I, You, We
Interactive Multimedia Performance
Cameras are ubiquitous in the human environment of today. They are used as a method of self-expression (ie. selfies), as a form of surveillance (CCTV), and as a means of augmented reality. Playing on this everyday ritualistic habit of documentation and self-representation, my interactive media project uses the camera and sound as a tool to unveil, confront, reflect, and delve into the subconscious elements of identity and human nature. I, You, We is an interactive audio-visual performance which is created to overlay our mirror image with that of others, thereby blurring the concept of “me vs. you” into a collective “we.” This interactive audio visual installation explores how blurring one’s vision of self might allow for the transformation of singular self-identity into collective being.
Breaking down the normative concept of spectatorship and audience, this performance strives to understand how the media representation of different races and genders can be reconfigured in the context of interactive audio-visual live performance. How can seeing one’s own self-representational image on a screen overlaid with images of others affect one’s perceptions and understanding of self in relation to others? How will the viewer’s gaze be affected when sound is simultaneously triggered? How can we break down or disrupt the common impulse to categorize people at first glimpse? Can we tap into a collective consciousness where deeper connectivity within the human race is realized, felt and experienced, despite other differences? These challenging questions form the backdrop of this provocative interactive media performance.
In this interactive media performance, I invite viewers to stand in front of cameras and have their images projected onto a screen. As participants stand in front the camera station, their face images will be blended in with the previous person’s face via face tracking technology; as the camera detects the face, a corresponding sound or music will also be simultaneously triggered and play aloud in the space. In this context, audience’s participation not only contribute to the video installation but also become a participatory live music performance since I will be performing improvisational music on the violin and cello. As participants act as a section within a large futuristic orchestra, this performance further blurs the boundary between audience and artist/performer. Lastly, the music I am improvising on a violin and cello will affect the lighting/color of the video thereby further creating interactivity and reciprocity between sound and vision in a live performance. The violin pitch recreates the colorful portraits of audiences' blurred faces to celebrate one human race.
The audiences’ participation is represented in various forms, such as in exact mirrored images, symbolic figurative forms involving the interplay of light and color on the transformation of facial features, and hybrid forms that blur their and other participants’ faces via face tracking technology and Silt scanning technique. The facial reflection constantly shifts and evolves throughout the performance.
Programmer: Hans Tammen