[NetBehaviour] Recognised Faces

dave miller dave.miller.uk at gmail.com
Thu Nov 5 12:13:17 CET 2015

Very interesting - do you have a link to the application? How does it work?

On 5 November 2015 at 11:08, furtherfield <furtherfielder at gmail.com> wrote:

> Recognised Faces by Kristoffer Ørum
> #google #bot #faces #search #famous #generative
> http://recognisedfaces.tumblr.com/
> Recognised Faces is an internet application that generates a daily image
> of a face from images found via google’s lists of top search terms. Facial
> features in the found images are identified, using facial recognition
> technologies usually reserved for mass surveillance, before being combined
> into an image of a new face. After being generated these faces are used as
> the personal avatar of Kristoffer Ørum on his website, on various social
> networks and anywhere else his image might be indexed and scanned for
> facial features by intelligence agencies, commercial agents or other
> interested parties.
> By constructing new faces from parts of the most looked upon images on the
> internet Recognised Faces creates a snapshot of the flow of data collection
> and facial recognition that happens daily on the internet, thus utilising
> facial recognition to generate phantom faces that reflect how computers
> perceive us as vaguely recognisable patterns in an ocean of data. When
> these phantom images are fed back into the internet, they may help to
> destabilise the NSA’s or google’s images of who Kristoffer Ørum is ever so
> slightly.
> The glitchy faces that emerge from the computer’s dispassionate gaze
> clearly differ from how faces appear to a more human gaze. They may appear
> somewhat monstrous and weird, but for the most part they remain strangely
> reminiscent of the beauty ideals that dominate mainstream media as well as
> most of the internet. What to human eyes might appear to be errors and
> distortions reveals traces of the statistical mode of perception that is
> really at work here - illustrating shortcomings of much reviled
> surveillance technology while providing us with a mechanical mode of
> observation that just might reveal things about our species that our own
> perception is unable to show us.
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