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Us/ Them

'One shining beacon was the beautifully simple, Us/Them by Nik Ramage. Using found objects, Ramage has mounted an oval hand-held mirror on a cog. The observer causes the cog and thus the mirror to rotate by turning a small handle. Simple. The beauty lies in the interaction. As the mirror turns towards you, your own face stares out from behind the word "Us" etched into the glass. As it turns away, the blackness of the mirror's reverse side is a jolting juxtaposition - inscribed with an emotionally charged "Them". In one revolution of the cog, Ramage has encapsulated the inherent human instinct to divisively categorise its species.'

New Scientist, 2011

Video: John Coombes