The idea of this project is very simple — how can we see ourselves through other people? This project makes faces out of other peoples faces. It combines a photo booth, which records video of participants, and a live visualization, which uses custom software to visualize the participants faces live using the eyes, noses, mouths, eyebrows and other face parts of previous participants. As the project is installed, over time it will develop a larger database of face parts, thousands of mouths, noses, eyes, ears and when there’s no one present, visualize the similarities and differences of everyone who’s used the project. It’s designed not only to present a whimsical view of how we look, but also to investigate the diverse textures, rhythms and styles of our faces and present an algorithmic, collective portrait of museum visitors.
Zach Lieberman is an artist, researcher and hacker dedicated to exploring new modes of expression and play. Zach co-founded openFrameworks, a C++ library for creative coding and is working on the EyeWriter project, a low cost, opensource hardware and software toolkit that helps people draw with their eyes. Zach is also one of the developers of Rhonda, a 3-D drawing tool that helps people sketch ideas simply in 3-D.