[NetBehaviour] An Aesthetics Of Disappearance

Rob Myers rob at robmyers.org
Wed Apr 13 23:03:09 CEST 2011


I stumbled over this anti-face-recognition project again and,
post-"world's ugliest t-shirt" from "Zero History" I enjoyed it even more:

http://ahprojects.com/blog/117
http://ahprojects.com/blog/122
http://ahprojects.com/blog/146
http://ahprojects.com/blog/147
http://ahprojects.com/blog/156
http://cvdazzle.com/


This technique can work in reverse, causing false positives and
misdirected automated actions:

http://www.boingboing.net/2010/12/02/google-street-view-p.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/5356031/Google-Street-View-blurs-face-of-Colonel-Sanders-at-every-KFC.html


And it can use objects other than faces, operating on sensors other than
2D cameras:

http://we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/2010/09/subverting-the-lidar-landscape.php
http://www.constructingrealities.com/?p=20


When more and more human activity is being structured and quantized to
make machine processing easier, aesthetics can disrupt this.

"...the opacity of the aesthetic offers some much needed resistance to
the kinds of transparency increasingly demanded..."

http://www.systemsart.org/a_lpaper.html

An "Aesthetics Of Disappearance" and of false positives...


- Rob.

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