Video of Self-reflection-machines (including Kaleidoscope of Time installation) at exhibition Hygienemuseum (Dresden):


Kaleidoscope of Time

When we see a moving picture in front of us, we recognize our mirror image, if it precisely imitates us. This perception can be irritated, however; this led earlier cultures to doubt whether our mirrored doppelganger may not indeed have an agency of itself, and would under suitable circumstances develop its own and possibly dangerous identity.



Our expectancy of a close relation between our own actions and those of our mirror image is the origin for the installation Kaleidoscope of Time. The visitor enters a podium in an octagonal space, from which he has a perspective on a multitude of his own mirror images, like in a kaleidoscope. The mirrors, however, are projection screens, where the visitor sees presentations of his own mirror image in a great variety of time distortions.

The delay is dynamical like bistable figure, where at any moment the identity of the spectator could slip into the mirror image. Scientific experiments in the installation have demonstrated that time perception is significantly altered in the visitors of the Kaleidoscope of Time, so that the passing of time is perceived either as much faster or much slower: "Losing track of time through delayed body representations",