de-identified

de-identified examines the impact of facial recognition technology on individual privacy.  Using augmented portraits of 19th century women and an imagined narrative, de-identified explores how to conceal facial features to avoid image detection.

In search of a more progressive life, 19th century American women are transported into the 21st century only to find they are being tracked 24 hours by facial recognition software.  In an effort to block this technology, they collectively devise ways to alter the symmetry of their faces using face paint and avant-garde hairstyles. Inspired by African tribal face painting, Maori tattoos, Chinese opera masks, Amazonian Kayapo markings and colorful animal patterns, they obscure their facial features to confuse the surveillance cameras.