Marker’s career has long anticipated the age of new media, the fraying infinities of images composing and confounding the visible world and our status within it.His recent installations and the database work relied on the agency and interaction of a spectator beset by vying narratives and images.
The white beam cuts through the nothingness until it catches the reflection of a pair of submerged eyes. Sir James Brooke, a British colonialist, undertook mammoth expeditions here in the 19th century to bring order to a violent and chaotic tribal land.
“When I review [my life] I can see the steps,” Von Werder said.
“I was not aware of what I was doing, but I had this inner compulsion to do certain things.” One of these steps, after appearing in Playboy for the Miss Nude Universe competition, was to become the progenitor of female body building.
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There’s just no other way to say this: Chris Marker has built a museum in the sky of Second Life.
At the coordinates 187, 61, 39, on some far-off shimmering shores of “the grid,” lies the island of Ouvroir (which is actually an archipelago). Within this sphere Marker and co-designer Max Moswitzer have rendered cavernous galleries of the Left Banker’s startling photography and recent video work, and secreted hidden goodies in the nooks and crannies: animated loops, ironically re-imagined silent-era film posters, and a snapshot of Marker’s feline alter ego, Guillaume, visiting an SL version of Lenin’s tomb.