Tart Yellow Kisses is an interactive video installation which was presented as part of the group show YOLK on 23 April 2011 in Berlin, Germany. It is the first in a series of installations I will create which explore the notion of identity.
The installation allows participants to approach a wall on which a large video image of yellow scenes (e.g. field of yellow flowers) is being displayed. A Microsoft Kinect sensor detects the participant and renders a collage representing themselves within that video on the wall. The collage and all its limbs move as the person moves. Unlike a mirror, they do not see themselves–their internal self-image. Instead, they see a yellow color-biased…silly collage. More than one person can participate simultaneously.
The installation proved to be wildly popular and often people would do things that I could have never imagined they would do. Additionally, I believe that their behaviors were not bound by their normal self-imposed rules. Within their own minds, they gave themselves permission to act more radically since it wasn’t them (it was the collage).