Ricco trapped in a coffin

6 curious ways to die in Second Life

Death in Second Life is a particular experience: in many cases, it may result in great fun. One of the great advantages of SL for that matter is that avatars can always be brought back to life. In my early days in the virtual world, I used to enjoy jumping from the sky and seeing…

Lyra Space Station at Insilico

An ‘in silico’ experiment that faces the challenge of being viable

In silico is an expression that refers to computer-based simulations of biological processes, in contrast with processes in situ (in the places where they normally occur), in vivo (in live organisms) and in vitro (in closed and controlled laboratory environments, such as test tubes). In Second Life, it was the inspiration for the name one…

With his Installation 1, Sergio Botha blurs the difference between sculpture and architecture

When architecture beats gravity

“Architects spend an entire life with this unreasonable idea that you can fight against gravity.” (Renzo Piano) Back from my vacations, I recently had to build a new house for myself – my first mesh one – and started thinking of the ways architecture has been following in Second Life. Not that I’m a creative…