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



      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



            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
            : 1-7
            [1 ] Department of Communication, Université de Montréal

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            Politics of the Machines - Art and After
            EVA Copenhagen
            Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
            15 - 17 May 2018
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Digital arts and culture
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