Mirror is collaboration between cinematographer Gerry McCulloch and social sculptor Betsy McCall.
Mirror is a cinema quality moving-image project that functions as an antidote to politics based on difference. Mirror is a socially sculpted portrait space that subtly foregrounds the innermost states of sitters by triggering us to locate ourselves in the infinite diversity of others, while locating others in the infinite diversity of ourselves.
Mirror operates like a kind of artistic lie-detector that punctures distrust at source and facilitates pre-verbal affective attunement / somatic resonance with ‘strangers’. Through an inter-dependent fusion of interoception (experiencing our ‘self’ reflected in another person’s eyes) and introception (internal perception), participants subliminally discover that in many important respects we are all “the other person”.
A Mirror experience dissolves boundaries of language, religion, politics, ethnicity, age, gender, socio-economic status and personal sovereignty. Through facilitated yet considered non-intervention, Mirror manifests and liberates our intangible yet familiar, deeply-held vulnerable self-image by situating us inside a diversity of living, breathing, fluid, alternative selves.
During filming, we cultivate a safe space in which to guide participants through a variety of somatic experiences that culminate in sustained eye-contact with each other in pairs. We then film each participant in cinema-quality slow motion from a seemingly impossible angle within the axis of eye contact between partners, using a hidden arrangement of one-way and two-way mirrors.
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