Didier Faustino through Doppelgänger juggles with the issue of intimacy, control and separation. An intimate moment like a kiss with the help of a double entry mask becomes absolving allowing the users to lose themselves while appearing to be in control.
As part of the ‘Conversations’ circuit at Designer’s Days, Didier Faustino installed ‘Interzone’ in the windows of Lafayette Maison with Doppelgänger, a piece produced for the occasion*. A white mask separates into two. Its conjoined parts fuse together recreating a sort of prosthesis for a mirror kiss. The double entry mask pivots the heads of those who put it on, defining the minimum limits, an immaterial border becoming real. Doppelgänger seems to prevent contact and yet it reveals a link, the meeting of the mouths which slot into one another through a perfectly traced, proportioned orifice. Like a hygienist mask maintained in equilibrium, Doppelgänger appears to be like a prosthesis which controls the kiss. Doppelgänger forces the tête-à-tête to feel the other, to let them slip into their inner world, with the risk of meeting their alter ego and losing themselves within it.
*For the production of Doppelgänger, Didier Faustino benefited from the support of Sculpteo.com, a platform entirely online which allows extremely refined objects to be produced from 3D digital files. According to Didier Faustino: ‘This technology allows us to increase the level of sophistication and precision for details which are sometimes difficult to manage when we produce models manually. Today thanks to a company like Sculpteo, this type of impression becomes accessible to more people and allows greater freedom of creation. We can also duplicate work more easily, like a digital mould which would be destroyed once copies are obtained. This new form of creation poses the question about the difference between physical objects and their virtual doubles, a difference which tends to disappear as technologies improve.’
For Clément Moreau co-founder of Sculpteo.com ‘we are delighted about the adoption by creators of technology as innovative as 3D impression. Digital creation allows new and daring shapes to be imagined and dreamt up. The Sculpteo.com platform is the means to transform these virtual creations into very real matter in several clicks. Industrial designers already use Sculpteo.com’s potential. Becoming a partner to art and artists is a commitment for Sculpteo.com which aims to give life and shape to digital’s most breathtaking creations.’