Saturday, October 8, 2011
Burn 2: A Fool and His Spleen
Location: The Playa
Given Miso Susanowa's recommendation and nice machinma about this installation, I started with Grail Quest by Trill Zapatero.
I clicked a face-down tarot card. As The Fool appeared, I read the following:
"If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise." -William Blake
Well, with that intro, how could I resist? Blake and being foolish are two of my favorite pastimes.
The installation is more introspective than I'd thought it might be, and certainly more interactive than many of the other installations I walked through after. It's worth a long look, if only to meditate upon the abundant follies that surround us and that we contain.
As I bumbled about, I came upon The Insolence of Nature, entered through a gate labeled "Where I dragged my weakness." The artwork focuses on a giant prostrate figure, collapsed into nature. Say, perhaps I have found the political messages of past Burns, after all.
At Mystical Tree (Black Rock sim, next to Grail Quest) I was back into introspection. I followed the journey up from my root chakra through to the seventh and final one, the crown Chakra, where I flew. I had to stop and meditate, however, at my spleen; I've been told I'm full of it.
The heart chakra was a bit intense, with the deep breathing and the heartbeat. But I rather like that.
It may be my mood, given the turning of the year in this hemisphere to fall. Or it may be the times, where the most vital form of performance art is on Wall Street and other places where the other 99 per cent have given voice to some long-overdue rage.
This year, Burn2 seems smaller, less populated. But I cannot be certain. After all, it may just be my foolishness, and Blake reminds us that "a fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees."