Exhibitions/ Art Object

Not Human

Brandon Lattu (American, born 1970)
Single-channel digital video, color, silent, 51 min.
Variable Media
Credit Line:
Purchase, Henry Nias Foundation Inc. Gift and Vital Projects Fund Inc. Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2013
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Rights and Reproduction:
© Brandon Lattu
Not on view
In this video, Lattu fed thousands of his photographs into facial recognition software and let it go to work. Unable to distinguish between faces in the pictures and representations of faces in street signage, the program performs its own limitations and its frightening potentiality. It also casts a retroactive glance at earlier attempts by artists and scientists to create taxonomies of culture based on the appearances of its constituents while suggesting that the public sphere in our own time has been hollowed out and dehumanized in favor of spectacle and surveillance.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Everyday Epiphanies: Photography and Daily Life Since 1969," June 25, 2013–January 26, 2014.

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