December 4, 2014 AT 6:00 am

Sterling Crispin – DATA-MASKS Facial recognition, genetic algorithms, 3d printed masks #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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Sterling Crispin – DATA-MASKS Facial recognition, genetic algorithms, 3d printed masks:

…I’m using state of the art face recognition and face detection algorithms to guide an evolving system toward the production of human-like faces. This exposes the way the machine and the surveillance state view human identity and makes aspects of these invisible power structures visible.

This is meant as a theoretical and technical investigation into the form and function of biometric surveillance technology, which is the mathematical analysis of biological data.

…This research has resulted in the production of a series of 3D printed face masks which were algorithmically evolved to satisfy facial recognition algorithms. It is important to understand the the goal of creating these masks isn’t to defeat facial recognition or provide something undetectable, simply covering your face with your hand will do that. Rather, my goal is to show the machine what it’s looking for, to hold a mirror up to the all-seeing eye of the digital-panopticon we live in and let it stare back into its own mind.

These masks are shadows of human beings as seen by the minds-eye of the machine-organism. These DATA-MASKS are animistic deities brought out of the algorithmic-spirit-world of the machine and into our material world, ready to tell us their secrets, or warn us of what’s to come. These masks are intended for use in acts of protest, poetry, civil disobedience, and shamanistic ritual by the citizens of our global village as it becomes further blanketed by techno-sphere….

Read more about the conceptual and technological underpinnings of this project at Sterling Crispin’s site here.

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