GOLAN LEVIN AND ZACHARY LIEBERMAN

Reface [Portrait Sequencer]

Golan Levin and Zachary Lieberman

source: highlike

Work: Reface [Portrait Sequencer] by Golan Levin and Zachary Lieberman (2007) is a surreal video mash-up that composes endless combinations of its visitors’ faces. Based on the Victorian “Exquisite Corpse” parlor game, the Reface installation records and dynamically remixes brief video slices of its viewers’ mouths, eyes and brows. Reface uses face-tracking techniques to allow automatic alignment and segmentation of its participants’ faces. As a result, visitors to the project can move around freely in front of the display without worrying about lining up their face for the system’s camera. The video clips recorded by the project are “edited” by the participants’ own eye blinks. Blinking also triggers the display to advance to the next set of face combinations. Through interactions with an image wholly constructed from its own history of being viewed, Reface makes possible a new form of inventive play with one’s own appearance and identity. The resulting kinetic portraiture blends the personalities and genetic traits of its visitors to create a “generative group portrait” of the people in the project’s locale.
Photographer: Golan Levin
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Levin is an artist, composer and designer whose work focuses on the creation, manipulation and performance of simultaneous image and sound as part of a more general examination of communications protocols for individual engagement and non-verbal dialogue. He was granted an Award of Distinction in the Prix Ars Electronica for his Audivisual Environment Suite interactive software (2000) and its accompanying audiovisual performance, Scribble (2000).

Lieberman is an artist-engineer concerned with themes of kinetic and gestural performance, interactive imaging and sound synthesis. He teaches in the Design and Technology department at Parsons School of Design, and was a Siemens Artist in Residence at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz, Austria.
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source: asquare

Reface [Portrait Sequencer] (images above and video below) by Golan Levin and Zachary Lieberman is an interactive installation which cuts up and recombines users faces:

Reface uses face-tracking techniques to allow automatic alignment and segmentation of its participants’ faces. As a result, visitors to the project can move around freely in front of the display without worrying about lining up their face for the system’s camera. The video clips recorded by the project are “edited” by the participants’ own eye blinks. Blinking also triggers the display to advance to the next set of face combinations.
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source: createyourcosmos

Golan Levin and Zachary Lieberman have approached the same line of work from a more social perspective and make construction of the self-representation a collaborative project. Their installation ‘reface’ takes samples of video directly from viewers who stand before the wall-hung device, and mixes up parts of video from different viewers, so you might see yourself as you are, but with the hair of your, say, american-indian grandfather and the surgically altered lips of your twin sister who also happened to be at the exhibition. This way of altering self-representations, to me, is on the edge of gimmickiness because of its obvious artificiality and would be much stronger if a database of recorded videos was input for a system that would dynamically morph your face, and change temporal and spatial parameters for example as a function of how you behave in front of the ‘mirror’, of how you feel or even of how or what you think.
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source: finlandgrandtourru

В течение шести месяцев пассажиры аэропорта Хельсинки-Вантаа смогут увидеть работы финских медиахудожников в новом театре медиаискусства ArtCinema. Выставка является частью проекта Art Port, запущенного компанией Finavia в рамках Года дизайна в Хельсинки. Директор аэропорта Вилле Хаапасаари рассказывает, что новая выставка вызвала интерес у многочисленных журналов и блогов по всему миру. Этот уникальный проект позволяет аэропорту Хельсинки-Вантаа выделяться на фоне конкурирующих транзитных аэропортов и способствует улучшению удовлетворенности пассажиров. В медиа-искусстве используются информационно-коммуникационные технологии, зачастую в сочетании с такими формами искусства, как кино, музыка, видео, инсталляция, театр или перфоманс. Новая выставка дает художникам возможность продемонстрировать свои работы широкому кругу людей из разных стран; пассажиры, ранее не сталкивавшиеся с медиаискусством, теперь могут с ним ознакомиться. Театр медиаискусства ArtCinema расположен у гейта 37 и открыт для всех пассажиров.