sexiest avatarArtists Eva and Franco Mattes have thrown up a collection of avatars culled from a virtual world known as Second Life. They’re calling the display “the 13 most beautiful avatars.”

If you’ve never heard of it, Second Life is a virtual world where short fat people can play with other short fat people pretending to be tall thin people with clear skin.

To which the Mattes would probably say, “the most radical action you can do is to subvert yourself.”

I’m really not sure if living in an online fantasy is all that subversive. But it looks like fun. Imagine a world where Haitians don’t have to eat mud, where Forest Gump isn’t president, and North Korea is just a place to cyber fuck Asians.

“From the moment you enter the world you’ll discover a vast digital continent, teeming with people, entertainment, experiences and opportunity,” the Second Life website boasts.

Sounds enchanting. But there are critics who think making Second Life Avatars into wall posters hardly constitutes art. To that the Mattes invoke pop culture thief Andy Warhol.

“Culture is plagiarism. It is when somebody is claiming originality that one should start doubting.”

Pirated or not, I have to admit these virtual beauties are strangely hot. And if I was roaming Second Life you can bet my avatar would feature an erect penis. Really, thank god we live in an age when boning the ugly is no longer necessary, and we can all just hook up with pretty machines.

On the net – Avatar GallerySecond LIfe0100101110101101.ORG

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