Random String of Emotion (artist publication)


Emotion recognition software analyse our emotions by deconstructing our facial expressions into temporal segments that produce the expression, called Action Units (AU - developed by prof. Paul Ekman) and deducting them into certain percentages of six basic emotion, happy, sad, angry, surprised, scared and disgusted.

In this publication the artist uses this decoding system to turn the process around. Here - instead of detecting Action Units - a computer is used to generate a random string of these AU’s. In this way complex and maybe even non-existing emotion expressions are discovered. These randomly formed expressions, placed in random order, is then analysed by professional emotion recognition software again. The result is a book which is confronting us with our and the machine way of looking, but which can also help us to visually find an emotion where we don’t have a word for yet.

Printed by 10stuks.nl, available for 40 euro

publication of 368 pages with randomized generated facial expressions analyzed by emotion recognition software. 95x150mm, full color printed. hand bound


Actress: Marina Miller Dessau
Choreography: Marjolein Vogels
Camera: Tim Nowitzki
make up: Rafaela Siqueira
Software: Facereader by Noldus

This project is generously funded by Creative Industry Fund (NL), EMARE grant. And supported by Werkleitz Gesellschaft. The emotion software is FaceReader, with the help of the Usability Lab, Communication and Multimedia Design, Amsterdam University of Applied Science