'Are You There' is an interactive work that explores portraiture and its intersection with the notion of place. Consisting of an oval shaped mirror sitting atop an elongated plinth, Are You There is an interactive artwork that was designed to be deliberately mimetic of the human form. The plinth acts as the body, and the mirror acts as a head. The work stands in the gallery space like a humanoid structure, standing still until activated by the proximity of a person attempting to see their reflection. Then, through facial detection software programmed to interact with a micro camera embedded in the mirror frame, the mirror turns away from the face presented to it and denies this reflection. The mirror, by turning away from the person who approaches, is saying ‘no’. This mirror denies us our self-image and appearance.
       
     
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 'Are You There' is an interactive work that explores portraiture and its intersection with the notion of place. Consisting of an oval shaped mirror sitting atop an elongated plinth, Are You There is an interactive artwork that was designed to be deliberately mimetic of the human form. The plinth acts as the body, and the mirror acts as a head. The work stands in the gallery space like a humanoid structure, standing still until activated by the proximity of a person attempting to see their reflection. Then, through facial detection software programmed to interact with a micro camera embedded in the mirror frame, the mirror turns away from the face presented to it and denies this reflection. The mirror, by turning away from the person who approaches, is saying ‘no’. This mirror denies us our self-image and appearance.
       
     

'Are You There' is an interactive work that explores portraiture and its intersection with the notion of place. Consisting of an oval shaped mirror sitting atop an elongated plinth, Are You There is an interactive artwork that was designed to be deliberately mimetic of the human form. The plinth acts as the body, and the mirror acts as a head. The work stands in the gallery space like a humanoid structure, standing still until activated by the proximity of a person attempting to see their reflection. Then, through facial detection software programmed to interact with a micro camera embedded in the mirror frame, the mirror turns away from the face presented to it and denies this reflection. The mirror, by turning away from the person who approaches, is saying ‘no’. This mirror denies us our self-image and appearance.

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'Are You There' - Yvette Hamilton 2014