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Supernova’s Inauguration Speech

Full speech of the 5th RMB City Mayor, Supernova Sibilant:

December 13, 2010, Second Life

Welcome to RMB City Playground. We gather to honor cycles.

First, we honor the cycle of a new mayoral term for RMB City. I believe our destiny will stretch our imaginations. In ancient China, imagination meant to take a journey in your mind – a play, a dream or the afterlife offered the cultural spaces for such journeys. Today, we honor RMB City as that site for our imagination to roam in its most delirious capacity.
Second, we honor the cycle of life and death. As mayor, I bring you a children’s playground and a place for the dying. Sites for eternal reivention. Sites for imagination.

Of course, you think there is no childhood and no death in Second Life. Is that so?
Finally, we honor the cycle of RMB City. This invention was originally conceived as a two-year experimental platform, a creative incubator of sorts. Though the RMB City artworks will of course live on, Cao Fei has always intended to close the city in Second Life in late spring/early summer 2011.
Now, I will show you a new way to tour RMB City. Come watch as I choose my destiny with the Tarot.

Tarot Card II The Popess Master Q The mystical repository of a secret and ancient world’s balance, she combines body and mind and through a silent and mysterious language, she guides you towards the right current

Tarot Card V The Pope Mao The supreme master of education and improvement, he guides his herd of believers towards progress through belief in sacrifice and a glorious common fate

Blog,Events,Media Center,News,Projects,SL Events,Second Life — Gianna Yebut, December 23, 2010 @ 2:09 am

Hugo Boss Art Pass

Cao Fei, the creative mind behind SL fantasy world RMB City, and one of the nominee for the HUGO BOSS PRIZE 2010, was commissioned to create the HUGO BOSS ArtPass 2011. Allowing free admission to many important museums and institutions all around the world, the card becomes an alternative peephole to discover RMB City world. A fantastic overview of the island encloses a hidden gem: the tiny little replica of a prismatic RMB City world: familiar and yet unpredictable, with its iconic recognizable landscape continuously shifting its form.

Blog,Media Center,News,Projects,RL Products,Real Life — Gianna Yebut, December 21, 2010 @ 4:24 am

RMB City 5th Mayor-Inauguration Ceremony

A bunch of curious citizens met today in People’s Playground to welcome RMB city 5th Mayor Supernova Sibilant. Clad in her shining armor, this new dauntless heroine of the new millennium set the city off on its final journey.

As a tribute to the upcoming metamorphosis of the city, Supernova inspired a playground and a place for the dying as both ‘sites of eternal reinvention’.

“We gather to honor cycles, …I believe our destiny will stretch our imaginations. In ancient China, imagination meant to take a journey in your mind – a play, a dream or the afterlife offered the cultural spaces for such journeys. Today, we honor RMB City as that site for our imagination to roam in its most delirious capacity”.

The audience, intrigued by her insightful words, reacted in contrasting ways: some burst into ovations of excitement ♪♪♫♫♫APPPPLLLAAAUUSSSEEEE♪♪♪♫♫♫, some felt provoked by her words and left the stage, some chose to meditate in silence, floating in midair.

We then all moved to a magic tarot carpet, picked a card and scattered around the island in search of our destiny: whether teleported to the city’s graveyard or to the enigmatic half-moon dangling from the sky, all of us had to face our own fate and decipher the code of our SL existence.

We now invite you all to travel the island in search of your destiny and share your stories with us. A letter box will also be placed in RMB City to satisfy your insatiable curiosity and leave messages to the new mayor Supernova.

Stay tuned for more information and welcome our new captain Supernova Sibilant!


Blog,Events,Media Center,News,Press,Press Coverage,Projects,SL Events,Second Life — Gianna Yebut, December 14, 2010 @ 1:25 am

The Life & Death of RMB City

“The Life & Death of RMB City: The 5th Mayor project”

Through this, endless, perpetual cycle we are thrown into a world, and eventually washed away by its eternal wave. Like water, we splash on the rocks in constantly shifting forms, and like foam we finally dissolve into air.

How many worlds are we expected to see? How many forms to assume? On the rise and fall of a lullaby we choose a tarot card to know our destiny in RMB City. We set out to conquer the space, then in a blink of an eye, the wave rolls back and we are bound to become something different, over and over again.

On the occasion of its 5th Mayor Inauguration, RMB City enters a new phase and begins to embark on its last journey. Guided by its new mayor, Alexandra Munroe (Supernova Sibilant), and in search of its final destiny, RMB City invites you to consult the tarot and face your own fate.

Tracing back the most eminent moments and figures of the city’s journey, we will play our last game and face our final destiny, waiting for a new world to stand out on the horizon.

http://www.alternativearchive.com/caofei/article.asp?id=479

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The 5th Mayor Ceremony in RMB City:
Tuesday December 14, 2010, 11am (Beijing Time)
Monday December 13, 2010, 7pm (SL time)
People’s Playground (RMB City 4 42, 217, 95)

RMB City Project is developed by Cao Fei (SL: China Tracy) and Vitamin Creative Space
Facilitator: Uli Sigg (SL: UliSigg Cisse)
Public Presenter: Serpentine Gallery (London)

Blog,Events,News,SL Events — Gianna Yebut, December 10, 2010 @ 3:51 am

’21st Century Business Herald’ Tenth Anniversary, Beijing

Exhibition ‘Art and News’

Blog,News — Gianna Yebut, December 7, 2010 @ 9:28 pm