In the late 90′s I came up with the concept of the living portrait. It was a bit tongue in cheek- and yes – a nod do to warhol. I envisioned a future of flat screen TV’s that would have pride of place in people’s homes. When the TV wasn’t running news or sitcoms I saw it as a place to present living breathing portraits of patriarchs and matriarchs. In my mind the early adapters would be the kind of wealthy person who might have commissioned a painted portrait in the past.
My thought was that they would be incredibly creepy, especially as time passed and the people passed away. We created endless loops in which the people can be seen breathing, but rarely blinking. I mostly shot filmmakers as I traveled to festivals with my new digital video camera.
As technology improved the idea has started showing up all over the place. Now on football games instead of showing a players head shot- they project their “living portrait” – I think I even still own livingportrait.com
I am posting a few of the un-looped videos here.