Published Nov 22, 2012Neon Indian main man Alan Palomo recently announced plans to release his own short film, Outer Osmo Ghost Mode, which he wrote and scored. Now, the Johnny Woods-animated featurette has hit the web.
The film contains rudimentary, '90s-style computer animation and a droning, ambient soundtrack of unobtrusive synth-scapes. The characters talk in awkward, robotic voices, making this is a slow-moving and slightly creepy affair. The plot is described like this:
Outer Osmo Ghost Mode is a fictional narrative centred 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 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 behaviours and interests were conditioned by years of web browsing. Essentially, they have become the digital ghosts of the Banners.
The film was commissioned by Los Angeles's Museum of Contemporary Art and was made possible in part by Gleam House and MOCAtv. Watch it below.