Cloud Face


Shinseungback Kimyonghun
Cloud Face

Scanning clouds in the sky and spotting their resemblance to animals, fairy-tale creatures, people’s faces and all sorts of things—everyone’s done that at one time or other. In each photo displayed on a wall, a computer—or, actually, facial recognition software—discovered human faces. Is that due to an error in the program? Or does it mean that the software functions especially well?

A Korean duo—computer specialist Shin Seung Back and artist Kim Yong Hun—collaborated to produce this work. Their aim: gaining insight into the essence of digital life. Their approach: coming to terms with the essence of technology and of human beings. Several of their works deal with the fact that computers not only enable us to see a great deal, but that they (can) in numerous instances also take on the task of recognizing and assessing what’s seen.

Several works by Shinseungback Kimyonghun, the Featured Artists at the 2014 Ars Electronica Festival, are featured in the “technē – The Interplay of Art and Technology” exhibition on display throughout several levels of the Museum.

Shinseungback Kimyonghun (KR), 2012