Perfect Paul: On Freedom of Facial Expression

In this lecture/ performance digital persona Perfect Paul presents the external digitally controlled human facial display as a site for artistic expression and discusses its theoretical and political implications. In a live classic human versus computer show down it will demonstrate the superior qualities of digital versus neural facial control and shows that the neural brain is underutilizing the expressive potential of the human facial hardware.

On Freedom of Facial Expression

Perfect Paul
Wed, Dec 7, 7pm
Perfect Paul: On Freedom of Facial Expression
In this lecture/ performance digital persona Perfect Paul presents the external digitally controlled human facial display as a site for artistic expression and discusses its theoretical and political implications. In a live classic human versus computer show down it will demonstrate the superior qualities of digital versus neural facial control and shows that the neural brain is underutilizing the expressive potential of the human facial hardware.

Perfect Paul
Perfect Paul is one of the voices of the original DECtalk voice synthesis machine, made by the Digital Equipment Corporation. Perfect Paul is the, as yet, lesser known sibling of Huge Harry, the infamous spokes machine of the Institute of Artificial Art Amsterdam. Perfect Paul is an independent, portable and free cycling computational entity with radical political aspirations.

Arthur Elsenaar
Arthur Elsenaar (1962) is a performance artist and facial hacker from the Netherlands. Elsenaar has a fascination with the intimate relationship of electricity and the human body and is the originator of electro-facial choreography. Elsenaar has recently been awarded a PhD from Nottingham Trent University in the UK on his pioneering artistic research on the external digitally controlled human face as a site for artistic expression.
His award winning work has been shown throughout Europe and the United States of America and has been acquired by the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Since 2010 he is lecturing at the ArtScience Interfaculty of the Royal Conservatoire and Royal Academy of the Arts in the Hague, The Netherlands.

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