an AI-driven photo booth
Artificial intelligence technology is being heavily utilized in the modern media landscape. Algorithmically acquired data of our every move has become a commodity. This exhibit implements AI through a tangible situation to convey AI's advance into the physical realm.
PURPOSETechnical exploration / R&D
PHOTOSWillem Rabe, NEOANALOG
For an AI to gain significant power it needs data. Lots of data.
We needed to devise a situation that would feel intimate while being publicly accessible, fully controllable and highly ritualistic without alienating large chunks of the population.
We chose the photo booth as a scenario. It enabled us to create a private context within a public space, is fully controllable, carries a positive cultural connotation and presents a low threshold for engagement, allowing for maximum user throughput and thereby bandwidth.
Using cutting-edge technology – and power drills – we built the proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing.
A welcoming photo booth inviting participation, equipped with motion sensors and cameras that can, and will, record your every move while casually conducting a psycho-diagnostic test on you that will not only shape its knowledge about you but also a number of people that sat in the unassuming cabinet before you. Over time Portraitor will refine its understanding of every entity it ever encountered. Should you by chance set foot into it again it may very well recognize you.
For two weeks in 2014, Portraitor was on display at Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum and MAKK, Cologne. It got to know 584 individuals, some of which sought its presence more than once.