“Menegon creates intimate and complex assemblages of physical and virtual elements that explore the contemporary self and its synthetic corporeality.”
Martina Menegon will premiere her work familiar strangers (2019)
“familiar strangers” is a multimedia installation that investigates the concept of avatar as mask, of identity in a social media context and, even if face recognition is not the latest trend, of surveillance in today’s society. It consists of a a real-time face tracking simulation and a series of collected video of users wearing the face filter “familiar stranger” (2018), currently available on instagram, facebook, snapch
at and snap camera. When one (or more) face is detected, a virtual mask substitute the user(s) face, following the head movements and rotation but hiding facial expressions. The mask is a 3D scanned self portrait of the artist, that user(s) are free to wear, experience and share, while remaining themselves yet becoming someone else, a familiar stranger.