A portrait, or the two-dimensional representation of the face of a person,
is often used for identification.The picture, which has been created in a
moment, crystallizes, as forms change in the course of time, and takes shape
in another matter. It may be made of pigments or glue-water colour or silver
bromide crystals, it may be static or composed of restlessly moving pixels,
it may be projected on a screen or painted or engraved or printed on some
material - the picture, associated with a number, a signature, and/or a code
on a magnetic bar, seems to give proof of our existence.
"I am representable, therefore I am"
"Touch me" is an interactive video/computer installation. "Touch
me" is a sort of magic mirror, where the picture reveals itself like
a thin unseizable skin. The attempt to grasp the identity of others by touching
the picture sets off a process where this image disappears and the viewer
is confronted with his own picture.
In this installation, a monitor with touch screen, a video camera and a
PC are mounted on a platform. From outside, only the monitor and the touch
screen are visible. The visitor is welcomed by pictures of a video portrait
of the artist, which are shown on the monitor. The camera takes shots of the
visitor while he is looking at the pictures on the monitor. If he touches
some parts of the face on the monitor, these parts dissolve and inside of
the portrait, the face of the viewer will become partly or fully visible.
The installation has been realised with the support of
the INM Frankfurt; technical assistance and programming by Nicolas Reichelt,
lots of help from Tobias Kirchhofer.