Digital artists R Luke DuBois and Zach Lieberman have been commissioned by Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, for a piece that critically evaluates the merit of facial recognition tech. As the digital revolution is reimagining the way people communicate and go about their day-to-day, the artists comment on the primitive nature of the technology and its futuristic uses.
The artwork is interactive. Visitors sit in front of a camera and respond to instructions. The computers than evaluate the responses and creates an image that is representative of the individual's physical appearance and emotional state. It is the case that the facial recognition tech installation mostly does not present portraits that align with reality and due to this, the work is incredibly provocative.