EGO ⋅ Klaus Obermaier with Stefano D'Alessio and Martina Menegon
EGO (2015)
In psychology the mirror stage describes the formation of the Ego via the process of objectification, the Ego being the result of a conflict between one's perceived visual appearance and one's emotional experience. This identification is what psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan called alienation.
The interactive installation EGO re-stages and reverses the process of alienation by enhancing and deforming the mirror image by the movements of the users.
Although an abstraction, it quickly becomes the self and reestablishes the tension between the real and the symbolic, the Ego and the It, the subject and the object.
video outdoor | video indoor | slideshow
“It is quite rare to see performance, psychoanalysis and technology come together
to produce such a sensitive and interesting result.”


January 14 to June 20, 2021
exhibition: Verführung Licht
Medienkunst im Dialog mit Natur und Gesellschaft
Staatliches Museum Schwerin / Germany

December 11, 2020 to February 28, 2020 - POSTPONED to 2021
Humans/Machines exhibition
Le Pavillon, Namur / Belgium

July 14 to August 19, 2018
POLYLUX - Positionen zur Medienkunst
Schloss Plueschow - Mecklenburgisches Kuenstlerhaus
Plueschow / Germany

August 10 to 13, 2017
Aura2017 Festival - Sintra / Portugal

July 12 to 16, 2017
Electric Castle Festival - Cluj-Napoca / Romania

November 3, 4, 7 and 8, 2016
KIKK international festival of digital and creative cultures
Namur / Belgium

December 2 to 4, 2015 (outdoor)
Effusion: code and meaning production, 2nd performing arts, science and technology forum
Centro de las Artes San Luis Potosi Centenario / Mexico

May 8 to 17, 2015
Foyer of Markgrafentheater
Figurentheaterfestival Erlangen / Germany