Primary Intimacy of Being

Ikse Maître, 2013

Interactive digitial artwork 

Materials, techniques, and processes: imaging carried out via magnetic resonance, RGB and infrared sensors, computer, gender recognition algorithm, 65-inch screens

Dimensions: 65" screens

Themes: A mirror reflects a human being - man or woman - as they are seen through magnetic resonance imaging, X-rays and nuclear imaging


Primary intimacy of being ("Première intimité de l'être") is an interactive work conceived by Ikse Maitre.

The work shows a 3-D image of the participants on a 65-inch screen. A Kinect captures the participants’ movements. A gender-determining algorithm chooses whether to project a masculine or feminine form on the screen. The participant can thus identify with the image projected on the screen, which reproduces her movements like a mirror.

When a participant comes sufficiently close to the projection, she discovers the interior of her body as if through a magnetic resonance image. The x-ray and nuclear imaging reveal the texture of her bones and muscles, her cerebral activity, the functioning of her organs.

The work invites us to explore our body in an unprecedented way. It creates a profound image, a peculiar and unexpected avatar of our identity. Fascinated, the participant discovers her internal organs with which she has always lived without ever seeing them. A new intimacy is established with the stranger that is our own body.


[Conception] Ikse Maitre
[Real-time 3D imaging] Matthieu Courgeon
[3D Avatars] Marion Tardieu, Bruno Freyssinet and Serge Desarnaud
[Detection of movement and gender] Tom Giraud, Michèle Gouiffès and Alexandra Roatis
[Electro-acoustics] Michel Bertier

Photos and video by : Claire Lise
Video editing : Hugo Chièze
Voice over : Harry Long