Second Life was originally inspired by Burning Man and it once played host to Burning Life, an official Linden Lab-hosted tribute. This year the company ended its support for the project and it was re-dubbed Burn 2, now entirely a Resident-run event which launches this weekend. New World Notes' roving arts reporter ColeMarie Soleil shot this beautiful montage machinima, giving you some bright and shiny glimpses of what you can see in-person soon:
Virtual doors open October 16. Chestnut Rau has all the details in her weekly calendar.
Update, 11:25pm: Coley adds this analysis of Burn 2 versus last year's Burning Life
"Burning Life this year I think has more of the real spirit of Burning Man. Which is to say there is a visible sense of community. A lot of people working together all over. The difference between this Burn and the previous ones, I think, is that despite the controversy around the event. Many artists still came to help out regardless. There were many groups of negative thinking people who wanted this year to not do well. But the spirit of Burning Man I think is more there now than ever, due to the fact of people joining together anyway, despite the fact that it was dropped [by Linden]... I think what this year proves is even in adversity, artists will come together who care about creativity over anything else. I think that is what Burning Man is strong for too. Bonding together to do things."
ColeMarie Soleil covers the Second Life arts scene for New World Notes when inspiration strikes. Before joining SL, she was a studio musician, a wandering gypsy, a graphic designer, and a solo artist who's performed at Whiskey a Go Go in Los Angeles and the Apollo in Manhattan. See more of her machinima here.