The Metro of Milan meets Virtual Worlds (1st Part)

Some time ago I was called to partecipate at the intersting project born from a Bruno Aliprandi idea, (informatic responsable at the Accademia di Brera) involving the Metropolitane ATM di Milano and the Politecnico di Milano in partnership with The sim of ImparafacileLearning Project (Imparafacile Runo aka Giovanni Dalla Bona ) with the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Municipality of Milan, ATM and the master named MIND (London Network for Design) with prof. Ezio Cuoghi.
I am working here as artist and structural builder on this project in line with my targets to look for a good link between Virtual Worlds and Real Life, because I am sure this is the most important step we are going to reach next years with Technologies developping and Social-Creative comunications.
This really intersting experiment was studing the chance to put real installations into the Metro Stations in the city of Milan, such as Porta Venezia and later in Porta Garibaldi , in Italy this kind of projects are so few, so I feel really proud to have been called to take part of it as a pioneer. These installations boxes with monitors and connected computers will be able to let interact travelling citizens to the virtual worlds reality, and to see meetings, art students working, ect.
My part, was to plan a complex project structure to give space, expo areas and auditorium place into the Second Life area, so that become a real social media network. I want to thanks also Dixit Writer, called for the scripts develop of interactive installations to show the art works.

Stay tuned!

Merlino Mayo

Here some snapshots from the progress into Real Life:

Here are my snapshots into Second Life at imparafacile SIM:

Here is my first structural project explanation with voice to Real Life students with my alt symbiont Xaan Allen, from SL to RL classrooms with projector:

presenzatione primo progetto

Students from Brera at work and learning into SLife:

Here you can find an intersting article from

I put this Google Translated version here:

“Milan: Second Life in Metro  July 15, 2010

The virtual art arrives in the real world. After a thousand times spoken of as situations, environments, real creations are finished sublimated into virtual reality, now it is the virtual is taking a little revenge. Starting from today, in one of the main stations of Milan, Porta Venezia, commuters can enjoy the city on a screen set up for the occasion, a video that presents a rotating series of artistic photos from Second Life.

Behind this unusual project is the Brera Academy of Fine Arts (in collaboration with the Municipality of Milan, the Milan Triennale and Adi – Association for Industrial Design) at the end of April 2010 has opened a second level master named MIND (London Network for Design), under the direction of prof. Ezio Cuoghi. The Master with the aim of training new professionals able to design artistic works, cultural and service in the fields and in the relational spaces of a city, combining the expertise on new technologies to the creative and artistic aesthetic of new languages. Here, then, that the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan has shown an uncommon breadth of vision, particularly through the opening in this sense the IT manager Bruno Aliprandi, motor initiative, which saw new potential in Second Life and an art world still little regarded by the media but actually very rich and vibrant. After a series of lessons that have students in the metaverse Judah, is therefore the first results. Metro will be visible on the screen shots within the virtual world and then retouched with specific graphics programs is that of students Mind virtual artists ‘pure’ well-known in the art world of Second Life, in a stimulating comparison between sensitivity art. But it is only the first step of a project much wider. In September, a similar initiative will be involved with the underground station of Porta Garibaldi, while other initiatives will take the direction of interactivity and dell’immersività with repercussions both in the real world in the virtual world. The contact person for the project within Second Life is Imparafacile Runo, trainer for years using the Metaverse as a platform for e-learning. His is the island (Imparafacile Island) made available to students of the Master. Beside him the Mayo Merlin builder who’s working environment for meetings and exhibitions for the gallery and Free Art of the undersigned for advice on virtual artists.

With a little ‘delay with respect to certain foreign reality more careful, we can therefore say that finally even in Italy the art virtual begins to arouse some curiosity outside of the environments in which it is born. After the exhibition Michelangelo architect in Rome, which saw the City of Rome sponsor a window into the Metaverse with an installation dedicated to designs by Michelangelo, and Viareggio Art Project, in collaboration with the Museum of Metaverse with Museums of Villa Pauline Bonaparte in Viareggio, so here is that through the Milan Brera Accedemia became aware of that offer exciting possibilities for experimentation in new media, giving new life to contemporary art.”

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Google Translated

Merlino Mayo Biography

Merlino Mayo Biography  – updated 6-2011

Screen from Linden Labs on Viewer2 – 2011 my Show “Naturae” at MiC Musei di Roma

Artist interested in the relation of Art between the Virtual and the Real World, starts into virtual worlds to find a synthesis, and a symbolic alphabet to be used as a starting point to create a score always different but recognizable. The Nature, the Human being, Technology, Architecture,  Mythology, Fractal Math, Processing, CyberArt, Futurism, Pop Art, Pop Surrealism,  Street Art and the contrast with real decadent romantic atmospheres, are main sources of inspiration. Interactions with structures and visitors are important.

My exploration of Second Life began in April 2007, and from the start I found myself identifying with experimental builder. I spent a great deal of time learning and sharing building knowledge, first  at the Skybeam Sandbox, and later (from 2007-08) on sim Lupulinus (closed in the end of 2008), and at ZigZag still active, and in 2009 at 2Lifecast HUB project, working on various terraforming and structural projects, focussing on the study of the virtual reproduction of natural forms, the perception of colors in movement, the creation of complete avatars and experimenting with inworld snapshots and graphic.

Spring-Summer/2007 Firsts Art Moving Sculptures

5 June 2007 Born of Xaan Allen my female Alt Symbiont Avatar  *written in her profile “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction”
Pablo Picasso

1/2008 First study for a complex art installation, a travel on sky planes through colors and shadows related to the ancient history concepts.

3/2009 I joined the “Hub Creativo” group as a builder and graphics designer, working on complex structures.
Hub Creativo was in partnership with RL Province of Milan, Italy, and was located on sim (2lifecast) – Adpocalypse.

I later built a number of media-related structures including auditoriums, an exhibition hall based on Fractal develop and Pop Surrealism concept, an experimental modular trail,  a large completely avatar-accessible installation based on Escher’s “Waterfall”, and a faithful 3D reproduction of an optical illution – the Penrose stairs, impossible objects.

I have also been closely involved in a number of events and scenography sets, workshops and conference series, including “Earthquake – the day after” ( earthquake in Abruzzo, Italy) the series  “Lessons in Modern Physics”, “Right and Virtual”, “Social Dreaming Psychocity” and so on.  All in streamed web live.

With my 90×50 meters  installation “Magna Mater 2.0” I won first prize in “Calling for Creativity 2.0” an Art competition presented also at the two day conference  ‘Ars in Ara’ which was broadcasted live in RL on National Italian RAI television NET from the Ara Pacis in Rome, Italy,  June 5.6 2009.

Magna Mater 2.0 - by Merlino Mayo
The competition called for an artistic interpretation of  the concept Web 2.0, and Giovanni dalla Bona delivered a talk (in Italian) on the subject of creativity and the methodologies of both formal and informal training in Second Life, available at – you can see Magna Mater at the very end of the video.
With Magna Mater, I began experimenting with modified sounds and structures that react to the presence and movement of avatars.

09/2009.  I built a movable auditorium structure used for “Scienze on the road” an inworld project that travels around 30 Italian sims with science-related shows and discussions, in partnership with the groups as Second Physics, streamed over the web by 2lifecast. We also participate in  RL conferences in various Italian cities, for example at Venice, explaining the opportunities for learning and creativity that Second Life offers. In a big tour with more than 32 nights events in different sims.

10/2009 Began experimenting with terraforming, with an emphasis on creating a natural looking   environment, and showing my experimental sound installations at a number of art collectives.

10/2009 “IMAGINE FESTIVAL” into the Imagine Festival we can found the partecipation of Yoko Ono.
With my  installation ERUDIUM, I took part in “Imagine Festival 2009 live events” in the CARP with others groups. ERUDIUM is constructed on a single platform which makes it possible for me to continue trying out scripts, manipulated sounds and rotational movements, creating an interactive work that the visitor can experience for themselves in a totally unique way every time they visit the structure.
E.R.U.D.I.U.M. 2119 - 11 oct 2009 by Merlino Mayo
a pic of ERUDIUM into the official ImagineFestival blog

Complete the Auditorium in the Estonia Embassy Official SIM and Brain2Brain organisation. (B2B is not still active in SLife from some months in the 2010)
A collaborative work with the artist Arcana Jansma, the provvisory Structure with wave sits, lights, platform and art sculptures for the “Edgar Morin interview” – Meet the Media Guru – in Milan Live Streaming from Theatre “Dal Verme”. Present in-world Prince Paskua french international artist.

First Show at Pirats
with Fuschia Nightfire, Trinity Eales, Mitou Waco and Georg Janick aka Gary Zabel.

The Book "Rinascimento Metaverso"

EL MENTUM One of my most representatives and complex works I ever done, a big installation partecipating at the “RINASCIMENTO METAVERSO” Show – 30 Jan 2010 – presented in Benvolio at CARP (Virtual Cinetic & Cybernetic Art in the Second Life Metaverse Infrastructure) a Collective Show with italian artists.  The Structure was a travel into the Elements through dream visions and simbols, into complete immersive spaces.

EL MENTUM at CARP by Merlino Mayo for "Rinascimento Metaverso"
Creation of the final event “The War of the Elements” that closed the whole Show, a performance with different outfits own created, rezzer, sculptures, ect. with visitors directly involved into the battle space.

15/02/2010 Pirats – Patrick Moya – Carnaval Virtuel de Nice 2010 – Second Life and Real Life.
Partecipation with many artists from all around the world. I made a giant jellyfish-Outfit sculpture-avatar made of blue pixels. First Virtual Carnival from SLife to Real Life. Into the SIM of Patrick Moya with Live Stream into the Real Life Festival at Nice (France)

Show at PIRATS  my installation titled: “The Man and the Elements”
with Filthy Fluno aka Jeffrey Lipsky, Antenna Rae, Ragamuffin Kips aka Anthony Jacob, and Chrome Underwood.
16 - Feb - 2010

Into the big event of Global Mixed Reality Exhibition (Virtual art Galleries and Real Life Galleries all around the world at the same time) of the Art of Virtual Worlds called “Through the Virtual Looking Glass”. CARP is one of six exhibitions being held in six countries: France (Nice), Holland (Amsterdam), Germany, Brazil, Australia, and the USA (Boston)
Into the Benvolio Sim for CARP-Diabolus I built a Spheric Cinema made of hundreds panels, for machinima show event, and an Art Installation called “The Battle” beside the reconstruction of RL event Gallery in Holland.

Interview for the Metaverse Art Books by Velazquez Bonetto, Josina Burgess and Nazz Lane
metaverse_art_book_02b_internet (pg.79-81_pg.93-106)
Cybernetic Art Research Project/Diablous

28-5 till 13-6-2010 – Museo del Metaverso at Viareggio ART Project into the Musei Civici Villa Paolina Bonaparte (SL-Real Life).

Viareggio ART Project - 28 Maggio al 13 Giugno 2010 il Museo del Metaverso

12-6-2010Merlino Mayo (Italy) & Abstract Baroque (UK) each took home the $L20,000 prizes for winning the inaugural Scien@Art Physics 2010 Competition, challenging all of Second Life to create 3D art objects incorporating Physics principles across a number of categories, Atom, String Theory, Nanotechnology, Big Bang, Electricity and Atom.”

16-6-2010   Show at Pirats

White Velvet Art Gallery on Tuesday June 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm SLT, 22h00 FR, that will exhibe until July 10, 2010 works of:
Carmine Caliera aka Carmine Freudenberger – Trinity Eales – Jazz62 Masala aka Vasco Lago Pinto – Merlino Mayo – mitou Waco

20-06-2010 SL7B Second Life 7 Birthday

with the project called:  The “Exquisite Corpse Tower”

by Merlino Mayo & shanti Yutani

01-06-2010 to 20-12-2010 Summer-Fall 2011 – Project for Brera Academy of Arts & Milan ATM transports

…Work on a Project with Imparafacile group, with the Accademia di Brera (North-Italy) and ATM transports (Milan-Italy) Metro. Articles about this project are on Virtual Worlds Magazine….my first step project presentation in voice with wall screen into the class at Brera with my alt Symbiont: Xaan Allen

09 oct 2010 – Nicolas Schöffer’s Tower at IMAGINE FESTIVAL – (CARP)
with: Glyph Graves, Artistide Despres, Igor Ballyhoo, Bryn Oh, Eliza Wierwight, Sorror Nishi, Ub Yifu, Shellina Winkler, Ariel Brearly, Jedda Zenovka, Sabrinaa Nightfire, Misprint Thursday, Bliss Violet, Starlash Sweetwater, Paulette Felisimo, Trill Zapatero, Dancoyote Antonelli, Velazquez Bonetto,  Josina Burgess, Werner Kurosawa,  Merlino Mayo.

25-sept-2010 – Burn 2.0 – installation with my alt symbiont Xaan Allen

!D.A.! Digital Art – My installation LINEAE into the collective show at MdM in streaming Real Life (2lifecast, Museo del Metaverso) Milano, october 2010 Loggia dei Mercanti

23th November 2011 – PAD – Pop Art Display (museum of Pop Art) Solaris SIM – I built the vistable 3d reconstruction into Second Life,  of the legendary Silver Factory of Andy Warhol in New York City 1962-1968

Show at Pirats on 23th November 2010 with my friend Mikati Slade in the outside space of Omega – my work installation was dedicated to Andy Warhol and Pop Art music “The Andy’s Last Supper” by Merlino Mayo alt (Xaan Allen)

November 2011 – Live interview ON-AIR Television in RL on RAI.IT streaming talking about the Big Art Events into Second Life, as Burning Life 2009 . Burn2.0 2010. Imagine Festival (Yoko Ono) and the CARP partecipation with Nicholas Schoffer’s Tower on 5 december 2010

22 Mar – 16 Apr 2011Show at SAS La Criée Art Gallery Mar.22 – Apr.16 – 2011

28 March 2011 –IMAGIN@RIUM- “NATURAE” by Merlino Mayo – Opening at MiC Musei in Comune di Roma
The Opening was on Monday 28 March 2011 at  1:30 SLT – 22:30 to MiC –
Museums of Rome SIM

1 Apr 2011 – Art Kahos – collective building with: Aloisio Congrejo, Cherry Manga, Daniele Daco Costantin, Elie Maurice, Fuschia Nightfire, Josina Den Burger, Merlino Mayo, Typote Beck.

8-9-10 June 2011 – NO NUCLEAR – installation “COSMO” 1st of Series CUBICUS 1/3  linked to a 3 days debate about No Nuclear Referendum in Italy. ALOISIO CONGREJO, GIOVANNA CERISE, MERLINO MAYO, SOLKIDE AUER.

20 June 2011SL8B Second Life 8th Birthday “Idolum” art installation 2nd of Series CUBICUS 2/3.

25 June 2011 – Show “Light & Gravity” at Caerleon in Real Life at Boston with interviews Live with public in the Boston Art Institute, presented by presented by Jason Pramas (aka Sunseeker Miklos), Gary Zabel (aka Georg Janick) and Martha Jane Bradford (aka Alizarin Goldflake).

My Artwork installation is “The Cage” 3rd of Series CUBICUS 3/3.

26 August 2011 – Come out an Article written by Simona Lamonaca about Virtual Art related to Real Life on VOGUE (Italy edition) newspaper with my photo about my installation work in Second Life that I did for the Brera Academy and ATM transports in Milan and presented in RAI television in december 2010. In the article and illustrations the mentioned artists are:  Bryn Oh, Rose Borchovski, Peter Greenaway, Merlino Mayo, Cutea Benelli and Blotto Epsilon.

VOGUE Italy edition article
VOGUE Italy edition article

11 September 2011 – 
setting up displays with a little art installation by Merlino Mayo at MiC in Second Life, a show about “CITIES OF NEW YORK” a Real Life show with photographers  on the Theme 11.9.2001 Day in New York City.

1st Oct 2011 –  For the opening the 1st October 2011 – Burn2 – Burning life event – Xaan Allen Symbiont work installation Fall of the Giants”.

Oct 2011 – Collective working progress  in the InworldZ grid (no Second Life), into the sperimental Betty Toureaud’s Project – “Babel Tower”, Typote, Wizard Gynoid, Ultraviolet Alter, Merlino Mayo +(Xaan Allen), Soror Nishi, Miso Susanowa, ect.

–  1  December 2011 –  Still Open to Visit: Art&Poetry based on Carmen Auletta’s visions (aka Margy Ryba), with 132 Artists from all the world, 22-poems, 22 weeks, 22 sites, 22 exhibitions, 132 works.  My show is in December 2011 in Rose Borchovsky‘s sim, “Two Fish” for “The Ship” theme poetry. WEEK from DECEMBER 1 to DEC. 4, 2011 – Artists: SIMOTRON AQUILA, KIKAS BABENCO AND MARMADUKE ARADO, MISTERO HIFENG, CARLOTTA CEAWLIN, ARS NAVALIS, MERLINO MAYO, EUPALINOS UGAJIN.

– 23 Jan 2012 –  Presentation in Virtual Worlds of the Show: La grande astrazione celeste – Arte cinese del XXI° secolo, al MACRO Testaccio at MiC – China Abstract Art from Bejing in MACRO Museum in Rome Curator in Real Life Achille Bonito Oliva who did a selection from NAMOC – National Art Museum of China – Beijing Pechino :  Lei Hong (1972), Li Huasheng (1944), Li Xiangyang (1957), Lian Quan (1948), Liu Gang (1965), Liu Xuguang (1958), Ma Kelu (1954), Meng Luding (1962), Tan Ping (1960), Xu Hongming (1971), Yu Youhan (1943), Zhang Hao (1962), Zhang Jian Jun (1955), Zhang Yu (1959), Zhou Yangming (1971). Guest in virtual worlds SL – the MiC  responsable: Marina Bellini.

Working progress:

– LEA Project –  Linden Labs assigned me a full SIM for my dedicated project presented and accepted in November-December 2011.  Full Realization will be in the first 2012 and the project will stay open till March 2012.    Listed artists: Artistide Despres, Charlotte Bartlett, comet Morigi, Freewee Ling, Glyph Graves, Harter Fall, Merlino Mayo, Mikati Slade, Misprint Thursday, Oberon Onmura, RAG Randt, Secret Rage, Selavy Oh, Sowa Mai, Ux Hax, Zachh Cale

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Interview released to Virtual Worlds Magazine:



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