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The word: „Cyberspace“ is known now as an artword, its born from the word „Cyber“ (a shortform from the english word „Cybernetic“ that again comes from the greek word „Kybernetike“; „The art of navigate“ and the word „Space“. On the worldfamous Macy-Conferences in the years 1946 till 1953 Cybernetik was something of high interest. Wellknown and famous scientists as Alan Turing, John von Neumann and Heinz von Foerster started here from scratch the modern computertechnics and the programm-architecture, today the basics for the Cyberspace. The real Cyberspace was opened by Secondlife. So you speak of web 3-D or so called Metaverses. The Metaverses are Internet-based virtual timespace-infrastructures. The miracle that we are experiencing today: the Cyberspace, the dematerialized virtual time-space, the worldwide webbed society. where we „surf around„ with lightspeed. An artist that is NOT using this virtual universe as a challenge and a goal doesnt deserve the name „Avantgarde“ This e-book dedicated to the pioneer of the Cybernetic Art

Nicolas Schöffer. He was one of the most important artists of the second half of twentieth century. Father of Cybernetic Art, thus of so-called „interactivity“, he wanted to bring a prospective and nonbackward-looking vision of Art, which could help mankind to develop itself with a good hold on true creative and liberating possibilities of our times.


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TheEvil Chemistry: Who are you? MANAX: I am me.

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MANAX: I get some sort of sick, twisted enjoyment out of using virtual reality to make myself more busy and neglecting to relax more than it would occour in rl. TheEvil Chemistry: What do you do on sl?

email: junivers@gmail.com website: http://www.myspace.com/sevenjunivers junivers stockholm is an avatar in SL. He has an operater

MANAX: I usually get myself into a bunch of messes that I can‘t my wayjuni outa lot. of, The thenoperator I get banned a few and work he influences of junivers is times, then born in the early 50th. His influences started with classical I build something. music, but over the years all things he ever heard had some kind of impact. Sometimes he loved it and Toll (RL Janine Miller-Fritz) sometimes he didnt. junivers operator musicinfrom the TheEvil Chemistry: How many times have you been banned? Eden Artistic Summary: I am Technical Artist loved that works mixed very start of his life. Before he learned how to stand up and media (metal, wood, pyrotechnics, neon, fiber optics mowalk Armstrong stolevisual his heart. Then Elvis Presley saics,Louis glass, kinetics,trying and poetry) MANAX: Justly, twice. The third time was because I orbited someone who to grief me it. on my land, because stole it and thenwas he let The Beatles steal eject wouldn‘t work. Recently, my account broke, and i had toEducation: switch over to a fifth one. and Hardware Enginereeing Computer Science His life has been a journey in wich he saw many music styles being born. The musical revolution and fusion between Artist Statement music styles the thing thatUSA hadfor thethe greatest on TheEvil Chemistry: Are you afraid of being banned? I have lived inisBoise, Idaho last 30impact years and him. The ultimate king of collaboration, Miles Davis, finally worked in the high tech industry for over 18 years. Light brought together only theismusic but one. also the and electricity as not an art form not a styles common I found body, mind and soul of all cultures. The new born music MANAX: Not as much as I‘d expect myself to be. this to be a great way to integrate my love of technology from this time finally brought some of the greatest jazz with my love of art. My goal is to create art that is aumusiciansinteractive into the rock music. handled and andand canpop be touched, TheEvil Chemistry: How do you get your ideas for your buildstomated, on sl? Its hard to pick out some names Jaco and played with in a public arena. By but doing so Pastorious I believe I am Weather Report would be the choice if only one could be deliberately blurring the distinction between spectator and mentioned that had everlasting impact on the operator of participant, thus redefining the way we look at art. We find MANAX: I ask native leprechauns their opinions. junivers. ourselves as part of the art and the beauty of it junivers stockholm was born in SL 21th november 2006. I have found that my interests in second life are the He found thereal hyperinstrument right afterfor hethe waslast born in SL. same as my life pursuits. My focus several He started to jam and introduce the instruments for people have been on creating events to support local chariMANAX: Weapons and vehicles have usually proven the mostyears entertaining. he some people he formed SLopportuArt tiesmet. and Together non-profitwith foundations . I have found the Ensemble and composed for the SL instruments. They had nity to do so also in Second life, United Kingdom Cancer performances in SL and kept on inspire people to start and Research,, American Breast Foundation, Uthango, Virtual TheEvil Chemistry: What skills do you have in sl? play instruments and to join jam Africawith andvirtual Burningman\Burninglife are the some ofsessions. the event junivers also tried to jam on skype and had some expirithat have benefited from firework displays. ence from this technique when voice came to the first MANAX: Building, mostly. I‘m also a par scripter. I do customWhile charachters, too, obviously. currently working in pyrotechnics in the RL as look a viewer of SL.artist, SinceI then the jams Burningman havevoice foundwas thisintegrated real worldin application that juni participated in. juni also played with AOM and helpful while designing particles sculptures that utilize, inhyper instruments orchestra.I look The jams TheEvil Chemistry: What are the favorite groups you are in? troduced scripting ,the music and animation in in the cyberspace. forwas something more and more people wanted to ward to pushing the limits of this technologies andparticipadevelote in so juniinnovative formed thedesigns group world peace jammers. ping some with the Carp3 team. At the VJAZZ performances junivers uses stream for the MANAX: Probably the ones I made, lol. The Robot Comedy Nipple., MEVco, and People Against Negative Gormabs first time and its also his first solo performance in SL. Second Life TheEvil Chemistry: What is your favorite thing to make in sl? About He is a guy that loves to learn things and push the limits.

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CARP CREATORS Junivers Stockholm The 3. VJAZZ session (diabolus Benvolio VJAZZ DOM) 2008 02. 16. Sunday 1:30 PM SLT - 2 PM SLT visual artists:

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CARP CREATORS Junivers Stockholm The 6 th. VJAZZ & MAJam performance (diabolus Benvolio VJAZZ DOM) 2008 03. 01. Saturday 1:00 PM SLT - 4:00 PM SLT visual artists:

Josina Burgess Calimera Lane Caravaggio Bonetto Velazquez Bonetto audioartist:

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VIRTUAL VISIONS OF GLOBAL JUSTICE Art Show Gala to Celebrate the International Criminal Court in New Justice Center in Second Life with USC * Global event March 19th 5PM PST available online in Second Life * Hosted by USC Network Culture Project at the Annenberg School for Communication * A dozen prominent artists presenting new works on themes of justice * Unique interactive collaboration in virtual world connects real world issues The USC Network Culture Project at the Annenberg School for Communication harnesses creative potential in digital media with a groundbreaking new art exhibition opening March 19th at 5PM PST in Second Life. The Visions of Global Justice gala will share new works on themes of justice with international leaders to preview the new Justice Center in celebration of the International Criminal Court. On Wednesday March 19th the new Justice Commons and International Island sims in Second Life will feature a dozen talented artists from the virtual world presenting their visions of justice. USC Network Culture hosts this gala opening with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in partnership with Global Kids. Teens from Global Kids will also present original art at the Justice Commons throughout the month of March. This arts exhibition is a transmedia celebration of the International Criminal Court. Additionally, the International Criminal Court will be the topic of simulcasts on March 20th with Global Kids in the virtual worlds of Second Life, There, and Whyville. On the same day, the International Justice Center will host a live video screening in which former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan will receive the MacArthur Award for International Justice from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, an independent grantmaking institution committed to building a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. Mr. Annan will also deliver a major address on international justice. The March 20th simulcast will be the first time an international event will

streamed across all three of these virtual worlds. The International Justice Center builds on Global Kids’ groundbreaking work by establishing an online hub supporting the ICC and the global justice concerns it addresses; this innovative online learning center will provide resources for people to learn about the ICC, connect with ICC officials and advocates, and take action in support of human rights and international justice. Learn more about the Justice Center on the web at http://justicecenter.net. About USC Network Culture Project at the Annenberg School for Communication USC Network Culture Project is exploring how technology can be used to build bridges between cultures, promoting genuine dialogue with the residents of virtual worlds about what really matters, taking the conversation beyond branding, marketing and profits. The Network Culture Project is interested in how network culture and virtual online communities can have a real and significant impact on a wide range of activities including civic engagement, ethics, education and every day practices. About Global Kids In 2006, Global Kids became the first non-profit to develop a dedicated space for programming in the virtual world of Teen Second Life (TSL). Global Kids brings students from its New York-based programs into the organization’s headquarters to conduct youth leadership programming and stream audio and video of major international events. This innovative program is conducted in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation, UNICEF, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Youth Venture, and the International Criminal Court, among others. More information on this program can be found on the Global Kids’ website at www.GlobalKids.org. About the International Criminal Court The International Criminal Court is the world’s first international human rights tribunal, designed to investigate and try those accused of committing some of the worst violations of human rights, including genocide, mass rape and war crimes. The ICC, headquartered in The Hague,


CARP CREATORS Junivers Stockholm Netherlands since 1998, is investigating and trying crimes committed in Sudan, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic. The International Justice Center (IJC) is a project of Global Kids and is supported by a generous grant from the Digital Media and Learning initiative of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The IJC is an independent initiative and does not purport to represent or imply any formal association with the International Criminal Court. For more information, see http://www.justicecenter.net. Media Release Evonne Heyning USC Network Culture Project Tel: +1.310.953.1087 Skype: Amoration Email: networkculture@gmail.com http://www.holymeatballs.org/2008/03/usc_network_culture_project_an.html For Global Kids blog on this event.

Exhibiting Avatars in Second Life Tuna Oddfellow, AM Radio, Pavig Lok, Tooter Claxton, Juria Yoshikawa, Dancoyote Antonelli, Filthy Fluno, elros Tuominen, Chance Abattoir, Adam Ramona, Josina Burgess, Velazquez Bonetto, Junivers Stockholm; curated by In Kenzo, Bettina Tizzy and Delia Lake.

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CARP CREATORS Junivers Stockholm VISION of GLOBAL JUSTICE GALA Live audiovisual collaborative improvisation (VJAZZ) 2008 03. 19. 5 PM SLT -7 PM SLT visual artists:

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CARP CREATORS Junivers Stockholm CARP 5 1th. Worldpeacejamming-VJAZZ session the 5 avatar live audiovisual improvisation (diabolus Benvolio 100 meter VJAZZ DOM) 2008 05. 16. Friday 1.30 PM SLT audio artists:

Way Sands (S) Al Hoffmann (NL) Junivers Stockholm (S) visual artists:

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Break those WALLS lyrics by Josina Burgess They build Walls between countries They declare each other Bad They say: There is the enemy But the Walls are in their head… There are Generals and there are Presidents And they all speak out to the crowd To convince just everybody That there´s a war that is allowed… Look in your heart to see if there is a wall to break and let your mind be free just be real not another fake All these men, great and mighty Tell us “others” they are bad But what real is and what is certain Are the Walls right in their heads… It is time to awaken It is time that it is said give us back what you have taken Break those Walls right in your head… Break those Walls............ Break those Walls............


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2. The SL Wall Mother, should I trust the government?

On July 21 1990, nine months after the dismantlement of the Berlin Wall, Roger Waters and an all-star cast performed „The Wall“ at Potzdamer Platz in Berlin. The performance was watched by a live audience of 250,000 and half-billion people on TV. And now, the Cybernetic Art Research Project (CARP) bring „The Wall“ to SL...

Creativ director: Debbie Trilling Producer: Velazquez Bonetto Choreography and dancing: Caravaggio Bonetto, Debbie Trilling Elfod Nemeth, Klute Coppola Arena design and build: Velazquez Bonetto Wall design and build: Elfod Nemeth Puppets: Duggy Bing Special effects: Debbie Trilling and Velazquez Bonetto Costume design: Caravaggio Bonetto, Josina Burgess Scripting: Debbie Trilling Elfod Nemeth Velazquez Bonetto Song: Josina Burgess, Juniverse Stockholm


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CARP CREATORS Junivers Stockholm The making of the WALL Break those Walls: Juniverse Stockholm, Josina Burgess

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The Cybernetic Art Research Project proudly present.... ** The Wall ** ** ALL PROCEEDS TO RELAY FOR LIFE ** On July 21 1990, nine months after the dismantlement of the Berlin Wall, Roger Waters and an all-star cast performed „The Wall“ at the Potzdamer Platz in Berlin. The performance was watched by a live audience of 250,000 and an estimated half-billion people on television… And now, an international team of artists working with the Cybernetic Art Research Project (CARP) bring „The Wall“ to Second Life ™... A collaboration spanning over 10 weeks to bring Pink Floyd‘s ‚The Wall‘ into Second Life, with spectacular results... The five inital SL performances were a complete sell out and the original concert venue was filled within minutes. The Production Team of this incredible SL show are now relocating to Havens Paradise to the 4 SIM Mankind Tracer Amphitheatre. The Production Team of this incredible SL show are now relocating for further performances to the 4-SIM Mankind Tracer Amphitheatre @ Havens Paradise which has capacity for 150 people. What the audience have to say: „A MASSIVE, MAGICAL HIT.An unforgettable, enchanting triumph, ‚THE WALL‘ dazzles the senses and touches the heart.“ „Packed with shocks, sorcery, special effects and incredible costumes, ‚THE WALL‘ IS A SL SENSATION.“ „A GREAT BIG LUSCIOUS SL MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA. ‚THE WALL‘ has taken SL by surprise and will be a hit musical, powerful and subversive. It‘s a fabulous production.“ „An incredible technical feat to have achieved all this within SL“ „Up with the best live performances ever to be staged in SL“ „Sets a new benchmark for live performances in SL“


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CARP CREATORS Junivers Stockholm Velazquez and me discussed (like we do all the time) the Philosophy of H.J Krysmanski and his Power Structure Research. We got the idea to do something with that subject , maybe build a performence around that. Velazquez wanted to develop a new theatre and new technology and started building his Hypercube, while I was thinking about storylines and how to visualize all that. Velazquez and me talked about our idea with Junivers, maybe he could think with us and make some music to it...the great thing was that Juniverse also had thoughts about similar things and contacted Medora Chevalier, in rl working for a organisation caring about the homeless, she also had ideas and we started to discuss all in every monday meetings. From there the 4 of us started to work, and really hard. Velazquez (as usual) was the motor and started building in such a fast way that in a few days the idea for the theatre already changed in a real SL theatre with everyting in and on it, The RING was the name we used for the show to be andm Juniverse and me started to work on songs. I wrote sonme lyricks, Juniverse composed and we were sending files from Sweden to Holand and vice versa. I sang in and Juni sang, the voices together sounded really good so we did some more. Juniverse composed the most wonderful music and also medora started writing lyricks. The RING was becoming sl reality and we decided to devide it in chapters with every time another subject about injustice. poverty, environment, greed, power, etc. Every day the RING was in our minds, Velazquez developed a total new technology in steering and scripting, build a controler that is able to steer many things at the same time, moving prims and let them „live“ and record them. Velazquez build big puppets and I stood beside him watching, learning and copying what he did so I could build a puppet too. Then he did let them move...it was fantastic! Meanwhile other artists, scriptwriters, builders and dan-

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cers like Debbie Trilling, Flower Exonar, Sca Shilova, Milla Milla Noel, Blanche Argus, Efrantirise Morane, stepped in to help us make this new show work and become special. The whole building and scripting of the theatre was totally Velazquez work, he was performing miracles. We discussed about having some interaction with the audience and I got the idea that it would be so cool when the seats with the audience in it would fly up and into the stage and be like „in“ the whole experience. Velazquez made it happen and (of course) it worked. 360 degrees panorama‘s were used, emitters, a total city was build on the stage, trees grew and disapeared, objects moving all around, Vjazz on the stage, and we the „actors“ worked on the storyline. I made several new costumes and we went searching for good animations and avatars like butterflies to make the show even more interesting. The more the RING grew the more enthousiastic we became. Miulew Takahe stepped in and made a cam system for us that is able to shoot closeups or different views and on the spot the audience sees what its showing. In the state we are right now, rehearsals started and as far I can see this Metaverse Protest Show will be a huge step towards what is possible to create in SL and more then that we will be able to bring a message too. Josina Burgess


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In order to understand why I was one of the four people that initiated The Ring I have to tell a background story about my SL music.

Josina Burgess. The Wall was a big success and the music collaboration with Josina was fun, easy and gave a good result. People liked the song.

I have been jamming and playing in SL since my very early days. It was always done with pure SL technology. Some instruments were playable for real and some were „loop instruments“. Often the jams were open for anybody to participate in, but there was also bands with rehearsals and giving concerts. (SL Art Ensemble and World peace jammers). Some of us also collaborated with individuals and other bands in SL. One of the bands was AOM (Avatar Orchestra Metaverse).

Now... The CARP team is a very productive team and as soon as The Wall was ready they wanted to start a new project. Josina and Velazquez asked me once again to write original music but this time for the whole show. They handed me the background theory of H.J.Krysmanski. It had a lot of similarities to my own thinking and I saw the chance to do things concerning the nonprofit and help organisations. I talked to my friend from the homeless organisation, Geni Figaro/Medora Chevalier, if this was a thing that could help them. After some short discussions we knew that this was a chance to so something for this kind of organisations and we decided to try and combine our ideas with Josinas and Velazquez ideas. They both agreed that we had very much the same views and decided to start the process. During the initial phase of the production things changed a bit, but the core of our idea was still there.

The network grew over time and resulted in many things. One was that The Dove Rhode was given a piece of land at the Burning Life and there we had open jams. So... the network grew even more. One day Eden Toll came to a jam. She was a member of the CARP team. She liked what we were doing and asked me to join the CARP team for the coming up event called VJAZZ.I liked the idea. But it also meant that i had to start to stream. I had tried it but decided not to do it because it was to limited. I couldn‘t jam when i was using stream. But now i wanted to try again. There was a big element of jamming in VJAZZ. Visual art was supposed to meet music in a improvisation. Eden introduced me to Josina Burgess and Velazquez Bonetto. They liked my improvisations and I started to collaborate also with them. Now other things than VJAZZ came up - like the Global justice event where we made a VJAZZ session. Another big interest I had was about nonprofit and help organisations in SL. I had made a lot of research about them. I found places, met people and tried to understand the problems they had in SL. Amongst my SL friends I had one working in RL for homeless people. We started to discuss a lot, also with others from these organisations, about what changes that was needed. We understood that empty regions was one of the big problems for them and they needed help in order to bring their information to an audience. During this time The Wall was produced and i had been asked to write an original song to the lyrics from

We didn‘t reach the nonprofit and help organisations the way we wanted and needed. We realised that the full potential of our project The Ring couldn‘t be reached within the time we wanted so we decided that we could try and reach that in version 2 of The Ring.For me personally the production of The Ring meant a lot. Its based on my music in collaboration with Josina Burgess and Medora Chevalier. That is of course a great thing for me, but finding people that had so much to say about the state of the world we live in, and what is needed to do in order to make a better world, was even greater. I‘m very happy for this. We all need to help and to start think about it and get more aware is one of the main goals with The Ring. Even if people, in this case The Ring team, have some good causes, the production of a show has a lot of elements that are technical. Velazquez was/is our main scripter and builder and tried to listen to our ideas in order to do all the magic we asked for. I have been impressed of Velazquez many times and he didn‘t let me down this time


CARP CREATORS Junivers Stockholm either. My RL profession has been working with media, especially TV and live broadcasting. Therefore I had made a lot of research in SL about this field. I found some very nice equipment. One system that I liked a lot was made of Yumi Marakumi - the Bijo cam system. I introduced this system and the idea of using cameras in order to deliver cam views to the audience and recording videos of the show. The team liked the idea and Velazques eventually found time to script his own system. When i write this we have come a long way. We´re about to have open rehearsals and so far the ones that saw and heard the show have been very positive to it. The cam system is ready to be programmed and put in the time line. This is about to be done now. We also wrote special manuscripts for 2 of the songs. After rehearsals of these, and programming the cam system, we are ready for the big audience. In our planning there also is things concerning the non profit and help organisations. I think we all did something that can change how SL can help these organisations. So this is the beginning for a new platform, both in technology and the reason why to produce events in SL. I´m very happy to be in it ! There are many people to mention that has meant something to me -too many to be honest. But 2 people have had a special influence for me to be able to do all the things i´ve done lately. One is Bibi Book that helped me with the streaming and helped me get a streaming server. The other one is Barney Boomslang that gave me the streaming server. Thanks a lot, and thanks all you that i didn´t mention. Junivers Stockholm

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My dear friends, You are truly becoming my friends as we come to know each other as individuals as we work hard, debate, discuss, argue, celebrate and laugh. First, I am so proud to be with you in this work. The ambition is high and we are getting a long way. Already it is a work that will set a new benchmark in SL. Vela - you are a master craftsman of a whole new art form. You are the maestro who turns dreams into beautiful representations using amazing new tools and finding completely new solutions to our outrageous ambitions :)))) I take my hat off to you! Josi - you are passionate, visionary and so committed. I love your voice with all its lights, shadows and colours. Thank you for making us all look so stunning with your lovely costumes. I just feel so beautiful and strong as I fly as your angel or forest spirit. Juni - wow that music! Do you really understand what a great work you have composed? Like all maestros you always have that dissatisfaction with your work. There is always another level to take it. Well, while you must keep climbing Mount Parnassus of course - do stop to draw a deep breath and see how far you have climbed, our talented friend! Your deep belief that music can draw together and bind people together to transform the world through our SL connections permeates the whole work. Now there is this great idea you have had to use the camera system in performance. For the first time in SL all the audience will get to see the drama properly. This is ground breaking. I am sure other will follow but it was your conception first. And all my fellow nymphs, demons, angels, world destroyers, dancers with all the many talents you are bringing to this. Bravissimo! It‘s so great to work with you all. Thanks too for the challenges, critiques and ideas - they are what drives the Ring „deeper, darker, richer“ :)))) SL has been a place where there has been some great

entertainment in new forms, arts and arts experiment - but not yet Art - in the sense of something that speaks beyond its own time and can touch and change many lives. Do you know that we have a good chance to get there? We might fail - artists do - but we might succeed! As we open up rehearsals we hear the audience response and feedback. Now we start to understand the impact the work can have on other people. I hope they will give us critiques too to help us to strengthen it. It may mean some changes but it will make it greater. So… I want to share a little bit about my RL self with you before going on to share my vision of the „back story“ to King of the World. Juni’s script adds to the lyrics I wrote and his great music but it is still changing and evolving as we test ideas. I want to challenge us all to push it up to be real drama. So people feel differently at the end. Here‘s why. In RL I have always been a campaigner - for peace, for women‘s rights and, for a long time for arts and culture. During part of the 11 years I spent in that field I ran the national organisation for artists and arts organisations - theatres, galleries, concert halls, festivals, community arts. I made some changes I am proud of (ask me if you are interested). But the main thing I remember is that really great artists get the strongest artistic experience from working with people and communities who have been blocked „outside the gates of the city“ - helping tell the true stories of their experience so other people can see and feel it. We are on track to do that. When this becomes „Art“ it crosses boundaries of age, class, race, nationality and time. Think of Shakespeare‘s King Lear in the storm seeing the poor people he never saw when he was in power „ Poor naked wretches (poor people)...that bide (suffer) the pelting (blows) of this pitiless storm, how shall your houseless heads and un-


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fed sides...defend you.. Oh I have taken too little care of this! Take physic (medicine), pomp (rich people).expose yourself to feel what wretches feel!“ King Lear Act I, Scene 4

So the homeless need to look like ordinary people but down on our luck, sad, injured but by the end helping the guy who has fallen down.

Now I run a national homelessness charity. Our campaign is to end homelessness, starting with rough sleeping.. We have persuaded the mayor of London, the European Parliament and the Government to aim to end street homelessness. We know people can get out. 20,000 people left the streets of London in the last 10 years. There are 300 left each night. In New York and Paris, Rome, Madrid there are thousands. This can change.

The audience has to recognise us as the victims of our damaging money obsessed culture. But at the end people like us. People who are decent and caring and who need a helping hand out. We‘re still searching out some great animations and poses.

Most people look at people sleeping on the streets as different - bums, no hopers, addicts, stupid dangerous. „Lower than a rat“. In fact they are you or I but unlucky. They were teachers, bankers, musicians, soldiers, businessmen or people whose childhood was hurt by losing their family or abuse. And the better news is that all around us in our society are perfectly normal people with jobs and families who were once those „bums“ other people despise. Some of them are my friends or work in senior jobs in my sector King of the World is about one man‘s journey to discover that. How one bad business deal leads so quickly into losing everything. Friends very quickly become ex friends. Like many others he uses drink or drugs to hide the pain and the cold and make him feel better about himself. The aim is to take the audience on that journey with him. They start almost ignoring the homeless people sitting quiet on the stage. Maybe they laugh when the car almost runs one over. They focus on what the rich guy and his girl are doing. By the final verse they need to see the homeless as people who are, not comic, but like us, needing respect and understanding. In the end they are the ones who help the guy who has lost everything. Everyone else continues to walk on by. We know it is the poor in communities who often show the most solidarity and help others if there is a disaster and lose everything.

Our first open performance upset someone. You know why? She suddenly saw what SL could be used for - real Art about real issues for humanity. And she was upset at how she‘d wasted her time before. Let‘s tap into people‘s emotions, their care for each other, and go change the world! Medora Chevalier


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We get what we deserve Music & lyrics: junivers Stockholm,

I see the writings on the wall. I know this means we´re gonna fall The diabolus artspace presents The RINGS (Homo sapiens Version 2.0) protest musical Lyrics: Josina Burgess(NL), Medora Chevaier(UK), Junivers Stockholm(S) Music: Junivers Stockholm (S), Josina Burgess(NL) Creative director/producer/builder/scripting: Velazquez Bonetto(D) Special effects: Debbie Trilling (UK), Elfod Nemeth(UK) Costumes: Josina Burgess(NL) Scenario design and graphics: Velazquez Bonetto(D), Caravaggio Bonetto(A) Panorama Photography: Jan van der Woning(NL) Actors: MillaMilla Noel(I), Josina Burgess(NL), Medora Chevaier(UK), blanche Argus(S), Klute Coppola(F), Debbie Trilling (UK) Junivers Stockholm(S), Sca Shilova, Efrantirise Morane (I)

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Medora Chevalier: narrator text THE RING ... BREAK THE WALLS Our story begins with the „innocents“ Our innocence. We live our lives. We believe we are free. We believe we are innocent. What do we know of reality? What do we know of the circles we round? We dance to the tunes others make? In the centre is wealth beyond our wildest dreams In the outer darkness the poor, the hungrey, the homeless, the raped, the slaughtered If the power of the Ring is unbroken What will become of our beautiful world? .... WHAT WE DESERVE Our world is injured We cannot let it die We see it as something apart But feel it! We are connected to all people, to all nature So why - why on earth Is it money we worship The root of war, the root of destruction? ... GLOBAL WOOD We feel so high on money! It pours through our pockets and our hands! We can do anything! We are Kings! Out of my way losers! You bring it on yourselves! I’m far more than okay But there - just 2 pay cheques away ...KING OF THE WORLD They build the walls to keep the privilege We like the walls - they keep our fears away! Keep the poor the other side! Keep the stranger the other side! Keep the enemy the other side! Do we keep the walls Do we sigh a deep sigh that they are there But do nothing? Or do we BREAK them?

Giving up the old certainties We are alone on the rock We burn under the sun Our mouths dry Our skin taunt But what is that call behind us Can we turn and hear where it leads us? ...DESERT/FOREST SONG The source of strength is there We can draw it in We use focus it Feel our own strength But what to do The time is short Who are the voices who can guide us? Where do they lead us? Will we hear before it is too late? ...7 TO 12 It is NOT too late We are not alone We are together Nature itself is with us Life is strong When it is beautiful To save the future We must celebrate its life Breathe the air Feel the wind blow through us Dance on the breezes Draw in the strength Use it together There is HOPE ...ONE Imagine there’s no wars – can you? Imagine all the people living life in peace – can we? Can we unite? Can we act? Its up to us Yes we can Together


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Josina Burgess: narrator text THE RINGS The story we are going to tell you is based on the philosophy of Krysmanski and many other great thinkers…Our world in fact is ruled by a few people…..the super-super rich….They stand in the inner Ring of the world and rule from there, they send out their orders to the other rings..the presidents..generals..militairy..administrations etc etc…at the almost last Ring there is us and the very last there is most of all the the people with almost no chances in life…the poor…..fugitives… the homeless…. We want to send out a message to you…We are stronger then we think…We can unite..we have a voice..we can call out and change the world…but what do we do????? WHAT WE DESERVE We get what we deserve..because..we polute..destroy..consume and throw away…ignore..we do all of that to our world ..and our world..the beautiful planet we live on responses…we all see it happening around us…and we get what we deserve…… GLOBAL WOOD The world is like Global Wood..where money hangs on trees….the greed for more power, more money is of all times…it never stops, we all are in that race to get more and more, we think we help by giving money to good causes, and sometimes it helps really, but never enough, millions are send to countries suffering from disasters, many times that money ends in the wrong pockets…can we change that? How can we really help? Is it worth to search a little and find the real people that use our money honoustly and give the real help to the people in need… KING OF THE WORLD The city….many of us live there…always in a hurry..always with our heads and minds focussed on the next step to take…busy with our own problems..our eyes closed to those ones living around us and dont have the possibilities we have ..victims of their own mistakes…but still victims…we walk by..we pass without giving them second look or just a smile..we ignore…

BREAK THE WALLS We listen to our rulers…our presidents and generals..do we take for granted what they say… can we think ourselves? Break the walls in our heads as well the walls in theirs? Can we find peace in a world where wars are all over and going on and going on…can we?. DESERT/FORREST SONG We sometimes feel ourselves lost in a desert of lonelyness…we sometimes feel like there is no hope..but there is always hope…even in the darkest moments you can find it in what’s around you..can find a helping hand and accept that hand…every moment can become a turning point for you as well for others…there is strenght in everybody, find that strenght and you find hope.. 7 TO 12 /GROWING OLD SONG We will grow older..and what world will we give to the generations after us? What do we do to give them a world to live on in harmony? Are we going to make this world a great place for them to live on? We can..but do we will? Are we willing to take the steps needed to make this world a place of peace and harmony for our children and grandchildren? We are able to do that..when we unite… BEAUTIFUL WORLD Oh this world…. our blue, beautiful planet is so wonderful…ther is beauty in nature and flowers.. in lakes and parks.. in animals and children….in love and in warmth…. The World has so much to offer….its our home… .we breath her air and feel her wind through our hair..we see her beauty and enjoy it….let it stay that way forever…… THIS WORLD It all about us…WE all together…Imagine how our world would be when we unite and stay together…Imagine there was no more war..Imagine there was food for all…Imagine we would live in peace and harmony….Imagine WE can do that all….


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The global Wood „A human being is part of a whole, called by us the „Universe,“ a partlimited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.“ Albert Einstein The Global Wood. Lyrics by Josina Burgess There is a wood…a Global wood, where money hangs on treesIt generates a Global wealth for just a few to see Only a few.. a Happy few.. they closed an evil pact This small amount of Human Snakes.. that made this self-select Billions go to Afghanistan and millions to Atjeh The victims of old Pakistan, for the happy few a play A Game to get the money there, for nobody to find Just in Their pockets it will end ad suffering leaves behind It’s a global wood Global wood In - balance is the name The dance around the money tree For the happy few their game And Libra’s arms are not alike, the balance is not right The suffering of half the world causes hate and war and fight But the happy few , the Happy few, don’t care. Don’t feel. Don’t see They dance their dance of ignorance .. around the money tree It’s a global wood Global wood In – balance is the name The dance around the money tree For the happy few their game

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King of the World Music: Junivers Stockholm, Lyrics: Medora Chevalier, Additional lyrics: Junivers Stockholm

Chorus 1: Open your eyes Open your ears Open your mind to see the truth Open yourself to change it Chorus 2: Open your eyes Open your ears Open your heart to feel it Open yourself to share it King of the world, he walks on by King of the world doesn‘t see the homeless guy King of the world money gained, the evening‘s fun His mind is full of triumphs won King of the world, why should he care King of the world, its not him in dispare King of the world, he reached success, now he´s the best he knows how to invest

King of the world, one deal too far King of the world, No more family or car King of the world, His money gone, and friends go too Soon the drink is all that‘s true King of the world lower than a rat King of the world They don‘t know that King of the world When spirits drown him He‘s not down! He‘s the King of the world King of the world lower than a rat King of the world They don‘t know that King of the world When spirits drown him He‘s not down! He‘s the King of the world

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King of the world Total time 3.40 (220)

Actors: All (juni, Josi, Medora, Vela, Deb, Milla, Blanche, Sca, Efran.) Rich guy in city overcoat with Briefcase (rags underneath) (juni) GF smart suited, short skity high heels. (has a sports car - and mobil phone) (Deb) Evil looking big guy with truck loaded with weapon - parked and waiting. (Vela - or?) 2 Homeless beggars in rags that annoice people (Josi, Medora and Milla or Blanche) 1 Hooker (Blanche) 1 smart looking guys making a deal with the hooker (Efran) 2 Police (Sca, milla)

Debs car and a truck are integrated to the scene. Before the scene starts Deb, juni are already in the cars. Debs car is hidden behind houses at the right of the stage. The truck is parked in stage center back at the skyscrapes and the driver stands outside the truck smoking. The 2 guys and the hooker stands nearby the truck. 2 homeless are by the homeless cardboard houses. 1 homeless (Josi) are closer to the audience. All actors TP to their place before the song starts and comes up with the sceneries.

SONG INTRO 0-8 Guy talks to hooker. 1 homeless by small cardboard houses walking towards the audience carrying a sing saying „hungry and homeless“ - kneels infront of the audience and begs. 1 homeless is in a cardboard house walking out of it. OVERVIEW CAM - CENTER (0) (Cam1)

SONG INTRO 8 -15 Car drives across stage towards the truck - almost runs over a homeless. Parks by the truck LOW ANGLE - HALF CLOSE CAM - CENTER (8) (Cam2)

SONG INTRO 15 - 34 Deb and juni comes to the truck. Jumps out of the car. Talks to

the truckdriver. Truck driver shows weapon. (The hooker and the guy are in the view too). Poseballs are used were its neccessary. OVERVIEW HALFE CLOSE CAM - RIGHT (15) (Cam3) CLOSE UP - weapon (28) (Cam4)

REFRAIN 1 34 -1.05 1 homeless warming hands by fire (the back to audience). 1 still infront of the audience HALFE CLOSE CAM - audience and begger in background (34) (Cam5) CLOSE UP - beggar crying, 1 homeless in background by fire (49) (Cam6) OVERVIEW - audience, beggars back (57) (Cam7)

VERSE 1 1.05 - 1.38 other one.

The homeless infront of the audience walks back to the juni walks by the homeless cardboard boxes. Homeless approaches him begging. He just walks right

into them and continues to the bank. OVERVIEW CAM (same as in scene before - no changes) (Cam7) OVERVIEW CAM VERY WIDE (64) (Cam8) MID CLOSE CAM - juni walking towards homeless (1.11)(71)(Cam9) CLOSE CAM - juni walk right into homeless (1.16)(76) (Cam10) LOW ANGLE WIDE RANGE CAM juni walking towards bank (1.22)(82) (Cam11) CLOSE CAM from left - juni walks into bank (1.31) (91) (Cam12)

INSTRUMENTAL BRIDGE 1.38 - 1.54 The guy and the hooker starts dancing/kiss juni walks back with money. OVER VIEW CAM (1.38)(98)(Cam13) MID CLOSE CAM - hooker and guys (1.42)(102)(Cam14) CLOSE UP - Hooker (1.46)(106) (Cam15) MID CLOSE - Hooker and guys (1.50)(110)(Cam16)

REFRAIN 2 1.54 - 2.25 juni shows money for truckdriver - hands him the money. Deb gets crossed and walks away and stops (by poseballs) and starts argueing. Juni argues too and gets slapped MID CLOSE UP - juni shows the money - Deb walks away, juni after her (Cam17)(114)


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VERSE 2 possible) 2.25 - 3.00

Deb and juni argueing (125) (Cam 18) Deb and juni argueing (130) (Cam 19) Deb and juni argueing (135) (Cam 20)

City changes to cardborard city - 5-10 secs fade (if

Deb walks away. Makes a phone call. Policecar comes. Police goes out of car. Deb points out juni. Homeless watch it happen. WIDE RANGE City changes, Deb walks away to new position (145) (Cam 21) MID CLOSE UP Deb makes a phonecall (155) (Cam 22) MID WIDE Policecar comes, drives up to Deb. Deb pointing out juni (165) (Cam 23)

VERSE 3 (same as 2) 3.00 - 3.30 Police walks up to juni. Juni pretends to be innocent. Police grabs juni and walks towards the police car. MID WIDE Police walks up to juni () (Cam 23) swift poseballs? CLOSE UP Police and juni talking (180) (Cam 24) CLOSE UP Police and juni talking (190) (Cam 25) MID CLOSE Police and juni talking (200) (Cam 26) MID WIDE Police walking away with juni () (Cam 27)

SONG ENDING 3.30 - 3.37 juni jumps into the mousetrap and clothes changes to rags. MID CLOSE juni in mousetrap (210) (Cam 27)

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The Forest Lyrics Medora Chevalier Music: Junivers Stockholm,

On the rock the child ‚s alone He looks at sand and sky and stone The heat burns deep through skin to bone No sound of life around him. A far bird sings her gentle song The boy turns round and gazes long The forest stands there - dark and strong Its deep song calls out to him. His bare feet feel the calling path His toes the dampness of the earth A place where small things move and birth The forest living draws him. Deeper, darker, richer, cool A bubbling green life giving pool Deeper, darker, richer, cool He fills his body, floating, still Deeper, darker, richer, cool Soaks in the force around him. Now he hears the life‘s forces soar Birds and insects, forest floor Invade his being, living loving He is not he but all.

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7 2 12 „Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.“ Margaret Mead „If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it „ Mahatma Gandhi „Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. „ Martin Luther King „Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.“ Nelson Mandela „You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. „ Kahlil Gibran „We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.“ Marie Curie

Lyrics & Music: Junivers Stockholm, Additional lyrics Medora Chevalier I thought I‘d lost my soul I was blinded, couldn‘t see my goal And then I found myself... But now it‘s seven to twelve I‘ve got kids of my own And they have kids - that‘s the seed I‘ve sown. What I leave - that‘s for them to tell... But now it‘s seven to twelve And the winds of changes also reached me. What a time to be the one that sees it clear. I´ve got seven minutes to eternity That‘s the way it is That‘s the way it is - to grow old I feel like stopping Time. Make the best of it and give what‘s mine! Let eternity look out for itself... But still it‘s seven to twelve I think I finally understood It‘s about love, peace and brotherhood. Don‘t just imagine - come on, let‘s get it done! Come on and lets get it done! Though it‘s seven to twelve

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This World Lyrics Josina Burgess Music: Junivers Stockholm,

Am I awake or sleeping.. My brain gets over used Its like a nightmare deepen My mind is all convused, I walk around in circles My voice out of control My spirit reaches for miracles To drag me out this hole My heart goes out for everyone that feels the same, the same like me That wants this mess be cleared and gone Taking out the misery My heart goes out for everyone.. We live a life of emptiness We do not search the thruth We want a lot, but doing less And think that is enough The competition leads nowhere Our fights will have no end Injustice is all over there The rich will never bend

But when we will wake up some day and straight our backs our backs upright What when our voices scream the “Nee� To those who want no light and turn them bright Could we together change that tide.. Could we unite and change the world And set it into light Could we together change that world And let the sun shine bright Its all about us waking up And stand up for our rights Together we could reach the top And put the world in lights Could we unite and send the word throughout the world and make it right Could we together change that world And make wars disappear and hold us tight Could we go out and spread the word I wonder if we would and could..

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the rings

.....The CARP creative team add a 5th ring: the looser and the victims of this system, and describe for the free world-citizens the changing strategys.......

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Hi my friends. Message in a bottle from a sandy beach in Crete listening to the waves and watching the clear sea (just before I dive in) Had been meaning to set out my Rings journey for a while. Here it is. Long as ever (well its my style and at work I‘m so brief you wouldn‘t believe it! :) Hope it‘s ok for you Peace and love from the South Med. Juni and I started discussing the potential of SL more than a year ago. We were both convinced that there was something important in this new way for people to meet, make connections and learn from each other. It offers new ways for ideas and campaigns to become global. It offers new ways for people to find others who care about the future of the world - to debate, discuss, agree and disagree - and to act in our different ways in RL to bring change. People talk of the „wisdom of crowds“ that emerges in the Metaverse. Well here it can emerge, crossing boundaries of nationality, age, gender, race, politics and religion. We can make new connections, new understandings, new alliances and networks. BUT we also saw so many empty sims. Places where good information about important issues, vital to the future of humanity and our planet, was left unvisited and unread, unacted on where action is most needed. SL‘s visitors were being drawn to clubs, shopping, music, fun. Concerts were held for good causes and raised money for them. But where did the audiences hear about the work, get encouraged to be involved? We talked with people like Jacques from Humanbe and Hippyjim from Greenpeace about this problem. We decided to look for ways to bring campaigning and music performance together. The prime aim was not to raise funds, but to raise awareness.

It was such a pleasure to find Josi and Vela already thinking and working along the same lines. Their art work was already special and pushing the boundaries. Josi‘s experience as a professional protest singer enriching her lyrics. Vela‘s radicalism expressed through his challenges to art form orthodoxy. We knew working as a group together we could aim higher and explicitly to spark debate on social change. We started meeting on Commonwealth weekly, looking at the issues highlighted there by the good causes : homelessness; injustice; war; environmental destruction. We saw the beautiful panorama of the Arctic - the very spot where the hole in the ozone layer was discovered. We thought of different possibilities SL offers to surround and immerse people in understanding. Josi‘s imagination began to sketch some of the scenes. Vela to start to realise them in exciting ways. I went searching for the philosophers to guide the way ahead. Juni‘s musical inspiration became limitless. Juni had been inspired by the words of Albert Einstein. A human being is part of a whole, known by us as the universe. My lyrics to Forest envisioned a world where, after man made destruction, we could find a way back to realise our connection with Nature. The forest pool is a potent symbol to me, the source of rich life. SL‘s shape shifting is a constant source of fantasy and laughter for me. In my forest mood I visited that great place Grendel‘s. When I first flew my butterfly out to express One, Veal just shouthed WOW,WOW, WOW. From then on we introduced more and more of this special side of SL into the performance. King of the World could not be more different from Forest. Gritty, urban, it had to tell in a few minutes the whole story of the „fall“ of everyman - one that echoes the real stories I hear as a campaigner for an end to homelessness. Juni‘s music fits this perfectly. When we started rehearsals I was the awkward one - dances wouldn‘t do for this, I wanted drama and home-


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less people who were real human beings, not caricatures. Everyone was just brilliant. They tolerated my intolerance and quickly rose to the challenge - Blanche with her great theatre sense, Josi working on her pitiful beggar, Vela building a huge cardboard city, Sca making anims and Juni with the brainwave of using cameras to heighten the focus on the drama. Debbie, Efran, Milla, Klute all bringing their talents and interpretations. Hours of directing,searching for our hobo looks, and rehearsing. Laughter as we changed shapes, clothes and gender. But I hope that work pays off in the message it carries - the poor are the same as us, we should connect, we are just luckier, not better. The path has been an interesting one. It‘s challenging but so stimulating and rewarding to work with such great people from different countries and backgrounds. Oh and we sometimes laughed so much when we played that we cried. Hope you all enjoy the show. We certainly enjoyed making it. And if you can - please join the weekly discussions and the Rings group. Solutions lie in our hands, we just need to connect. Be the change you want to see. Medora Chevalier


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CARP CREATORS Junivers Stockholm BREAK THE WALLS Story We live our lives from day to day, in our jobs, in our houses, taking care of our business and are so busy, busy, busy. Always in a hurry, always running after something..in the evenings we sit for our tv, watch the news and see what is going on in the world…we listen to the words spoken by people we think are the ones who Know it all..and believe what they say. We let them form our minds and thoughts and take it for granted most of the time.. We read papers and magazines and read the stories of people we think who Know it all, and believe what they say and take it for granted most of the time.. We shake our heads when we hear about wars and evil and death and destruction, pollution and smog and climat change. We hear messages of energysources drying up, food that will be more expensive, and we shake our heads and go on with our lives from day to day, in our jobs and our houses and are so busy, busy, busy.. But……do we ask ourselves questions? Do we still Think ourselves? Do we Care about each other? Do we Help when Help is needed? What do We do? WHAT DO WE DO? We have Walls in our heads, we think to protect us from evil outside, as a shield is comforts us and makes it more easy to survive…We think.. but we dont think at all…we just hide behind them because when we really would start to think, and to care, and to help things would change…and we dont like changing..we want to stick in our habbits of living our lives from day to day, in our jobs, in our houses and being busy,busy,busy. And in the evenings we sit for our tv and watch the news..and take whats said and showed for granted…most of the time……. Josi

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Not possible in the real life Friday, October 17, 2008 http://npirl.blogspot.com/2008/10/rings-homo-sapiensversion-20-protest.html Alpha Auer The RINGS is a work created in Second Life® by a multinational team within the Cybernetic Art Research Project (C.A.R.P). Josina Burgess, one of the minds behind the production tells that this has been developed through months of collaboration by a creative team drawn from Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Italy, France and the UK. Taking its principles from hyperfunctionalism as well as H.J.Krysmanski‘s Power Structure Research. This team has put together an impeccable musical production which utilizes cutting edge technologies such as collaborative worldwide song composition/ recording/ mixing techniques, automatic audiovisual timeline controlling systems, flying seat systems as well as a 4d live-cut camera system and puppet animation record/play system. Says Josina Burgess: „Every scene has a real concrete RL Inspiration, not a formal one but more the content of it. The title RINGS comes from the Power Structure Research. We used as a content base the description of H.J Krysmanski. In the themes we added a 5th ring. In this ring are the victims of the system. The form we used always has to do with the themes from then. But it was never the goal or the intention to use styles from what ever direction. Better to use fitting formats that helped to understand the content of the message. We call that Hyperfunctionalism... ... All together this 4 ring system shows and describes the worldwide experimentation to re-organize the ruling class; that without a strong state and under the conditions of regulation of economic, collective forms have to survive. The absolutely designated personnel of this „Ring castle“. In fact a few thousand in the outside ring, operates more

and more in a environment of absolute corruption: „The relation of corruption in the Antiques and in Modern times towards world-relations were named as falsifications. Corruptions (as a statement) cant play any role in the governance forms of today, because they themselves are the substance and the totality of the Empire. Corruption is the true performing of commands, without any relation or adequate subscription to the Demimonde (Hardt u. Negri 2002, 398).“ The Rings is an impeccable production, which would do any Real Life theatrical venture proud; taking the fundamental concepts of Real Life scenography and stage production into a virtual dimension particularly through the usage of the controlled camera system. Indeed for me there were immediate Real Life associations, one being the Laterna Magika from Prague. Thus I could not help but wonder how it‘s creators Alfréd Radok and Josef Svoboda would have used the technology in relation to the multilingual social milieu of the metaverse. The underlying premise of Laterna Magika was the seeking of a universal non-verbal theatrical language, which Radok and Svoboda considered to be of essence in view of the emergence of a global culture - and this as early as in the 1950‘s. Thus the entire lavishness of the stage constructions as well as the extensive usage of media elements were used to this end, i.e., they carried an inherent mission which went far beyond the pursuit of a merely spectacular visual display. Radok and Svoboda were in pursuit of developing a visual language of narrative, capable of expressing far more than the obvious: One of a level of sophistication and complexity that would render the spoken word obsolete in its ability to convey layers of meaning and narrative. So, I cannot help but wonder whether the theater producers of the metaverse might not give this consideration also: Today, in the metaverse we are indeed faced with a multi-lingual culture. The delightful neko designers whose devoted customer I am and whom I often try to engage in conversation are usually Japanese and not in good command of English. Another good example to this conundrum would be the colony of French Chris Marker aficionados that seems to have


CARP CREATORS Junivers Stockholm grown in my neighbor sim Ouvroir, which houses the Chris Marker exhibit of the Gestaltungsmuseum, Zurich. Again, I find that, more often than not, communication in English with these new neighbors proves to be a problematic proposition. The visuals of the Ring are indeed beyond any reproach. The stage sets, the special effects, the usage of shape, texture and color satisfied even a stickler for perfection like myself. The animations that bring together the choreography are impressive and then most importantly the quality of the music is of such a level that I felt compelled to ask Josina Burgess additional questions with regard to its creation. Having voiced my admiration for the production of the Rings - and again, I am truly impressed with the high level of professionalism and perfection here, I nonetheless have questions: The all important one is the reliance upon the spoken word to the extent that the performance does. And yet another one is the usage of an enclosed auditorium: Since we are in an environment where as far as creativity is concerned the sky seems to be the limit, why not take this into the very skies of Second Life? Or under the water? Or indeed both? Wouldn‘t this also not go towards some truly unexpected, if not downright magical usages of the controlled camera system which contributes so hugely to the viewing experience of the Rings? This is a truly talented team of people that have put together a performance that is definitely a must see in Second Life. And in the end, I would love to see them move further into the development of a purely visually narrative language as well as into the realization of content material that is more in the nature of a free fall rather than one which materializes as the conveyance of a somewhat direct message. In short one that leaves more room for the associative, the ephemeral, the complex, the alluded. I have no doubt whatsoever that their combined creativity is more than amply equipped to accomplish even far more substantial feats than the mere realization of my hopes in this regard.

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Here is a video by Gary Hazlitt and his Just Virtual Film of C.A.R.P.‘s first musical production: The Wall, V-2 The all original score is the work of Junivers Stockholm (S) and Josina Burgess (NL), while the lyrics on which this is based too originate from Josina Burgess, together with Medora Chevalier (UK) and again Junivers Stockholm. Indeed looking at the credits list much of the creative momentum behind this work can be ascribed to Josina Burgess who has also been instrumental in the design of the sets and costumes and Junivers Stockholm who has also been effective in scripting and special effects, the script writing and direction to KoTW and camera directing. Velasquez Bonetto is the creative director/producer as well as the builder and scripter of the Rings. The songs are sung by Josina and Junivers working together from a distance by sending files over to each other from Holland to Sweden and vice versa. Other names involved in the creative effort are Debbie Trilling and Elfod Nemeth (both from the UK) for special effects, Caravaggio Bonetto (A) for scenario, building and graphics, Medora Chevalier (UK) for the concept of the King of the World song which she co-authored with Junivers Stcokholm, beyond which Medora was also the narrator, script and supervising editor to KoTW. Panorama photography has been undertaken by Jan van der Woning (NL), the animations by Sca Shilova (NL). The actors and dancers of the Ring are: Blanche Argus (S), Josina Burgess (NL), Medora Chevalier (UK), Klute Coppola (F), Efrantirise Morane (I), MillaMilla Noel (I), Junivers Stockholm (S), Sca Shilova (NL) and the sax was played by Jazzoru Otoole (S).


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3 August 2008: For immediate release

400 years ago artists came together in Italy to create the first performance of new work that brought together music, drama, dance and the visual arts – a form that became known as opera.

tist said: „It is our responsibility as artists to call the public attention to questions where further thinking and searching for solutions is needed. The message of this artwork comes on several channels and addresses both the emotional and the rational side of the viewer. The Rings may have many different interpretations. There is nothing more boring than explanations at how it should be understood and nothing more exciting and thrilling than a simple and clear artistic language that can talk in a second of visual delight about human questions of huge magnitude.“

In the 21st century virtual reality is home to new forms of artistic collaboration in which national and art form boundaries disappear. New forms, as yet unnamed, emerge. And new forms of social connection reach across the globe, addressing the pressing challenges of human survival and the way we become divided from each other.

Junivers Stockholm, composer and director, said: „For a long time I have believed in the potential of the Metaverse to connect people in new and powerful ways: to take humanity to a future of cooperation instead of competition. Music has the power to draw people in to work on the answers to the major questions of our time.“

The Rings is a work created in Second Life by a multinational team within the Cybernetic Art Research Project (C.A.R.P). It has been developed through months of collaboration. The creative team is drawn from Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Austria and the UK. The performers are based also in Italy and France.

Josina Burgess, CARP co-founder, lyricist and vocalist said: „We should never underestimate the power of song to wake people up and to mobilise people to change the world. From the beginning of time it has brought people together in unity and strength.“

The Rings Virtual reality‘s protest rock opera grows from new forms of international artistic collaboration

It takes the form of a rock opera with composed lyrics and music, building and scripting, costumes, shape changing, flight, dance and drama underpinned by new use of in world cinematic techniques.

Medora Chevalier, lyricist and performer, is a campaigner against homelessness. She added: „Many of the evils of our world can be tackled if we open up our sense of connection to other people and to nature in its beauty. Then we can stop the exploitation of people and living things that so threatens our world and future generations“

The Rings celebrates the miracle of the Metaverse, the dematerialized virtual time-space. It asks - is this where humanity can at last unite: to overcome the forces that push us towards global destruction and blames victims for the pain they feel. It reminds us that we can be guided towards optimistic action by great humanists and philosophers.

The Rings will be performed at the Artspace Diabolus NMC Lab, Second Life The premiere is Saturday 6 September at 1pm SLT (10pm CETs, 9pm GMT) with a 2nd showing at 2.30pm (11.30pm CETs, 10.30 GMT).

It ends on a note of optimism. We are invited to unite and change the world. After performances on Thursdays there will be Rings discussion circles, involving campaign organisations active in Second Life.

Audiences are advised to arrive at least 20 minutes early as the open rehearsals that have been held have attracted full sims. Thereafter it will be performed on Sundays and Thursdays at 2pm SLT.

Velazquez Bonetto, CARP co-founder and virtual reality ar-

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CARP CREATORS Junivers Stockholm by notecard in SL Medora Chevalier or by email scheherazade.storyteller@yahoo.com or from 7-21 August by notecard in SL Josina Burgess or by email jose@jan-van-der-woning.nl http://diabolus.ning.com/ http://www.gallery-diabolus.com/CARP/carp-05.pdf Audience reaction to the open rehearsals: „I have never been so amazed in SL as I was when I saw your project today. For the first time I realised the great challenges of SL for the real world, thanks to people like you.“ „GREAT awwwwwwwwwsoooome show!!“ „Why can‘t every Monday evening be like this?“ „If I could create 1/10 of your scripts ... I‘d very happy!!!!“ „Its very very awesome !!!! „I‘m very impressed“ „I crashed twice but ran back“ „I‘m really touched“ Four technical innovations of the RINGS production 1. Collaborative worldwide song composition/ recording/ mixing technics. 2. A new automatic audiovisual timeline-controlling system. 3. A flying seat system 4. A 4d live-cut camera system 5. A new puppet animation record/play system

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Why RINGS? The RINGS concept based on the descriptions model of the ruling class today from H.J.Krysmanski. (Power Structure Research) In general you can deduce a certain description model out of the Power Structure Research of the ruling class or elite. Beyond there are 4 groups linked by a function covenant where you find 4 sub systems of systems like: functional relation - ownership – administration – distribution and employer relations. The CARP creative team add a 5th ring: the looser and the victims of this system, and describe for the free world-citizens the changing strategys. The original Text: H.J.Krysmanski Power Structure Research: Descriptions model of the ruling class today A Version was published in ‚Wissenschaft und Frieden‘ 4/2004: http://www.uni-muenster.de/PeaCon/global-texte/ globalws0203.htm Four Authority’s In general you can deduce a certain description model out of the Power Structure Research of the ruling class or elite. Beyond there are 4 groups linked by a function covenant where you find 4 sub systems of systems like: functional relation - ownership – administration – distribution and employer relations. In the heart of this functions covenant is the group of the personal richness. For example the Super Rich: they represent the Power of Money. In every occasion and through micro – networks, or “Philanthropy”, or the power machine of Foundations an Institutions this group has a huge influence in businesses and worldwide community’s in live. This new form of Philanthropy stands above the normal capital market in their way of functioning. They cant be or-

dered in somehow capital fractions and is mostly busy with trans capitalistic forms of capital destruction to withhold power competition. With the disappearing of the Sovereign forms of the modern time still this group, as the only ones, can use a upper sovereign state form to reduce “the Regime of private removal , universally. (Hardt u. Negri 2002, 313) The next group represents the power of the companies. There are the Chief Executive Officers of Industry, Finance and Militairy, that form a kind of securing wall around the core of the super rich and form together with them the pact of „Corporate Community/ Upper Class“ (Domhoff). This company-elite has a priority in increasing and administration of the capital of the super rich and has many multi millionaires between them. The can be seen as the Capitalistic class in the traditional form. In between this administration elite there are of course capital fractions and economic grounded interest contradistinctions, specially between the big trans national companies that go beyond national borders and function as connections in global systems and the restricted modern economy of earlier years. (Hardt u. Negri 2002, 165) The third group, already more derive, represents the Distribution Power. Here it is commonly the political class, a real serving class, able to preserve the distribution rightouseness of the company-elite and their appearance. In the core of this political class the Oligarchy’s or the “Political Management` (Mills) are acting. Election wars mostly to get people on certain positions. Further the distribution politics has reached a step in the global, conditions where the universal values of justice cant play any role anymore and the “art of governance” exist.. “ Do not integrate conflicts, only when they submit to a coherent social dispositiv, or when the differences can be controlled(Hardt u. Negri 2002, 348) The complex ring on the outside builds finally the layer of Technocrats and Services. Here the power of Science and communication are used. In this army of Assemblers, Experts, Helpers from all dimensions of the society. (Science,


CARP CREATORS Junivers Stockholm Media, Culture, Technique and so on) is the real knowledge of the real functioning of the capital world systems and their sub systems with critical and maybe subversive tendency mixed, so contradictions can be changed into actions. All together this 4 ring system shows and describes the worldwide experimenting to re-organize of the ruling class, that without a strong state and under the conditions of regulation of economic, collective forms, have to survive. The absolutely designated personnel of this “Ring castle”. In fact a few thousand in the outside ring, operates more and more in a environment of absolute corruption: “The relation of corruption in the Antiques and in Modern times towards world-relations were named as falsifications. Corruptions (as a statement) cant play any role in the governance forms of today, because they themselves are the substance and the totality of the Empire. Corruption is the true performing of commands, without any relation or adequate subscription to the Demimonde (Hardt u. Negri 2002, 398)

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Living architecture cybernetic performance 2008. 10. 18. Audio artist: junivers Stockholm Visual artists: Caravaggio Bonetto, Josina Burgess, Velazquez Bonetto Dancers: blanche Argus & Medora Chevalier

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Junivers Stockholm METROPOLIS

I wanna go to Metropolis Shine on me with your big bright city lights shine on me with your neon coloured diamonds Im coming for you Metropolis

i climbed the mountains and over the top to the valley flooding in silver light what a trip i made into a new great life and there i was dancing in the streets in the night

Oh Metropolis Make me alive , make me thrilled make me live high as in the sky make me rich without limits and set me free Im longing for you Metropolis

but then i lost - i was crusched and i couldnt get back to you the lights were fading and the diamonds were gone i was a slave and not free at all

i was a backyard kid some years ago struggled hard but it was all in vain but then i heard about you and the things you could do and i knew i had to get to you I wanna go to Metropolis Shine on me with your big bright city lights shine on me with your neon coloured diamonds Im coming for you Metropolis

I wanna go to Metropolis Shine on me with your big bright city lights shine on me with your neon coloured diamonds Im coming for you Metropolis i was a slave i wasnt free at all i struggled hard but it was all in vain i lost all i had and what could i do when i was still longing for you


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The special edition of the cybernetic art research project. Edited by Velazquez Bonetto 2009. 07.16.

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