What does it mean to be one-of-a-kind in the digital world?

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One of the interesting conversations started from my project “Binge and Purge” is that of the unique, one-of-a-kind work of art in Second Life. You can read a couple blog posts and the comments on Ziki Questi’s blog here and my own blog here and here.

Thinking about my own inventory, I don’t believe I have anything that is totally one-of-a-kind.  I have a Japanese Tea House a friend gave me, but he still has a copy and I am sure gave other people copies. I have bought limited edition pieces of art and other products in the past, but that means there are still copies out there. The couple limited edition pieces I can think of I bought when I first joined Second Life. I can bet half the people who bought the other limited edition pieces probably aren’t even in Second Life anymore. Their pieces are sitting out there in this dark void of their inventory, unless they deleted their accounts? To my recollection, I have never ever bought a piece of art that is entirely unique, one-of-a-kind. And no one has ever given me a piece like that.

I asked a friend of mine, an artist in Second Life, what he thought of me deleting his art in this project. I own several of his pieces. He said, “no problem really…I mean in SL deletion is a relative term.” In fact, he said someone actually contacted him about his piece after seeing it at the LEA16 sim…LOL

As an artist myself, I have sold several limited edition works of art, 2D paintings as well as sculptures. Especially for charity auctions. If someone else was doing this project, I would be totally fine with it. This doesn’t devalue my art and I don’t feel disrespected. They are not taking out my art alone and blowing holes in it with a gun or shooting arrows in it with a bow. They are not singling me out and bullying or trolling me. (That is another story.) It is part of something much bigger. It is part of a broader conversation.

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