‘Mind Mirror’ is a digital art installation that was recently showcased at the Copenhagen Re-New 2013 Digital Art Festival. Multimedia artists Albert Kim, Francesca Castelli and Yining Huang collaborated on the project, which creates a digital representation of a spectator’s face on a screen, using face tracking technology. The most inspiring aspect of the representation of the subject’s face is that the clarity and focus of the image depends on the level of concentration of the subject. EEG sensors measure attention and meditation, through a device worn on the head. When the subject remains still and focused, their image will appear almost as a clear photograph on the screen. When the subject’s attention span is low, their reflection becomes highly pixellated. The images on the screen appear almost as digitally created watercolours, that instead of remaining static, move according to sensors that pick up body’s state of focus.
The project aims to tackle questions such as, “how does our state of mind affect our self-awareness?”. The remarkable combination of scientific technology that picks up brain activity, and digital tools for art, is one example of how digital art is continuing to present us with new ideas about how we can use technological developments used in other areas, (such as healthcare and psychology), and apply them to influence creations in the art-world.
Video on Vimeo of ‘Mind Mirror’ in action: