Art.CHI 2017

Interactive Media Works

A CHI2017 Exhibition

This is Not Private

The debug lines of the face tracking show, in a visual way, what the algorithm is doing in real time.

This Is Not Private is an interactive empathic portrait, which explores the possibilities of empathy as a meta-language through the most powerful physical interface which is our face. The face is a part of ourselves which is not visible to us without the use of an external tool. Dedicated entirely to the "other", it becomes our window to the world and the world's window to ourselves. My challenge with this work is inducing in the viewer a sort of "identity-displacement", which invokes the phenomenon of empathy. An algorithm tracks and calculates the empathic level between the actor and the viewer. The more the viewer empathizes with the actor, the more the two faces merge into a new identity.

Antonio Daniele
Visual and Media Artist, @Letitbrain