Gabriel Barcia-Colombo Lets Users Digitally Visit The Deceased

By: Misel Saban - Aug 30, 2016
References: hereafterinstitute & thecreatorsproject.vice
Consumers can now choose to keep in touch with those that have passed on with an augmented reality experience that provides a virtual afterlife designed by Hearafter Institute and artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo. The experience provides a way people can immerse themselves into a digital memorialization of a person that is no longer here. The project is both an art exhibit as well as an invitation to explore how loved ones that have passed can potentially be remembered in a digital format for years to come.

The exhibit explores what a virtual afterlife could be like with conceptual consultants that walk guests through three different social media options that retain the livelihood of the person. This can include bots that track the data of the person's usage prior to passing, and continues to create status updates based off of their behavior, language patterns and attributes. Though the exhibit is conceptual, it shows a way VR can be used to retain the memory of those no longer with us.