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In having a computer draw a Nigaoe, we were reproducing how a human artist draws a Nigaoe by understanding the processes inside the human brain such as what “similar” means, and how the human face is recognized.
This project is entirely different from an approach that involves drawing a picture based on a photograph. Rather, it is based on research into quantifying human features, so it is not at all efficient if we sought only the results of making a Nigaoe. As this was at the basis of our research, we have been able to anticipate various applications beyond our research as new questions and hypotheses came to light.
While it is the result of logic, the impression one receives from a Nigaoe drawn by a computer is ambiguous in that it looks somewhat similar to the subject. The computer captures the subject’s features. This is similar to the impression one receives from seeing a drawing made by a portrait artist possessing his/her own artistic style. The logic, explained simply, is based on how much variation there is from an average face. If we are able to quantify facial features, we should be able to verbalize them as well. What is the variation from the average when you feel somebody is beautiful, as well as in the opposite case? Why does this standard change depending on our history?
We may also theorize about these questions and incorporate the results into our logic.
We hope to engage in discussions on various levels, such as what you wish to achieve by applying this technology, or what you wish to produce in combination with other technology. This may lead to unexpected ideas and new developments.
Our role is to create concepts from ideas, technology, theories, feelings, and images and give suitable shape to them. We often act as consultants, producers, and creative directors, and are adaptable in terms of output, whether it relates to apparels, products, new businesses, IT services, software, advertising, publishing, and events.delilia.co.jp