[ISEA2022] Paper: Paloma González Díaz — Media Art and face recognition: critical lines of work


Short paper, theme: Humans and NonHumans: Aesthetic experience and speculation
Venue: CCCB, date: June 15

Keywords: Media Art, facial recognition, critic, surveillance, AI

The evolution and implementation of facial recognition techniques in recent years has expanded uncontrollably. We propose a new reading and classification of creative works of a critical nature.

In recent years, Media Art practices related to facial recognition reflect present concerns about AI in general and facial biometrics in particular. The ambiguities, biases and lack of ethics present in the development and implementation of facial recognition techniques is apparent in pieces and essays by creators determined to reveal the lack of ethics and transparency of these mechanisms of classification and control. Artistic spaces and festivals are beginning to support and make these kinds of issues more widely visible.
At present, we distinguish three lines of critical work: those that attempt to “annul” the effects of technology, those that show how detection algorithms work, and a small group, more experimental and less fruitful so far, made up of works that propose to reinterpret the uses of technology more in line with social needs.

  • Paloma González Díaz (ES) is Lecturer and researcher at UOC and BAU. Member of the GREDITS research group. Expert in new media art, design and communication. Her research focuses on relating technological control and its impact on society from a critical point of view. She focuses, above all, on the vision of digital creators. http://uncoveringctrl.com