Bite Off More Than You Can Chew proposes a reflection on predictive systems and on the secular need of humanity to control the future. The project creates a dialogue between ancient systems of somatic divination and the current use of software for face recognition based on the.
Many disciplines and cultures have explored the possibilities of determining the fate of someone based on physical traits: reading the Samudrika Indian face, Mesopotamian bodily omens, Chinese interpretations of traits, the most modern phrenology and physiognomy. These techniques propose arbitrary readings on the inclinations, personality and future of people, "diagnosing" possible criminals, passive students, unfortunate marriages, lack of luck and more. Face analysis via AI works the same way, but while one predictive system is considered superstitious, the other is seen as a neutral tool.
The inspiration for the project came from the artist’s experience of changing the position of his teeth by wearing braces. Based on the physiognomic hypotheses, modifying the arrangement of his teeth, the artist modifies his destiny. The neural network at the center of the project will be trained by correlating the change in the position of the artist’s teeth to the diary of his life experiences as the teeth moved. By analyzing the movement of each tooth and correlating it with what happened, the network will be able to produce divinatory predictions about the future.
The project narrates a predictive collaboration, reconnecting ancient divination to modern AI systems, revealing their potential and limits.