"Judge not, Before you judge yourself"
reflecting the masks
seeing others in ourselves
seeing what we are not necessarily what we want
more control to change ourselves.
it is always in the mirror where we face ourselves.
only in private spaces of bathrooms and bedrooms do we harbor our vanity
as well as our safe hate.
outside spaces we have the masks that conceal our insecurities,
spaces where we project the products of our circumstances and environments.
it is this projection who so easily judges others,
who works to fit a persona that works best for us in a social order.
part of the inequality in this world is due to the ease in which people
can deny their outside persona which projects aires that conform to social
norms. social norms of judgement, hierarchy, inequalityand all of the
characteristics in which society instills in us to DISTINGUISH ourselves from
others, to give us a sense of place does nothing but DIVIDE us in order to
CONQUER us. by conditioning us to mask ourselves with personas and strong
judgements, we can never see that we are all the same people who face ourselves
in the mirror, alone and shake our heads at who others think we are.
The idea is simple, a mirror image of the self will be visually projected
within the perepheral vision of the user in order for them to be able to see
themselves within the context of the outside world and their interactions
Eyetop glasses will seemingly project a mirror image in realtime or delayed
time(as decided by the user)of the user. audio is also available.
The footage will be taped by a Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) flying insect robot.
Thus, basically a closed loop is occuring here which allows for a mirror effect
that is projected as well as heard by the user.
you see yourself. you hear yourself. all within the perepheral of the senses.
The audio and video will also be recorded realtime into a cpu held a backpack
worn by the user by wireless connection. Recording allows further investigation
into the realm of the self. Also allowing a feedback delay if the user
wishes to not see themselves in realtime.
How it would work
"Scout flies, equipped with miniature cameras, would do the work of reconnaissance
teams by eavesdropping on tactical communications and sending back real-time
video of enemy positions."
These Micro Air Vehicles equiped with cameras would be programmed to follow
user's movements by GPS tracking systems.
The Glasses would combine Olympus EyeTrek's built in audio technology accompanied
by Eyetop's ability to maintain contact within both environments of the screen
as well as the outside enviroment. "Eyetop wearers can look at a large screen
within one's field of vision while maintaining visual contact with the surrounding
environment." Thus allowing the user to see and hear him/herself
through a pair of glasses while also maintaining contact with the outside
On the technology:
How Spy Flies Will Work
San Francisco Robotics Society of America
"Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) flying insect robots"
Micromechanical Flying Insect (MFI) Project
UC Berkeley's Project
Global Positioning Tracking Systems
Developmental Theories of the Self
"... the technology of the mirror, perfected and
marketed by Venice in the early sixteenth century,
first enabled people literally to reflect on a whole
picture of themselves. By contrast, before the
sixteenth century, blown glassmirrors magnified what
was near their surface and this made it difficult for
people to see their whole appearance. In all this,
there was an enrichment of the sense of self" (Roger
Smith, 'Self-Reflection and the Self', in Rewriting
the Self: Histories from the Renaissance to the
Present, ed. Roy Porter (London, 1997).
Embodiment, Self, and Personal Identity
|My self I then perused, and limb by limb
Surveyed, and sometimes went, and sometimes ran
With supple joints, and lively vigour led:
But who I was, or where, or from what cause,
Knew not; to speak I tried, and forthwith spake,
My tongue obeyed and readily could name
What e'er I saw.
- Milton, Paradise Lost, VIII, 253-73
translated by James B Harris
of Mystery and Imagination
"...best of all is 'The Hell of Mirrors' in which an eccentric scientist
constructs a vast hollow sphere covered with mirrors on the inside."