EULOGY, 2020
motion capture video
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duration 4:47

EULOGY, 2020

The motion capture video EULOGY, was inspired initially by having given a eulogy for my 95 year old mother. When both of your parents are gone, the obvious logic holds that you are next. I began to fantasize about what a eulogy for me might sound like. From there the thinking became less personal. I started to think about mourning the world, something I would ironically be incapable of if I were already dead, and about our drive to achieve immortality in the face of the inevitable. Up to now, we have achieved a form of immortality by passing our genetic material on to our children and by leaving behind cultural artefacts for future generations: art, music, literature, architecture, etc. Scientists, mostly male scientists, are now engaged in the study of what is called Whole Brain Emulation, the notion that we can upload our brains to a computer, ditch our bodies, and attain immortality. EULOGY, talks about this ambition and asks whether we can remain in some essential way our selves without our bodies.