These ghostly portraits are algorithmically-mashed faces from Hollywood movies

These ghostly portraits are algorithmically-mashed faces from Hollywood movies

As police look toward a future where face and iris recognition lets them profile anyone walking down the street, two South Korean artists are using it for something less sinister, though still a bit spooky. Shin Seung Back and Kim Yong Hun’s new project, called Portrait , calculates the mathematical average of every face found in Hollywood movies like The Matrix , Black Swan , and Avatar , resulting in a ghostly visage that sometimes seems reminiscent of the film’s character. The artists explain to Wired UK that they wrote an algorithm which preserves a film’s “identity” by recording color information from the surrounding frame. The facial recognition software captures all faces found in every 24 frames of footage, then generates the final… Continue reading…

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These ghostly portraits are algorithmically-mashed faces from Hollywood movies

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