[NetBehaviour] The Janus Machine by Kyle McDonald.
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The Janus Machine by Kyle McDonald.
While sitting at the chair in front of the scanner you are bathed in
structured light, allowing the shape of your profile to be digitized and
archived. This portrait, an attempt to capture your likeness in three
dimensions, is compared to a library of other portraits captured in the
same manner. From these comparisons emerges an outline of the captured
form: a playful perspective on your relationship to others, built from
light, inviting you to explore further.
Janus is a god from Roman mythology, strongly associated with
transitions and duality: young and old, coming and going, or the past
and future. Janus is often depicted with two faces, each facing in
opposite directions. "The Janus Machine" offers a modern corollary for
this ancient metaphor and mythology.
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