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Brief Published: 4 Apr 2013

Daniel Rozin’s Mechanical Mirrors


Famous for his interactive sculptures, New York-based interactive artist Daniel Rozin is currently exhibiting a new series of works called Angles, his fifth solo show at Bitforms Gallery in New York.

In the show’s token work, Angles Mirror, dozens of yellow pins mounted to tiny motors rotate to imitate the viewer standing in front of it. Their movement produces geometric patterns on the triangular block of steel. Another piece called Fan Mirror similarly mimics the viewer by opening and closing its 153 oriental folding hand fans to create mesmerising patterns.

His kinetic sculptures use custom-built software that translates our presence into carefully programmed ‘pixels’. The mirrors paint a picture of the viewer in what appears to be a very analogue way, subverting traditional ideas about the picture plane and visual perception.

Stylus’ Interrupted Surfaces concept for Materials Focus 2014-15 further explores this theme. Read more about Daniel Rozin in the Stylus reports Textural Technology and Dark Matters. Angles shows until 6 April 2013.