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      On the Concept of Recognition in Media Art: Emotional reactions, empathetic interactions

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      Politics of the Machines - Art and After (EVA Copenhagen)

      Digital arts and culture

      15 - 17 May 2018

      Recognition, Biometrics, Human-computer interaction, Affective computing, Politics of media art, Erin Gee, Karen Palmer

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          Biometric technologies have transformed recognition into an empirical and automated activity. But recognition is not just a matter of identification or surveillance. As computer systems become capable of detecting human emotion, we are reminded of philosophical approaches to recognition that place it as central activity of human self-realization and social existence. Bringing together these dual notions of recognition, this paper considers how artists are taking hold of the technical possibilities of recognition to make political the media artwork. Specifically, it turns to Karen Palmer’s interactive film RIOT (protoype) (2016), in which the narrative depends on the recognition of the participant’s emotive facial expressions, and Erin Gee’s Project H.E.A.R.T. (2017), a virtual reality artwork in which the participant’s “enthusiasm” is harnessed via a biosensor. Through these examples, the paper proposes a way to think the politics of media art by pivoting on the technologies, practices and philosophies of recognition.

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                May 2018
                May 2018
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                [1 ] Department of Communication, Université de Montréal

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                10.14236/ewic/EVAC18.34
                © Kaminska. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA Copenhagen 2018, Denmark

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

                Politics of the Machines - Art and After
                EVA Copenhagen
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                Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
                15 - 17 May 2018
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Digital arts and culture
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                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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