The Non-Facial Recognition Project consists of an ever expanding collection of “Digital Age portraits” that aims to subvert facial recognition. I request profile pics or selfies from friends or “friends of friends” on social networks, who agree to my altering the photographs so that they become “unrecognizable” to technology. I post the portraits on a NFR facebook community page after completion. Although the images are never tagged and facebook’s algorithms cannot detect a “face”, when making a portrait I leave in or add elements that signify something about the individual’s personality. Because many of the participants know each other online and/or offline, they are often able to “detect” the identities of others involved with the project.
Participants (from Sep 2011 - Feb 2014): Ruthie Ackerman, Mark Amerika (photo by Francia Nelson), Anthony Antonellis, Katy Balma, Man Bartlett, Thais Benoit, Alexis Scott Berkowitz, Jon Bowman, Susan Briante, Kip Jalal Britton, Stephanie Cepellos, Veronica Cepellos, Joanie Gagnon San Chirico, Ayn Choi, Debra Di Blasi, Eric Doeringer, Mark Edward Kelley Dorf, Brian Dupont, Kianga Ellis, Kristen French, Carla Gannis, Shirley and Murphy Gurganus, Beril Gulcan, Claudia Hart, Shayna Hawkins, Mattie Hillock, Tali Hinkis and Lo'am Oort Lapidus, Ann Hirsch, Barry Hoggard, Faith Holland, GH Hovagimyan, Laura Isaac, Julia Kaganskiy, Elisa Kreisinger, Olympia Lambert, Rollin Leonard, Marne Lucas, Karen Marston, A Bill Miller, Lorna Mills, Carolina A. Miranda, Teah Moe, Chris Moss, Kelani Nichole, Oswald Oliveros aka Featuring Oso, Robert Pearre, Justin Petropoulos, Stephanie Rothenberg, Sandra Ruiz, Maritza Ruiz-Kim, Carol Salmanson, Erik Sanner, Rafia Santana, Rick Silva, Tim Simmonds, Savannah Spirit, Anthony Tognazzini, Clement Valla (photo by Carly Gaebe), Myriam Vanneschi, Angela Washko, Katarina Wong, Giselle Zatonyl