Face Value - Surveillance and Identity in the Age of Digital Face Recognition

Surveillance and Identity in the Age of Digital Face Recognition

September 18 - October 10 , 2021
IMPAKT, Utrecht, NL

Face Value investigates the changing meaning of the human face in a digitised society where our portraits are continually captured and screened. Human encounters are increasingly taking place online. Facial recognition is happening everywhere – whether on phones or at border control – machines are continuously digitising and analysing human faces. Our faces are no longer only channels of human interaction: they are passwords, data containers, and targets of state control. IMPAKT presents five artistic positions that critically investigate the way technologies capture facial information; the social, political and cultural consequences of the phenomenon; and how we can reclaim our faces. The artworks invite you to reflect on what gets lost when human bodies, voices and emotions are captured in binary code. Face Value also explores how facial technologies can be used in alternative ways that allow for intimate connections between technologies, physical bodies and communities. Artists: Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Effi & Amir, Josèfa Ntjam, Martine Stig and Ningli Zhu. Curator: Rosa Wevers (Utrecht University)