(formerly known as HeadHunters) is a self-portrait, an augmented reality
interface, which enables you to look through the eyes of the artist/artwork at
yourself. It is the first in a series of self-portraits as part of an artistic
research on the self-image in the world of contemporary media technologies.
the SummerSessions, Joachim created several reproductions of his own head,
using various techniques. Retopologizing 3D laser scan data did not result in
the desired accuracy, once created with a 3D printer. Since the idea was to
create a true self-portrait, it was very important that the resulting model
looked like it's original. That's why Joachim contacted a special effects
studio to make a copy of his own head.
replica of Joachim's head has been equipped with touch/pressure sensors and
LED's behind a flexible silicone skin. Cameras are mounted in the eye sockets
with a tracking system that tries to identify and track the face of the
observer. When the individual is seen by the head he can manipulate his own
image in a 3D environment by moving his head. Pushing on the highlighted spots
on the face changes the projected self-image.
In this interactive self-portrait you
look through the eyes of the artist -the eyes of the artwork- at yourself.
Through an activity involving both touching and looking you become involved in
something not unsimilar to drawing where you have the tactile feedback of the
pencil and the outward attention of the eye. Touching and operating an
artificial head gives a very different -and perhaps more intimate- experience
of an electronic interface than you would expect from electronic devices. In
most cases, an apparatus is an extension of the human body, in this design the
human form is an extension of the apparatus.
human face is probably one of the first interfaces we come to understand in
life, because evolution has prepared us for it. We have parts of the brain
especially dedicated to recognizing faces and reading emotions. We like looking
at faces. We communicate through faces. We imagine the Mona Lisa stares back at
us as we look at her. Many things can have a face if you start looking for it.
The animist approach that eastern cultures have towards technology supposes a
spirit of some kind in all matter. The artists purposefully try to evoke an
atmosphere in which objects start to communicate. In a way the face is the most
striking natural interface for technology.
self-portrait is more than capturing an image in the mirror with paint on
canvas. By uniting the role of the artist, the subject and the researcher, the
self-portrait offers the most intimate access to the artistic consciousness.
The artist takes his own knife in hands to dissect and redesign himself as an
object. In the past, the self-portrait was a way to show your skills as an
artist. In the last century the self-portrait has been a way to represent
internal processes of yourself. Today the self-portrait is completely
integrated into the daily lives of everyone. We all make digital images of
ourselves to show our identity on Social Networks. We are not even realizing that
we are creating a self-image.
this work Joachim tries to make people aware of how the process of seeing and
being seen works. Seeing is a feedback loop in which the observer is involved
in the artwork. The installation ObserverObject is both an object and an
observer who is changed by the act of seeing. The object and the observer are
2010-2011 Scheltema and Key Of Life Festival will follow this research into
Self-image through a series of Sundays with installations, lectures, workshops,
poetry and musical acts.
17 Oct 2010 / 16 Jan 2011 / 17 Mar 2011 / 16 Oct 2011.
Scheltema Complex (http://www.scheltemacomplex.nl), Marktsteeg 1 Leiden
Team: Stan Wannet, Simon de Bakker, Jan Misker
Ronald Schinkelshoek http://www.studioschinkelshoek.nl
SKM Rapid Modelling
for their support.