Jon Rafman (b. 1981)
Woods of Arcady, 2010
"The woods of Arcady are dead, And over is their antique joy;" – with this line begins Rafman's Woods of Arcady. The work juxtaposes a computer generated recitation of Yeat's poem The Song of the Happy Shepherd, along side video of scenes captured from the artist's explorations of the virtual environment of Second Life. The simultaneously fantastic and vapid virtual landscapes documented by the artist are at home with Yeat's imagery "Where are now the warring kings? An idle word is now their glory."