diplorasis, Nicosia, CY,  2015 - 19
project author: parasight - George Themistokleous; software engineer: Savvas Socratous; Photographic technical setup: George Athanasiou

Diplorasis, translated as doubled vision, is a custom-made interactive corridor located inside an abandoned house (Agios Andreas, Nicosia). Replicating a funhouse-mirrored room, the participant who enters this space is not prepared for what is in store. Every surface of the corridor is lined up with mirrors, except for a cavity at the end of the corridor that takes the form of a receptacle for the head.  As one moves towards this cavity, they experience the fun-house infinity reflecting experience. Amplifying the disorientation within the infinitely reflected space, are subtle spatial distortions - e.g. slight dropping of the ceiling tiles - that draw once attention to a changeable and unexpected depth-like illusionistic space. Once the participant reaches the end of the corridor, they are invited to position their face inside the receptacle.  What one will see through the peepholes are three-dimensional screen re-presentations of oneself from the previous moments in space and time, in stereoscopic three-dimensional depth. One sees oneself seeing oneself from the viewpoint of someone else. The participant’s likeness iwas secretly reproduced whilst they were inside the corridor, some of the mirrors were two way mirrors. One’s image is digitally captured, scanned, processed and three-dimensionally re-projected back to the viewer in ‘real’ time.  The duplicated, projected, looped and three-dimensionally simulated self in diplorasis triggers a self-referential perception of oneself that questions the singularity of the self within digitized media. The out-of-body experience triggered by the image exceeds produces a ‘shock’.

operating table, Nicosia, CY, 2021 -
project author: parasight - George Themistokleous; software engineer: Savvas Socratous

The Operating Table, is a custom-made moveable device that attaches onto Nicosia’s barrels that run along the border. Responding to the border division in Cyprus, the operating table uses a photographic apparatus to re-construct the imagery along Nicosia’s Buffer Zone. The apparatus, by automatically capturing and re-producing imagery of participants stitched to their contextual background through compositing techniques, creates hybrid combinations between human and nonhuman agents. Through this live ‘imaging’ method, the postcolonial dominant binary identities of Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots that are predominant today are problematised. Taking its cue from the post colonial aspiration of becoming ‘Linobambakoi,’ - a ‘lost’ Cypriot minority, the re-duplicated image-identities produced via the ‘operating table’ exceed any “representations that fit within an established political discourse.” The linobambakoi, “remain faithful to the secret that their identity exceeds imperial categories and limits” (Constantinou, 2007).  In the operating table the photographic apparatus, and its automation responds to the border condition, whilst its “process remains concealed: a black box” (Flusser 2018, 16) from the mechanism of surveillance. The visitor’s body becomes an object in a shifting field of vegetation, dilapidated buildings, cats, clouds and so on. For a few seconds, one loses their orientation, as the image uproots oneself from their surroundings, and from any prescribed identities. By producing an ‘out of body’ experience, one’s ‘national’ identity is, at least momentarily, contested. The table as surface “where texts had been written by men or inspired by God – never inspired or written by nonhumans” (Latour 1993, 23), is here subverted. Nonhuman technologies undercut the traditional role of the table.