False Positives, False Negatives

Jane & Louise Wilson’s digital photograph False Positives, False Negatives, 2011, is a portrait of both artists side by side with black and white make-up on each their faces known as ‘dazzle camouflage’. Dazzle camouflage in the form of face-painting is known to scramble face recognition software widely used in public digital surveillance photography, including border controls at airports and CCTV. The markings on faces break apart the general figurative properties of the human face and make it undetectable to the computer-vision algorithms used in face detection.

False Positives, False Negatives, 2011, is one of a series of images accompanying the film Face Scripting: What did the Building See?. The latter deals with the assassination of Hamas operative Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh by Mossad agents in a hotel in Dubai, in January 2010. The artists display extensive CCTV footage of the event next to a detailed examination of the hotel itself.

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