Chris Marker, La jetée Artist & Sometime Second Lifer, Dies
Artist and filmmaker Chris Marker died over the weekend at the age of 91, I'm sad to say, though his long and accomplished career included making the classic short film La jetée (basis for Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys), and toward the end of his life, regular visits to Second Life, where he went by the avatar name Sergei Murasaki, and experimented with SL as a new art medium. "I’m looking for new ways to use the avatars," Chris Marker once said during an in-world appearance. "Imagine that we manage to program them with all our memories and that once they may go by themselves, even when we’re not here." Chris Marker is no longer here with us, but as it happens, the traces of his presence in Second Life still exist -- click here to visit Chris Marker's SL office, which appropriately, is built to look like a jetty.