The Albright-Knox art gallery in Buffalo is currently holding an exhibition, Screen Play: Life in an Animated World. The exhibition will run until Sunday September 13th and in part describes itself as :
Screen Play: Life in an Animated World is the first exhibition devoted exclusively to examining the work of contemporary artists who use the techniques, technologies, and tropes of animation as tools in their practices. This unprecedented exhibition gathers together almost fifty captivating film, video, and immersive installations created during the past twenty-five years by more than three dozen artists from nearly twenty nations, filling the galleries of the 1905 Building and its Sculpture Court as well as the Gallery for New Media and the Auditorium.
There are many exhibitors, including at least a couple who have had a presence in Second Life. One is Chinese artist Cao Fei, whose exhibit at the exhibition is a tour of RMB City, which once had a place in Second Life. RMB City generated a hell of a lot a publicity back in the day and it seems, it still causes quite a buzz as I see it mentioned in many articles.
Hamlet Au over at New World Notes is a friend of Cao Fei (AKA China Tracy) and was an unpaid adviser on the project. Hamlet posted quite a few blog posts about RMB City, here’s one : RMB City Opens In London and Second Life: Metaverse-Based Art In An Internationally Renowned Gallery.
The New York Times also seem to like the project, here’s an article from them : Flying Avatars Admire the Artwork.