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You'll Recognize These Freaky Faces, But Why?

Hint: they're what the Chicago Blackhawks, Freddie Gray, Cecily Strong, NASCAR, the San Antonio Spurs, Wladimir Klitschko, Hayden Panettiere, and UFC 186 all have in common.

by TCP Staff
Apr 27 2015, 4:00pm

The above image was generated from the top Google search

 keywords on April 26, 2015: Blackhawks, Freddie Gray, Cecily Strong, NASCAR, Spurs, Wladimir Klitschko, Hayden Panettiere, UFC 186. Images courtesy the artist, via

What do the Chicago Blackhawks, Freddie Gray, Cecily Strong, NASCAR, the San Antonio Spurs, Wladimir Klitschko, Hayden Panettiere, and UFC 186 all have in common? If you guessed "yesterday's top search keywords," you should probably take a break from the internet, because you're as sharp as Recognised Faces, an application by Kristoffer Ørum that generates a new face from every day's highest-ranked Google search terms. 

In the past, facial recognition has been used to create everything from images of what the average face in a movie looks like to Tony Oursler's haunting video faces. Now, the technology eschews its mass surveillance usage in favor of these creepy composites—not to mention that each daily portrait then becomes Ørum's personal avatar on his personal sites, social networks, and "anywhere else his image might be indexed and scanned for facial features by intelligence agencies, commercial agents or other interested parties," the artist tells The Creators Project. 

"By constructing new faces from parts of the most looked upon images on the internet Recognised Faces creates a snapshot of the flow of data collection and facial recognition that happens daily on the internet," Ørum explains, "thus utilising facial recognition to generate phantomfaces that reflect how computers perceive us as vaguely recognisable patterns in an ocean of data." The idea is to then feed these images back into the 'net in order to destabilize what the NSA or Google thinks Ørum might look like. 

While the resulting images are decidedly uncanny valley inducing (read: Facial Recognition Sees You as a Pattern, Not a Person), it's worth noting that they're basically mixtapes of modern beauty ideals—only, cut'n'pasted in a way that confronts audiences with what Ørum calls "the computer's dispassionate gaze." Stare long enough into Recognised Faces, it seems, and Recognised Faces also stare into you.  

This face was generated using facial recognition on April 24 / 2015 using Google searches on the following top keywords of the day: Grey's Anatomy, Sawyer Sweeten, Chile volcano, Golden State Warriors, Brittney Griner, Mothers Day 2015, Chipotle delivery, Chicago Bulls, Ciara, Whitey Bulger, Loretta Lynch

April 23, 2015: Chile volcano, Bruce Jenner, Earth Day, Earth Day 2015, Spurs, Amy Schumer, Real Madrid, Project Fi, NFL, Jade Helm, Dallas Cowboys Schedule 2015, Reba McEntire, Mary Kate Olsen, Ex Machina, Robert Downey Jr, Mayweather vs Pacquiao, Sandra Bullock, Scott Brooks

April 24, 2015: Cleveland Cavaliers, Grey S Anatomy, Sawyer Sweeten, Golden State Warriors, Chile volcano, Brittney Griner, Mothers Day 2015, Chipotle delivery, Chicago Bulls, Ciara, Whitey Bulger, Loretta Lynch

April 22, 2015: Blackhawks, Bruce Jenner, Amy Schumer, NFL, Dallas Cowboys, Ex Machina, Mayweather vs Pacquiao, Packers Schedule, Spurs, botulism, Earth Day Quiz, Waka Flocka, NFL schedule, Full House, Steve Byrnes, Jessa Duggar, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Administrative Professionals Day, Mothers Day 2015

April 25, 2015: Nepal, Pittsburgh Penguins, Khloe Kardashian, Spurs, Bruce Jenner, Jared Leto, Armenian Genocide, Apple Watch, The Age of Adaline, Blackhawks, Truffle Butter, Blac Chyna, Buck Mason, Houston Rockets, Josh Hamilton, Fast and Furious 8, Statue Of Liberty

April 18, 2015: Jarret Stoll, Blackhawks, Unfriended, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2, Johnny Kemp, True Story, Zayn Malik

April 18, 2015: Unfriended, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2, Johnny Kemp, True Story, Zayn Malik

April 18, 2015: Paul Blart Mall Cop 2, Johnny Kemp, True Story, Zayn Malik

Check out an archive of past Recognised Faces on Tumblr, and keep watch over Ørum's daily new avatars on his website

If you also have an awesome project to share, email us: editor@thecreatorsproject.com

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