Hot And Multidimensional
Seeing your favorite living artist perform in holographic form? That’s kind of cool. (See: the 2006 Grammy Awards, which opened with an animated meeting between Madonna and Gorillaz.) Seeing your favorite dead artist resurrected that way? That’s kind of — well, creepy. Yet hologram technology is undeniably hot: first 2Pac made a surprise “return” at Coachella. (Buzz has it that the rapper might soon join Dr. Dre, who commissioned the hologram, on an Australian tour.) Since then, rumors have swirled that artists like Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of TLC, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison might all receive holographic revivals. Locally, you can check out state-of-the-art displays at “The Jeweled Net: Views of Contemporary Holography,” a new MIT Museum exhibition on view through September of 2013. Plus, Logan Airport visitors are now getting familiar with “Carla,” a “virtual assistant” hologram who guides travelers through the dos and don’ts of the screening process. Impressive. But does she know all the words to “Dear Mama”? We thought not.
_ Stuff Boston