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February 20, 2006

Vanishing Us

Desiree01 a

Dutch artist Desiree Palmen's work has been described as "photography that relies on a performative aspect." When seen from the correct angle, her subjects dissolve into their hectic surroundings.

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Desiree03 c

Laurent La Gamba is another artist who does this same sort of work, primarily in supermarkets. Are we turning into the products we buy?! Help!


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a. Tram Shelter – Desiree Palmen
b. Zebra – Desiree Palmen
c. Camouflage voor Boenkenkast – D.P.
d. Beer Packs  – Laurent La Gamba


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I think the Japanese invented a stealth shirt that did the same thing, transmitting the rear image to the front of the cloth... though really that's not what this person did... it just reminded me of that... I'll shut up now...

Posted by: Adam Wilmer | Feb 20, 2006 12:41:01 PM

Spooky...chameleon people....

Posted by: Alli | Feb 20, 2006 12:48:20 PM

They could be among us right now...

Posted by: Adam Wilmer | Feb 20, 2006 12:49:14 PM

...watching our every move, waiting for the perfect moment....

Posted by: Alli | Feb 20, 2006 1:32:35 PM

This is actually an area of intense research in the defense communities, who are attempting to get clothing to be environmentally aware and "morphing" its patterns and colors to match background hues and brightness in doppleganger fashion.

Posted by: BWJones | Feb 20, 2006 2:14:15 PM

Woah. But how do they expect to do that? It would take some pretty complicated hardware to make it do that instantly to match the surroundings.
And couldn't it get confused? Say, morph into the wrong part of the background? What about morphing in 360 fashion, where it looks real from all sides? And what about the spy's shadow?
Not doing so hot at being an optimist, am I?

Posted by: Alli | Feb 20, 2006 2:47:35 PM

How would it have looked if someone dressed in that kind of garb had crossed from the lion's mouth at the end of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade...? ;-)

Posted by: iain | Feb 21, 2006 10:50:19 AM

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