The chic-o-mat is a system that takes a playful approach to investigate identity,
difference and its representation.
It enables users to virtually modify their appearance, culture, age and gender.
This is accomplished with the help of automatically created images compiled
from the user’s own portrait and the portrait of another person.
Players become, in a personal, interactive way, researchers into their own
Almost like looking into the mirror—one has an up-close-and-personal
encounter with a face that is indeed familiar but nevertheless strange.
" Living with the other (...), confronts us with the possibility or not
of being an
It is not
simply (...) a matter of our being able to accept the other, but of
being in his place
and this means to imagine and make oneself other for oneself."
Julia: Strangers to Ourselves, Columbia University Press, New York, 1991, p13