Future You

Synthetic reflection body tracking installation



Originally commissioned by The Barbican for an exhibition about the relationship between humanity and AI in 2019, Future You is a digital mirror that presents a synthetic version of the viewer. The interactive artwork only comes to life when it is activated by someone in front it. The harder you work, the stranger and more exciting its response to your movement. There are 47,000 possible variations to its robotic shape and form, and every interaction reflecting the viewers’ movement is entirely unique. When each individual’s time is up, this joyful, techno mirror collapses.

How do you feel when you see a synthetic version of yourself?

In Future You, you are faced with a unique reflection of your potential, synthetic self. Starting as a primitive form, it learns from your movements to adapt, suggesting an agile, superior version of you. This artwork evolves, creating a new visual response for each visitor, generating 47,000 possible variations.

Commissioned by The Barbican, London for the entrance of the exhibition AI: More Than Human, open 16 May-26 August 2019.

The exhibition received over 88,000 visitors, making it one of the most successful exhibitions to have been hosted at the Barbican Centre.

Creative Director: Matt Pyke
Creative Technologist: Chris Mullany
Realtime Look Development: Adam Samson
Sound Design: Simon Pyke
Exhibition Designer: Tonkin Liu
Studio Manager: Simon Thompson
Executive Producer: Ben Young
Commissioned by The Barbican, London

Full credits, press and licensing info can be found at universaleverything.com/projects/future-you

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