Glowing Stick Figures Mimic Movement That Check Your Ego
EGO is a humorous and tongue-in-cheek challenge to ideas presented by Sigmund Freud
EGO is an interactive program that mimics a user’s movements through stick figures. When plugged into the installation, a subject moves and the system “paints” stick figures with light on the wall.
The figures follow the subject’s every movement, exaggerating the motions and accompanying them with light-hearted cartoon sound effects, all driven through a Microsoft Kinect system.
The installation brings forward Sigmund Freud’s id-ego-supergo model, which says the ego prevents us from acting on the basic and inappropriate urges of the id. The two forces work to create a balance between our moral an idealistic standards—the superego. According to Freudian psychology, this concept works at the preconscious, conscious and unconscious levels of the human mind.