elissa here. what do you think:
i used to date a guy who talked of starting a business where one could purchase a funeral in video. the idea was he'd complie an entire archive of a person's life -- starting now, of course -- and then by the time of one's demise, he'd have an entire life ready to edit and premiere at the funeral, pre-mayo-salads and bad coffee... his idea was that it would be a cool thing for the family to have, but i always thought it would be a cool thing for the other guests as well. i mean, how inspiring and life-affirming to see your pal/loved one/colleague at their best ... with their life flashing before your eyes? and more, i thought: how soon before it's all online? and you could visit them anytime you choose?
it all reminds me of a chuck close exhibit i once saw at the walker ... he had taken this crazy cool hologram thing of his face -- so very 3-d... it was as if he was standing right before you. as i examined it i remember thinking how i wanted one of those done of my mother or father or sister or partner so, when they were gone, i'd be able to visit them ... and see them ... up close again ... [and hoo-wee, i thought: what if the hologram talked too? what if it was hooked up to an archive where it would launch a video or tell a story or a joke or a secret message that only we shared? what if it virtually came to life? and was programmed to tell certain audiences certain things? and, could it be built in a way that it could engage in conversation? t9 or robot style? i wonder what it all would do to the grieving process ... if anything....]
questions that pop up on a grey spring day.... (ok. i got it: put down the dvds and walk away......)