Facial hacking: the twisted logic of electro-facial choreography

Elsenaar, J.A., 2010. Facial hacking: the twisted logic of electro-facial choreography. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.


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This research addresses the development of a computational facial language that enables systematic exploration of the external controlled human face with the aim to identify fundamental electro-facial choreographic patterns. Rewiring the human face to an external digital control system, has sparked a radical new way of thinking about the human facial display. Radical, as facial movement is now rooted in digital instead of neural computation. The human face has become an extension of a digital control system inheriting its characteristics: i.e. temporal accuracy, consistency of execution and high programmability. How do we conceptualize the thinking about the human face as a digital computational display device? What are the implications of the “regime change” from neural to digital? The research addresses these issues within the contextual framework where it also originated, in the practice of hacking. It uses the results oriented methods and strategies of hacking to analyze, explore and contextualize the human facial display as a site for digital computational expression. The contributions of this work include the following. 1) External facial control transgresses the neural performance limitations and enables us to think about facial movement from a digital computational choreographic paradigm. 2) A facial language, the Language of Facial E-motion, that allows systematic computational exploration of possible facial movement patterns. Choreologic probing of dynamic face space has brought about unseen facial movement patterns and has uncovered a latent expressive potential of the facial hardware.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Elsenaar, J.A.
Date: 2010
Rights: Except where otherwise noted, content in this thesis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ All images in this thesis fall under the rights of the respective copyright holder.
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:35
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2015 09:35
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/205

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