REALFACE Glamouflage T-shirt collection
25/9/2013 Guestblog by Simone C. Niquille.
The T-shirts are part of my thesis FaceValue.
FaceValue investigates the human face's value in a time of mutating norms and rapid technological advancements.
REALFACE Glamouflage is a collection of T-shirts that serve as a tool for privacy protection that wouldn't require much time to think in the morning, an accessory that would seamlessly fit in your existing everyday. The shirts act as facial recognition dazzle. Dazzle was around during WW1 and a bit during WW2. It did not attempt to conceal but to disrupt and confuse. It was used for ship camouflage and is incredibly beautiful, patterns made up of bold colors and harsh geometric shapes. The shirts attempt a similar strategy. They won't keep your face from being recognized, but it will offer distraction. Their pattern is made up of celebrity impersonators.
The decision of using celebrity impersonators instead of 'the real-deal' is important insofar as it offers an argument against facial recognition. For the most part, celebrity impersonators fool you in thinking who they are in appearance. The shirts comment on the reduction of a person to their appearance and subsequent assumed ability to patternize.
Website of the designer: Technoflesh!