Virtual Visage

Virtual Visage

Virtual Visage

In today’s world of deep fakes and AI-powered filters, how do we show up as our authentic selves when we connect digitally? Virtual Visage is an interactive light exhibit that encourages us to rethink our use of AI to modify our face for social media. It features a shimmering cube with two smartphone mirrors positioned on opposite sides, representing our real and digitally modified identities.

On one side, a mirror shows an unaltered reflection of our reality. To interact with the exhibit, visitors should tap the ‘send’ button, transforming the mirror into a LED tunnel, symbolizing our transition into the digital world. When visitors walk to the other side of the exhibit, their reflection becomes more distorted as they follow the light. On the other side, the second mirror displays a ‘filtered’ distorted digital self, emphasizing how we often mask our true identity online.

The exhibit features over 10,000 AI-generated faces (made using Generated Photos API), overlayed on the DNA sequence of a gene that affects our facial features (PAX3). Each pixel is colour-coded to represent the four nucleotides of DNA: adenine (A), thymine (T), cytosine (C), and guanine (G); contrasting our diverse genetic makeup against AI-generated photos.

Virtual Visage highlights how easy technology has made it for us to connect with each other, while masking who we truly are, urging participants to take a more authentic and mindful approach to digital self-expression in our interconnected world.


Artists

  • Bitbrainz
    Bitbrainz

    Christina and Binam Kayastha are siblings who specialize in interactive art powered by emerging technologies. Originally from Nepal, they now call Ontario home and are working as software engineers. With a passion for bridging the digital divide, they strive to use computer engineering to invent new, accessible, and magical human-machine interfaces. The first art installation they contributed to was MakeToMove. Showcased at the 2015 Fab11 Festival in Boston, it was an interactive geodesic dome sculpture encouraging physical activity through gesture-based games, musical panels, and exercise machines that activated light and bubble displays. Since then, their innovative prototypes have collectively won over a dozen competitions. Their projects include One Arm Band - a wearable instrument to create music through movement and muscle tension, Holosense - an augmented reality app to empower visually impaired people to see using echolocation, and MyoDraw, a collaborative painting virtual reality app for people with mobility impairments. Building on these experiences, they founded Bitbrainz, a startup focused on multidisciplinary design and development. Through their art, Christina and Binam Kayastha strive to transform how we interact with our devices and the digital ecosystems we live in.

Search

Menu