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NOBODY LOOKS LIKE THE AVERAGE PERSON
interactive installation, thesis and infographic, 2016.

Face recognition technology can be used in lots of different ways, and each application has its own possibilities and responsibilities. Using the technology will have consequences for our notion of what is 'normal'. Machines cannot grasp the complexity of what it means to be human, and thus influence the way we see ourselves. With this project I would like to create awareness of the consequences and provide insight into this mostly invisible technology.

 

The infographic explains how facial recognition works and what you can use it for. The installation makes use of face detection to save the faces of the public passing by. By printing the faces on transparent sheets and layering them, a new ‘average’ face comes to life. By processing the faces in this analogue way, a lot of information about the actual faces will be lost. This symbolizes the way our complex human characteristics get lost in the software. Afterwards the analogue average face will be put through the software again, as if it were one person. However, in reality, nobody looks like the average person.