Artist Daniel Rozin’s Wooden Mirror consists of 830 little squares of wood, a hidden video camera, and a Mac 8600. The squares rotate up and down individually, appearing lighter or darker depending on their angle, so the whole array can display a rough reflection of whatever is in front of it: your hand, your face, your body.
Since making Wooden Mirror in 1999, Rozin has gone on to make similar interactive “mirrors” out of bits of trash and shiny metal balls, and he’s also built an array of actual mirrors that swivel to follow you around the room.
The quiet mysteriousness of Wooden Mirror reminds me of my friend Camille Utterback’s work — her Text Rain puts the your reflection on a large screen into the middle of a “rain” of falling letters, which you can lift, bat at, and play with as if they were real.
(Thanks to Scot for the link)