[ISEA2019] Artist Statement: Matthias Dörfelt – Face Trade

Artist Statement

Code, computer, printer, thermal printer, button, LCD screen, speakers, camera, flash, MDF, Metal, paint, 52x182x60 cm.

Face Trade is an Art Vending Machine that dispenses unique prints of computer- generated face drawings. Instead of paying with money, buyers trade a mugshot that is taken on the spot in order to be permanently stored in the Ethereum Blockchain, consequently turning the transaction into a semi-permanent Face Swap.

  • Matthias Dörfelt (1987, Hamburg, Germany) is a Los Angeles-based artist. He mainly works in software producing artifacts ranging from drawings, prints, animation, videos and interactive installations to robotics. In his works, he often trades control in favor of surprise because he strongly believes in computation as an expressive, playful and humorous tool. Dörfelt will continue to explore these aspects by infusing technology with flaws, naivety and weirdness. He believes in a media arts practice that favors spontaneity over streamlining and hopes that his works, contribute to shape our relationship to machines in a similar way. Matthias Dörfelt studied at the Muthesius Kunsthochschule in Kiel and holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California in Los Angeles.  mokafolio.de/information