by Tom Schofield and John Bowers
What does your face say about you? me/asurement was a live interactive artwork that makes statistical inferences from live measurements of peoples faces to produce hypotheses about their lives.
Sourced in biometrics, data mining and current surveillance techniques, this is a contemporary re-imagining of the 19th century pseudo science of ‘phrenology’, in which faculties of the mind, and by extension, personality were thought to be extractable from physical measurements of the head.
Source code for this work can be found here: https://github.com/tomschofield/me_asure
An interview with artist Tom Schofield is here: http://www.thedoublenegative.co.uk/2014/05/the-seditious-potential-of-the-smile-me_asure/