2017 was the year the Design department at Goldsmiths launched its new, post-disciplinary MA in Design: Expanded Practice. For their first brief on the programme, students were asked to work in teams and approach museums from a different perspective: Musée des Refusés, a space in which what is rejected by museums, cultural institutions and/or by society as a whole may claim attention.
One of the teams decided to take a deeper look at mass surveillance in public spaces and how it could be disrupted. Fivos Avgerinos, Riya Gokharu, Wonji Jeong, Erin Liu and Anastasiya Vodolagina created masks that can ‘trick’ facial recognition software used in surveillance cameras, and in the process, help us question why we have become so accepting of mass surveillance in the first place.
What does the mask do, exactly?
Erin: “Biometric facial recognition works by mapping certain landmarks onto your face which are called nodal points, measuring the distance between the eyes, the width of the nose, the shape of the cheekbones and the shape of the jawline. The mask tricks facial recognition software into believing those landmarks are elsewhere, which gives them false results.”Read More »
Last week, the 2017 graduating class of the MA in Interaction Design exhibited their final projects, alongside work by current students of the MA in Design: Expanded Practice.
Interaction Design graduates have reached the end of a 15-month programme, and their output reflects the diversity of their perspectives and approaches, with projects tackling topics as varied as redefining the limits of architecture, Saudi futurism, or measuring time through a drawing machine.
Meanwhile, the very first cohort of Expanded Practice students are responding to the Musée de Refusés brief, reinterpreting the museum to showcase objects and ideas rejected by traditional museum spaces. Students worked in groups and offered innovative interpretations, from investigating museum artefacts acquired through colonialism to proposing a museum space where touching the displays is encouraged.