Facial Recognition versus the Liminal Portrait

What impact could the use of facial recognition technology in public spaces have on our right to protest?

This commission by the University of Exeter (Arts & Culture) has allowed me to work with protesters to explore this question through portraiture. I’ve had access to the academic researchers at the University of Exeter and it’s led me to meet with people outside the university and working in the business of facial recognition technologies.

I’ve kept a blog at www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/automatic-facial-recognition-and-the-liminal-portrait/.

This commission has been a collaboration with the five protesters, screenprinter & artist George Barron (Double Elephant Print Workshop), jeweller and paper artist Alysa Freeman, and photographer Rob Darch.

There’s much to be said on the subject, and the current debate is dynamic. Here is a list of links to reports and articles.

Independent Report on the London Metropolitan Police Service’s Trial of Facial Recognition Technology

The Moral Maze: Surveillance and Human Freedom (Radio Four)

Your Protest Rights: Liberty

Facial Recognition in the States by Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology

Guidance from the Surveillance Camera Commissioner to Police Forces on the use of facial recognition

London Policing Ethics Panel report on use of live facial recognition

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