Portrait Landscape, 2015
Video, 10 min
Courtesy of the artist and On Stellar Rays
For Portrait Landscape, John Houck created custom film-editing and facial-recognition software to modify scenes from Michelangelo Antonioni’s classic 1966 film Blow-Up. A series of squares flicker across the screen, pausing briefly on faces and on patterns the program misidentifies as faces, a recurring failure that mirrors the ambivalent and, at times, absurd relationship between seeing and knowing at play in the film.