Surface X

picaroon (DE)

In the digital world, we present ourselves in the best possible light—#nofilter, of course. In the hopes of being loved, employed, liked and followed, we carefully choose the best parts of our identity to display. By adding a photo filter here and highlighting a detail there, we constantly work on creating the perfect surface. Our digital identity is flawless and impressive.

Until… someone comes closer. When we actually meet our Tinder date face to face. Or go to that job interview we got invited to. Surface X captures the very moment when our digital and our physical identities collide and merge into the real us. At this moment, it becomes impossible to keep the perfect surface intact. It cracks and folds and our true self is revealed.

Surface X / picaroon (DE), Credit: Martin Hieslmair

Like our digital identity, Surface X appears large and impressive from a distance. The interactive installation is made up of 35 black umbrellas that form a single, spherical body 3.5 meters in diameter. The umbrellas represent an impenetrable shield, protecting the inside from unwanted looks.

However, once a person approaches Surface X, the umbrellas immediately shy away and close within milliseconds. It crumbles and shrinks and loses its polished look. Up close, one sees less surface but more of what lies behind, cables, sensors and a steel frame. It is left to the approaching person to judge: Does it look ugly or broken? Or rather interesting, maybe even beautiful?

More information on picaroon can be found here. More information on another project by picaroon, entitled Global Sounds, which is also part of this year’s Festival, can be found here. 

credits: picaroon (DE)