/ Aristarkh Chernyshev / UserPic. 2014


videosculpture by Aristarkh Chernyshev. 2014

User Mona Lisa has changed her profile picture.

Aristarkh Chernyshevs video sculpture UserPic is a monument to the users avatar; to its constant fluctuation and variability; to the situation when a known to nobody person behind the avatar wants everybody to see him such as he is represented by his avatar.
Thus, there is a certain connection between a profile picture and a Renaissance portrait of a wealthy city dweller who hired an artist to make his portrait to represent himself to the society, i.e. a specific userpic to present oneself to the world.
Video sculpture UserPic is a result of experimenting with minimalistic shape, low-res aesthetics, animated 3D texture as well as RGB LED technology.
RGB LED screen in the shape of a user icon carries 3D texture which is being generated by means of a special programme for each avatar-portait.
Except for a video sculpture as an added bonus at the realization of this project is a special programme communicating with your laptop cam.
(We make an apology to the i-pad and some MacOS users for the programme being not compatible with these devices.)

First exhibited during the Circle of Light Moscow International Festival in October 2014.