your story made me think about a work called "No ghost just a Shell"
"No Ghost just a Shell, a project around the virtual figure AnnLee on which 16 artists have worked. AnnLee is an "Avatar“, a virtual character originally designed for computer games. She was made in Japan for the Manga animated film industry. She was intended to be a third-rate character, one with few personality traits, designed to lead a brief life. In 1999 the French artists Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno bought the rights to her, gave her a name and initiated the project "No Ghost just a Shell“. The plan was to fill the empty "entity“ AnnLee with stories and ideas, and to give her an identity and a life of her own. Huyghe and Parreno thought of a way of making animated films with her relatively cheaply and have offered AnnLee to other artists. The commission was: use AnnLee in your own work and at the same time contribute with us to her history. "