"The face of the machine of face."

Machine faces have been a topic of fascination and inquiry in various fields, including philosophy, psychology, and computer science. The idea of machines having faces raises questions about the nature of perception, identity, and consciousness, as well as the relationship between humans and technology.

In the realm of artificial intelligence and robotics, the design of machine faces has been a central consideration in the development of advanced systems that can interact with humans in more natural and intuitive ways. For example, researchers have explored the use of anthropomorphic facial features in robots, such as eyes and a mouth, to enhance the ability of humans to understand and respond to the robot's behavior. In some cases, the design of machine faces has even been inspired by the human face, with the goal of creating a more familiar and appealing appearance.

However, the design of machine faces is not only about aesthetics and functionality. It also raises important ethical and philosophical questions. For example, the use of faces in machines could potentially lead to the creation of a new form of inequality, as machines with human-like faces may be treated differently or given more rights and privileges than those without. In addition, the use of faces in machine could blur the boundaries between the human and the non-human, leading to questions about the nature of personhood and consciousness.

Despite these challenges, the development of machine faces is likely to continue as technology continues to advance. As machines become more integrated into our lives and our world, the faces they display will likely become an increasingly important aspect of our interactions with them. Whether machine faces ultimately lead to new forms of empathy and understanding, or further reinforce the divide between humans and technology, remains to be seen.

The exhibition Eyes, Ears, Tongues... Those Parts brings together works that explore the relationship between the face, technology, and identity. The show examines the ways in which facial recognition systems and other forms of data collection are changing the way we understand and interact with the world around us. The works on display engage with the ideas of French philosopher Felix Guattari, who wrote about the "machinic production of subjectivity" and the ways in which technology shapes our sense of self. Guattari's ideas are particularly relevant to this exhibition, as the works on display demonstrate the ways in which technology is transforming our perceptions of ourselves and others.

Through an examination of the face and its relationship to technology, this exhibition offers a lens through which to view the complex interplay between the individual and the world. The works on display are grounded in Guattari's concept of "chaosmosis," which describes the dynamic process of subjectivity formation that takes place at the intersection of the individual and the world. In this exhibition, HsienYu Cheng uses technology to subvert and question dominant forms of subjectivity, creating new possibilities for self-expression and representation.

One of the central themes of the exhibition is the relationship between the face and technology. With the development of computer vision and artificial intelligence, facial recognition systems have become an increasingly powerful tool for data collection and identity verification. At the same time, privacy concerns have grown, as individuals become increasingly aware of the ways in which their personal information is being collected and used by corporations and governments. The works in the show explore the implications of these developments for the individual and for society as a whole.

In addition to engaging with the ideas of Guattari and other thinkers, the works on display also draw on the field of "a-signifying semiology." This discipline explores the ways in which meaning is created and transmitted through signs and symbols, and how technology is changing these processes. By examining the face as a site of signification, the works in this exhibition offer a nuanced and complex view of the role of technology in shaping our perceptions of identity and the world around us.

the exhibition also explores the relationship between the individual and the larger social and political structures that shape our lives. Through their use of technology, the works on display challenge dominant modes of subjectivity and offer new possibilities for self-expression and representation. Whether through their use of recycled materials, their exploration of online identity, or their hacking of network cameras, the works in this show invite viewers to consider the ways in which technology is shaping our lives and to imagine new and more equitable futures.

The works in the "Eyes, Ears, Tongues... Those Parts" exhibition delve into the role of the face in discussions of identity and the impact of technology on these issues. Furthermore, through the creation of synthetic data and the use of machine learning algorithms, the works challenge traditional forms of visual representation and question the accuracy and reliability of information received through the digital realm. By exposing the methods and techniques used by digital systems to recognize and categorize individuals, the artist aims to shed light on the limitations and biases inherent in these processes.

One such work, "It Could Be You," employs the use of synthetic data to create an illusion of multiple Asian faces and personal information. This raises questions about the vast network databases and the digital footprint of individuals, as well as the limitations of machine learning systems in accurately representing human subjects. Through its use of algorithms and mathematical operations, the work highlights the shift from the traditional process of visually perceiving individuals through the refraction of light and chemical and physiological changes in the brain, to a process based on the calculation of pixel dots.

Another work, "Portrait 2011," uses recycled materials to construct a mechanical human head that expresses emotions, reminding us of the emotional impact that technology can have on our lives. Through its ability to cry, the work touches upon the theme of privacy and the difficulty of expressing emotional vulnerability in the digital age. Despite its cold and mechanical appearance, technology can still evoke strong emotions in us and can be used to shape our emotions and behaviors.

The collaborative work "Photo of ID" with Sandee Chan and Tan Tsung-Fan, takes a different approach, using simple hacking techniques to produce images and place them on a national identity card. This action highlights the potential vulnerability of low-security network cameras and raises questions about the security of personal information in the digital realm. The extension of this work, "Photo of ID On-Site,"further emphasizes the physical implications of digital actions.

Overall, the "Eyes, Ears, Tongues... Those Parts" exhibition provides a thought-provoking examination of the impact of technology on identity and the face's role in this process. Through its exploration of the machinic production of subjectivity, the limitations and biases of digital systems, and the relationship between the human subject and technological environment, the exhibition invites viewers to consider the ways in which technology shapes our perception of reality and ourselves.

Felix Guattari's concepts of machinic production of subjectivity and chaosmosis, as well as his ideas on a-signifying semiology and informational sign machines, provide a framework for understanding the themes explored in the exhibition. Through the works on display, the exhibition invites the audience to consider the complex interplay between technology, identity, and the face. The face serves as a lens through which to view the impact of technology on our lives and our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

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《眼、耳、鼻、舌 ⋯⋯》鄭先喻個展
《Eyes, Ears, Nose, Tongues...those parts》 CHENG Hsien-Yu Solo Exhibition
2023.03.13 - 06.02
週一至五11:00-17:00,國定假日休展 | Mon. - Fri., 11:00 to 17:00, Closed on National Holidays
藝文中心 5F 藝態空間(大廳往上一層樓)
Art Gallery, 5F of NCCU Art & Culture Center (One floor above the lobby)
※多媒體設備贊助 | Supporting Partner
洪建全基金會(Hong Foundation)、台灣松下電器(Panasonic Taiwan)

《再一次 證件照拍攝指南》演講 | Once Again: ID Photo Shooting Guide Talk
(三) 19:30-21:30 | Wed. 26. Apr. 2023, 19:30-21:30
Audiovisual Theater, 3rd floor, NCCU Art & Culture Center
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《手作證件》工作坊 | "DIY sort of Identity Card" Workshop
(六) 9:30-16:30 | Sat. 29. Apr. 2023, 9:30-16:30
Yi-Sin Gallery, 4th floor, NCCU Art & Culture Center
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工作坊報名 演講報名