Gaze Relations illustrates the difference between how the human eye and computer vision algorithms perceive the body. Gaze-tracking software records where the viewer is looking and reconstructs the gaze path, demonstrating the complexity and nuances of human perception. In contrast, computer surveillance employs body detection algorithms to reduce the human form to a set of simple, rectangular patterns that represent a computational model of a body. Displayed on two identical high-resolution monitors, this unconventional comparison reveals the mechanics and underlying processes of human and machine vision that normally go unseen.
Tony Assi is an artist, performer, and designer working at the intersection of visual art and computer vision. His work demonstrates art practice as an interdisciplinary approach to using software critically and creatively to investigate social and technological phenomena.