Photography Imitates New Media

Usually “new media” pulls from other art disciplines: video, sculpture, photography and many more.

This morning, I saw this photographer’s (Alex John Beck) work on facial symmetry portraits on one of my art news feeds. He shoots a subject then mirrors their faces so that they have two symmetrical portraits, one from their left side and another from the right.

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Wait a minute. I’m very familiar with this piece. There’s an exhibit at The Exploratorium (where I worked as a New Media Exhibit Developer from 2011-12) called “Two-Faced”, which does exactly that. It was created by my colleague, Bill Meyer.

YouTube videos are below (they have audio, beware), which show the piece in action.

No accusations of cribbing here, but the “new media version” provides a rich and interactive experience to thousands of visitors each year.

 

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