THE NON-ANONYMOUS AUTONOMOUS SOCIETY

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PIXELATED SELF-IMAGE

Pixelated self-image is a deconstructed mirror which creates an illusion of the subject’s image being made up of pixels. It comments on what happens when a computer deconstructs humans through algorithms. Most of us believes that people are too complex to be recreated by artificial intelligence - so what actually happens when we are viewed through a computers eyes? Do certain parts get lost? And what effect can that have upon designating a computer to carry out tasks which were previously executed by a human?

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MAKE ME PRIVATE AGAIN

A paraphrase of the “Make America Great Again” hat designed for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. The hat became a symbol strongly associated by the current American president (2020) and popular among his supporters. Public surveillance as well as data integrity has become a weighted discussion point on a political level. This can be seen by the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as established by the European Union. One of the regulations objectives as stated by the EU is as follows: “This Regulation lays down rules relating to the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and rules relating to the free movement of personal data.”

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WE ALL SELL OURSELVES

A t-shirt with a design containing different texts, symbols and images relating to our activity on social media platforms. The information which we share on these platforms we often perceive as being private in sense that it is only being shared with the people who we have chosen to share it with. From what we can tell our status updates, photos and likes is seen mostly by our friends, family and other acquaintances. However, the scope to which our information is spread by these platforms goes beyond that circle. It acts a currency for companies to sell to advertises so that they can target their advertisements to your specific traits. In that way, we all sell ourselves.

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NOT QUITE MY FACE

One of the most tangible examples of using artificial intelligence for surveillance purposes is probably within facial recognition technology. Some of us come in contact with this when unlocking our smartphone. The ultimate point of true ownership of an inanimate object is probably when it can identify and give accesses to its owner through the detection of their face. Something which may seem as an everyday occurrence, but an evolvement of technology which may lead to an end of anonymity and total supervision. Therefore I made a mask for those times when you need to put on a different face.

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ANALYZE

Facial recognition technology is not just used in our smartphone to make everyday life easier and more convenient. As of 2016, the Netherlands has deployed facial recognition and artificial intelligence technology. The database of the Dutch police currently contains over 2.2 million pictures of 1.3 million Dutch citizens. This accounts for about 8% of the population. Hundreds of cameras have been deployed in the city of Amsterdam alone. This is not a future possibility, but a current reality. And all whilst this is happening we are helping the process. By uploading out selfies and photos on to our social media profiles we’re creating massive databases of images for companies to collect and use.

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Maria Helena Norén © 2020