interactive software, ipads, projector
[help me know the truth] is a participatory artwork in which visitors to Monsters of the Machine become a part of the work across the exhibition. Participants first snap a digital portrait at a small photo booth at the entrance to the show. In the gallery, participants can choose between two slightly altered portraits to match the text label shown on digital devices. By selecting the slight variations of the images over time, differing facial features emerge that reveal larger unconscious beliefs about facial features or tendencies related to culture and identity.
That the museum visitors are constantly judging the people around them (the selfies are distributed immediately around the gallery) and that other people in the gallery may be judging them is a key part of the experience of the work.
The intent behind the work is to both utilize and question how computational techniques can uncover the categorizing systems of the mind, and how they are therefore subject to socially constructed fears and values. The work further calls into question notions of truth. Is neuroscience truly the best way to parse the complex interplay of thoughts, feelings, and beliefs of a person?
Monsters of the Machine exhibition, 18 November 2016 – August 2017 Laboral Art Center Asturias Spain
Jared Segal, Ron Dotsch whose reverse correlation software was adapted for this project