Lei-a: Before and After (saudade) is a five channel sculptural video installation that uses the spectral perfection, allure, and unattainable nature of holograms to metaphorically examine the unrequited longing that people have for the irretrievable past, improbable present, and delusional future. Saudade, celebrated in the song, ‘Sodade’ by Canary Island singer, Cesaria Evora, is the best word to describe the eerie longing that humans maintain for both the real and imagined. Lei-a… features the stereotype of woman as hologram (Princess Leia, Hatsune Miku) as perfect objects, keenly desired, yet unattainable. Lei-a… is the electronic flower its screen array depicts – a beautiful THING that can stoke our desires endlessly, but which can never reciprocate our interest. This installation uses iconic images and sound to critically and aesthetically highlight the role technology in general, and motion holography in particular, has in creating, mediating and maintaining saudade in today’s world. The ‘no’ button in the center of the display can be pressed by the viewer at any time to provide a vocal reminder of the futility of longing.