May 6, 2010
Kool-Aid Man in Second

Kool-Aid Man in Second 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 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 “breaking through walls” into various Second Life communities and subcultures. He never fully fits in, but he empathizes with whatever he passes. Like Baudelaire’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 Marker’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.

    Posted by: Garrett @ 10:58 pm

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    1. Kool-Aid Man Says:
      May 7th, 2010 at 3:30 am

      OH YEAH!!! here’s an excerpt from my just released tour promo: Kool-Aid Man in Second Life- tour promo 2010 NSFW :)

      Comment by Kool-Aid Man — May 7, 2010 @ 3:30 am

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