In case you were wondering, the creepy dancing figure in this video is not a real person. It’s a “humanoid installation piece” that employs facial recognition technology, allowing it to focus on you and follow you with its gaze.
The nightmarish piece is on display March 6 – April 19 at David Zwirner Art Gallery in NYC, and is the work of artist Jordan Wolfson, who created the figure in collaboration with creature effects studio Spectral Motion.
There’s not a lot about this thing that isn’t creepy. There’s the metal pole running through its sternum. Its voice (which is actually Wolfson’s). The sooty grime smeared across its buttocks, thighs, knees and chest. The version of “Blurred Lines” playing in the background that sounds like it’s being performed through a vat of molasses. The gaze that locks onto you and doesn’t let go. That mask.