Face Shift (2005) by Arthur Elsenaar (The Netherlands)

As an algorithmic or methodical facial dance piece, it focusses on the predominant left/right mirror symmetry of the face. Two identical algorithms each control a side of the face, but as one is slightly faster in its execution, phase shift patterns are generated.

About Face Shift
As an algorithmic or methodical facial dance piece, it focusses on the predominant left/right mirror symmetry of the face. Two identical algorithms each control a side of the face, but as one is slightly faster in its execution, phase shift patterns are generated. As an artwork it has similarities to early tape loop experiments of for example Steve Reich, but then mostly visual. This is not to say that the audio is not important. The setup with a synthetic voice emanating from the sides of the face, acoustically merge into creating an interesting concatenation of phonemes, resulting in new unexpected sometimes non-existant words.

Arthur Elsenaar (1962) is a performance artist and facial hacker from the Netherlands. Elsenaar has a fascination with the intimate relationship of electricity and the human body and is the originator of algorithmic facial choreography.

Elsenaar has recently been awarded a Ph.D. from Nottingham Trent University in the UK on his pioneering artistic research into the expressive potential of the computer-controlled human face. This research presents a radical new view of human facial expression as a site for electro-facial choreography.

His award winning work has been shown throughout Europe and the United States of America and has been acquired by the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Since 2010 he is lecturing at the ArtScience Interfaculty of the Royal Conservatoire and Royal Academy in the Hague, The Netherlands.

For more information, visit http://artifacial.org.

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