You Cannot See Me is a real-time interactive installation that presents a playful and uncanny transformation of its visitors’ face and voice. Proposing the idea of censorship in a digital age, this installation sees the censorship as two contrary ideas: privacy and honesty.
Privacy is about how we protect the identity on who we really are. Social media transcend its user to share who we are and what we are doing, yet it could backfire when people wrongly understand what we were share. Public defamation could easily do now in the digital age, the internet, and social media no longer become all “positive-place” for appreciation and moment sharing. It is a gore scene when we are beating up each other’s personas. Even if one’s profile is looking good on media, could we rely our trust?
The second idea is an answer to the question above. Quoting Oscar Wilde, “Give a man a mask and he will show his true face”, people always tend to be honest if their privacy is secured. A digital mask, anonymity, and lastly being practice: a right to be forgotten. The issue has arisen from the desires of individuals to determine the development of their life autonomously, without being perpetually or periodically stigmatized as a consequence of a specific action performed in the past. Right to be forgotten has been put into discussion and practice since 2006 in Europe. More to this the European Commission have been ruling out its view on the law, resumed on data protection factsheet.
All mentioned ideas above are translated into You Cannot See Me installation, where everybody is free to talk about everything if they’re giving the space without sacrificing their privacy. It tracked people faces and scrambled its data to make a pixelated face while also the frequency of their voice is also shifted to cover its real voice. The more people around the installation, the more scrambled the data.
Unexpectedly this installation gathers number of people and makes people share the their “bad story”, which turn to be funny. It has been shown in Bandung International Digital Art Festival 2016.
Elian Daiva – Lead Researcher, Face tracking and pixelation module
Adityo Pratomo – Voice frequency shifter module
This project is commissioned by Labtek Indie
all codes are posted on https://github.com/elianalien/You-Cannot-See-Me