TIME AND PLACE:
@ Lisson Gallery, 29 Bell Street, London NW1 5DA
The first new work centres around the Oursler’s fascination with the evolution of identity via techniques of facial recognition technology.
He explores the nuanced ramifications of these tools increasing ubiquity in daily life. His interest in the face as the locus of communication and identity, through features, movement and expression, is central to these works.
A series of seven imposing photographic visages looms over the spectator in the main gallery, all but one punctured by video screens of eyes or mouths. One of part of the installation is an endlessly shifting projection of 150 algorithmically produced Eigen faces, revealing the beautiful yet distinctly non-human qualities of biometric analysis.
One of the artist’s intentions is to “invite the viewer to glimpse themselves from another perspective, that of the machines we have recently created”. Each of these giant portrait heads bears the network of marks or nodes associated with different facial recognition systems, used by border controls, law enforcement agencies and even ATM machines.
The images, staggered maze-like throughout the space in the manner of theatrical props, present themselves as potential police mug shots, closed-circuit camera stills or anonymous faces in the crowd, albeit magnified in scale and distorted by their mediation through surveillance technology.
Tony Oursler's new work is about facial recognition systems and the impact of surveillance technology on our rapidly evolving definition of identity. In the exhibition Tony Oursler – template/variant/friend/stranger, an installation titled GEN is an endlessly shifting projection of 150 algorithmically produced Eigen faces, revealing the beautiful yet distinctly non-human qualities of biometric analysis. One of the artist’s intentions is to “invite the viewer to glimpse themselves from another perspective, that of the machines we have recently created”. But at the moment even the most advanced facial recognition technology can be thwarted by even small alterations to the appearance of a face. Obscuring key features, shadows, movement, applying markings or makeup which disrupts the symmetry of your features or even looking down make it difficult for a facial recognition system to identify you. In this portion of the film 'Dazzle' makeup is applied to a face as anti-face-recognition camo that protects against being identified. #noIDselfie #antiselfie @TonyOursler #TonyOursler #LissonGallery #facialrecognition #facialrecognitionsoftware #facialrecognitiontechnology #patternrecognition#profiling #privacy #CCTV #identity #ID #biometrics #surveillance #artificialintelligence #AI #antiselfie #Cameras #Algorithms #Faces #Makeup #Facerecognition #Patterns #Technology