Which one is true? 何為真實?

Which one is true?​​

Reality has become more precious with the advent of artificial intelligence.

We are now living in the era of post-truth and is bombarded by fake news and manipulated by social media. With the advent and popularization of artificial intelligence used for facial recognition, tracking, and prediction, these AI tools can be used to easily swap people’s faces in videos and fabricate people in videos, making it nearly impossible to tell the real from the fake. The saying “Seeing is believing" is probably no longer so reliable.

Which One is true? is an interactive robotic installation that uses the technology of facial recognition and tracking to interact with the audience. The robotic installation follows and tracks the audience and then proceeds to capture images of them and record them. The participants’ faces are then stored in a databank and composited to form images with their faces altered. The images with the altered faces are then projected and displayed at the same time with the actual faces of the participants. The participant’s’ real faces, their composited faces, and the faces of other participants are then projected and displayed inside the exhibition space at random. As the real faces continue to alternate with the fabricated faces and as the artwork continues to document throughout the exhibition, the process of digitalization raises the question of “which one is true?" in this post-truth era.

2019, Interactive mechanism, Depend on the space




《何為真實 ? 》互動機械裝置,透過人臉辨識與追蹤技術與參與者產生互動,機械裝置會跟隨與追蹤觀眾的臉,並且捕捉與拍攝,將所有參與者的臉儲存紀錄到資料庫中進行人臉合成,自動生成換臉影像,並將換臉的影像與真實拍攝參與者的影像,同時投射與展示在空間,參與者將會看見自己真實影像的臉、合成後影像的臉,以及其它參與者的臉,隨機出現在空間中,不斷變化的真假面孔和不斷的紀錄活動,並在這個生成數字化的後真相社會中提出什麼是真實?



as a media+digital+interactive artist and scholar, Yun-Ju Chen specializes in practice and research in new media art.