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Today’s #quoteoftheweek, we are featuring Heather Dewey-Hagborg, a transdisciplinary artist and educator who is interested in art as research and critical practice. Her controversial biopolitical art practice includes the project ‘Stranger Visions’ which was featured in our ‘Seen’ exhibition in 2018, where she created portrait sculptures, derived from the analysis of genetic material (hair, cigarette butts, chewed up gum) collected in public places. ‘How do you see me?’ features in the current exhibition ‘Aesthetics of Silence’, where she utilized adversarial processes, algorithms that are designed to deceive machine learning systems, to generate self portraits that are recognized as her face, although to the human eye, they look nothing like her. Coming from a background in machine learning, Dewey-Hagborg developed custom software to produce a series of images that are detected as “faces” or are recognized as her. Starting from primitive curves and gradients, images are evolved to more strongly elicit the algorithmic detection and recognition response. We see the face reduced to a white circle, laying bare the racial assumptions which underpin facial detection technologies. And we see strange gradients and curves, images which have seemingly no resemblance to faces, emerge as neighboring facial vectors to the artist's own. The outcome of these experiments is a series of images which give us a window into how we are seen by the opaque technologies of artificial intelligence and facial recognition. ‘How do you see me?’ was originally commissioned by The Photographers’ Gallery, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through the Arts Council England. #heatherdeweyhagborg #fridmangallery #weilinggallery #weilingcontemporary #aestheticsofsilence #howdoyouseeme #facerecognition #artificialintelligence #algorithmicdetection #installationart

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