Artificial Afterlife

Amy Whittle
Project description

What happens when we die? What constitutes a body? Artificial Afterlife suggests how a digital sphere can be an extension of our own living reality. Is it possible that a digital representation of ourselves tells us more about life than what we presume? Our experience of the self only goes so far in real life. Can a digital tool broaden or extend this scope?

This project is a personal interpretation regarding spiritual phenomena. Amy Whittle herself says “As a non believer I too desire a form of afterlife. As an interaction designer, I believe these notions can be realised with the help of technology.”Inspired by galvanism and the famous novel Frankenstein, an analogue electronic circuit was created using deceased animals as an energy source. The deceased animal is the circuit’s key, generating the visuals. With this set-up Whittle is trying to introduce a combination of opposite theories: technology and spirituality.

Bio

Amy Whittle is an interaction designer with a fascination for data, prints, video, products and installations. Her work can be considered either art , design or a combination of the two, intertwining different and non-artistic disciplines to projects based on technology, biology and history.

Her work can be recognised by its nostalgic character as a lot of the projects are inspired by family or childhood. Her interest in late 19 and early 20th century machinery comes from her English father who has an engineering background. In a growing society where people are becoming more familiar with the computer she strives to find a balance between two technical disciplines: the mechanical and the computerised.