Interactive self-portrait builds an interactive link between the physical and virtual world, between art and life, viewer and subject, real invisible and virtual visible, willing to interface “the acoustic” and “the optic”.
The visitor’s portrait is captured by a camera and projected on a fog screen; you are invited to address (to say something) to yourself. According to the tone you are using, your own image which is projected in front of you (proximity space) changes: it blurs, it tints between warm or cold tones, or it can even dissolve. The dialogue you are carrying with your digital image is the agent that triggers the movement, the metamorphosis of your own image (by means of a computer programme).
The observer is the observed.
The fog screen operates as a digital mirror, beyond which there is another world, a wide range of illusions and disillusions. “Our internal self” and “our external image” (according to Lacan) are in a continuous process of identification, searching one for the other, and they either overlap or move away from each other. Primary subjectivity, spatial relations, the external sense of coherence, the meaning of “I” and “You” are reopened for debate. The imaginary, and then the symbolic, activate the space between the ego and its digital image.
The reflection in the mirror becomes a source of feedback, it helps us adjust and modify our image and interact with ourselves as we perceive ourselves.
Watching and being watched brings to our minds George Berkeley’s “Esse est percipi” (To see is to be perceived).
Personal/individual spaces, my-spaces, collaborative spaces, immediate surroundings, exist only in relation with “I” and “You” in a digital mirror, and they switch dynamically.
The visual discourse, enabled by the dialogue we carry with our own image, operates as a hypertext, “a change from linear, structured and hierarchical forms of representing and understanding the world into fractured, decentralized and changeable medias based on the technological concept of hypertext links”.