Faces in a gallery:
Future Face is a major exhibition now on at The Science Museum. It surveys a variety of emerging themes, including medical reconstruction, face evaluation and face-recognition tech. It doesn’t concentrate only on “virtual faces”, although the complementary Perfectly Real exhibition over at Waterman’s Gallery covers that. The vision of images of artificial ‘humans’ is obviously in the zeitgeist; October’s Playboy magazine features nude “virtual models” rendered on a computer, the latest New Scientist magazine has a “virtual girl” on the front cover, and Tashen have a book out called Digital Beauties. Quite how photorealistic still-images will get in the next ten years – on a standard desktop machine – is open to debate.