Two mirrors, on either side of the Atlantic, are being designed to reflect the environment where they are located, with an invitation to play, perform and explore our sense of place and where we feel we are from.
Stories of the past, the present and the future celebrate experiences and knowledge of our communities. The mirror acts as a bridge for those who interact with it, like a doorway to another community on the other side of the world to explore local and global challenges that affect these communities.
The aim of the research elements of the project has been to explore how we might use interactive mirror technologies to develop a new artwork/mobile performance lab. We started with using existing technologies developed by the Mixed Reality Lab/Horizon in partnership with Unilever and developed the technologies further towards open source, accessible tools for building a new artwork.
We have been exploring how we might intervene with contested environments, share stories and build collaborations between ex-mining communities in England and Brazil through the interaction with a mirrored interface. Rachel has been working with a local community through a residency at Primary Studios in Nottingham, whilst in parallel Silvia has been working with a community in Pirenópolis, Brazil developing a collaboration with the unique popular arts group Flor de Pequi.
The research team at Horizon have been experimenting with the existing interactive mirror technology including: superimposing camera images from a different locations into the mirrored reflections; solo and multiple interactions with the mirrored surface; moving reflections from different surfaces, and viewing the surface from different angles; building a bespoke reflective surface as part of a larger adaptive structure, and linking up the technology to the performing data toolkit to use environmental, aggregated and/or physiological sensor data as another way to control interaction.
Workshops and a public events have taken place in Primary Studios in Nottingham during 2016, as part of an artist residency. Further workshops and events will take place in both the UK and Brazil throughout 2017, extending the project to hopefully work with a community and place in Nottinghamshire.
This website documents the first phase of the Invisible project as a collaborative artwork and research project being developed by Rachel Jacobs and Silvia Leal in partnership with Horizon Digital Economy Research and the Mixed Reality Lab (University of Nottingham), Primary Studios, Nottingham (UK) and Flor de Pequi collective at Guaimbê, in Pirenópolis (Brazil).