AG / Augmented Gallery

In this work, a portrait without face with the acrylic paint is painted on the canvas. When a visitor watches the camera, his face is projected on the canvas in real time. Then the device recognizes the facial expressions of the face and projects the atmosphere and the condition of the person onto the canvas. Then it becomes a portrait drawn and painted on a canvas.

When the visitor himself photographs the image of his projected face, the work becomes a self-portrait and the medium changes from the canvas to the photograph. When it’s uploaded to the SNS, the work leaves the gallery space and can exist without being tied to time and place, in the non-material world – the world on the Internet.

This portrait is displayed in the gallery space of the real space. On the side wall there is a virtual space projected as if the gallery space is extending.

This virtual space is linked with the real world’s gallery, and if you write a hashtag and a specific code in your Selfie and post it to Twitter, that picture will be reflected in this virtual reality. And those who are looking at the extended gallery in the virtual reality on the Internet become avatars and they are look around inside the gallery.

By arranging these two spaces, the real world gallery and the virtual space on the Internet,  the boundary will be obscured between reality and virtual.

This work interactively changes with the canvas as a medium.

And when the visitor intervenes in the work, the medium also changes from canvas to photography.

Moreover, the place where works can be shown is not limited to the real space of a gallery, but will also be disseminated by visitors infinitely on the Internet.

But who owns the work? I do the idea and the concept, the painting, the program and the structure of this work. Program and visitors draw the portraits. The visitor photographs himself and uploads it to the internet.

Through this work, I will explore the form of a new portrait in modern times and find out the possibility of the simultaneous multiplicity of its existence, the expandability of the place for the exhibition.

Then by arranging virtual spaces on the extension of the real space and interactively changing the virtual space via the Internet in real time, trying to grasp the portrait of today’s society by mixing reality and virtual reality, material and non-material I will.

I also think deeply about my role in getting to know and interpret AI and new technologies in the arts.