About The Project
Un- : prefix: denoting the absence of a quality or state
Mask: noun: a respirator used to filter inhaled air; a manner or expression that hides one’s true character or feelings.
The project unMask delivers a figurative message in tandem to the literal meaning. Unimaginatively, the COVID-19 coronavirus has forced us to be placed behind masks for the safety of both ourselves and the larger community; The mandate of social distancing has brought us apart from people we know and care about, and phrases such as “times are bad” are muttered under our breaths as we see shifts in economic positions.
Additionally, unMask is beholden to its user to untether the veil with which one places between them and the world. To quote Kierkegaard: “Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour when every one has to throw off his mask?” – articulating that in human nature, one is often guilty of not being transparent with the world they face.
The exposition to the aforementioned motivation culminates in the impetus to display that we are:
- a person strong enough to face the world in its current state; show the world that we are ready to be transparent with the world, and more importantly, ourselves.
- an individual that has the support of the community – the autonomous agents in the software will be able to generate a short piece of music that will be added up to be a greater piece of music from every user’s face.
- a community as we are a unit – the selfies are composited together to show a singular face but with contributions from all the participants.
As a plea to the reader, unMask presents an interaction to this project. Participation provides an avenue for expression towards the greater community an involvement signifying courage to face a newer tomorrow, a better and brighter future for all.
Upload a selfie without a mask, in any background you like, and see what result yields!! This project is developed in collaboration with NUS School of Computing, with special thanks to Professor Terence Sim and Sanjay Saha.