My projects often tend to be based around some sort of technology, but my philosophy and approach is to always make people the centre-point of all my art, as I see human engagement to be the most fascinating form of interactivity.
The Panopticon Dreams series is looking at our fear-laced fascination with new technology. More and more gadgets seem to find their way into our daily lives with the promise of endless connections, information and avenues of self-expression, at the same time as this onslaught of technology gives rise to the possibility of unwanted tracking and control; a self-initiated Panopticon of modern surveillance.
With the aid of oversized-tech glasses the portraits seem to break their 2-dimensional confinement and in awe gaze into the gallery space itself. Will the advent of new technology similarly allow us to stare into new realms of reality as we descend into preset permutations of cyborg-like entities?
Through motion sensors the glasses detect movement and lights up a light behind the mirrors, as if to convey this information to the portraits.
INTERVIEW IN LANDESCAPE Press
An interview with Landescape about a range of different projects including The worryball and reflection. The Worryball is also used for the cover of the October 2013 issue.
Portraits from the edge is a collaboration between Scissors and photographer Jon Lewis. This interactive photo journal combines photos from the island nation of Kiribati, audio and narration from Jon Lewis as well as a map of the island shrinking as you scroll down. Kiribati will withing the next 30-60 years become rendered uninhabitble due to rising sea levels and climate change.
The worryball is an interactive artwork using more than 6000 Guatemalan worrydolls, woven in the a large sphere. Inside the ball there is an omni speaker, broadcasting recordings of different people's worries. The audio feed is connected to a range of motion censors that triggers different worries from movement in the room. There will be an online version of the sculpture that lets people record their worries straight from a website into the ball itself.
Reflections is an interactive portrait series that lets viewers interact with the photographs in different ways. The webcam is used to to create a "reflection" image in the eyes of the portraits, similar to how you sometimes see the traces of the photographer in the eyes of the photographed. Additionally, viewers can "tip" the portraits over by covering their finger over the webcam (and the forehead) and thereby inducing sleep or death to the portraits.
The Microcinescope is an interactive artwork that displays video content through the interface of a microscope. A tiny 5mm screen is mounted inside the viewing platform, and a video-stream changes as different microscope sliders are placed under the microscope. This is a first working prototype of the Microcinescope, and it aims to explore both the divide and union between science and art.
THE HUMAN TOUCH PROJECT 2012 - Online / Interactive / Installation
The Human Touch Project is an online artwork celebrating human diversity by connecting a series of unique moments through the mechanics of a simple touch. The more people that participate in the project and share their unique moments, the more interesting and engaging the overall experience.
The artwork was originally shown at the Science Gallery in Dublin as part of the Future of Water/Surface Tension exhibition. It is showing a beating, melting heart made of ice, alluding to 'the fragile existence and vitality of ice in a world where the polar ice caps are slowly diminishing through a cyclical process'.
NAVELGAZING 2012 - Interactive / Installation
This project plays with modern notions of observation and self-obsession,
through the aid of technology. By searching for a meaning, viewers will
literally experience their own examining gaze starring back at them as a
physical manifestation in the form of a projection.
THE MAGIC WALLPAPER PROJECT 2009 - Design, Digital, Video In collaboration with Stephanie Rajalingam
The Magic Wallpaper project explores the notion of wallpaper through an interactive medium. It has been exhibited at the Grid Gallery, Australia's first outdoor public digital gallery, and also as part of the fringe festival at Plump gallery, where it picked up an award for best visual artwork. This projects aims to explore the relationship between the very tiny, and the infinite scalability associated with science, nature and wallpaper.
ANALOGUE ROBOTS 2011 - Installation / Video / Design: Sai Design
Scissors were asked by New Media Curation to provide a video artwork to feature in the exhibtion "Attract, relate & sustain", held at the Verge Gallery in Sydney. Various robot entities, designed and assembled by Sai Design, made out of rejected garbage parts are being animated with a rough stop motion technique, and then displayed on old television sets next to the respective mechanical sculptures.