year: 1996

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Autonomous Mirror

Interactive computer installation at "Visa", Theater Le Manege, Maubeuge, at "Exit", Maison des Arts, Creteil and at "Wunschmaschine Welterfindung", Kunsthalle, Vienna 1996

This installation has two perpsectives… From the outside, it resembles a large wall mirror, but instead of the expected reflection of themselves, visitors see a wire frame figure with human proportions. Using artificial intelligence, this mirror image uses a video camera to track visitors’ movements and imitate them.
From the reverse perspective of the installation, a second observer may look through a window to see the first gesticulating in front of the mirror, and superimposed upon this figure, computer generated tracings of particles resembling pixel clusters.

Programming: Sven Thoene
Graphics and movement algorithms: Lifeforms, Center for Systems Science at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
Production: Maison des Arts, Creteil and Le Manege, Maubeuge