(in)visible, (in)vincible masks

メディア・インスタレーション | media-installation



“(in) visible, (in) vincible masks” is an interactive installation with realtime video fed by surveillance cameras. The face detection system recognizes the viewer’s eyes and captures and plays back images of them. This system is not affected by face masks.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become commonplace to wear a mask to protect yourself from the virus. However, there have been cases of seeing many face masks before that.
In 2019, during the democratization movement in Hong Kong, many people participating wore face masks. This was to prevent their identity from being identified by facial recognition cameras.
Now, the democratization movement in Hong Kong has been suppressed in effect, and due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the technology of recognizing faces wearing masks is being developed. In the near future, it will be able to recognize a person by capturing images of only the eyes.
In Japan as well, the use of technology by those in power is on the agenda, such as the “Super City” concept. Technological advances bring convenience in the short term, but at the same time have the potential to threaten freedom.