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