Mickey & Minnie: An Interactive Diptych (2018)65" Screen Diptych
Code, Electronics, Computer, 4K Touch Display, 3D Camera, Metal
Dimensions (per character)
860 (W), 1595 (H), 203 (D) mm
33.8 (W), 62.8 (H), 8 (D) inches
10 + 2AP + 2MP
Produced with the support of the Walt Disney Company.
Playful, charming, cheeky; three words which perfectly capture the essence of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. These same attributes serve as the foundation upon which Dominic Harris’ own witty reinterpretation of the iconic duo is developed.
Harris pays homage to these two famous Disney characters by reinterpreting them through interactive means. Whilst maintaining the greatest fidelity to their heritage, he simultaneously imposes his own modern narrative of jealousy, admiration and self-awareness – attributes he views as references to the social media connected society about us.
The artwork explores an ever-evolving love story between the two protagonists, a romance that has spanned 90 years. Synonymous with Harris’ artworks, the role of the viewer is challenged – with the viewer becoming the antagonist within the scenes. To the frustration of Mickey and Minnie, the viewer acts as a distraction, interrupting their love story by stealing the attention. Ultimately, said viewer becomes the third subject within these living portraitures.
This interactive engagement is pivotal to the artwork, with the viewer’s presence and touch acting as the catalyst for unique interactions and character narratives that see Mickey and Minnie break the ‘fourth wall’ of their environment. This separation between the virtual and real worlds is further eroded when the viewer uses their own cell phone to text message the characters, who react on screen by reading the message and responding accordingly.
Harris’ uniquely awarded permission by the Walt Disney Company to utilise its beloved characters within his artworks has resulted in perhaps the most compelling exploration of Mickey and Minnie Mouse ever produced.