‘After the Mirrors’, 2019 Video 6’:07”
Anna Strøe is interested in exploring the topics of body and identity, and the idea of permeability
and distinction between one body and another. She is interested in the fragility of our physical
existence in this space (our natural world), and the identity construction that is espoused, in part,
from anxiety over this fragility. For her, these ideas are essential to understanding and combatting
climate change, as our perception of our place in the ecosystem is central to how we treat and
Coming from a background in Cognitive Neuroscience, She has always combined her artistic practice with psychological and philosophical underpinnings, namely in the aim of investigating the construction of “self.” She is interested in how technology can be used in subversive ways to alter fixed notions of self and implicit bias. Using art and neuroscience, she is interested in how we can undercut the Cartesian view of space and command over this space, replacing it with a view of the world as more interconnected and inter-reliant. Working across analog and digital media, she seek to understand how the two can interact to respond to pressing philosophical and natural questions of perception and place.
About the work:
“After the Mirrors”, explores our philosophical and psychological understanding of our bodies and selves in space, and how altering this perception might lead to a more connected, symbiotic relationship between humans and the rest of nature. The virtual reality piece exists in two parts: the first, an affirmation of the new virtual body via a mirror, where objects that hold sentimental sounds trigger emotional reactions. Through facial sensors, these emotional changes trigger a change in the body’s appearance. In the second part, this new body is then brought into a maze-like structure, where the user must trigger their own emotional reactions in order to either blend into or stand out from the space around them. The quick cuts to “real-world” imagery indicate the stream of consciousness reconciliation of this new “self” with the external and internal world of memory, natural environment, and emotion. In the virtual space, the user can perceive themselves as a camouflaged, almost indistinguishable component of the environment, or as a distinct entity, depending on their connection with their emotions. Through these changes, the stability of self-construction and self-perception are challenged.
Social Media: @anna.linnea_