Referential Gaze

Referential Gaze
Still Image
Bang Geul Han
Using various online facial analysis services, the series blurs facial elements and reformulates the human gaze into legible, quantifiable data. Pondering the implications of the quantification of everything the work presents a scenario where the women's thoughts and desires are considered as something incomprehensible and illogical therefore needing interpretation and analysis aided by algorithms. The chosen film stills (one from Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1960 L’Avventura, and the other from Wong Kar-wai’s 2000 In the Mood for Love) present moments of emotional complexity that weave together love, morality and desire. The original facial features have been digitally removed and replaced by the somewhat cryptic and numerical results of the analyses returned by the facial detection software applications. These results were then cut out using a die cutter and glued on top of the face. Clouded parts on the face operate as the backdrop to show numerical result processed by a facial analysis software program, emphasizing the reality in which autonomous emotional expressions of women are repressed.