Your Future Selfie

we-are-narcisses

Douglas Coupland imagines the next logical steps to the phenomenon:

Will there be even more selfies in the future? Yes! Billions more, but the next selfie wave is going to be the 3D selfie, one in which one scans oneself and then prints out one’s 3D effigies in MakerBots at the mall or, as 3D printers become insanely cheaper (which is happening as I type these words), at home on the kitchen counter for $1.95. There still won’t be many printed photos in our future – nobody, in the end, seems to want them – but prepare to be inundated by small MakerBot plastic busts everywhere you look, modified and unmodified:

him, her, me, them, them-with-devil-horns, her-with-three-eyes, you with a fork stuck into your forehead. It’s going to be fun, yet the weird thing about a printed-out bust is that it’s not quite the third dimension, and it’s not quite the second dimension either. It’s like photography posing as sculpture – a 2½th dimension.

The key word there is posing – the next wave of 2½D selfies will, with even more effectiveness, allow all of us to pose and put forth a model of who we think we are, as opposed to who we actually are. And what’s wrong with that? Artists have been doing it for thousands of years – and in the 21st century, with all of this kick-ass new technology we’re all, if nothing else, artists.

Speaking of artists and selfies, Chloé Curé and Bertrand Lanthiez just launched “We are Narcisses”, an interactive art project that adds a new dimension to Ovid’s myth:

[Curé and Lanthiez] used a mirror, water and a speaker to create the anti-selfie mirror. The mirror uses the natural distorting effect of water to alter your image as you look into it. Using sound to change the water vibrations and reflection, the anti-selfie mirror distorts the reflection more the longer someone looks into it.

Above is a GIF from the project. A longer look: