Mirror is a socially sculpted portrait space presented as an immersive art installation that subtly foregrounds the innermost states of sitters by triggering us to locate ourselves in the infinite diversity of others, while locating others in the infinite diversity of ourselves. Mirror operates like a kind of artistic polygraph that punctures distrust at source and facilitates affective resonance between participants and observers.
A Mirror experience is akin to a face bath that dissolves boundaries of language, religion, politics, ethnicity, age, gender, socio-economic status and personal sovereignty. Through facilitated yet disciplined non-intervention, Mirror manifests and liberates our intangible yet familiar, deeply-held vulnerable self-image by situating us inside a diversity of living, breathing, fluid, alternative selves.
During filming, the artists cultivate a safe space in which to guide participants through a variety of somatic attunements that culminate in sustained eye-contact with each other in pairs. Participants are then filmed from a seemingly impossible angle within the axis of eye contact between partners, using a hidden arrangement of mirrors.
In a fusion of neuroception (pre-conscious awareness), interoception (internal sensate perception) and exteroception (external perception – most notably the experience of simultaneously being seen while seeing), participants subliminally discover that in many important respects we are all “the other person”.
While established photographic terminology is replete with the language of aggressive material acquisition (we ‘take’ pictures; we ‘shoot’ photographs and films; we ‘capture’ images), Mirror advocates a receptive rather than an acquisitive approach, in which the formulation of images is conceived of as an interaction between perceiver and perceived, not as a conquest.
The accent is on inter-connectedness, not otherness and the status of the process is in equanimous balance with the product. In this configuration of creativity, the artists position themselves as unselfconscious catalysts rather than self-determined authors, and the subjects themselves are regarded as co-creators and collaborators.
Mirror is a collaboration between cinematographer Gerry McCulloch and social sculptor Betsy McCall.
THU 7 MARCH 6 to 10 PM
SAT 9 MARCH 11 AM to 2 PM
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THU 7 MARCH 12 to 5 PM
FRI 8 MARCH 12 to 8 PM
SAT 9 MARCH 2 to 8 PM
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