Mirror

2016

Technical Assistance​: Alan Kwan

Supported by: Council for the Arts at MIT

A video screen sits flat several inches above the floor. It is spinning quickly. The screen depicts a figure staring back at the viewer. This image is also spinning but in the opposite direction. The rotations cancel out. Paintings, photographs, and screens desire to become more than their flat surfaces. The wile of images lies in their multidimensionality: they can exist as objects and as thresholds to other realities. Mirror assert these two qualities at the same time to produce a totally honest illusory situation. The closer the viewer moves toward the image, toward the figure reflected back up at them, the more danger they are put in as the screen whips around at the level of their ankles. In so, this illusory window proclaims its mass, form, and momentum. The mechanism outputs these two rotary forces with opposite energies to collectively give the viewer a stable image. Yet, what were sharp lines become fluid, undulating gently.