Saturday, November 6, 2010

"The First Pass is Relatively Arbitrarily Picked Colors"

From the summer toPost folder is a hurl from Tim with a link to a Chuck Close interview on Colbert:

Which regardless of your opinion of Colbert, is a remarkable interview. First, Close gets Colbert to say toner. Second, Close describes paintings as "colored dirt on a flat surface". Third, Close checks his hand before revealing he suffers from prosopagnosia.

Prosopagnosia is a pretty hard word to remember. I couldn't remember it recently. In a nutshell, it means people have a hard time recognizing and remembering faces:

Meanwhile, there are researchers hard at work on computer face detection. In this case face detetction is being used to drive a mobile user interface for gaming:

And in a related but different direction is given a network of video recorders, the development of systems for face-based search:

But getting back to Chuck Close, it's interesting to consider that his fragmented portraits go from more arbitrary colors to less arbitrary colors from outside to inside of his color cells or pixels.