• Arthur Elsenaar on freedom of facial expression 

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    Posted: 14 September 2018

    The Baltan Laboratories exhibition space currently houses digital persona Perfect Paul, created by artist/researcher Arthur Elsenaar.
    Perfect Paul presents Elsenaar’s 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 and electrical currents. 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.

    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.

    Videography: Victor Nieuwenhuijs


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