The proposed artwork consists of responsive portraits enhanced by an AR app showing current algorithms' biases, the alternative crowdsourced database that contributes to a more positive image of Mexican women and a code-generated film. The project is intended for showing in the [museum] public space and for active online use.
The physical responsive portraits reflect the interviews Monica conducted with 100 Mexicans, about racist behaviour they suffered while abroad, and extensive web searches she did on Mexican women in Mexico, the U.S. and the U.K. The internet is not neutral and search results were different geographically.
LatinX photographers will be asked to share positive images of Mexican femmes by uploading them onto our database. The database wouldn't be creating our own bias, it would be balancing the current unbalanced power behind image economy in its exploitation of brown bodies. The prototype database will then be connected to an adversarial network and asked to composite images of Mexican women. Finally, a code generated film will be produced, exploring the ‘new’ images created by the database in collaboration with the public. We hope that by creating a symbolic artistic act to point out specific algorithmic biases, the work will serve as a commentary that a larger technology community can use to find a solution.