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art, interaction design, electronics

photos and videos taken by Adam Burke and myself

What do you expect to see when you look in a mirror? High-level visual processing systems in the brain help recognize and classify faces, including one’s own, contributing to a sense of self. By variably lighting two people on either side of a two-way mirror, this piece asks you to temporarily sacrifice control of your visual identity for an intimate, playful, and blurred experience of the self.

😶was created in conjunction with Vision in Art and Neuroscience, a course run through the MIT Museum Studio, and Experiments in Art, Audio, and Augmentation, a course taught through the MIT Media Lab by Zach Lieberman and Tod Machover. The piece intends to bridge themes of the two classes, peeling back the layers of perception and serving as an analog augmentation of reality. It asks the visitor to question the basis of their identity and their relationship with the person sitting across from them.

😶will be installed at the MIT Museum Studio Gallery, in room 10-150, until March 2019.

Two strangers sit across from one another.

Two strangers sit across from one another.

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Two become one.

Two become one.

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