Holograms: cool yet uninspiring

February 6, 2018

I didn’t watch the Super Bowl this year nor was I interested in watching Justin Timberlake perform for the halftime show but I am interested in the ethics of projecting deceased artists on a blank sheet. 


Soon after the game a lot of fans rushed to social media aggravated that Prince’s legacy was disgraced especially knowing that while alive, he was blatantly against any recreation of himself. 


As written in Guitar World Magazine, “That’s the most demonic thing imaginable,” Prince said. “Everything is as it is, and it should be. If I was meant to jam with Duke Ellington, we would have lived in the same age.”


The way I see it, there isn’t much benefit from mooching off of classics like Prince, Elvis, or Michael Jackson and that’s in terms of performance. 


Sure, it’s a cool concept in hindsight but the potential for lack of creativity from upcoming artists is on the verge of shameful. 


I can’t wrap my head around why people find paying thousands of dollars, to watch a digitalized version of a human being, is thrilling.

 

Prince wasn’t the first three-dimensional recreation. Janelle Monae has performed as a hologram and she’s not even dead yet. 


In researching this topic I have come across articles that list artists that deserve a three dimensional representation.

 

Popular choices were TuPac, Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston and Kurt Cobain.


Though something to consider is that in Asia there’s already been a solely holographic pop star, “Hatsune Miku,” since 2007 and she has made $120.28 million to date. 


That’s great for Hatsune but as far as English-speaking artists go, a holographic concert to any extent sounds bizarre and almost unprincipled. 


Without a doubt, I would’ve loved to have witnessed the King of Rock and Roll in concert or sang along to Killer Queen with Freddie Mercury and swayed to Frank Sinatra’s melodies but I simply wasn’t alive at the time.

 

Oh well, that’s why there’s YouTube or if you really wanted relive the moment, “Music in the Park.” I attended a similar event called “Sinatra Under the Stars” at Geogeske, a restaurant located at Miner Plaza. 


The singer impressed me in that his voice sounded so similar and he brought his own pizzazz without needing to raise Sinatra from the dead. Covers are sufficient enough.  


Someday my favorite artists that are living will no longer be around and while it’ll be heartbreaking, I wouldn’t want to see an artificial replication. God forbid something happens to Bono anytime soon. 


I realize that for essentially all of mankind we have basked in the glory of what came before us and yes, we should learn and create new art forms from history but everything can’t be about “the good ol’ days.” 


The concept is as simple as avoiding movie sequels, for example. Some can be enjoyable and most are dull but definitely after the second or third try, it’s time to stop.

 

What comes to mind is also when people tell me they have seen musicals and plays online.

 

Also convenient but I prefer my entertainment 'in the moment.'


There’s not a correct answer for this kind of ethical topic and ultimately, holograms are so outlandish of an idea that blurred lines are expected. 


That being said I would much rather experiment with the old and embrace the new for all kinds of entertainment, otherwise the word would just be a misnomer. 

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