Parthenogenesis

February 13, 2015  •  1 Comment

Have you ever wondered what part of you is really you? I mean, we all are the sum of various influences (parents, brothers, sisters, friends, wife, husband, kids, colleagues, etc.), and of various experiences (most of which we did not choose in the first place), but does some kind of personal core exist? Is there something inside you that is purely your own being? And if so, would it even be possible to identify it, to store it in some way, to clone it or transmit it?

I was day dreaming about that, when the idea of this recursive image appeared in my mind. I thought a steampunk environment would fit the project nicely. As usual, I started by drawing some rough sketches, which proved to be very useful here (preparing the appropriate position in order for the multiple photos to align well was important). Then I disguised myself with a hat and goggles I've bought a long time ago (for another project that I've never finished), and shot a self portrait as well as all the other items: flame, copper tubes, steam, and so on. The editing part was fun, because I was unsure of the result until the very last steps: I spent 90% of the time on the main character, and all the other copies were created at the end. It felt a bit like a little surprise ;-) Thanks for watching!

 

ParthenogenesisParthenogenesisHave you ever wondered what part of you is really you? I mean, we all are the sum of various influences (parents, brothers, sisters, friends, wife, husband, kids, colleagues, etc.), and of various experiences (most of which we did not choose in the first place), but does some kind of personal core exist? Is there something inside you that is purely your own being? And if so, would it even be possible to identify it, to store it in some way, to clone it or transmit it?

I was day dreaming about that, when the idea of this recursive image appeared in my mind. I thought a steampunk environment would fit the project nicely. As usual, I started by drawing some rough sketches, which proved to be very useful here (preparing the appropriate position in order for the multiple photos to align well was important). Then I disguised myself with a hat and goggles I've bought a long time ago (for another project that I've never finished), and shot a self portrait as well as all the other items: flame, copper tubes, steam, and so on. The editing part was fun, because I was unsure of the result until the very last steps: I spent 90% of the time on the main character, and all the other copies were created at the end. It felt a bit like a little surprise ;-) Thanks for watching!


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Have you ever read Steppenwolf, by Hermann Hesse? Maybe what defines "you" is not something (the "core") amongst a sum of various influences and experiences, but merely the way you set them out within yourself.

Near the end of this novel the human being is compared to a chess board, with numerous pieces which could be disposed following countless combinations. What really matters and makes you different, then, is not really the pieces you have or receive. There is no piece particularly defining "you" by itself.

What really matters and makes you different is the way those pieces are arranged and moved. Or in other words it is how you organize and what you build with those various influences and experiences. We are not a human core surrounded by steampunk pieces, we are a construction fully made of random Lego pieces perpetually coming in and out, up to us to make some sense of them.

At least this is how I perceive it myself ;)!
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