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COMPLETELY AUTOMATED PUBLIC TURING TEST TO TELL COMPUTERS AND HUMANS APART.

Our perception of reality has been altered decisively by the ubiquitous presence of computers and smartphones. It seems as though it is no longer the immediate presence of a person that defines our relationships, but that person’s mediated presence on our screens. On the other hand, this presence is precarious, as the machine constantly forces us to produce evidence that we genuinely are the authorized user in question. Automatic authentication processes have therefore become a fixed part of our daily lives. They constantly mediate between ourselves and the digital world, which has become essential to our existence.

This portrait series (2015) shows individuals standing in front of monochrome color gradients. They are facing away from the viewer. Their eyes are closed or they are staring into an undefined exterior. The images are presented in the 16:9 format currently dominating our mobile phone and television screens, something that is immediately apparent in the landscape shots.

Text and graphic elements have been engraved on the glass used to frame the photographs. These are taken from online questions used to verify user authentication. "What is the first name of the first person you kissed?" or "Who was your childhood hero?" These are questions with easily memorable answers, which should however only be known to the real profile user. In Maak’s works, these kinds of questions and the buttons, input fields and graphics connected to them make the glass visible as a transparent plane between image and viewer. The shadows these carved signs cast on the photograph behind the glass further enhance the impression of mediacy. They visually push the photograph backwards, we now perceive it as an object in space. This makes the space in the photographs, which is fairly undefined by the color gradients, even more so, and the people, most of whom have their backs turned towards us, seem even more distracted.

MW
MW, 2015
GK
GK, 2015
DS
DS, 2015
RAT
RAT, 2015
NF
NF, 2015
SHL
SHL, 2015
HP
HP, 2015
VJ
VJ, 2015
CT
CT, 2015
Untitled
Untitled, 2015
I am tired
I am tired, 2015
DS
DS, 2015
Look (red)
Look (red), 2015
KE
KE, 2015
LOOK
LOOK, 2015
RE
RE, 2015
Mirror Stage
Mirror Stage, 2014
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