Inner Selfie Project

Inner Selfie

Inner Selfie is a hybrid collaborative project created with Hanif Janmohamed. The project has a presence online and physical at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

It was originally conceived as an interactive visualization web app depicting different views of the self based on answers to questions related to various beliefs, experiences, and theories of the self. Because of pandemic-related challenges, the web app shifted to a more authorial tool that invites visitors to draw in a MRI view of a skull and change a kaleidscope like background. The drawing can then be saved locally and/or published to the site with a story or a persona profile constructed through a questionnaire.

Over time, a gallery of selfies is accumulated and creates a kind of collective portrait.

The AGO published an interview about the project, reproduced here.

Performance in the dome at the SAT in Montreal.

Tangles and Blooms

Tangles and Blooms is a performed animation created specifically for the dome at the Societé Des Arts Technologiques (SAT) in Montreal. The work was part of the SIGCHI art exhibition, connexions, curated by Thecla Schiphorst, Andruid Kerne, Luc Courchesne, and Kristina Andersen.

Based on the poem ode to the gillyflower by Pablo Naruda, the work consists of a base animation and a base soundtrack which are enhanced with live procedural sounds and graphics triggered by two performers in VR headsets in the dome.

This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


I Am Afraid

I Am Afraid is a networked virtual reality application (currently for the Daydream platform) where multiple people can create interactive sound sculptures using their own voice.

Words are recorded and rendered as textual objects in the environment. Non-word sounds can also be recorded and are represented as abstract paper ball-like objects. The word objects can be played back through touch at any speed, direction, position. Paper balls loop their sounds when touched.

Custom loops through words and paper balls can be drawn, recorded, and played back, creating a layered soundscape that evolves dynamically through interactive and collaborative actions.

The application can be used for voice and sound exploration/composition, and performance.



Tulipomania consists of three immersive worlds of video and sound, activated by the viewer using a tabletop interface: My 2 Grandmothers RMX; Tulipomania.1, DayOld Venice; and Tulipomania.2, Cycling Outside Leiden, 2006.

A wooden table is placed in the middle of the gallery facing a large screen with video projections. The surface of the table is embedded with phidgets: a unique set of dials, joysticks, and touch sensors, which together allow visitors control over the sound, rhythm, content, and texture of the projected images. Using these simple controls, visitors can both shape and distribute the arrangement of images and sounds within the space of the installation. The work invites viewers to become composers within the setting of the installation.

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A lung vignette. A projection using a tiny laser projector onto a bowl of sand with a soundtrack of the waves and a human voice reminder.


Chorus of Lungs

In the interactive video installation Chorus of Lungs, Tulip Theory (Leila Sujir & Maria Lantin) explore the social body, its voice and breath through 3D video and audio projections. Sounds of breathing ebb and flow, a chorus of lungs floats in the gallery, sharing a space with the viewer. The viewer is invited to make a gesture with their hands—pushing the hands together, then pulling the hands apart, actions which compress or create a space for the lungs to become a chorus both visually and audibly. Somewhere between the individual and the chorus, the social body and the physical body, this Tulip Theory installation reveals a physicality that invokes a fragile yet tensile strength.