Echo is a large-scale video art installation by Mark Boulos. Viewers encounter a video image of themselves in real time – emitting more than just a reflection, viewers find themselves lost in a city, surrounded by buildings and traffic that seem to break the rules of perspective. Movements appear delayed, and voices become an unsteady echo, creating feelings of disembodiment and alienation - the ghost of the ego; the mirror cracked.
Made in collaboration with neuroscientist Professor Olaf Blanke, Echo uses a technological version of the 19th century stage trick ‘Pepper’s Ghost’ coupled with 3D video techniques that manipulate the mind’s perception of the body’s location.
Echo was created by Mark Boulos in 2013. Commissioned and produced by Forma in partnership with FACT. Supported by the Wellcome Trust, Mondriaan Fonds, Pro Helvitia, and the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation.
Mark Boulos is an artist based in Geneva, Switzerland and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Recent solo exhibitions include Lisson Gallery, London (2013), MOMA, New York (2012), Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, (2010), AR/GE Kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano (2010), and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008).
Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts, Bath, UK
FACT, Liverpool, UK
Background image: Installation view, Mark Boulos, Echo, FACT, Liverpool, 2013. Image courtesy FACT