Sunday, May 09, 2004

feline recursion & the mirror project

Hrmmm, that sounds like a good name for a band.

The Infinite Cat Project works like so:

  • display the last cat picture from this page on your monitor
  • take a picture of your cat looking at the cat on the monitor, if they will consent to do so
  • send your picture in, where it will be added to the end of the list
  • rinse and repeat, with different cat and human

It's interesting that while some of the cats react to the picture on the screen with that total disregard or even contempt that cats are soooo good at, many of them are playfully engaged and others are in territorial mode, bristling at the presence of this other (digital) cat in their domain. I wonder what cats see... does a monitor that shows a picture look like like any other window in the house?

The Mirror Project doesn't necessarily involve cats and usually has only one or two layers of recursion. All that is required is the presence of some sort of reflection. The pictures range from the obligatory I-just-bought-a-digital-camera self-portrait to reflections of the picture taker in a pets eyes... the ones I like the most are random reflections, usually not the main point of the picture, just a subtle unintended addition to the content.

I've previously posted a link to another infinite picture project, the infinite polaroid.


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