Creating my final piece using Processing

The original code for Face Detection uses an image, however I altered this to work on a live video feed, as my installation is to be interactive. It came to my attention that the image on the screen was flipped instead of a mirror, however I desired a mirror effect as people passed by.

facemirror

After changing the width of the box in relation to the screen, and altering the code, I managed to have the face detection box mirroring the audiences positions, however the actual video feed was not. Resolving this was simple, as my initial idea concerned a block colour background the same colour as the facebook default profile picture, as it is my opinion that this colour is easily recognised by those who use facebook.

I then proceeded to upload the default facebook image in place of the rectangle which surrounds the face when detected.

fbpic

http://walyou.com/wp-content/uploads//2010/12/facebook-profile-picture-no-pic-avatar.jpg.

fbpicimage

The addition of the image created the look I desired, replacing peoples faces with the default photo, this portrays my theme of online identities using social media. I believe as people pass by they will easily recognise this as a symbol for facebook, and will question why it is covering their face. The installation should provoke thoughts of how we represent ourselves on social media, and how social media has grown and had such an impact on our lives.

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