Second Life generative sculpture: Autoscopia
Autoscopia is a new art project by the BabelSwarm art collective (Adam Nash, Chris Dodds, and Justin Clemens), which is currently on show as part of the Doppelganger exhibition at the Australian National Portrait Gallery.
The term autoscopy derives from the Greek words autos (self) and skopeein (to see). It refers to an experience in which a person, while believing him or her self to be awake, sees his or her body and the world from a location outside his or her physical body.
In Autoscopia, users perform ‘vanity searches’ by searching for their own name. Data from internet sources like Google, Twitter and Facebook is sucked down in real time and fed into a unique Second Life sculpture where colours, geometry and audio are affected by variations in search volume.
Autoscopia addresses the immense and distorted contribution digital reflections now make to our perception of ourselves.
Head over to the Autoscopia website to perform your own aggregate vanity search. Seen through portals to the digital world, my identity is a horrifying mashup of several people with the same name. The data collected on the website, when fed in to the Second Life sculpture (which you can only see if you jump into Second Life) provides a further distorted representation, however this one is attenuated by the hands of creative, digital artisans. Autoscopia provides an aesthetic reprieve.