The mask was inspired by radiolarians, unicellular sea creatures that are limited in perception of the world around them due to the shell that helps them interface with the surroundings. The idea of the project is to stress that we all are very similar in limitations of our perception of the world to those little radiolarians. The information from the world penetrates our limited and transforming senses and communicates between brain that carries limited architecture and dynamics. Light and sound are being transformed and perceived differently from inside the mask but the mask is merely a manifestation of the prison that each one of us carries on our shoulders that does not let the mind to experience the reality in its fullest.
This piece was made in the Fall of 2018.
Designer: Siranush Babakhanova
Picture Credit: Garrett Souza
Model: Siranush Babakhanova
Editing: Siranush Babakhanova
Acknowledgements: Kind regards and gratitude is expressed to Azra Aksamija, Professor in Art, Culture and Technology Department at MIT, Lab manager and artist Graham Yaeger and MIT Maker Space as well as Seth Riskin, Light Dancer and head of the Visual Studio at MIT.