Kool-Aid Man in Second Life.com by Jon Rafman is surreal and absolutely mesmerising. The work which is (although it seems never clarified) an ongoing performance consisting of Rafman’s alterego Kool-Aid Man exploring Second Life and seeking out kitsch. There is a good write up Kool-Aid Man in Second Life.com on Not Possible in Real Life with an interesting trail of comments. Rafmans states in an interview there:
I see Kool-Aid Man as a self-conscious professional web surfer â€œbreaking through wallsâ€ into various Second Life communities and subcultures. He never fully fits in, but he empathizes with whatever he passes. Like Baudelaireâ€™s Flaneur, wandering the arcades of Fin-du-Siecle Paris, Kool-Aid Man keeps a cool and curious eye, strolling through the virtual world in search for the banal sublime. Kool-Aid Man’s motto is best summed up by a line at the beginning of Chris Markerâ€™s Sans Soleil: “I’ve been round the world several times and now only banality still interests me. On this trip, I’ve tracked it with the relentlessness of a bounty hunter.’
Below is a extract of video documentation of the performance however the (almost) 22 minutes or 130mb of performance on the artists site is well worth watching.