ISSN: 1477965X
First published in 2003
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Volume 16 Issue 1
Cover Date: March 2018
From the ego to the alter ego – interacting with the self image through Neuro Mirror
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Authors:  Christa Sommerer And  Laurent Mignonneau 
DOI: 10.1386/tear.16.1.85_1

Keywords
psychoanalysis,developmental psychology,neuroscience,artificial neural networks,media art,interactive art

Abstract
In this article, we introduce our interactive art installation Neuro Mirror that was developed in 2017 for the Cybernetic Consciousness [?] exhibition that was held in 2017 at the ITAU Cultural in Sao Paulo. This artwork enables participants to interact with their own images and those of their alter egos with the help of digital mirrors. The installation consists of three screens. The middle one shows a live image of the participant that is somewhat distorted. The one on the left side also displays an image of the interacting person, but with a time delay of a few seconds. On the right screen, however, another person is shown – a young man, who is acting and moving his head. In fact, this person is programmed to be an avatar or an alter ego who reacts to the participant. He ‘learns’ new behaviours by observing and imitating the participant and reacts accordingly. A neural network programme was developed to enable him to predict the participant’s next actions from his previous ones.
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