Exhibition by Arthur Elsenaar

  • Perfect Paul: On Freedom of Facial Expression 

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    A computer versus human showdown

    Digital persona Perfect Paul presents his latest research findings on the external controlled human face as a site for artistic computational expression. Perfect Paul – in a live showdown of computer versus human facial choreographic capabilities– unveils an as yet unknown expressive potential of the human facial hardware and discusses its political ramifications.

    The Perfect Paul video-installation is a recorded lecture/performance where the artist’s face is controlled by a digital computer. Perfect Paul wittingly demonstrates that humans are not able to fully utilize the magnificent expressive capabilities of their own faces. Paul proposes a new era of facial choreography is imminent when humans would allow digital computers to take control over their faces.

    On a rare occasion, Elsenaar will perform his award-winning Perfect Paul performance live at the Frankenstein Symposium on 22 October 2018 in NatLab.

    About Arthur Elsenaar
    Arthur Elsenaar is an artist, researcher, electrical engineer, radio DJ and facial hacker. Since 1993, Elsenaar has investigated the computer-controlled human face as a site for artistic expression. He holds a Ph.D. in Art and Design from Nottingham Trent University in the UK on the topic of electro-facial choreography. Elsenaar’s work has been shown worldwide and has been acquired by the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. He is also a lecturer at the ArtScience Interfaculty of The Royal Academy of Art and Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

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