Here's Looking At You, Penguin! June 29 2015

Daniel Rozin
Penguins Mirror, 2015

450 stuffed animals, motors, control electronics, video camera, custom software, microcontroller, tin bases

Daniel Rozin is a 54 year-old artist and educator from Jerusalem who makes interactive art, or art that responds to human movement or touch. 

Rozin's installation, Penguin Mirror, features 450 penguins stuffed with little motors that respond to the viewers movement and position. Using a camera to capture the image of the viewer, the penguins adjust themselves and create a mirror-like pattern of the viewer. 

Check out this time-lapse video of the installation. 


Also, have a look at Rozin’s Pom Pom Mirror, which works just like Penguin Mirror. The movement is more fluid as the black and white pom poms disappear inside the wall to display the other color. 

"PomPom Mirror" (2015) by Daniel Rozin from bitforms gallery on Vimeo.

In both of these pieces, Rozin is playing with the unique viewer, so that each person who enters the gallery experiences something different.

Conduct your own experiments using the reflective surfaces you see every day. Mirrors are the most obvious choice, but if the mirror is flat...what you see is what you get. So try looking at your reflection in a window, a spoon, or a reflective door knob to see how it changes. Moving around a reflective object will influence how you see it. Take a picture of it, and tag it #ovphotoclub mention @outsidevoicetv and follow us if you want. Happy Exploration!

Look at Morgan's reflection off the side of a silver car.

 Daniel Rozin: Descent with Modification is on display at Bitforms Gallery in New York from May 13 to July 1.

Check out the whole exhibition

All images except the VW and Morgan belong to Bitforms Gallery and Daniel Rozin.