he explained “I am already a human in RL, why come in here where I can be ANYTHING in the world, and a lot not in this world, and just choose to be a human again?”

Congratulations to all of our excellent, and stunning, naked participants: Jose Ravenheart, Storm Vayander, najlah Jewell, Tersa Vella, Vax Sirnah, Pussycat Catnap, Nella Boccara, GoSpeed Racer, Sonya Swindlehurst, Eleri Ethaniel. Finally, thanks to our three judges, who didn’t look so bad in the nude either, if I do say so myself!

We encourage you all to go untamed!

Group Shot! Naked Idol in RMB City: Prize Winners and Judges

Group Shot! Naked Idol in RMB City: Prize Winners and Judges

Grand Prize Winner Vivienne Graves

Grand Prize Winner Vivienne Graves

Naked Idol Competitors (Face the Judges)

Naked Idol Competitors (Face the Judges)

Great Ass!

Great Ass!

Second Runner-Up Ford Roffo

Second Runner-Up Ford Roffo

Blog,Events,Media Center,News,Press,Press Releases,Projects,SL Events,Second Life — Zilla Warrhol, June 17, 2010 @ 11:44 pm

On the move

RMB City is soon moving to a new office in Caochangdi Village…

Stay tuned for more information…

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Blog — Gianna Yebut, June 11, 2010 @ 2:22 am

ARE YOU READY TO GET UNDRESSED?

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Don’t forget to join RMB City Naked Contest next June 13, 2010 (8pm SLT) in People’s Park (RMB City 3 105, 129, 22)!!!

You can start enrolling in the competition by joining the ‘Naked Idol’ SL group.

Don’t miss the chance to become the ultimate RMB City Naked Idol!

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Blog — Gianna Yebut, June 10, 2010 @ 1:14 am

RMB City Cyber Nude

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RMB City is holding a Naked Contest in SL.
On June 13, 2010 (8pm SLT) come naked. Naked could be anything! Undressed or overexposed. Highly costumed or almost invisible.

The winner wins 30000 L$
Judging panel: Hamlet Au, Rodion Resistance & China Tracy

‘Naked Idol’ is a statement of freedom. We want you to:

• UNDRESS YOUR IMAGINATION
• SET YOUR AVATAR FREE
• COME NAKED THE WAY YOU FEEL YOU ARE

Rules:

1. Join the “Naked Idol” Second Life group!
2. Come to People’s Park (RMB City 3 105, 129, 22 (Mature)) on June 13, 2010, 8pm SLT.
3. After assembling in People’s Park, the Naked flash mob will travel to five sites in RMB City for a naked dance. Our panel of judges will select the best naked avatar.
4. The fight for the ultimate Naked Idol will be held in People’s Park, where the selected avatars will be asked to perform their personal Naked Show
5. May the best avatar win!
6. As a hailing homage to our winner we will finally hold a SL naked tour outside RMB City

Blog,Events,Media Center,News,SL Events — Gianna Yebut, June 4, 2010 @ 12:36 am

New SL interface

new SL interface

Blog — Gianna Yebut, June 3, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

RMB City Code Award ceremony, has WangGuowei Wasp been found?

Last May 31, 2010 China Tracy, Mayor E3a Digital and a cluster of devoted RMBCity citizens met in SL for the Final Award Ceremony of its ‘Code’ treasure hunt.

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We’ve been looking everywhere, wandered about the city and inspected any secret spots of the island but we couldn’t find you. Where are you, WangGuowei Wasp???                              Reliable sources and undeniable clues tell us you’re still there, hiding from who knows what or whom, or maybe playing a merciless game to trick us all.                                                       RMB City’s celebrated storyteller HuFang Scribe had some interesting insights about the poet’s disappearance and he wove an absorbing discussion with Mayor E3a Digital about this mysterious story:

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Here’s an extract of their SL chat:

[1:18]  E3a Digital: I would like to know why Wangguowei’s ghost chose to come to RMB City

[1:19]  Hufang Scribe: I hope it’s a kind of re-birth for him, who is considered as the last intellectual

[1:19]  Hufang Scribe: at the beginning of Chinese modernity

[1:29]  Hufang Scribe: mountain and water, i think RMB City captures the spirit of  Chinese classical landscape painting, that’s probably one of the reasons why Wangguowei would like to stay here

[1:29]  Hufang Scribe: water is a metaphor of floating energy

[1:30]  E3a Digital: And the mountain?

[1:31]  Hufang Scribe: and the mountain is the balance of this energy

[1:32]  Hufang Scribe: they have to be togher, but urban is the space

[1:33]  Hufang Scribe: where the high raised buildings are actually replacing the mountains

[1:34]  Hufang Scribe: While the Chinese landscape painting, suggests an ideal state of life

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[1:57]  E3a Digital: Is Wanguowei a hero?

[1:59]  Hufang Scribe: he doesn’t want to be , but the time pushed him to be, I think that’s one of the reasons why he committed suicide

[2:09]  Hufang Scribe: did you notice these sheep?

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[2:13]  Hufang Scribe: they’re called Yugong

[2:13]  Hufang Scribe: they can bring rain, and in WangGowei’s story, they become very sad after his disappearance

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[2:16]  gianna Yebut: what’s this tower and why are we here?

[2:17]  Jia Nootan: perfect for dancing!

[2:20]  Hufang Scribe: Maybe he stopped for a while on the L-shaped balcony of the CCTV Tower and sat at a solitary table, facing an empty chair, delicacies laid out before him but no one to share his wine with. Maybe he followed the Changjiang River as it flowed to the sea, looking for the most peaceful retreat this city could offer. Like a traveller in a traditional Chinese landscape painting, no bigger than a fingernail, wandering between river and mountains.

[2:23]  E3a Digital: Hufang, try the Vodka. You can drink it.

2:27]  Hufang Scribe: here the detective wants to get some clues from the boss of the hotel, because Wang Guowei lived nearby in the urban village

[2:27]  E3a Digital: I now have a hangover.. ;)

[2:27]  Hufang Scribe: yes, totally

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[2:42]  Hufang Scribe: rents have been raised so much within the urban developement, so the the urban village is the temporary urban solution for young immigrants, poets, musicians, artists as well

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[2:44]  Zilla Warrhol: this is my favorite spot

[2:44]  Zilla Warrhol: its very mystical

[2:48]  gianna Yebut: do you think wanguowei found some anwers here?

[2:52]  Hufang Scribe: master Q helped the detective a lot to find Wangguowei’s traces…

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[2:59]  gianna Yebut: this is a field, and a grave at the same time…..

[2:59]  gianna Yebut: ….for a while I thought Wangguowei was buried here…

[3:00]  Hufang Scribe: no, it’s for Leman Brothers

[3:01]  Drama Emor: who its leman?

[3:01]  Drama Emor: from USA?

[3:01]  Hufang Scribe: it’s the place to bury captialism

[3:02]  gianna Yebut: or a place to bury any -ism

[3:03]  Hufang Scribe: yes, and it’s also a self-sufficient farming system

[3:04]  Hufang Scribe: this is the place where the detective met Marx and asked him some questions

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[3:08]  Jia Nootan: yeah, what is coming out from the bottle?

[3:08]  gianna Yebut: this is where all the city’s dirt flows together

[3:09]  Hufang Scribe: water again, here the detective met China Tracy and learnt what RMB city means

[3:09]  China Tracy: 对不起,我可能无法告诉你更多的,因为第二人生没有记忆;但这个城市,始终在延伸,没有尽头,所有的一切都将飘向远方……

Sorry, I can’t tell you more, because this Second Life has no memory. This city continues to stretch, there is no end. Everything flows far far away….

[3:10]  Zilla Warrhol: i wonder what it would be like to have no memory

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[3:14]  gianna Yebut: wow this place is beautiful!!!!

[3:14]  Jia Nootan: if I were wangguowei, I would choose to live here

[3:14]  Hufang Scribe: yes, but Wang Guowei has left, to where, we don’t know

[3:15]  gianna Yebut: are there places like this in RL?

[3:15]  Hufang Scribe: i don’t think so,maybe RMB City is the best context for his rebirth,

[3:17]  Hufang Scribe: let’s enjoy here and think about Wang GUowei’s spirit

This is an open-end story, and like an oral tale whispered around a bonfire in times gone by, it still requires many tellers to be solved

Dear citizens, may WangGuowei’s spirit lights your way…

Blog,Events,SL Events — Gianna Yebut, @ 1:34 am

A Special Visit

June 1, 2010

Diana Picasso in RMB City Office

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Blog,Events,RL Events — Gianna Yebut, June 1, 2010 @ 8:45 pm