The Many Faces of Heckmondwike

As dusk falls, three large translucent faces appear on the streets of Heckmondwike, each animated by projections. They show the features of anyone who wants using our quick self-portrait camera - creating a giant 'Selfy' show. Come add your kisser to the mix as we invite you to 'tek a good likeness o' thissen' - you may be surprised by the outcome...

Is the face a portrait of the soul? Is a face more honest than a mouth ever can be? Is there room in a few square inches to show the traits of your ancestors, an expression of your history, the features of your wants?

The piece celebrates our interest in reading human faces; it's thought that each one of us can recognise up to 10,000 different faces. Perhaps for social animals like humans it is an essential skill to have an interest in faces, and may even form part of our genetic makeup.

Selfies are the latest version of our desire to record our own image, to see ourselves in new ways. The Many Faces of Heckmondwike plays on this impulse in an engaging and at times surprising installation.

Friday, 27 March, 2015 - 19:30
Saturday, 28 March, 2015 - 19:30