Lafayette Anticipation associate curator Anna Colin talks to artist Tyler Coburn about Ergonomic Futures, a speculative project engaged with art, design, science, anthropology and writing. In this interview, Coburn discusses the research, production process and network of collaborators of a multilayered project ultimately concerned with the futures of humankind. Anna Colin: When one comes across your museum seats Ergonomic Futures (2016—) in contemporary art exhibitions—and soon in natural history, fine art, and anthropology museums—they look… [read more »]
It happened overnight: Tagging pictures on Facebook went from an active pass time to a passive task of accepting the ‘Book’s recommendations. Facebook now scans faces in photos automatically, proactively asking you who to tag, and has transformed the once optional act of tagging into an ongoing process of crowdsourced data mining. Ubiquitous facial recognition is here, and it has permanently changed the way we can interact with technology: Faces increasingly become a commodity.
So suggests Simone Niquille’s thesis at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, FaceValue, an exploration into the history and implications of the human face as an interface, and its new value in the advent of facial recognition technology.
REALFACE Glamouflage is a collection of TShirts designed to dazzle facial recognition software. The Shirt’s pattern is made up of celebrity impersonators and Facebay PowerFaces™.
Facebay, New Face Options
Facebay is a Library of New Face Options, search by tag, download an existing face, or upload and manipulate your own. Facebay PowerFaces™ are the girls ‘Britt’ & ‘Laura’. Both faces frequently used in pop up ad’s, fake Twitter & Facebook profiles, their real identity hidden by the online exploitation of their face. Piracy as Privacy.
FaceValue Accessory Proposals
Read more about Simone’s thesis here!
For another look into the world of computer vision, take a look at How to Hide from Machines