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Second part of a serie about Bowie Lana Zeplin installation into Second Life.
starts here

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History will one day have its say, but it will not be the history that Brussels, Paris, Washington or the United Nations will teach, but that which they will teach in the countries emancipated from colonialism and its puppets. Africa will write its own history, and it will be, to the north and to the south of the Sahara, a history of glory and dignity.

Patrice Emery Lumumba
Last words September 1960


■ Pangloss in Second Life

First time I met Bowie we talked about her inspiration
Pangloss was inspired originally by photographer Richard Mosse's photo "Men Of Good Fortune". This photo is taken using a military infrared camera, making the photos look like a beautiful Lisa Frank dream land, when in reality they are devastating pictures of a war-torn Congo. The contrast of harsh reality and haunting, surreal beauty really moved me and I was reminded of a character in Voltaire's "Candide" named Pangloss. Pangloss is a delusional character who believes that he lives in the best of all possible worlds. He sees the world through rose-colored glasses, and he refuses to acknowledge the pain and suffering before him; Again, the contrast of reality and surreality.

Was obvious I had to make a second machinima revealing the hidden ghosts of Pangloss. History of Congo is a long list of disasters. Shortly, one of baddest never ending colonization history. Under the reign of Belgium King Leopold II, from 1885 to 1908, it is estimated that the Congolese native population decreased by about ten million people. During the Cold War western countries particularly the United States supported a dictator Mobutu due to his anti-communist stance. By 1996 the past victims of Rwanda genocide became the genocider in east of Congo, without almost any reaction of International Community. Two wars 1996-1997, 1998-2003, never ending conflict in North Kivu. 11 countries engaged making it the deadliest war since World War II with over 5.6 million of deaths. Sadly those wars has been financed by all of us. A mineral Coltan, used to build computers, mobile phones, tablets is extracted in the east of the country, and partly finances the rebels, along with the equally deplorable gold and cassiterite (tin oxide) trades.

Read more about Congo History here

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Comment by Celestial Elf on March 1, 2014 at 4:16am

Great mix of VR and RL footage at start but as film goes on it becomes entirely RL footage after 1.26, which in a film 7.27 long makes me question wether it is a machinima really or rather a film with a short machinima intro.

Other than this the subject is indeed truly heart wrenching and I take your naming of Voltaire's Pangloss to pressumably refference most of the western world who seem naively unaware of even relatively recent world history (to say nothing of current affairs in real time). For your interest id recommend reading Naomi Klein's book Shock Doctrine which brings the picture a bit more uptodate.


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