Self vs Other
Exploring the agency and influence that the philosophical existential “other” exerts on our private thoughts.

Project Summation

The Self vs Other installation incorporates user-submitted anonymous thoughts that are attached to participants in 3D space through projection mapping. The thoughts are randomly assigned to participants from a collection stored in the website’s database as they interact with the piece by walking through the mapped space.


We were particularly inspired by the existential works of Sartre and Camus and their examination of the self vs the other -- specifically the influence that others have on the individual sense of identity.

Philosophical Statement

In Jean Paul Sartre’s canonical existential work, “Nausea”, he introduces the idea that the banal nature of the objects that surround us and the places we inhabit encroach on our ability to singularly define ourselves.


Albert Camus’ novel, “The Stranger”, exemplifies someone succumbing to Sartre’s nausea by ceasing to push back against his circumstance and surroundings and in effect is transformed into one of the banal objects he was fighting against in the world.


The Self vs Other is built around the concepts both philosophers present in resisting the pressure to conform and provides a safe venue for participants to share an exploration of where the existential other exists in our lives. And while the other most certainly includes people, it also includes computers. In this installation, the individual produces the thought through a user interface. When a user then steps into the space, the computer assigns a thought to the individual,
[explain agency for the four possibilities:


  • User who submits
  • Computer
  • User who steps into space
  • The viewer who is outside of the space]

Bios

Willim Broderick

Digital Artist and Virtual Reality researcher, PhD student in the Arts and Technology program at the University of Texas at Dallas. His research interests include mixed reality systems and spatial projection mapping. Artist and Creative Content Lead for The Self vs. Other Project. williambroderick.com.

Jay Ray

Web developer/UX designer, undergraduate student in the Emerging Media and Communications program at the University of Texas at Dallas. Web and Mobile Software Development Lead for The Self vs. Other Project. jaymichaelray.com.

Cassini Nazir

A Clinical Assistant Professor in the Arts and Technology program at UT Dallas where he teaches classes in interaction design, web design and design principles. His research interests include accessibility, interaction design, user interface and user experience. Faculty Sponsor and Project Lead for The Self vs. Other Project. cassininazir.com.

Valarie Broderick

Communications researcher, PhD student in the Arts and Technology program at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research interests include group and interpersonal conflict, tall sexy blonde artists, XXXXX. Data Collection and Analysis Lead for The Self vs. Other Project.

Dr. Ryan McMahan

Dually appointed as an Assistant Professor for both the Department of Computer Science and the Arts and Technology program at the University of Texas at Dallas where he teaches classes on XXXXX. His research interests include Virtual Reality, 3D User Interfaces, Human Computer Interaction, Training Transfer, Modeling and Simulation, and Computer Graphics. Faculty Sponsor and Computer Programming Consultant to The Self vs. Other Project. ryanmcmahan.com.

Aaron Klick

MFA student in the Arts and Technology program at the University of Texas at Dallas. His research interests include mobile applications, user experience and game development. [team role/title] for The Self vs. Other Project.