Your Bones, My Skin

Your Bones, My Skin

“Festival of Future Nows” Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Sept. 2017

Interactive Video Installation: Projection, Microsoft Kinect Sensor

Technical assistance & programming: Dominik Köller

You approach a video projection and see an image of yourself reflected back at you. Another person joins you. But something is not right. You move your arm and scratch your head, but your reflection still hasn’t moved. Instead, the reflection of the person next to you scratches its head. Your movements have been transposed onto the body of another. And likewise, their movements control your body. You are puppeteers controlling representations of one another. What is it like to take responsibility for someone else’s image? How will you deal with the challenge? Does it feel like a funny game or does it make you uneasy?

We all have a body and our own way of moving. This installation investigates what happens to self-perception when you tear apart those elements of identity. It confronts viewers with the complex scenario of two people who have simultaneous control over one another’s representations. At the same time, each person becomes a reluctant performer for other spectators. The installation Your Skin, My Bones aims to be a playful experiment with identity and the power we have over own images.