show #251: a ticket to hell with mr. moon & associates

show #251

a film has appeared on youtube called “ticket to hell”. and it is fabulous.


it captures the spirit of second life – the fun, the “danger”, the madness, the [not always authentic] anti-conformist attitude of its residents which is often entangled with middle-schoolish clique behavior, mirroring real world peer pressure in regards to appearance and looks: “a ticket to hell” for me distills at least part of the essence of this “freewheeling” creative spirit better than many of the more “straight-laced” documentaries and vignettes, including some of my very earnest early work …

mr. moon suffers for fame
mr. moon suffers for fame

yes: this machinima will be described as offensive by some and i am prepared to receive messages of dismay [“dear drax, how could you amplify something that perpetuates the stereotypes you fought so hard against?”]. no doubt: this collaboration between mr. moon and his pal brendon voitz aka vertiigogaming who performed in best improv fashion alongside scripted lines for 70 entertaining minutes WILL be polarizing the sl community.

brendon lives the sl dream
brendon lives the sl dream

how could i condone the repeated depiction of offensive activities as they appear in this film you may ask? well: i am a fan of context and i am a fan of offbeat art. i am a fan of aleandro jodorowsky for example, whose “montana sacra” deeply offended some religious folks for its imagery despite the film [at its core] being a celebration of spirituality. and that obvious focus can only be gleaned by looking at the film in context: not only as a whole piece but also in relation to its maker, to the time and place of its origin and so on an so forth. mr. moon depicts activities as his character encounters them, and he encounters them because they do happen in sl, as – by the way – they do in this so called “real” life. and in the film’s narrative they happen in a context that – in my final analysis – ultimately celebrates the imaginative creations of second life residents and the power of sl – through being such an open platform – to inspire folks to seek a creative life [rather than a destructive one].

a party at crazy dragona nightclub including mandated attire
a party at crazy dragona nightclub including mandated attire

and lastly: the way the film is framed and narrated through the lens of its two main protagonists it shows the “yin and yang” of sl: the promise and the peril = while mr. moon sees wonders and beauty, brendon [who seems to love my “make sl great again” hat by the way] sees dangers and depravity, however he turns out to be the one who ultimately takes advantage of the gullibility of some residents and shows how – if you are cynical enough – you can become rich on the backs of ordinary folks in-world. alright: time to stop before i go all neoliberal analysis on ya all …

something is happening in the sl suburbs
something is happening in the sl suburbs

enjoy the conversation with mr. moon and brendon voitz:

and some more context and stuff to read/look at:

  • the film “ticket to hell”
  • mr. moon asked me to feature this awesome tune that is used for the credit sequence [and i am complying]
  • since i mentioned it earlier: montana sacra is awesome and offensive or maybe because? a little bit? [and i am waiting for hatemail condemning me to compare this one to that one ..]
  • i once dabbled in scripted sl comedy with flufee = i have to hire mr. moon to direct the reboot:
  • what is up in sansar? not much since i left but we had a cool screening of #ourdigitalselves organized by zero cheese:

  • my fave outtake of the movie:
  • “our digital selves” was scheduled to air in paris, france, at the ethnografilm festival on 4/23 [the poster looks great!]

  • what is up in second life other than everyone talking about ticket to hell? 1880’s victorian roleplay that is what:

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