What is StandardEyes?

StandardEyes is an art installation about faces in the news. It simulates the likely type of news to be written about yours or anyone else's face. StandardEyes uses a combination of computer vision, text analysis, machine learning, and thousands of London Evening Standard newspaper articles to simulate how a newspaper may interpret you as a story from a mere first impression. This newspaper can then be printed and distributed to disseminate an impression and attitude that by accident of birth you have come to signify. This artwork explores how inherent bias I can developed into systems and be perpetuated into society.

THE INSTALLATION

Eye Intro

StandardEyes is built upon a database of over 6800 Evening Standard newspaper articles and over 3400 images of faces among them. This database was analysed to extract demographic data from photographs and subject words and sentiment from the texts.

Using Eye

To operate StandardEyes all one needs to do is press a button and look into the eyeball.

Flashcapture

The Eye takes a series of photographs. of the user with different prompted expressions. it takes some 48 pictures of the user. Although they are take in rapid succession like a paparazzi-ed public figure, every one of the is slightly different, as the user is prompted to show a different expression periodically. With these pictures StandardEyes can establish

Face Analysis

Face Analysis Visualisation

There are two layers of analysis. The first takes a single good quality image. This image is analysed to predict demographic features: age, gender, and ‘race’. 
 The second layer takes all of the images, with their different lighting conditions and expressions, and generates a multidimensional ‘model’ of your face. that SE uses to test against the database of photos later.

FEEDBACK DATA

The charts offer some insight into what impression your image is making on StandardEyes. These charts represent what SE is thinking.

Emotion Graph Example

The emotion chart returns a proportional comparison of the kind of emotional response your face could elicit.

Tree Map Jung

The Subject chart is a truncated list of topic words your face is most likely to be associated with. The size of its box demonstrates the likelihood of the subject turning up in your story.

NEWSPAPERS

The end result is a newspaper. The newspaper is generated from the text of all the stories that relate to someone of your demographic group, but the effect is of a sleeping typing writer pouring out years of assignments into a stream of un-consciousness, unstructured prose. The paper also includes an explanation into the explanation into the text generation process, why the newspaper is available to you and an editorial about the subject.

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