In 2006, while at the Re:Fresh Media Art Histories conference at the Banff New Media Institute, my friend and collaborator was talking about our interest in VR worlds, and how our punk rock group in the OnLive Traveller world (The Hellfire Missile Club) hadn't taken off as well as we'd liked. He mentioned that at the time, Second Life had about 27,000 participants, and he, I and Doug Jarvis (also there at the time) wondered about starting a performance group in Second Life. I didn't like the commerce aspect of the environment, but felt that that number of tech-savvy, connected people was really compelling. jeremy had also been talking with Scott Kildall, Liz Solo, Tanya Skuce, and Penny Leong Browne about this as well.
From this, around October-November 2006, we started Second Front, partly in response to performances done by Eva and Franco Mattes, and Scott Kildall, but in my opinion, in response to Marina Abramovic' remediation of classic performance pieces in 2005 (Seven Easy Pieces), and the Mattes' declaration that they hated performance art and Second Life. The absurdity of it all was irresistable to me, the idea of taking the body out of performance, so we all started Second Front.
We Were: Jeremy Owen Turner, Scott Kildall, Liz Solo, Patrick Lichty, Tanya Skuce, Doug Jarvis, Penny Leong Browne, Gazira Babeli (2007)
About 2009, Jeremy left to start his PhD studies, and Penny and Tanya went around that time as well. The next year, we picked up Yael Gilks and Bibbe Hansen, and Gaira Babeli 'committed suicide' in 2010 - so the lineup remains:
Scott Kildall, Liz Solo, Patrick Lichty, Bibbe Hansen, Doug Jarvis, Yael Gilks (With occasional guests)
We Have done over 50+ perrformances, published two DVDs, appeared in the Performa Biennial 2009, and have an archive at SUNY Puchase.
Our main website is secondfront.org, and it represents our work to 2009. Don;t worry, we're still going.