Thursday, June 14, 2007

Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings in SL on Kula

by Jeremy Hunsinger

as seen on dan winkler's blog

Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings is a generative visual artwork, composed of many overlaid images forming a "slow-changing light painting." You can see a lesser demo version on the official site. On June 29th, 77 Mil will open in Second Life and real life simultaneously, to be seen via streaming video and in-world through a recreated version of the work by Angrybeth Shortbread.

Eno was moved by a desire to get his visual installation work out of the gallery, where few can see it, to a larger audience. (As someone who's studied his work, I would suspect that his thought process went something like: Hmm…people have great big gorgeous HD monitors and TVs now…maybe I should dust off the old screensaver idea…) Head to and for SL coordinates and more info. Here's the press release:

The Long Now Foundation, a San Francisco non profit dedicated to fostering long-term responsibility, is pleased to announce the Second Life premiere of Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings, in partnership with metaverse services company

The work will be both streamed via video at select locations inside Second Life, while a rendition of 77 Million Paintings has been created by creative partner Annabeth Robinson, known virtually as AngryBeth Shortbread.

Two evenings, June 29th and 30th, are open to the general public at multiple venues across Second Life, with the largest public area provided by Joi Ito (Kula Sims). The final night, July 1st, is a private event that will be held in appreciation for Long Now members worldwide ( and hosted on the Leeds College of Art and Design's Digital Media Sim. Members of The Long Now Foundation staff and board will also be visiting the Second Life sims
throughout the weekend and during the member event on Sunday evening.

The North American premiere will be hosted by The Long Now Foundation at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Mr. Eno hopes to be in San Francisco for the event.

Questions regarding the Second Life opening, sponsorship of the event, Second Life-based artwork and itself should be directed to Bryan Campen at 312.799.1329 or via email at Any questions or requests for interviews regarding the artist, installation and membership to The Long Now Foundation should be directed to Danielle Engelman at 415.561.6582 or via email at danielle -AT- longnow -DOT- org.

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