Identikit online


To create the face of a person, it provides a palette of facial items: eyes, jaw, hair, etc. For each, you pick the one you like, then place and size it appropriately. You can even save your creation.

Source: Ultimate Flash Face

A tender Gulliver

Ron Mueck, Mask II, 2000

Ron Mueck, Mother and Baby, 2001

Ron Mueck, Boy, 1999



Ron Mueck, A Girl, 2006

Born in Australia 1958 – his german parents were toy makers – Ron Mueck lives in London.
He labored until 1997 on children’s television shows and as special effects artist for films as "Labyrinth", a 1986 fantasy epic starring David Bowie, and the Jim Henson series "The Storyteller".
As fine artist he debuted only in 1997 with the collective show "Sensations: Works of art from the Saatchi Collection" to the Royal Accademy in London.

His works are in fiberglass and silicone made naked, enormous, impressive realistic figures – men and women of every age. The great competence in the realization of these figures, of course, originates to Ron Mueck from his profession and here, with their gigantism, acquires rhetorical significance, she stands as monument to reality of the feel, to feeling of life, to inkling and to fear of what awaits us in our crossing of the existence.
Nude people, staged in the moment of greatest vulnerability and loneliness, that in which something maybe not unexpected comes and we realize that this event of existence involves us, just us and now. This is the moment of the awareness.
All these people look something, the focus of this look is a completely mental, emotional.
From birth to death, through puberty, maturity, illness, old age. Sometimes with anger, almost always with troubled acceptance (a physical availability also of the body, almost an offering of the body), with a strange lack of wonder, therefore it was so ... So represents them the sympathetic humanity of Ron Mueck, with the tender irony that portrays the greatest vulnerability as gigantic and monumental figures.

Images source: Wikipedia, Tiscali Photogallery

The Iron man






Shinya Tsukamoto, Tetsuo, the Iron Man, 1989

Tetsuo, the Iron Man - one of the most interesting film I've ever seen, a masterpiece of cyber-punk cinematography. Legendary!

Source: Youtube, Midnight Eye

Faces generator




Mono, Monoface, 2008

An interactive game on the web, a faces generator, that like others on the web fits in a tradition that begins with the nineteenth game-book...

Using the faces of the agency's fifteen employees, the user can exchange their facial features to create some interesting new faces, 759,375 faces to be exact.

Source: Mono

Tender Creatures


Patricia Piccinini, The Embrace


Patricia Piccinini, Hector (on carpet), 2006


Patricia Piccinini, Undivided, 2004


Patricia Piccinini, Nest, 2006


In Another Life is all about possibilities. In another life it would be different, we might say, in another life it might be better, or perhaps worse, in another life we could get it right. In imagining another life we can remake the world as we would prefer, we can create a perfect life without having to see whether it would actually work, we can just trust that it would all turn out.
...
The danger here is to confuse creation with control. Just because we can create and manipulate things does not necessarily mean that we can control our creations. Anyone who dabbles in creation would do well to remember that as soon as something exists we begin to lose our grip on it. For me this freedom is a beautiful thing. When I make a work it means a certain thing to me, and I hope that, to a certain extent, it might communicate that thing to others. Once it is out in the world, its meanings and images begin to proliferate. I have seen the same work used to illustrate both sides of an argument, which I see as a valuable independence from my own opinions. I like this, even though it is and not always in ways that I would prefer.

Patricia Piccinini

Source: Patricia Piccinini

The Double Eye


Olafur Eliasson, Double Eye, 2004


The Double Eye was a graphics project for Berlin based artist Olafur Eliasson.
Olafur Eliasson was born in 1967 in Copenhagen to Icelandic parents. Since 1993 he lives and works in Berlin where he established his Studio, a laboratory that over the trials of the artist is also engaged in architectural designs, and his art gallery. It features on the cover of his new interview book, released in October 2004. It's his eye(s). The work was also published in FRIEZE Magazine in Oct 2005.

Source: Random International, Olaf Ureliasson

Bodies as food and automata


Jan Švankmajer, Darkness/Light/Darkness, 1989


Jan Švankmajer, Food - Lunch, 1992


Jan Švankmajer, Dimensions of Dialogue, Part 1, 1982


Jan Švankmajer, Dimensions of Dialogue, Part 2, 1982


Jan Švankmajer, Dimensions of Dialogue, Part 3, 1982

The world is divided into two unequal camps... those who have never heard of Jan Švankmajer and those who happen upon his work and know that they have come face to face with genius.

New Yorker's Anthony Lane

Source: Youtube

Face fun


Stephen Kroninger, Facefun, 2007


Stephen Kroninger, Face, 2007

Source: Stephen Kroninger, FACEFUN

Looking at faces and remembering them


Jacques Penry, Looking at faces and remembering them. A guide to facial identification, 1971

Jacques Penry was a photographer. Fascinated by facial topography, in 1939 he published his book How to read character from the face. There was, Penry claimed in it, a direct link between any human’s physique and their personality: philosophers, for example, would show a marked development of the lower cheek muscles, while idiots and simpletons would invariably possess a markedly receding forehead. Jacques Penry claimed that he could deduce a person’s character from their face in an instant.
Following the Penry-method of facial classification, he claimed, one could cleanse society of “criminals, mental deficits, neurasthenics and vocational misfits.”
In 1968, Jacques Penry presented his photo-fit system to the Home Office in London. The kits come in wooden boxes, containing narrow paper strips with various facial features and an index listing the contents: eyes, noses, mouths, haircuts, chins, roughly 40 in each category. There are transparencies for add-ons, such as glasses, facial hairs or wrinkles, and a frame on which the individual parts can be assembled.
Photo-FIT was first used in relation to the murder of James Cameron in Islington in October 1970.

Other Jacques Penry's book: The face of man, 1952

Images source: Flickr's shihlun

The democratic self-portrait




Giles Revell, Matt Willey, Photofit - Self Portraits, 2007

Photofit: In providing each sitter with the same tools – a 1970s police Photofit kit, the process by which they created their self-portrait was democratized; the immediate, tactile qualities of the kit enabling them to tell their own story as a likeness falls into place, piece by piece.

Penry’s system might have been inaccurate and ideologically
dubious, but it has qualities that appealed to us when we came up with
this project. Photofit is tactile: you can touch the individual parts with
your own hands and move them about until things click into place – it’s
like creating a puzzle. And it is immediate: there is no person standing
between you and the final picture. We managed to track down a male
and female kit from a Police Museum in Kent and invited a number
of people to assemble their own Photofit self-portrait in Giles’ studio
in Clerkenwell. The end result, we think, is curious. Each portrait tells
a story: it speaks of the hang-ups, insecurities and vanities we all have
about our own appearance. They hint at how deceptive our relationship
with our self-image can be. Jacques Penry claimed that he could deduce
a person’s character from their face in an instant. If nothing else, we
hope that this project shows how the connection between persona
and personality is a lot more complex than that.


Source: Giles Revell, Matt Willey's Studio8design
Other: Canadian magazine Walrus

The mask



Jim Carrey, The mask, 1994

Source: Youtube

Cosmetic identity



Andy Huang, Doll face, 2005

Source: Andrew Huang, Youtube

Are we equal?


Flickr's hira3, Quartet, 2008

Source: hira3 on Flickr

Face-object 1


Flickr's moonbird, Sinking Feeling II, 2006

Source: Flickr, Faces in Places Blog

Cake figurines and other monsters




Jean Lecointre, Turkish Delights, 2003 - 2004


Jean Lecointre, Etat de siège, Libération, Cahier Livres, 1997


Jean Lecointre, Harcèlement électronique, Libération - Cahier Multimédia, 2003


Jean Lecointre, Spécial thriller, Libération, Cahier livres, 1996

Source: Jean Lecointre

Insect women



c-trl Labs, Microvert, 2006

Source: c-trl, Youtube

Alphonse Bertillon



Every measurement slowly reveals the workings of the criminal. Careful observation and patience will reveal the truth.

Alphonse Bertillon (April 24, 1853-February 13, 1914) was a French law enforcement officer and biometrics researcher who created anthropometry, an identification system based on physical measurements. Anthropometry was the first scientific system police used to identify criminals. Until this time, criminals could only be identified based on eyewitness accounts, which are known to be unreliable. The method was eventually supplanted by fingerprinting, but "his other contributions like the mug shot and the systematisation of crime-scene photography remain in place to this day.".
From: Wikipedia

Source: Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body, Criminocorpus, Wikipedia

Biométrie - Le corps identité


Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, Biometrics - The Body as Identity, Paris, 2008

Biometrics - Set of computerised methods for recognising people based on physical characteristics.
Comprises the techniques for measuring human beings and the statistical methods of processing these measurements. In the field of identification, biometrics uses computers to identify or authenticate the identity of a person based on the measurement of at least one physical characteristic (e.g. fingerprint, retinal image, or DNA) that is unique to the individual.

Source: Cité des sciences Paris, Cité des telecoms: Expo biométrie