"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.
Name in spanish: Autopoiesis
Year of Creation: 2010
Technique: Mirror, surveillance camera, laser projector, proximity sensor, computer running face-tracking algorithms
Power: Consumes 400W on 110-220V
Dimensions: 48 x 35 x 11.5 centimeters
Keywords: indoor, lights, tracker, projection.
Photo library (click to expand)
2011 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
2010 - Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom



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