The manic recreation of skin pores, subsurface blood vessels, and tear light refractions in evinces that simulating reality to the point of deception is recognized as a benchmark to computer graphics’ capabilities. Referred to as “photorealistic CGI,” the term neglects critical discussions in photographic discourse on representation, truth, and framing. Ironically, in CGI, “photorealism” refers to images that successfully deceive the viewer. These types of visuals are certainly not the only kind that can be produced with CGI. On the contrary: the technology invites for reality to be surpassed. However, an effective photorealistic image most effectively speaks to the technical sophistication of the software, the author’s craft, and their hardware resources. It is a muscle flex, and a receipt of the available production budget.

One reviewer complimented the character’s facial expressions during “extreme emotions” but otherwise felt the characters were lifeless: “you can knock, but nobody’s home.” Polar Express fell into the visual gap between caricature animation and photorealistic imitation that left viewers uneasy.

connect to: digital spectacle, emotion and affect

TSA has since defended the accuracy of SPOT, and funded a research into micro expressions’ ability to act as detector of malicious intent in 2018.

disguising prejudice in scientific diagrams

its coded rationality can bear harmful consequences affecting real lives. Furthermore, the research takes for granted that sexual orientation is indeed to be divided up into categories, rather than being a spectrum that encompasses more attributes than might be visible in a person's photograph or their presenting gender.

Gradually, FACS became the standard tool to scrutinize the human face, trickling from academic research to real world application. It's claim to universal applicability makes it the perfect foundation for building globally marketable products.

Employing automation will not ease the burden of interpretation or offer further insight.

The ambition to create a global, general applicable product might makes sense in terms of marketing, but it is a trap for discrimination, especially when encoded into automated systems.

How to act “natural” while also performing facial expressions that register positively? How to succeed in an interview when the conversation is not a negotiation but a one-way interrogation?

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