This single still is from the widescreen version of ?Program?, one of the Animatrix animated shorts. It has been considerably scaled back from the original material. Still, there is more than enough definition to see what is going on in this scene. The woman astride her horse is an avatar. A construct in the virtual, providing a body for a mind outside the virtual.
As this is the Matrix universe the physical and virtual bodies are linked together such as what happens to one, happens to the other. Of course, whilst we are a long way from duplicating this effect, it is not beyond the realm of possibility to say that we will.
We have then, an idealised form of our own body, outfitted with clothing of our choice, in a dedicated simulation of our choice, that literally revolves around us. This is the fantasy of so many individuals, to truly undertake a Hero?s Journey themselves, with all events revolving around them. The same desire spawned much of the videogame industry, and perhaps it is fair to say that this situation is the apex of such a journey.
Full embodiment in a shared, but not persistent virtual environment, in which everything revolves around the person whom has logged in, and for whom their ordinary, mundane skills are magnified fart beyond what they would normally ever be capable of becoming.
In many ways then, this still, nay, this entire short film, connects with the psyche at a very deep level. The kind of freedom offered, is exactly what so many seek, and is perhaps the ultimate in both entertainment, and alternate lifetime, for the majority.
Link: Animatrix: Program