Digital Mask 3D explorations

 

  • Still researching about analog and digital masks, further to my last project Look at the Other. Investigating how to set up a digital Mask workshop, production of physical avatars versus virtual reality masks? Analog Mask : hiding the face will underline body expressions for the viewer, what about digital Mask?
  • Data-masks by Sterling Crispin ,  is an interesting approach which uses reverse engineering facial recognition and detection algorithms to produce 3D printed masks. 

In the same veins, “Oracle by Jake Stollery  is an amalgam of concepts tied together by the common thread of the user interface. To that end, it is a reflection of AI and UI as they exist in society’s consciousness.  Oracle was crafted by utilising a hacked Kinect depth sensor as a 3D scanner and a part of exhibition : “Masked intentions : 21 Artists reinvent 21 Masks for the 21st Century.” at Behance gallery, : pictures by Thomasz Machnik

Although these works claim that it is a sol machine interpretation of human identity , it is worth noticing that the machine is still constrained and serves human design and purposes. The outcome is un-computable for a human brain rather than unexpected. 
 
  • Another approach to explore masks in a more feminine and organic manner is the  Soft cyborg, by Rachael Kess Felt mask ; eyelid moved by servo motors. This work is a piece of performance art experimenting  in soft robotics:  “soft cyborg (reveal) (formerly soft robot (reveal)). The piece “explores the potential for masks to reveal and conceal the technological/robotic body”. The work produces a collaboration between the soft cyborg mask, the performer and the audience , thus  the outcome is unexpected as none of the actors of the performance have control on each other and no one control them all.