October 19 - 25, 2003
A critical commentary
by Ricardo Barreto
The Mirror Project is a growing collection of thousands of individuals who have photographed themselves in all manner of reflective surfaces. The Mirror Project began life as "Friends of Jezebel's Mirror," (FOJM), an adjunct site to Heather Champ's Jezebel's Mirror in October '99. Reflective self-portraiture, according to various resources on the sites, is a process that unmasks a subject. Champ believes that individuals taking such portraits are less likely to pose for them. But will instead concentrate on the production of the image, revealing an inner state as they are caught in the act of being themselves.
However, The Mirror Project is not merely another group of random pictorial submissions, tied loosely together by some mutuality. Rather it functions as an active enclave, continually re-contextualizing its information and re-formulating the presentation of the images in its dynamic database. The set of images can be seen randomly, organized into selective “exhibition” groupings by guest curators, or broken into thematic groups suggested by the pool of submitting artists. In doing so, each individual image becomes larger than itself, weightier, as it is placed in juxtaposition to similar, but distinctly unique portraits. Strangely, the uniform quality of the compositions only serves to highlight the nuances of personal choice in each shot. The subjects, understood as complicit participants, remain individual and placed within communities.
ResCen (Centre for Research into Creation in the Performing Arts, Middlesex University) will be hosting a seminar on the theme of "Transformation and the Artist" on Wednesday, the 5th of November, in the Balcony Room, Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT, England,
"For over two years, the ResCen artists have been meeting in closed sessions to discuss the processes that form and inform their work. This seminar is the second in a series that focuses on themes drawn from their past discussions.
Transformation has been a recurrent theme and represents an aspect that can be seen in the artistic process, in the past and present works of the artists and in the individuals themselves.
Together the ResCen artists represent decades of knowledge, skills, craft, and experience; and Transformation plays a key role in the making of their work. In this seminar, the artist-researchers will be joined by Adrian Rifkin. Adrian and those attending will debate the issues arising from considerations of Transformation."
Entrance is free but it's advisable to book a place in advance. Contact ResCen to reserve a place.
:: Garrett Lynch ::