As chief engineers of RMB City, Avatrian is responsible for its implementation in the Second Life platform as envisioned by our clients, Cao Fei and Vitamin Creative Spaces. More than just a virtual urban development project, RMB City also serves as a social experiment which spans the duration of 2 years starting from its inception on July 14, 2008. Avatrian is tasked not only to create the structural elements which are very prominent in the city, but we are also engaged in the creation of avatars that will eventually roam the city. The bulk of scripting for automated objects and vehicles is also a part of Avatrian's mandate. Moreover, we function as advisors for the proper management and maintenance of the regions, estates, and other administrative realms within the scope of RMB City. You can watch Avatrian work on the evolving construction site of RMB City via the Preview Center.
3DSMax Video of RMB City
RMB City has been described by Hamlet Au as a "fantasia Beijing". But the artist who originally conceptualized and designed the project describes it best:
"RMB City will be the condensed incarnation of contemporary Chinese cities with most of their characteristics; a series of new Chinese fantasy realms that are highly self-contradictory, inter-permeative, laden with irony and suspicion, and extremely entertaining and pan-political. China's current obsession with land development in all its intensity will be extended to Second Life. A rough hybrid of communism, socialism and capitalism, RMB city will be realized in a globalized digital sphere combining overabundant symbols of Chinese reality with cursory imaginings of the country's future." -- Cao Fei aka China Tracy
About the Artist:
Cao Fei is one of the most important young Chinese artists emerging in the international scene. She is no doubt one of the most remarkable artists of this generation. Cao Fei's talent is attributed to her early exposure to the world of electronic entertainment and advertisements. China Tracy is Cao Fei's avatar in the three-dimensional online virtual world of Second Life. One of her most noted work was the Second Life documentary film: i-Mirror which was part of the China Tracy Pavilion Project.
Avatrian's on-going documentation of the processes involved in developing RMB City
July 22, 2008 -- A miniature model of RMB City in prims.