Empire by Arahan Claveau
This machinima was originally part of a Second Life installation, on display at the Arthole gallery in 2009. As the work will unlikely be seen again in its entirety I'm showing the video online as I think it can stand alone and is still of interest.
Text taken from the original accompanying notecard in SL:
"The central component of this multimedia experience is a machinima I started filming back in 2006; a series of one minute avatar portraits, inspired in part by Andy Warhol's so-called screen tests. During this long delay I've been considering how best to present the portraits, and I've created a space that incorporates photography and sound montage to compliment the thirty minute film. It is a homage to Warhols' groundbreaking Exploding Plastic Inevitable events and the Factory Superstars, and a commentary on the impact of technology and the cult of personality."
Huge thanks to everyone who appeared in the film - Ayu Sura, CensoredMy Lunt, CodeBastard Redgrave, Darkdharma Daguerre, Demian Caldera, Dianna Granville, Elliebob Bean, foehn Breed, Freya Junot, Gore Suntzu, Hank Goodliffe, Henrietta Strangelove, Jacqueline Trudeau, Kaligne Caligari, Klink Epsilon, Larinda Cordeaux, Lecktor Hannibal, Nikkol Paine, Nyna Slate, Paz Lorenz, Phinn Boffin, Raul Crimson, Ryntha Sauvage, Squeedoo Shirakawa, StevenW Bohm, SunShine Kukulcan, Susi Spicoli, Tayzia Abattoir, Tya Fallingbridge, Veronique Vernon.
Many avatars were not included in the final edit for various reasons, thanks to all those people too, you know who you are.