Elizabeth Parent, Alessia Signorino, 2019
Fides will detect facial landmarks in addition to body warmth to gauge whether the person in front of them is deemed of their trust, disregarding whether the human in front of them trusts them or not, seeing as that it is traditionally the case of humans being the “clients” who must be convinced of trusting their artificial companion with the privacy of their daily tasks.
This reversal of gaze confronts us with the question of who is the aimed spectator. Who is watching who? Additionally, the body of Fides rejects anthropomorphic ideals of appearance, whose concerns are not to look pleasing to the human eye, but rather being content with its amorphous and viscous shape and unimpressed demeanour. How do we, as humans, feel about objects having their own sets of opinions and feelings?