The mirror stage, in psychology and human development, describes when an infant recognizes themselves in a mirror, and thereby the formation of the ego happens via the process of objectification. Conflict is created between one’s perceived visual appearance and one’s emotional experience, what is called “alienation” by psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan.
Artist Klaus Obermaier, with Stefano D’Alessio and Martina Menegon, has created an interactive installation entitled ‘EGO,’ which re-stages and reverses alienation by enhancing and deforming the mirror image, based on movements of the users.
The piece is just as much about movement as it is reflection, though. It was created using a single Kinect, captured by osc-kinect, and passed on to MaxMSP to map joint data to curves. The result is both simple and effective.