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Creative Lab Remote Residency
David Excoffier

Mon 1 February — Fri 26 February 2021

David Excoffier (b. Switzerland) works across photography, motion capture, performance and product/set design. Projects revolve around the assumption of the biological nature of identity. Through highly speculative fictions, they seek to create and explore new narratives about gender non-conforming identities and synchronicity between humans and non-humans.

During their residency, David will continue a research on AI and violent behaviour detection. As a starting point of this research is a paper called 'Eye in the Sky**: Real-time Drone Surveillance System (DSS) for Violent Individuals Identification', 2018, by Amarjot Singh, Devendra Patil and SN Omkar, three major researchers on surveillance recognition systems. This paper depicts how the orientations between the limbs of the estimated pose are calculated in real-time to identify violent individuals within a crowd.

At the foundation of such technology is the history of vital signs detection, primarily analog systems that determine blood flows or breathing changes, mostly used as lie detector devices. Navigating the history and the future of this kind of technology, David will attempt to uncover the predominantly gender and racial biases embedded in such systems and reimagine future speculations of this technology.

** The chorus of the song 'Eye in the sky' from which the title borrows its name:
I am the eye in the sky
Looking at you
I can read your mind
I am the maker of rules
Dealing with fools
I can cheat you blind
And I don't need to see any more
To know that
I can read your mind, I can read your mind