Accepted by SIGGRAPH 2010 SpaceTime Interactive Competition.
Selected by 404 Festival 2010.
The concept hints at Freud's model of the psyche: uncoordinated instinctual trends from the "id"; organized realistic structures from the "ego," and critical/moralizing functioning by the "super-ego." Are these truly distinct from one another? Our Super-ego stands for morality and plays the controller; dare we say its suppression of the id is in itself a desire? The work expresses a conceptual struggle related to similar questions. The main technique aims to take the participant's photograph and slip it into Freudian video art. A real-time intimacy is engendered between participant and installation. The participant is an installation and vice versa.This contributor can see him/herself on three screens. By answering a question—after watching the video—the participant will be made aware of his/her psychological orientation through the projection of a vivid image on the respective screen. The participant can take his/her own photo away by leaving an email address.
I was constantly feeling guilty. When I tried to think of its root and the intention of my behavior, Freud's theory on id, ego and super-ego came to mind. Was my guilt the result of a conflict between this "super-ego" and this "id"? Can I become a saint by suppressing my sexual and aggressive impulses? Am I indulging my super-ego's desire by letting it control my id and ego? What's the exact relationship between them? Are they intertwined in a love triangle? I designed three symbolic characters to represent id, ego and super-ego. The id is black, round-shaped, aggressive, and urge-oriented. The ego is red, square-shaped, realistic, and defensive. The super-ego is white, cross-shaped, moralistic, and suppressing. The red boxes, balls and liquid are the abstract forms of substance. The video's storyline explores a personification of the ego, building up her real world while id attempts to steal ego's red color aiming to satisfy her desire. The super-ego character suppresses id's action. She overreaches herself but helps id to obtain the red boxes. When she accidentally senses the beauty of the red, her manipulative nature drives her to possess all. When You See Me in Three, the THREE goes beyond the concepts of id, ego and super-ego. Yet, it remains parallel to id|ego|superego. As analogies to the latter: body|mind|soul; subconscious|conscious|hyperconscious; deed|word|thought; fantasy|physics|metaphysics, superstition|belief|science; past|present|future, etc.