If there was ever any doubt left in your mind that the Web and real life will become indistinguishable in the future, Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo has gone and created an animated film that depicts just that.
Outer Osmo Ghost Mode is a short film commissioned by L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art, written and scored by Palomo. Animated and co-directed by Johnny Woods — who is responsible for Neon Indian’s live visuals — the film is set to debut on November 21 on MOCAtv’s YouTube channel. The plot is as follows, according to a description on YouTube:
Outer Osmo Ghost Mode is a fictional narrative centered around the interactions of Elda and Dell Banner, two online avatars stuck in the home map of a proto-virtual internet exploration program, Osmo. You create an avatar based on your self, and much in the vein of online virtual social media, create a ritual of activities that mirrors some idealized version of your life. Elda and Dell were created by an actual married couple of the same name who used the program for decades. Their behaviors and interests were conditioned by years of web browsing. Essentially, they have become the digital ghosts of the Banners.
The film sounds a lot like a mix between the game The Sims and Feed, an excellent book by MT Anderson in which Internet connections are fed directly into humans’ brains.
Check out the film’s trailer above.