Cloud Face (selected image), 2012, Camera, face detection algorithm and custom software, Pigment print, Variable dimensions.

Humans see figures in clouds: animals, faces and even god. This kind of perception also appears in machine vision. Face-detection algorithms sometimes find faces where there are not any.

'Cloud Face' is a collection of cloud images that are recognized as human faces by a face-detection algorithm. It is a result of machine vision’s error but they often look like faces to human eyes too. Humans, yet, know these are not actual faces. Humans rather imagine faces from the clouds. Here, the error of machines and the imagination of humans meet.

  • Cloud Face (documentation video), 2012.

  • Cloud Face (detection process), 2012.


  • Cloud Face (selected image), 2012.

  • Cloud Face (selected image), 2012.

  • Cloud Face (selected image), 2012.

  • Cloud Face (selected image), 2012.


  • Cloud Face (installation view), 2012, Pigment print on Cotton Rag Paper, 200 cm x 80 cm.

  • Cloud Face (installation view at Ars Electronica Center, 2014-present), 2012, Pigment print on DIBOND,
    composition of 50 images, 100 x 100 cm each.