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Perceive Me

 
 

How might I show people what it’s like to be on the receiving end of another’s perceptions?

 
 
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The mirror is the perfect device to play with perception because that is where people can usually find a definitive truth. But a mirror never shows the often misguided filters through which human beings are seen by one another. To change this, I decided to hack mirrors in a way to make them more “honest”.

 
 
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I took cues from headlines and trending topics, drew inspiration from the lives of those around me, and looked deep within myself to find the views I felt are plaguing society on a broad scale. Then I silkscreened those views on the surfaces of mirrors so they could act as analog filters of reality, showing those that used the mirrors what others are really seeing.

 
 
 
 

Ideally, everyone that interacts with this piece will be faced with a judgement they hold personally or a truism that they are blind to. Through this interaction I hope to inspire others to challenge their perceptions and understand that beneath our biases we aren’t much different from each other after all.

 
 
 
 

This project was originally created for TEDxKC 2016: Question Everything and later translated into a self-funded mobile friendly website that utilizes webcams to simulate a mirror effect. Try it out at PerceiveMe.net. You can also read a comprehensive reflection on the project here.

 
 
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SILKSCREEN/EXHIBITION DESIGN/WEB DESIGN: ANTHONY SCHMIEDELER
DEVELOPMENT: JILLIAN KURZ, PRESTON RICHEY