Face First

An exhibition on the role of photography in creating face recognition and facial analysis algorithms. Opens August 27th at Eigen Lab.

Posted 2020-07-10 in exhibitions tagged #algorithms #photography
Opens August 27th, 2020. at eigen-art-lab.com in Berlin.
Sketch for <em>Confusion Matrix</em>, a matrix of 100 facial classification labels used in commercial and academic computer vision research papers. © 2020 Adam R. Harvey
Sketch for Confusion Matrix, a matrix of 100 facial classification labels used in commercial and academic computer vision research papers. © 2020 Adam R. Harvey

Face First is an exhibition about the role of photography in creating face recognition algorithms. Photography’s history can always be linked to forms of data extraction, objectification, and knowledge centralization, but in the last two decades something entirely new happened: photos became datasets, datasets became algorithms, and algorithms enabled new forms of surveillance and authoritarianism. Photography, gamified by social media, mutated from image making into a form of algorithmic industrialization.

This exhibition will present new research, visualizations, and data sculptures from the multi-year investigatory art project MegaPixels that forensically analyzed the contents of hundreds of image training datasets used to create face recognition and facial analysis algorithms.

Face First opens August 27 at Eigen Lab in Berlin