Face on artwork ORIGINAL min

Face / On by Rachel Smith

Inter­ac­tive instal­la­tion play­ful­ly engag­ing with ideas around facial recog­ni­tion technology

02/10/20 – 21/10/20
Opening Times
Sun–Tue, Closed
Wed–Fri, 12:00 – 19:00
Saturday, Closed
Face / On takes the form of an interactive door embedded with a facial recognition system. On approach, a persona is allocated at random, for example, Female 47. Only a face fitting the criteria in the eyes of the system will be permitted entry. It may be necessary to adopt a disguise in order to gain access. Using available tools (face swapping, filters, or ageing apps) it becomes possible to fool the door. In doing so, we build up an idea of how the system decides on such personal labels as age and gender. Do they align with our own ideas of identity? Where have these rules come from and what are the consequences? Face / On is an invitation to playfully engage with ideas around facial recognition technology.

Bristol-based Rachel Smith is a media artist and creative technologist with an MFA in Media Art from Bauhaus University Weimar and an undergraduate in Maths. She is a resident of the Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol and recently completed a Fellowship in Automation for the South West Creative Technology Network. Often creating playful experiences and interactive installations, she interrogates emerging technologies with both a critical and affectionate eye. Her main interests lie in the relationship between humans and machines and her work has a particular focus on the hidden decision-making processes found in artificial intelligence. She has exhibited internationally including at the Kunstverein Tiergarten in Berlin and the Ars Electronica festival.
Face on artwork ORIGINAL min