Re:FACE (Portrait Sequencer), Anchorage Version

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Re:FACE [Portrait Sequencer], Anchorage Version (2010, by Golan Levin and Zachary Lieberman) is an interactive video installation commissioned by the Municipality of Anchorage 1% for Art Program, for permanent display over the entryways of Anchorage East High School, Alaska.

Based on the Victorian “Exquisite Corpse” parlor game, the Re:FACE installation records and dynamically recombines brief video slices of its participants’ mouths, eyes and brows. In this version of the installation, six large LCD screens — four over the school’s North entrance, and two over the South — present an endless remix of face videos created by the students at East High. Students can record their face videos using the project’s custom Capture Station, located in the school’s library.

Anchorage East High School has one of the most diverse student populations in the United States. Re:FACE playfully reflects this “melting pot”, presenting an ever-changing kinetic display that blends the students’ personalities and genetic traits into a generative group portrait of the people in the project’s locale. The result “puts a face on the building”, vibrantly projecting the school’s character outwards towards the nearby city traffic.

Artwork concept and software development: Tmema (Golan Levin & Zachary Lieberman)
Project champion: Jocelyn Young, Municipality of Anchorage 1% for Art Program
Online video approval system: Stephen Varga
Additional management scripts: Ito Takayuki
Photo/video documentation: Kevin G. Smith
Site AV management: Imig AV, Anchorage
Re:FACE was built in openFrameworks


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