The Irresistible Powers of Silent Talking (2021)

Andrius Arutiunian

Werkleitz Festival 2021 move to ... © Werkleitz, photo Falk Wenzel
Werkleitz Festival 2021 move to ... © Werkleitz, photo Falk Wenzel
Werkleitz Festival 2021 move to ... © Werkleitz, photo Falk Wenzel
Werkleitz Festival 2021 move to ... © Werkleitz, photo Falk Wenzel
Silent Talking (Kazuo Ishiguro

The Irresistible Powers of Silent Talking is an installation investigating automated deception recognition systems and their use in border surveillance. It is based on the iBorderCtrl algorithm which was developed to scan the facial micro-expressions of migrants entering the EU. After a person has first been interviewed by the virtual avatar, iBorderCtrl determines the level of their veracity using an undisclosed set of criteria. Essentially, it makes decisions based on algorithmic assumptions about truth or deceit.

In The Irresistible Powers of Silent Talking, this system is recreated and put under duress itself. In the installation, a remodelled iBorderCtrl avatar is rendered voiceless and is placed within a speculative digital environment. The algorithmically generated multi-channel sound responds to the micro-expressions of the avatar. It maps supposed verity deviations with responsive changes in sound frequency and amplitude.

Genre
closedCircuitInstallation
soundArtInstallation
singleScreenVideoInstallationSculpture
Methods
aIMachineLearning
Themes
Art And Science
artificialIntelligence
algorithm
Body And Human
facialexpression
Power And Politics
surveillance
governance
discrimination
authority
politics
Society And Culture
migration
Technology And Innovation
migration
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