Eyes of a Child

It gives me great pleasure to pass along this here announcement of the opening of a new show of works by the extremely cool Marianne McCann!

Marianne Poster

The Fashion Research Institute is proud to present “Eyes of a Child”, images by award-winning SL photographer Marianne McCann.

Marianne McCann is a child avatar in Second Life. Coming in-world in the later part of February 2006 as a fairly standard adult avatar, Marianne soon developed into the “inner child” of her player. Marianne was involved with builds within the Second Life’s Third Birthday Event and Fourth Birthday Event (the latter largely created by Loki Eliot) to focus on the “lives” of child avatars within Second Life. There were some difficulties with the Fifth Birthday event, with both Marianne and Eliot initially being “respectfully declined” from participating, then reinstated less than a week later due to public outcry. McCann has attempted to provide a “face” to SL’s “Inner Children,” and is an officer of Second Life Children.

In October of 2006, Snapzilla spotlighted her extensive collection of in-world snapshots. She also was chosen as the winner of the 2006 Bubbly Kids in-world beauty pageant, is a graduate of HardKnock Elementary, and helped to create a public park on Info Island. In November of 2007, Marianne won the 2007 Uncanny Valley Expo contest sponsored by New World Notes. This led to a sizable interview on the use of child avatars in Second Life. She also writes for the Metaverse Messenger on child avatars.

Join us for this exhibit of Marianne’s work, including her entries in the Bay City Visions contest. where she took second place with her image ‘Little Girl in the Big City’.

Marianne will be at the gallery for an opening reception on Saturday, January 10th, from 12 noon to 1.30 PM SL time.

The exhibit runs from January 10 – Feb 8 at the Small Gallery, Shengri La.