work in progress
Laura A Dima produced ‘head sculptures’, exact replicas of her face. She will apply the casts of these sculptures onto the faces of volunteers. These volunteers venture into the public space - shopping, visiting galleries, relaxing on a terrace, travelling in public transport - and film themselves. The footage is streamed on social media and are recognised as ‘Laura A Dima’, who apparently is at several places at the same time.
In the multitude of replicas, specific facial elements will be altered. Dima wants to find out to what extend her face can be changed while Artificial Intelligence still experiences the mask as her identity.
In the future, we will learn by hashtags.
At this stage, we don’t know what the mutilated masks will look like: Laura A Dima researches how AI recognises faces and we might end up with faces that seem inhuman but are still considered to be her by AI.
The uploaded photos will be beamed in the gallery, and the returning volunteers return their masks in the afternoon, which then will be hung to hooks on a wall (as 'used faces') and thus provide the show with new artwork.
Click on play icon on the bottom right side of the screen to see the video documenting the first step into the process which is making a silicone mould of the artist's face with the help of four performers/ assistants.