Flickering Existence

Chang Liu

Flickering Existence is an artwork that includes a series of portraits generated by a computational portraiture tool developed by Chang Liu that facilitates an intimate experience between a participant and the machine.<br />



Flickering Existence is a multi-platform art work that seeks to create an intimate experience between participants and a portraiture engine that generates portraits. The final portraits are collected into a book with personal annotations by the artist.
Each portrait is captured by a camera that acts as the ‘painter’s eyes’. An algorithm serves as the ‘painter’s brush’. Both work together to create an abstraction that emerges into a human form. The final state of the portrait is determined by me, the artist.
With these new computations tools, I hope to capture the specific moment, personality and emotion both of the subjects and me. The portrait’s generation involved music, movement, writing, posture and conversations throughout the process.