Making Faces

Kate Crawford and I were invited by Prada Mode to create an exhibition and cultural program at the iconic Maxim’s restaurant in Paris. We transformed the space into a story about the history of facial analysis and a reminder of the dark histories from which contemporary facial recognition systems emerge. Pages from 19th Century phrenology and physiognomy textbooks were shown in relation to collections of historical mugshots, “training images” used for facial recognition software development, and patent applications showing contemporary approaches towards facial measurement.

More information about the event and a short interview with Kate and myself is here.