Megan May Daalder’s Mirrorbox is a participatory sculptural installation and ongoing research project exploring states of temporary sha red identity and the embodiment of empathy. The work resulted from the arti st’s discovery that the visual experience of real time face morphing can pr oduce an embodied sense of shared identity in two individuals.
In cont rast to commonly used Photoshop algorithms or postproduction compositing te chniques\, the Mirrorbox is designed to create intimacy\, bringing two peop le within two feet of each other’s physical space to create one constantly shifting\, yet engaged reflection. Through a period of prolonged curiosity and design research\, the Mirrorbox has developed from a performance work i nspired by science into a legitimate scientific investigation.
A colla ge of survey questions was devised and data was collected at each installat ion in an attempt to verify the initial findings and discover why people we re so taken by the sensation. The project traveled to Paris and Poland wher e is won best in show at the 14th WRO Media Arts Biennale\, before returnin g to California to make its debut in a scientific community at the Imaginat ion and Medicine conference\, organized by psychologist Dr. Robert Bosnak. The positive response to this phenomenon inspired a deeper exploration of f abrication techniques that have allowed the Mirrorbox to become a robust to ol for use in a variety of interpersonal scenarios.
Currently\, the ef fects of this artwork are being studied at USC’s Brain and Creativity Insti tute where the Mirrorbox is being used in a pilot study testing its effects on cultures in conflict.


Thursday July 12\, 6-9 pm and Friday July 13\, 10-5 pm

LOCATION:Jack Hanley Gallery- New York\,327 Broome Street \nNew York\, NY 1 0002 SUMMARY:"Mirrorbox" \, Megan May Daalder END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR