In the away from keyboard age, the use of the smartphone’s camera with increasingly sophisticated specifications and the emergence of mobile social networks based on making and image distribution as instagram, has enabled a visual narcissism never before known in other historical period.
The project uses the face recognition software as pretext to generate a series of animated gif images emulating the process, trying to recognize faces on common objects without getting it, moving the subject away from its conventional use and deviating the attention to other kind of images.
Born in Málaga, 1977. Manuel Fernández is a spanish artist based in Madrid.
His artistic practice begins at the intersection of art, popular culture and Internet. He explores the impact of technologies on society and their consequences in the way we perceive and experience reality.
He investigates on new processes involved in the creation and production of the art object, in its distribution, presentation and in their consumption in the era of Internet of things.
Fernández has several works at the Artbase of Rhizome at the New Museum NYC and has been exhibited in the Americas, Europe and Asia, including The Museum of Moving Image, New York, The Armory Show, New York, PHotoespaña Madrid, Art Basel Miami Beach, ARCO Madrid, The Photographers Gallery, London, Galerie Verney-Carron, Lyon, Paradise. A space for screen addiction, Marseille, Xpo Gallery, Paris and Super Dakota, Brussels.
Manuel has been one of the jurors of “ERROR 415” Award in New Media organized by ArtSlant in 2013 and has been awarded with the Beep / ARCO New Media Art Prize in 2014.
His work have been featured in multiple outlets, including El País, Liberation, Triangulation Blog, I like this art, Dazed Digital, FastCo Blog, Complex Blog, O Fluxo Blog, trend magazine Notodo and Minus Space Blog, among others.