From May through September, Schatz will create dozens of individual portraits in his Cube, a ten-foot-by-ten-foot translucent box fitted with 24 cameras that stream digital video to 24 computers. During each one-hour sitting, Cube subjects are encouraged to represent their personalities, interests, and values in whatever ways they choose. Then, using thousands of these video files, Schatz creates a portrait made up of a randomized, perpetually evolving progression of overlapping images. Moored in the moment but never quite the same thing twice, Schatz’s “generative” portraits have an infinite ability to reconfigure perception and reorder time.
As Schatz finishes each individual sitting, the installation will grow and change to accommodate the new arrivals. Esquire‘s Portrait of the 21st Century, a collective work combining all the individual portraits, will be completed just as the anniversary issue reaches newsstands.
– David Granger, Editor-in-Chief, Esquire
Please click any of the images below to learn more about the subjects featured in Esquire’s Portrait of the 21st Century video project.