The more our fundamentally broken (and currently #shutdesfuckdown) system of government ignores citizens’ right to privacy and automates surveillance without probable cause, the more our fashion choices will showcase the futility of our attempts to escape. Case in point, CV Dazzle’s asymmetrical makeup and facially-obscuring hairstyles, conceived to foil facial recognition technology.
The latest in this succession of well-intended but functionally questionable apropos design-cum-social-statements comes from Simone Niquille’s REALFACE Glamoflage t-shirts, part of facevalue, which are supposed to confuse the maligned Facebook autotagging feature that uses unique facial recognition algorithms to tag users in other people’s photos. They purport to do this via prints made from realistically-rendered celebrity lookalike faces for the software to pick up on (like Britney Spears and Michael Jackson), which sounds like it could just as easily be done with a Wil Fry jersey or Lil B #based collection sublimation tee, and doesn’t actually hide the user’s identity. The idea is cute, but ultimately depressing, as visually it reminds us that newness of intent doesn’t always manifest itself in the product, and big brother is always watching.