Shy Mirror

My team and I wanted to explore human nature as it pertains to vanity. How much time does one person take out of their life to contemplate their own existence, or even more specifically how they physically appear to other people?

The pinnacle of vain objects, and a well-known physical manifestation of vanity, is the mirror. We decided to make a mirror the main component of our installation. It is easy to become infatuated with self-reflection, to a point where one becomes obsessed with the reflection of the self.

Our project attempts the fracture that infatuation, by designing a mirror that spins away when a viewer approaches it. This forces the person attempting to view themselves to instead view others around them.

Team members: Zhang Zhan, Xiran Yang

The project debuted at the New York University Shanghai Interactive Media Arts Showcase.