Clément Lambelet: Happiness is the only true emotion

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Each photo you post on Facebook or Instagram is checked by an algorithm that recognizes your emotions. How would you feel if you knew that this process is essentially flawed?

With the rapid development of artificial intelligence, systems capable of recognizing and interpreting human emotions are spreading throughout our society. In Happiness, the only true emotion– artist Clément Lambelet deconstructs this new phenomenon of population control and criticisms its generalisation through all social networks, but also in recruitment software, shopping centres and airports that use such algorithms.

For Happiness is the only true emotion he hijacked a series of portraits created by Stirling University in Scotland. Each of the actors in this database of emotions plays the six universal human emotions. The artist has selected one expression per subject and reframed the photographs to retain only the face. Then he had subjectively modified the matter of the images in order to make these surfaces even more expressive. These portraits become vectors of emotions. Each image is then submitted to Microsoft’s Face API, the leading algorithm in the field, to test its accuracy. The system only recognized happiness with certainty.

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title

Happiness is the only true emotion

photographer

Clément Lambelet

text

Afterward by David Le Breton

design

Nicolas Polli

publisher

RVB Books

ISBN
year
binding

otabind

size

15.2 x 19 cm

pages

244 p.

illustrations

263 colour photographs

language

English

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