2020, Online platform
WeAlgo is an online meeting place where participants can communicate through self-designed digital facemasks. It uses facial recognition software to allow users to have face-to-face conversations – without storing their data. By taking the visual language of the algorithmic systems as the starting point for creating the masks, this work makes visible the information that is important to these systems. In this time when we are increasingly finding ourselves in online spaces, WeAlgo also allows its users to maintain a form of anonymity and self-expression. The use of vectors rather than video streaming results in a 95 per cent reduction in bandwidth demand, and therefore CO2 footprint.
Martine Stig― Artist
Martine Stig lives and works in Amsterdam. She studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Art (The Hague) and at the University of Amsterdam, Philosophy. She is interested in the entanglement of image, gaze and technology. Point of departure in her work is the photographic image; the voyeuristic act: photography (verb) and the autonomic product: photo (noun). Whilst using the medium (and moving away from it) she researches its role in the perception of reality.