As human beings we are capable of numerous facial expressions by the use of several dozens of muscles. It enables us to show all kinds of emotions to someone else, hoping that the other will understand us and react adequately. When you look sad, I am inclined to comfort you. When I laugh I invite you to join me in laughing. Communicating without using words. The two spectacular heads created by the Hungarian light artist Viktor Vicsek also show countless emotions and react to each other. Unlike people these Talking Heads don’t do it by means of muscles, but through all the possibibilities of light. Per head some 4000 individually controlable LEDs provide different facial expressions in various colours. As they are connected by Wi-Fi, they react to each other, but also to the interference of visitors. They conduct conversations by means of light. Only when a new boat passes, these talks are cut short, whereupon a new conversation between the heads commences. What is it exactly they’re saying to each other and to the visitors? A word is enough to the wise, as the saying goes. We are curious what your facial expression will be watching this extraordinary project.
The Budapest-based interact designer Viktor Vicsek founded one of the first VJ communities in Hungary in 2000. In the years following, he developed his skills as an interaction designer and worked on art installations for exhibitions and theater and dance performances. Currently he focuses on architectural project lighting and 3D projections for light festivals. In his work he attempts to create monumental and colorful artworks that provide the viewer with an unforgettable experience. He has been working as a professor of projection mapping at the University for Applied Sciences in Budapest since 2014.
Talking Heads is made possible by Nachenius Tjeenk Stichting.