<em>First Surface</em>

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
First Surface, 2012
Shadow Object 4
Computer, Kinect, projector, metal, motor, Arduino processor, front surface mirrors
68.9 x 48 in / 175 x 122 cm, projection
28.4 x 17.3 x 11.8 in / 72 x 44 x 30 cm, wall mount
Edition of 6

First Surface is the fourth installation from Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s “Shadow Object” series of works, which feature objects with animated, alien shadows.

Two front surface mirrors are suspended from a thread and move with the air flow and with a small motor. Projected on the wall behind the mirrors is a real-time virtual representation of the public, as seen from the perspective of the mirrors. The public is represented as patterned 3D silhouettes anchored in a reference prism that rotates with the mirrors. As indicated by its name (derived from the Greek Apo-for “away from” and katoptron, for “mirror”) the piece attempts to construct an artificial perspective on the reflected subject.

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