Future Self

View a video of the Opening Night performance here: https://vimeo.com/44089097

Future Self is an interactive light and sound installation that mimics human movement. The piece consists of hundreds of draped strands of LED lights that are suspended in the middle of a studio room in the formation of a rectangular prism. The structure remains lightless until human form comes within range of the 3D camera sensors. Within this range, an individual’s movements are mimicked by the object of light in front of them. One key idea behind Future Self is that it adds depth in its attempt to create a mirror image of a human form; one artist from rAndom International notes that Future Self “it’s not just about a screen—not just about this kind of two-dimensionality—it’s about this real depth, and it’s an exploration of that” [1].

Future Self’s LED light structure is accompanied by a composition by renowned British composer Max Richter. Similarly to the LEDs, Richter’s eerie, echoing score is also manipulated by a person’s movement.

For the opening of this exhibition, choreographer Wayne McGregor was brought into this collaborative effort to create a dance piece to accompany Future Self. McGregor was particularly inspired by the notion that one has the “ability to be in this space facing this extraordinarily beautiful object and knowing that you can shape it—you can shape the way in which it moves and you can see a different version of yourself” [1]. With this idea in mind, McGregor treated Future Self as an individual performer. His opening-night performance involved a male and a female dancer whose fluid movements around the LED form simultaneously conducted the installation, manipulating its visual and acoustic impact which thereby allowed Future Self to perform in the dance.

Future Self can be interpreted as an example of modern transductive art. Through human interaction, this piece transforms movement and images into a dynamic, multi-dimensional display of light and sound. This artwork treats its audience as its own subject, examining their form and reflecting it in an abstracted mirror image that can be said to be a reflection of one’s own future. The subject is fully responsible for its outcome; it resembles one’s present self, yet it is not an exact duplicate, and it is not a crystal clear projection.

[1] https://vimeo.com/41699285

2 replies on “Future Self”

This is a good entry!
This is a good entry! Firstly, try to embed the vimeo video in the text. Otherwise, your description of it is very good, and the addition of your comment on the sound element shows that you are noticing these are all fundamental elements of the interdisciplinary performance/installation. Remember this comes naturally to us, understanding light and sound as connected and mutually informative media elements, but it was not always the case, especially during the eras from camera obscura to silent film. I would like to probe into your understanding of the piece an indication of a ‘future’ self, and how this artwork attempts to understand the relationship between future us and machines/technology/information. It is a very good observation that this is an example of modern transductive art, but what sets it apart from say the buttons on a lift? For instance, the opening scene to the dance shows the light source blinking between the female and male dancers. Do you think the artwork is trying to show how we will be communicating in future? Expand in that direction and there will be natural resonances with what we have been talking about in terms of interactivity in art – (motion duration and illumination) as well. dancers are dynamic not static, does this relate to how systems of art are beginning to get very charged and dynamic? Keep up the good work!!

I think this is an awesome
I think this is an awesome example of how multiple forms of art can be tied together through technology. Without careful inspection, the viewer could think this exhibit was just an incorporation of music, dance, and lights. However, the interactive technology takes it to a whole new level of connectedness to the viewer. I wish I could see this exhibit in person, because it seems like a personal experience, and creates something beautiful. I like that the intention of the work of art was to create something that is catered to the individual, rather than something that people can interpret as they like. I believe art is more interesting when the viewer can have there own experience, and know that no one else’s is the same.

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