MA Digital Media – Critical Computing
Physical Reflection vs Digital Projection
Physical Reflection vs Digital Projection is a work-in-progress installation that encourages viewers to engage with their digital self. It explores the complex relationship between humans and digital machines by demonstrating how our online actions are continually monitored and transformed into pieces of unrecognisable data. The purpose of this installation is to generate discussions about technologies role within society and how it is changing our behaviour, where our minds and bodies are being reduced into computable forms. This project began in lockdown when everyone was physically isolated but digitally connected.
Viewers were invited to press the space key, triggering a code that used OpenCV and ImageMagick to detect and pixelate a face through a raspberry pi camera and then displays the image of their physical reflection they see in the mirror as a digital projection. The images below show some of the results.