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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Cyberpunk Camoflage Make Up: CV Dazzle



Facial recognition, CV Dazzle, cyberpunk makeup, Adam Harvey.
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"CV Dazzle explores how fashion can be used as camouflage from face-detection technology, the first step in automated face recognition."
- CV Dazzle


One of my favourite things about cyberpunk is how the aesthetic and the practicalities of it intersect. CV Dazzle is a thesis project by Adam Harvey looking at just that, and how hair and make up styling can be used to evade facial detection cameras. It examines the impact of future facial detection software and information use, and describes the concept on its website, saying, 'CV Dazzle uses avant-garde hairstyling and makeup designs to break apart the continuity of a face. Since facial-recognition algorithms rely on the identification and spatial relationship of key facial features, like symmetry and tonal contours, one can block detection by creating an “anti-face”.'



Adam Harvey, CV dazzle, cyberpunk make up, facial recognition
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I first saw this project a year or two ago on tumblr, and it's fascinating how 'five minutes into the future' the whole thing feels, and how relevant it may become. The project is still ongoing, and since its creation in 2010 Harvey has done several collaborations with Wired, the New York Times and DIS Magazine to demonstrate the application of his work. For me, this is the heart of cyberpunk; how our life will change in the not so far away sci-fi future in a potential big brother world.

CV dazzle, Adam Harvey, cyberpunk make up, facial recognition
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 The project's website features advice for stylists wanting to create their own privacy retaining looks, and more information on the process of developing these looks and the software it was tested on.






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6 comments:

  1. I love this. I studied this last year in my contemporary art theory class and couldn't get enough. It's so strange how we're can all be any minute of any day, and more than that, found to the exact centimeter.

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    1. It's really interesting; I'm more of a fan of cyberpunk which is equally focused on form and function (or form as a result of function), and it needs to feel like something that we could use in five years time, which this absolutely does.

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  2. I LOVED LOVED this when I first saw it, too. The future is now!

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  3. Agreed! It's so exciting, living in the future.

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  4. I really like the idea of hiding from face recognition! And I ESPECIALLY love that last photo. Nice!

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    1. Yeah, it's a really interesting idea. :)

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