Sponge, 2018.

This sponge displays a live running average of all the faces which have viewed it. Every 10 seconds, it checks for new faces to soak up and incorporate into a new average. It is an absorbant index saturated by its own process of becoming.

This sponge asks the question of who gets to view art, and who is surveilled while viewing art. If displayed in an institution where one must pay to access it, it would turn into a white face. And increasingly, art institutions are turning towards surveillance as a means to collect data about those groups who are able to view their art. Sponge cuts out the middle man, putting that data directly on display.

This sponge was made using DLIB and OPENCV.

this is in animation of the changing average over 30 minutes of heavy viewing.

these are the faces used in the averages above