As the main sign of mankind is consciousness, that means being aware of self, the reflection of our image on a surface is like a materialisation of this consciousness. It is hard to say when men were able to understand that the image seen on the water is our image. It is probable that the fact that man leaves in society had help: family and friends have realized this fact, before the individual. There are a lot of stories which are showing dialogues between men and their images. Usually these stories show how it is complex to deal with his/her own image.
There is an othe reason to explore this thematic in the Monastery. As the Monastery is a museal space in Second Life, it cannot present any mirror, water surface or metal which give back an image. Second Life is a pixels world and the objects don’t have the same physical characteristics than in the real world. Virtual Worlds are true only if we decide that they are true. The mirror can help us to think a little more about SL.
Exhibition will open in November.