cosmetic robots beautify visitors at saint-etienne design biennale 2015
 
cosmetic robots beautify visitors at saint-etienne design biennale 2015
mar 17, 2015

cosmetic robots beautify visitors at saint-etienne design biennale 2015

cosmetic robots beautify visitors at saint-etienne design biennale 2015
all images courtesy of maya pindeus 

 

 

 

how should we think of beauty in the age of digital manipulation? if judgements are resigned to simple robot intelligence, would lives be less emotionally complicated, less vain? computers and machines are programmed perfectionists, unable to comprehend the uniqueness and irregularities of every human being. 

cosmetic robots beautify visitors at saint-etienne design biennale 2015
exploring the differences between human and machine

 

 

 

‘beautification’ is an interactive installation by viennese designers johanna pichlbauer and maya pindeus. the project aims at sparking conversation about attractiveness and glamour, and how those ideals relate to the ever-growing presence of automation. three machines are given the responsibility of carrying out intimate cosmetic tasks on participants faces. they analyze, sparkle, buzz, and slide over faces following their own secret blueprint. faces become canvases to be painted, guided not by the individual, but by a numerical formula of aesthetics. the exhibit is part of ‘artifact #b‘, curated by noémie bonnet-saint-georges, on display at biennale internationale design saint-etienne 2015.

 

video courtesy of johanna pichlbauer

 

cosmetic robots beautify visitors at saint-etienne design biennale 2015
with determined brush strokes the cosmetic ritual takes its course

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motorized lipstick restless circles leave a red trail across participants

cosmetic robots beautify visitors at saint-etienne design biennale 2015
what if aesthetic judgements are resigned to artificial intelligence?

cosmetic robots beautify visitors at saint-etienne design biennale 2015
the mask completes the ritual

cosmetic robots beautify visitors at saint-etienne design biennale 2015
the installation is part of ‘artifact #b’ at saint-etienne biennale 2015

cosmetic robots beautify visitors at saint-etienne design biennale 2015
visitors engaging with the cosmetic brush

cosmetic robots beautify visitors at saint-etienne design biennale 2015
detail of makeup brush 

cosmetic robots beautify visitors at saint-etienne design biennale 2015
‘beautification’ 

 

 

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