Happiness is the only true emotion

2016 – 2019

Happiness is the only true emotion - © Clément Lambelet

Happiness is the only true emotion

Installation & Edition
2016 – 2019

Informations

Each photo you post on Facebook or Instagram is checked by an algorithm that recognizes your emotions. How would you feel if you knew that this process is essentially flawed?

With the rapid development of artificial intelligence, systems capable of recognizing and interpreting human emotions are spreading throughout our society. In Happiness is the only true emotion, artist Clément Lambelet deconstructs this new phenomenon of population control and criticises its generalisation through all social networks, but also in recruitment software, shopping centres and airports that use such algorithms.

For Happiness is the only true emotion he hijacked a series of portraits created by Stirling University in Scotland. Each of the actors in this database of emotions plays the six universal human emotions. The artist has selected one expression per subject and reframed the photographs to retain only the face. Then he had subjectively modified the matter of the images in order to make these surfaces even more expressive. These portraits become vectors of emotions. Each image is then submitted to Microsoft’s Face API, the leading algorithm in the field, to test its accuracy. The system only recognized happiness with certainty.

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Happiness is the only true emotion was published by RVB Books in September 2019.

More information on the book

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Happiness is the only true emotion is part of the installation Collateral Visions which explores human singularity inside algorithmic and computer visions.

    Exhibitions

  1. 2019
    1. When the Air Becomes Electric,

      Centre de la photographie, Geneva, CH,

      01/05 – 02/06

  2. 2018
    1. Presence Festival,

      FotoDepartament, Saint Petersburg, RU,

      03/10 – 12/10

    2. Krakow Photomonth (solo show),

      ZPAF Gallery, Krakow, PL,

      25/05 – 24/06

    3. Foam Talent 2017,

      Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, DE,

      24/05 – 26/08

    4. Foam Talent 2017,

      Red Hook Labs, New-York City, USA,

      22/03 – 08/04

  3. 2017
    1. Foam Talent 2017,

      Les Atelier Néerlandais, Paris, FR,

      09/11 – 12/11

    2. Foam Talent 2017,

      Foam Museum, Amsterdam, NL,

      01/09 – 12/11

    3. Swiss Design Awards 2017,

      Halle 3, Basel, CH,

      13/06 – 18/06

    4. Watched! Surveillance, Art & Photography,

      C/O Berlin, DE,

      18/02 – 23/04

    5. Plat(t)form 2017,

      Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH,

      27/01 – 29/01

  4. 2016
    1. Diplomas Exhibition 2016,

      ECAL, Renens, CH,

      30/09 – 14/10

© Clément Lambelet / ECAL

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Happiness is the only true emotion - © Clément Lambelet
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Framed inkjet print and lettering on glass,

80 x 100 cm

 

When the air become electric,

Centre de la photographie de Genève, Geneva, CH

curated by Marco Poloni

1 May – 2 June 2019

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Happiness is the only true emotion in Foam Talent 2017

Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, DE

curated by Hinde Haest

24 May – 26 August 2018

Edition

Happiness is the only true emotion

Published by RVB BOOKS, Paris in September 2019

with the support of Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council.

 

Afterword by David Le Breton.

Graphic design by Nicolas Polli.

 

 

Project informations

 

 

15.2 x 19 cm

Soft cover

Otabind

544 pages

263 colour photographs

ISBN: 979-10-90306-89-9

 

Price : 38 €

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Happiness is the only true emotion - edition - © Clément Lambelet
Happiness is the only true emotion - edition - © Clément Lambelet