Attendees of the Coachella 2012 music festival in California received an unexpected surprise when Tupac Shukar, who was murdered in 1996, took the stage for a rapping duet with Snoop Dogg. Following his performance, the virtual version of Tupac disappeared in a flash of light.
What fans were actually seeing was an incredibly realistic 2D projection created by AV Concepts and Digital Domain. It wasn’t the first time a computer-generated performer took the stage at a concert (virtual Japanese performers have been touring for a few years) but it could be the first time a deceased performer seemed to have been brought back to life. Aside from the technical feat this performance represents, it’s raised questions about ownership of an artist’s image after their death.
Read more about the technology behind Tupac’s appearance on Gizmag and check out the amazing virtual performance on YouTube.