Tag: identity

Depth mapped pedestrian profiles

Created by Basel collective UNDEF, User 632 is an installation that stores the behaviour of the people who look at it by monitoring them in return. The installation is designed to know when and how a person passes by or if they stop on the way. All data is being tracked and displayed publicly where passersby are stored as an annonymous number without any hints to their identities. Whoever comes to close to the camera though will be stored with a photograph next to their id.

The installation uses openFrameworks and is made up of three Kinect depth cameras that constantly look for movements which are then reduced to a simple directional line in space. When a visitor enteres a specific area, the algorithm is looking for a face. As soon as one is found a countdown appears that shows the time until a photo is taken automatically. At the same time the time a user is in the visible area is stored. This data (time, path and eventually image) are stored in a database, interpreted and displayed as realtime statistics.

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What makes You »You«?

The films you take. The rhymes you make. A word. A scene. What makes You »You«? Take part in a journey where there are no wrong answers, just infinite perspectives. Join studio onformative in a global art project that explores self-identity.

We have been approached by AQKA to work on a digital artwork as part of Doug Aitken’s Station to Station project. The digital artwork which we developed using webGL and three.js invited people to answer the question of who they are by sharing their thoughts and experiences via twitter and Instagram. Who are you? – is a question with a dual quality. In the context of the event – you – refers either to the sole participant or the vast sea of contributors as a whole. As they all take part in this global event, their digital traces will form a collective super-sculpture over time. 
Who we are – is defined by our actions and responses. Like matter consists of relating atoms, the elementary units of the sculpture are the thoughts, feelings and impressions of individuals. As posts and tweets are converted into building blocks, their content will shape the collective artwork one unit at a time. The sole and personal contributions as small as they seem, are vital to the outcome of the collective structure. Thus a conglomerate of human emotion and reaction is digitally built during the event, giving form to who we are. 

David Mesguich

“In a obsessional way David travels cities and develops an atypical mapping by focusing his interest for all which,in those spaces of passage separates and divides up. By drawing and by monumental installations in-situ that he re-appropriates some parcels of those aseptic territoriesHe turns his gaze to our world-cities, through which we construct our thoughts, identities, individual existences and even poetic speech. It is not that we find ourselves succumbing to the power of denial; the desire to reject the universe in which we are always, and undeniably a part of. On the contrary, we must seek to get through it as we can, to pass by the rifts, to follow through the arteries of our existence, to explore its folds. It’s a question of making live the movement of an eye which uses trickery with the objectives of CCTV, which challenges the modes of control and which tries to open the perspectives of a singular vision.”
“The story of “pressure” it’s the story of people who are on the fence, inbetween worlds, those who are both on the inside and on the outside.”


The French artist JR owns the biggest art gallery in the world. He exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors. His work mixes Art and Act, talks about commitment, freedom, identity and limit. He began his career as a teenage graffiti artist interested in making his mark on public space and society.

expo 2 rue Paris / 2001 – 2004
After finding a camera in the Paris Metro, JR began to document the act of his graffiti painting and of other graffiti artists. At 17, he began pasting photocopies of these photographs on outdoor walls. He created Expo 2 Rue, “Sidewalk Galleries”, using the streets as an open gallery for everyone to see his pastings.

portrait of a generation Paris / 2004 – 2006
JR settles in the heart of this neighborhood and the neighboring projects of La Forestière, where the 2005 riots started in the French suburbs.The first portraits are displayed on the walls of the last popular neighborhoods of the capital, in Eastern Paris. They question the social and media representation of a generation.

face 2 face Israel & Palestine / 2007
The Face2Face project consists of taking portraits of Palestinians and Israelis doing the same job and posting them face to face, in huge formats, in unavoidable places, on both Israeli and Palestinian sides. They want, at last, everyone to laugh and to think by seeing the portrait of the other and his own portrait.

women are heroes Brazil / 2008 – 2009
In order to pay tribute to those who play an essential role in society but who are the primary victims of war, crime, rape and political or religious fanaticism, JR pasted huge photos of the faces and eyes of local women all over the outside of the favela, suddenly giving a female gaze to both the hill and the favela.


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