As far as we can remember, humans and animals, always delimited a border between the world they have to share and the space they own : In taking refuge into caves, in building huts, houses or only by taking a pee. Even if the frontier is thin, humble or symbolic, it confers to people inside the right to act without manners. That used to be the meaning of private space.
Progress has allowed us to communicate without moving from our homes : fax, voices, text messages, image messages, e-mails, videos and more recently mobile’s applications. As communication technology progresses, our way of communicate is being reshaped and borders between private and public space are dissolving .Our homes become the outside world, privacy is sold in a search of mass approbation (likes) but doing so, we are giving the outside world the possibility to judge us.
The principle of society, is to act together in an orchestrated choreography outside and use rules to live together in harmony. The quest of harmony has been stolen by more superficial factors like fashion, rules of politeness and manners, (...) that are not requested are not since the most important factor is well-being. As long as outside influence comes over the inside thanks to cyber communication, we’ll also change behaviors inside home.
It means, that if the private space is the reflexion of ourselves, but we act in this space with manners, we are no longer free, and we are no longer us but the avatar created by the digital space.
A short history of representation and identity
Adjust little by little his life, his face, features, lifestyle is a very long but systematic process for connected people. This is a progressive metamorphosis, a spontaneous but non-conscious changement of identity.
We can create an avatar that would be such an improved version of ourselves that we would not even want to meet people physically, being to afraid to be rejected . At the end, users identify their selfs at the avatar they create on the digital spaces, not as their « real-self ». People can become intolerant with their own reflect.
By creating this super-me, we destroy privacy but we set up a distance with people as human beings. At the end, we think we come closer but this digital us is taking physically and also mentally people away from each other.
Introducing the mirror
An object with a huge background
As an object, the mirror is a very imaged representation of our identity, because of the reflection of the reactions o the body with it's environment. As a reflection of yourself, the screen is the mirror of this century. With the use of selfie in our current life, we tend to trust more screens than reality. And because we don't like what we see, a massive use of make-up and filters has now changed the way we see ourselves. It trapes complexed souls like teenagers and remove complexes from the one who want to hide their identity. This new window between you and the world, allow one to pretend to be whoever we want/are.
With this evolved version of the mirror, you will not only see your face but a display full of pieces of you. The aim is to present details of the user only, in order to avoid a narcissistic contemplation and use the mirror as a tool and not as a social medium, like we do with our screen.
Also, since the camera doesn't work from a frontal point of view, your eyes will never cross cross your look. You can see your eyes but not your eyes watching you. This simple trick is a wink to the narcissistic atmosphere we evolve in.In fact, this object is the starting point of a reflection on representation and it's paradoxes.