Portraits in the 21st Century

Alternative Autobiographies

Digital Limnings: Miniature Memories

Experiments in Digital Limnings


Portrait of Cati

Security By Julia XXXXIII

Strangers to Ourselves

Telephone Story: A Portrait

This Voice Anywhere

Van Eyck's Mirror
Strangers to Ourselves
Strangers to Ourselves
Photo by Webb Chappell
Edith K. Ackermann
"mon nom est personne"
lives and works anywhere

Kelly Dobson
born 1970
lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Steven L. Smith
born 1954
lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Holographic Installation
An invisible, ever-changing apparatus guides the making of personal identity. There is no such thing as a being; only projections, interpretations, idealized memories, idolized constructions. A person exists through auto-recollections, and knowingly surrounds herself with self-defining tokens. Autotopographies.

A pulsed laser hologram takes hours to set up but only six nanoseconds to shoot—a portrait capturing self-conscious poses while revealing details more minute than could ever be planned. Through the gathering of surveillance data, we leave ever more coherent sets of traces. Unknowingly. Digital voyeurism. How do we respond to these unsolicited incursions?