The futures of our identities are interlaced with the construction of our digital selves. Fictional Journal discusses with designer and researcher Simone C. Niquille.
Everyday Facial Yoga reconciles our human relationship to our facial expressions, movements, facial muscles and nerves with those of a machine. The film depicts a speculative facial yoga tutorial lead by Animoji avatars, who teach a series of exercises that train facial muscles to allow the user to better manipulate and control their face in front of emotional recognition devices.
This work was inspired by the discovery of a patent1 Facebook filed in 2018 that would read users facial expressions to create correlating animal and emotional ‘masks’ such as ‘Angry Bird’ and ‘Happy Panda’. The film was developed as part of an investigation into emotional recognition software and biometric data collection, protection and disruption__
Legrand Jäger is a critical design practice based between Berlin and London. Guillemette Legrand and Eva Jäger graduated as a duo from their MA at Design Academy Eindhoven in ‘contextual design’ and have continued to interrogate culture with their research-driven, critical design practice that investigates how the designed world, especially new technology, is shaping ethics. Their film, performance, soundscapes and objects have been shown across Europe in museums such as Palais de Tokyo, Van Abbe Museum, Pera Müzesi, and Design Museum London. They are currently designers in residence at the Design Museum London focusing on Dwelling through the lens of the smart home device.