Pattern recognition. content-aware.tumblr.com
“Content Aware” is named after the content-aware fill feature introduced in Photoshop CS5: In this image-series I began collecting in 2011 the very meaning (and content) of each image is questioned by subverting the basic correlation of figure (or foreground) and background, and jamming some of the primary given assumptions about identity, faciality, body and gender.
Portraits of female and male models downloaded from casual fashion and culture websites are edited semi-automatically via the “content aware” fill in photoshop: the gesture is a single one, almost identical every time, where the whole (human) figure is selected and the software is let free to apply its algorithmic vision.
The content aware tool, heir to the clone-stamp and patch tools, is a well known and highly employed utility in contemporary image making, especially among those working in fashion/editorial/advertising post-production and with the human body in general; the software features a proprietary algorithm that reconstruct any selected area pixel-perfect according to its surrounding context. When the foreground is blended, absorbed, or equalised into the background, sometimes a ghostly presence, or a shady silhouette remains, while at some other times the inhuman feel of algorithmic (re)construction drives the image beyond the point of recognition into deeper abstraction.
There is a reverse pairing to these set of images: each one is captioned with a name and an address, a fake name generated randomly by the infamous website fakenamegenerator.com, again driven by an algorithm that accordingly to a given set of parameters outputs a plausibly believable name, address, social security number, birthdate, employment, basic physical features, and more.