Autopoiesis

"Autopoiesis" consists of a small mirror with an embedded computerized surveillance camera running face-recognition algorithms. When people look at themselves in this mirror they see the word "Autopoiesis" projected on their forehead. A tiny laser projector matches the position, scale and rotation of the forehead so that it can become a screen.

The concept of self-creation described by Chilean biologists Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela is an inspiration for all art that depends on participation to exist.

General info

Year of creation:
2010
Technique:
mirror, surveillance camera, laser projector, proximity sensor, computer running face-tracking algorithms
Power:
400W on 110-220V
Dimensions:
48 x 35 x 11.5 centimeters
Edition:
6 copies + 1 AP copy

Exhibitions


Credits

  • Gideon May - Programming
  • Pierre Fournier, Stephan Schulz, Conroy Badger, Guillaume Tremblay - production support

Bibliography