Snow Mirror, 2006 (Silk, projector, video camera, custom software, computer, black box environment. Dimensions variable) Edition of 6. Photo by John Berens.
Peg Mirror, 2007. (650 wooden dowels, 650 motors, video camera, control electronics. 42” x 42” x 6”) Edition of 10. Images courtesy of Bitforms Gallery, NYC.
Daniel Rozin was born in Jerusalem in 1961. Based in New York, Rozin creates interactive installations and sculptures that have the unique ability to change and respond to the presence of a viewer. In many of his works, the viewer takes part, actively and creatively, in the performance of his art.
With Snow Mirror (2006) Rozin presents us with an image of ourselves, transformed by the digital magic of computer programming. Projected onto suspended fabric, a likeness of the viewer is formed by an accumulation of white snowflakes which cling to the bright areas of the image. The pace is slow and dreamlike. As shadows form within the flutter of snow, the viewer becomes a transparent spectre of themselves, transported by a combination of video, computer and projector.
Peg Mirror (2007) comprises 650 circular wooden pieces that tilt and rotate to cast an array of subtle shadows. The mirrored image produced is activated by software authored by the artist. The quietly moving wooden components flicker like jewels or coins as they ‘reflect’ the viewer upon the undulating surface. Challenging our notions about what constitutes a ‘digital object’, Peg Mirror evokes the words of Roland Barthes in Camera Lucida (1980): “cameras, in short, were clocks for seeing, and perhaps in me someone very old still hears in the photographic mechanism, the living sound of wood.”