Investigating Face Space
A large web based community is currently using this system to make thousands of faces. In addition, these users have the ability to publish and trade faces on the web and even breed their creations with those of other users. Every head or family of heads becomes a local starting point or region in face space. What we have found is that a user will have a strong emotional response to certain faces they encounter (which appears to have cultural underpinnings) and that this emotional attachment continues as they surf that locally related face space. By expanding this system into a full development tool, we hope to better understand these cultural relationships for both specific faces as well as their relationship to other faces in face space. Specifically, we are interested in the following areas:
It is well known that we humans have specific neuro-programming for recognizing and interpreting faces. It is hoped that we can use the face space development system to better understand the conscious and intuitive meaning of faces and the universal language they appear to represent (facial meaning and inter-relationships) for use in the arts, cultural theory and communication..
Acknowledgements: Roger E. Critchlow Jr. for co-authoring the system. John Wentworth and others at the Interactive Institute of Sweden for their support.