The Lisson Gallery is exhibiting New York artist Tony Ourslers work. This is his first exhibition in over five years in the UK.
This exhibition is about using technology (algorithms that are used to scan people at airports etc) to portray his sculputres showing his interest and exploration about facial recognition and continues with his theme of humanist artwork. The artworks are large photographic images modified to show the artists interest in communication and identity. Each sculpture has a character and represents the population by showing that we are all supervised in some way by technology.
Seven images are in the main gallery and confront you as you walk in. Each of the giant photographs are marked with lines and dots showing the facial recognition systems used by immigration and law agencies around the world. By viewing these photos the artist wants the audience to see themselves in a different light, exactly the way the machines that were created for the purposes of facial recognition see us, therefore people having the same features.
There is also a projection which flips through faces. These faces have make up on which makes the technology feel that facial features are different, therefore the artist now showing that humans are not controlled by these machines.
There are also some missing panels from the photographic pieces which the artist wants us to understand that parts of our identities are incomplete. These missing panels also show that facial recognition technology is still quite new and needs improving.
Initially I was confused about this exhibition because all you see are photos in different forms and it was hard to understand how and why facial recognition technology could be used in art. As you progress through the gallery you begin to understand the concept the artist is trying to portray and all of a sudden you become immersed in the artwork. You suddenly realize that the face is more than just the features you see and even though facial recognition techniques group us together we are all still individuals.
Our group finally decided on an idea for our short film. The locations we chose were Waterloo, Tooting and Collier Wood train stations. We discussed how we were going to film such as different types of camera angles,what roles everyone was going to play in the film and when we were going to film. We made good progress and the teamwork was very positive. Here is the outline for the script of our film project.
- Ki filmed outside of a shop. WATERLOO
- Drops bag on the floor, retrieves all items, but leaves behind wallet.
- Saad walks behind me, notices wallet on the floor and picks it up.
- Examines wallet and identity card.
- Ki arrives at her house.
- Unpacks her bag and realises wallet in missing = distress
- DK calls Saad and asks if we are still meeting up TOOTING BROADWAY
- DK appears from Right side, Saad appears from the Left side.
- Saad explains DK, befor they can hang out they need to return this wallet.
- Saad pulls up the contact card, DK calls the number and speaks to Ki.
- Ki, DK, Saad meet at Colliers wood station.
Scene 1 WATERLOO
Scene 1. Medium shot of overall location
Scene 2. Close up of what Ki is doing specifically, (reading a book, drinking tea)
Scene 3. Medium shot, Ki putting tea down and preparing to leave.
Scene 4. Close up shot of Ki exiting building
Scene 1. Medium shot – Rummaging of bag, bag drops
Scene 2. Close shot of contents spilt
Scene 3. Medium shot Ki walks off into station
Scene 4. Close up of wallet and ki walking off with bag, Saad retrieves wallet.
Scene 1. Close up following of the wallet in Saads hand
Scene 2. Medium shot over the shoulder
Scene 3. Close up of details in wallet
Scene 4. Medium shot of Saad calling
Scene 4 – TOOTING
Scene 1. Medium shot of Ki coming out the station and approaching cash machine
Scene 2. Close up shot of rummaging through bag looking for wallet, phone rings
Scene 3. Close up of phone ringing
Scene 4. Split screen of Saad and Ki conversation
Scene 1. Split screen of DK and Saad conversation
Scene 2. Medium shot Time Lapse of Saad waiting, Saad explains in brief about returning wallet
Scene 3. Close up shot of DK with phone and wallet calling Ki
Scene 4. Split screen of Ki and DK conversation
Scene 5. Medium shot of DK and Saad going into the underground.
Scene 6 COLLIERS WOOD
Scene 1. Close up shot of DK and Saad exiting the station
Scene 2. Close up shot of Ki walking towards the exit
Scene 3. Medium shot Ki, DK and Saad meet
Scene 4. Split screen of walking off in separate directions.
I am looking forward to the Video Production project and am happy with the group chosen for me.I believe we will make a good team and will create an interesting and exciting video. We have been working together and chose some ideas for filming. We all gave ideas and eventually came to a conclusion of a seed of an idea that we were all quite happy with. I know we will be having further discussions to finalise the idea but the creative juices are flowing with all of us and we have got the outline of a script that we will hopefully develop as the weeks go on.
In Visual Studies we are drawing figures but I am not a fan of drawing and not very good at it. I know I have to work hard to improve my drawing skills and will practise in my spare time. During the lesson we had to draw figures against the clock but it was tricky. This will definitely improve my visual and drawing skills and hopefully I will be able to use these skills on the digital platform as well.
I used the processing software to experiment with drawing. It was interesting and something new. You can draw by a click of the mouse. I looked at the book called “Getting Started with Processing by Casey Reas & Ben Fry. It helped to me understand how to use Processing but it will still need to practice a great deal.
Drawing the Circle
This is the code in processing to create the white circle.
This shows the circles animated.
Drawing Cricket Ball
This is the code in processing to create a cricket ball. I dragged the image into processing and showed how the image moved around.
The cricket ball looks like it is being bowled by a fast bowler.
We carried on learning processing software and we learnt how to add images into this processing and animate them around.
This is my first animation processing with the circle moving right and left.
Cricket ball animate
This is an image of cricket ball animate with the cricket ball bouncing everywhere.
It’s still hard to understand the processing software but will keep practising and experimenting till I understand.
We learnt about a new software called Processing which is similar to drawing, sketching and painting on paper. This is like digital drawing and graphics. When I first used the processing software I had no idea what to do and was very confused about it.
This is my first piece of processing:
This code is bit like html that I have used before.
This is not a bad start and I know it will take time to understand.
This is the second time that I used processing and this is animation sketching with line and circle.
When I look at the possibilities of processing I am excited to see what I can do with the software.
At home I did some research and tried to understand more about Processing so experimented:
The more I am practising and experimenting I feel I will become more and more confident using this software for new projects.