SHINSEUNGBACK KIMYONGHUN [KR]
Cloud Face – Real Time, 2015
METAMORPHOSIS - MONTREAL
Arsenal Contemporary Art [QC - CA]
10.1 - 10.31, 2020
Shinseungback Kimyonghun is a Seoul based artistic duo consisting of computer engineer Shin Seung Back and artist Kim Yong Hun. Their collaborative practice explores technology and humanity. Their work has been exhibited internationally including Ars Electronica Festival, ZKM, NTT ICC and MMCA.
Camera pointing the Seoul sky, 4 video screens 1920 x 1920 px, computers, Internet
Commissioned by ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany.
Humans see figures in clouds: animals, faces and even god. This kind of perception also appears in machine vision. Face-detection algorithms sometimes find faces where there are not any.
Cloud Face is a collection of cloud images that are recognized as human faces by a face detection algorithm. It is a result of machine’s vision error and they often look like faces to human eyes too. Humans, yet, know these are not actual faces. Humans rather imagine faces from the clouds. Here, the machine’s error and human imagination meet.