Virtual Hotel Suicide

Over the space of 2 years, I used an avatar to interact with and explore the simulated environment of the Chelsea Hotel on Second Life. My goal was to shoot a film starring the avatar that I had created in Second Life in the hopes of generating an artwork that would parallel some of the art works that had been created within, or inspired by the hotel’s real-word counterpart.

The process of creating Machinima (a type of film where real-time computer graphic engines are used to create a cinematic production) was difficult and slowly the work began to frustrate me. Nothing seemed possible, except for suicide.

The result is 4 short vignettes about the pressures of the creative act, all of which have the same ending — the death of my avatar at the Chelsea Hotel.