Thursday 14 February 2008

Art Piece that stares back at you : Opto-Isolator

Opto-Isolator explores the idea of how artwork would respond if it knew we were looking at it. The Opto-Isolator sculpture is a black box with a robotic, human-sized blinking eye in the dead center.

Opto-isolator responds to a viewer’s gaze, specifically the visitor's unique eye movements, in real-time with a variety of psychosocial behaviors. Among other forms of feedback, this artwork looks its viewer directly in the eye; intently studies its viewer's face; looks away coyly if it is stared at for too long; and blinks precisely one second after its viewer blinks. The sculpture features an solitary mechatronic blinking eye, at human scale, peering behind a black veneer. Ultimately envisioned as system of feedback, this work plays with the sights and vision of an art audience and is intended to be experiential.

The Opto-Isolator was designed and built by Golan Levin and Greg Baltus, and was recently exhibited at the Bitforms Gallery in New York.

Before you run away it maybe worth noticing that this artwork, if that what it is, is a highly personal experience for a single viewer at a time !

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