The object and the subject
Experiencing the gaze of the Other, feeling starred at, brings a double realization; Beyond the body and the organ of vision, what we see is a conscience, the subject of that gaze. We are confronted to the Other, to its existence separated from us. This gaze also confronts us with our own existence, when someone looks at us, we see what he sees, us. We are the object of this gaze.
The Other, the way we look at him and the way he looks at us, plays a fundamental part in the way we characterize ourselves. The inaccessibility of his gaze generates fantasies and fictions, that in turn shape our perception of the self. The Other’s gaze is a constituent of our own identity.
The images in this series were submitted to an eye tracking test, a technology that records and represents the movements of the eyes of a spectator on an image. Participants were invited to view a series of photography, including their own portrait, while being submitted to this technology. The dots appearing on the images show us where the gaze of the spectators paused, at turn covering or revealing what was looked at.
The graphical representations of the test become the tangible trace of a gaze, reminding of a persistence of vision. The results create an image of self image, a form of realization of the fantasy of seeing through someone’s eyes, of seeing ourselves through someone’s eyes.