Onirical Reflections Projects Colorful Patterns Onto People's Faces
Almost 50 years after French director Henri-Georges Clouzot pioneered optical effect experimentations, São Paulo-based artist Anaísa Franco re-explores the face as a canvas for image projection in her latest project Onirical Reflections.
“Inside our brain is contained all the images that we [use to] process the outside world and ourselves. My interest is in the distortion of the reality that is built inside us, bringing the architectures of dreams out,” says Anaísa Franco in her artist’s statement. With the help of a concave mirror 1.2 meters in diameter, she developed an interactive sculpture which projects and maps animations on the face of the user.
A camera captures and sends facial expressions in real-time to some custom-developed software which is able to recognize the points located on the nose, mouth and eyes to use them as distinct projection areas. Thus, a viewer’s face becomes a playground for colorful, radiating patterns which, at the same time as they distort reality, invite the participant to reconsider their narcissistic reflection.
If for the time being the installation doesn’t seem to interact with the user’s facial expression (the demo video only shows neutral blinky faces), a possible upgraded version with projections synchronized to zygomatic mood could be an interesting future development.
Learn more about Anaísa Franco work in the video below…