An art and technology installation displays a humorous take on biometric systems.

One of the standout installations at the ongoing STRP art and technology festival in the Netherlands is the Physiognomic Scrutinizer created by Dutch artist Marnix de Nijs.

The project is possibly meant as a spoof on biometric systems and is set up as a brightly lit security gate equipped with a camera, speakers and an LCD monitor. When a visitor walks through the gate, the installation analyzes his face, but instead of identifying him as conventional biometric systems do, it uses the visitor’s facial features to link him to one of the notorious profiles stored in its database. Based on its match, the system announces the visitor’s ‘past deeds’ and accusations for everyone around to hear, besides publicly displaying the entire comparison with the matched infamous personality on the screen.

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