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'playFormAI (35*parisFilterSelfies) >> Graphite 2021' is based on an image generated from an accessible machine-learning platform. The input was a set of selfies that had an Instagram beauty filter applied to them. The uncanniness of the nascent filtered facial features was further heightened when the drawing was input into an AI-powered online app for animating historic portrait photographs. The features were 'recognised' by the AI as human and brought to life. Machine pattern recognition pervades our everyday lives and feeds into our self-image when we filter our selfies with it, but what does the machine 'see' and is it changing how we see?
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