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Distort Reality (And a Human Face) in Sehsucht's Interactive Digital Installation

German production company Sehsucht's interactive installation 'Chameleon' takes making funny faces into freakishly unfamiliar territories.
October 28, 2014, 11:00pm

Interactive Installation "Chameleon“ from Sehsucht on Vimeo.

Remember when your parents told you to stop making funny faces, or else they'd stay that way? For Chameleon, the new interactive installation from the Hamburg & Berlin-based animation, VFX, and design production company, Sehsucht, viewers can peel, pull apart, and distort a human face using their body movements, turning normal-looking features into the stuff those nightmares were made of. No humans were harmed in the making of Chameleon, however—this is an on-screen artwork that explores ideas of distortion and alienation through the manipulation of the familiar-feeling figure.

As audiences of the 2014 Pictoplasma Conference negotiated the space in front of Chameleon, the face inflated into a cartoonified version of itself, and unraveled to reveal its muscles, teeth, and skull. At the same time, the piece, from the artists also responsible for this spinning zoetrope animation, "raised the question of self-awareness and introspection in a world of post-privacy," according to their video description. In the case of the poor face in Chameleon, we're just glad we listened to our parents.

Below, check out a few of our favorite moments from the freaky installation:

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