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Mirror_SPACE – Brigitta Zics

  • On March 20, 2006

Short listed for this years Europrix Top Award in Cross Media Mirror_SPACE was my personal bet to win. It didn’t but I still think it was the best piece in that category, which was also the category my own project Reciprocal Space won a Top Talent Quality Seal Award in. Below are details of the Mirror_SPACE masterminded by Brigitta Zics and created with the support of Jörg Lindenmaier, Jerome Thoma and Matthias Weber.


Mirror_SPACE is a virtual mirror where users can experience their image transformed — not according to the rules of geometric optics, but filtered by a “real time scanning apparatus”. This generates the visitor’s “mirror image” corresponding to the information supplied via its data network.

The mirror provides us with phenomenal images of our appearance according to physical laws. The mirror image is a transformed, cell-shaped manifestation of the users dynamic data. The aesthetical qualities of the objects combine a microcosmic vision of networked existence with a reduced visual component (virus/nano vision). Their virus-like nature represents a structure in which everything is interconnected. Depending on the quality of the relationship, this connectivity is visualised differently. The coloration of the creatures is an expression of their character.

Mirror_SPACE is a system of reflections of a type which involves not only optical appearances but also forces which act on us and which we cannot control affecting our phenomenal image. Visitors are invited to identify with a virtual mirror image that reflects their internal state (through mood analysis) and their external affiliations (through information streams from the internet). This new world formulates a utopian definition of identity.

The person is viewed as a node which is networked with the whole of existence. Effects which can be grasped by our perception are presented in this system as dynamic data and converted into three-dimensional objects. This process also involves the compilation of a virtual image, but the filter is the calculation on the part of the computer, which not only processes our extended characteristics but also data supplied simultaneously from the world


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