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Study for a Mirror

Digital Artwork
2009-2010 (made)
Place of origin

Interactive light installation

Object details

Object type
TitleStudy for a Mirror (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Light reactive screen print back-printed on glass with UV coating, Corian frame, motor, rapid prototyped components, proprietary software, proprietary tracking software, camera, lens, computer
Brief description
Digital artwork, 'Study for a Mirror', by Random International, England, 2009/10
Physical description
Interactive light installation
  • Height: 42.7cm
  • Length: 36.7cm
  • Depth: 7.2cm
Black flex approx 176cm, white flex approx 11020cm Adapter: W:9.0 cm x L:32.5 x D:5.8 cm
Gallery label
rAndom International's digital artworks explore the interactions between audience and object. This 'light painting' is an ephemeral portrait - when you stand in front of it, an image of your face appears, but soon fades to be replaced by the next viewer. Unlike a conventional portrait, it does not capture a moment in time, but focuses instead on transience.(31/01/2012)
Object history
An earlier version of Study for a Mirror featured in Decode: Digital Design Sensations (8 December 2009 – 11 April 2010). E.295-2011 was exhibited in British Design 1948–2012: Innovation in the Modern Age (31 March - 12 August 2012)
Software written by Chris O’Shea detects faces using hidden camera and prints them with light. Programmed in c++ using openFrameworks & openCV. The studio was previously known as rAndom International.
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Record createdJuly 12, 2011
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