Story description by Josina Burgess
When Velazquez and me started with the MANAX Project we were discussing in what form we should do this. First it was important to tell the story and second , it had to be interesting for the viewers.
The figure MANAX itself was already very interesting, the way his avatar looked was very special, an almost abstract figure and when he moved and posed for the pictures Velazques made the abstractness was even more. Like a Picasso painting.
The way he acted however was not very friendly all the time. He had a satanic sense of humor. Liked to play with weapons and evil scripts that did harm to other avatars or lands.
His place in SL was build in rough, iron materials, with many traps verywhere, the people that surrounded him got used to fell in pits or being orbited away just as a joke.
He made it rain, but the rain was like blood and covered the land you were standing on.
He let bombs explode everywhere and enjoyed to surprise you with all kinds of strange buildings and they were never the same. His intelligent way of building and using scripts for his creations were stunning, even the fact that Linden Lab banned him from SL didn’t keep him away from coming back every time with a different figure and every time this avatar was more complicated.
Velazques used a part of the collection of pictures he made from MANAX for an installation telling the story in black and white pictures, you could walk through and see how the avatar changed when he posed in different positions. Like drawings, like pieces of Art, no more like an avatar in SL.
Later on I used many of these pictures as textures on dresses and named it the MANAX Collection.
The MANAX project was started with a poem I wrote, telling the story of Manax, I found an actor from England 5imon Baker who did read the poem and send it to us on MP3, also I asked Cypress Rosewood , a musician living in the USA to compose music for the project. He writes beautiful etheric music with a filosophical background. Sometimes very soft , then again with power and undertones of darkness. He also agreed to play live on stream when the Project would be ready.
Velazques started to invent a total new Light Organ. It spitted out images of the Manax caracter in many colours together with particles of light in many shapes and forms. It worked on commando as well on automat and the particle emitter was build in such a way that the particles were coming from all around, even underneath you. The whole Project was also based on the knowledge of Synesthesia. Together with the music, the Poem and the particle show the whole project was like an experience the viewer went through and all together the whole project was a great success. We also learned a lot again from this project, what was very helpful later on with new projects.
The MANAX story
MANAX mc Millan was his name
He knew his powers were perfect
Would SL ever been the same
Without his Evil intellect?
There in his world of lonelyness
His kingdom ruled by hate and fear
Disciples following his mess
He made an island dissapear..
Yet banned He was by Second Life
And Linden Lab thought that He was gone
No one that knew His evil drive
He wasn’t ready, wasn’t done..
And XANAM yes he incarnated
With even more of angriness
And Secondlife now really hated
By Him and only Him I guess
The Heavens strted raining blood
And Avatarts just innocent
Exploded..oh He burned them good
And Xanam, no He never bend..
His brain so bright, full innovations
Did let him seek for new events
And with all of his great creations
He started like it never ends
Again He was eliminated
Again He came and was reborn
Now DEADLY was the one that hated
And MANAX / XANAM not forlorn
In animation told his story
His hate, his sadness and his grief
No ego, not a seek for glory
An intellect beyond believe..
He at the end had to decide
That Real Life was Seconds close..
To execute his suicide
Eternal Real now I suppose..
I witnessed MANAX ‘s final end..
And learned that nothing can compare
To what You are or what You ment
To be, to want, to hope or dare
Its who You are. Your Innerbe
The only one You ever know
The Second Mirror let you see
That only You can make You glow..
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