It's all about the feelings... (TramwayTV)

Beverley Hood* (Artist), Pauline Goldsmith (Performer)

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

Abstract / Description of output

It’s all about the feelings… is a project about emotion. Specifically, how emerging Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies attempt to read our emotions.

Sentiment recognition systems are used as tools to help companies understand user interactions on mobile, website, gaming and educational platforms. Pitched as capturing ‘real-time emotion’ and ‘non-conscious responses’, these systems use face recognition to map facial expressions, with natural language processing and biometrics, to systematically identify users affective states i.e. emotion. However, AI systems are not without bias and problematic standardisation, which potentially reinforce privileges and inequalities, racism, sexism, ageism and western cultural bias.

This event was an open rehearsal for TramwayTV, of a digital performance pilot, bringing together artist Beverley Hood and actor Pauline Goldsmith who have worked with AI, affective computing and psychology researchers, to explore ways to make visible the algorithmic biases and limitations of sentiment recognition systems, as they attempt to read us. The event playfully interrogated how AI maps actors’ emotive expression within different acting techniques, unpicking complex issues about AI’s reductive methods of standardisation, categorisation and bias in amplifying privileges and inequalities around race, sex, gender, age and ability.

This project is supported by the TramwaySupports programme, Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2022


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