“The face looking at me affirms me.” Emmanuel Lévinas, Essay on Thinking of the Other
The artist calls on Oscar to revisit the easel portrait through a real-time encounter with a virtual character endowed with artificial intelligence.
Each encounter is different and Oscar is prone to mood swings: we’re not looking here for technological genius but rather for the emotion that Oscar elicits in each of us.
@Eglise St Joseph
“Presence is diluted and is traversed by absence in between the forms emerging and disappearing in the same movement; presence becomes space… It is only a desire for that which is absent.”
Maurice Blanchot, The Space of Literature
The objective of this installation is to confront the spectator with their own face, which appears and disappears very slowly from a million particles generated before their very eyes in real time.
A camera captures the spectator’s face in 3D, generating there and then their digital twin they can interact with as in front of a mirror.
Production : Thomas Muller
Catherine Ikam tackles the concept of identity in the digital age and focuses on the themes of identity and appearance, living and artificial beings, human and model.
Her works are exhibited widely in France and abroad. Catherine Ikam and Louis Fléri have been generating virtual characters endowed with behaviour to be interacted with since 1990 and Oscar came into being in 2005.