eyeshine – 2011 | Golan Levin & Kyle McDonald

Eyeshine – 2011 | Golan Levin & Kyle McDonald

eyeshine

Eyeshine (2011, Golan Levin and Kyle McDonald) is an interactive installation which captures, records and replays the retroreflections (red-eye effects) from the eyes of its observers. In doing so it presents an image wholly constructed through the process of being observed.

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The project is inspired by the phenomenon of eyeshine, in which light can be seen reflecting brightly from the eyes of animals at night. In our interactive installation, a camera beneath the system’s display captures these retroreflections from the visitors’ eyes. Recordings of these lively eye movements are then layered in a bright tapestry, preserving their human qualities of gesture, while re-casting the observers, visually, as mysterious animals.

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