One sits immobile before the windows of her suburban home, the other is desperate to pass through the computer screen and transform herself into the very image of her digital avatar. Hers is a quest for the absolute.
One gave birth to the other, who is now trying to be reborn through a virtual body, far from the moroseness of their family home.
A story of luminous lucidity, the kind that can free the consciousness and thrill the soul, De synthèse shines a light on the end of a filial relationship. It is told from the point of view of an image-obsessed woman reunited with her family just as her mother enters a terminal phase. It’s a story about the body, about disappearance and reflections. It’s the story of an attempt to perfect image, beyond the disaster of the flesh.
Anouk, Karoline’s 3D avatar from Second Life, reads 5 excerpts from The Imago Stage (Coach House Books). The novel, translated by Rhonda Mullins, has won several honors in French, including the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2018. The machinimas were filmed in Second Life. The project also featured an AI voice and some digital musical creations.