On December 16 at 6 PM, fifteen Amsterdam galleries jointly organised the first edition of 'When the Lights Go Out', each showcasing a light installation which can be visible from outside. We were delighted to show a holographic fan installation by young French artist Tom Dulou.
'Teddy into Mickey into Bunny' is a video series of self-portraits, where I strategically positioned myself within the confines of three holographic fans. These fans were attached as heads of vertical creamy- pink frames dyed with beetroot, all mirroring my own body's size. These frames are placed in the showcase of the gallery space. To craft these self-portraits, I used the headbands of animals' ears after researching the historical connections between three iconic mascots: Mickey Mouse, the Playboy Bunny, and the Teddy Bear. I then modified the self-portrait images with the help of AI through a copying process.
This installation tells a complex story by blending elements of these well-known figures and invites viewers to compare the different animal ears on a single body. The interplay between the AI-altered images creates a dynamic that blurs the lines between my individual identity and these archetypal characters. The excess of copies generated by the AI results in a loss of the original image sources, giving the installation the appearance of a parasitic automaton - its title echoing a snake eating its own tail.