reflection

"Judge not, Before you judge yourself"

Spiritual-Ideological



                        self surveillance 

                        self judgement

                        self censorship

                        self shaping


                                                   facing emptiness    
                                                    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.



Material


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 with others. 

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 world.


    On the technology:

How Spy Flies Will Work
http://howstuffworks.lycoszone.com/spy-fly.htm?printable=1

San Francisco Robotics Society of America
"Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) flying insect robots"
http://www.robots.org/MAVBots.htm

Micromechanical Flying Insect (MFI) Project
UC Berkeley's Project
http://robotics.eecs.berkeley.edu/~ronf/mfi.html

The Eyetop
http://www.eyetop.net/home/default.asp

Olympus EyeTrek
http://www.immersion.fr/Flyer082001_e.pdf

Global Positioning Tracking Systems
http://www.globalpositioningsystems.co.uk
http://www.affordablegps.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=
010-00328-00&Category_Code=hanheldunits&Product_Count=29


Other links





Psychology
Developmental Theories of the Self
http://www2.canisius.edu/~gallaghr/dev.html

"... 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).
Psychology
Embodiment, Self, and Personal Identity
http://www2.canisius.edu/~gallaghr/body.html
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
Psychological Literature
EDOGAWA RAMPO
translated by James B Harris
Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination
http://www.trashfiction.co.uk/rampo.html

"...best of all is 'The Hell of Mirrors' in which an eccentric scientist constructs a vast hollow sphere covered with mirrors on the inside
."