Author Archives: Nicolas Malevé

A life template

At its most basic level, a template (1670, originally templet, ‘little temple’, the form changed in 1844, probably influenced by plate ) looks like this: Dear XXXX, By sending you this letter, I accept that the social conventions of language … Continue reading

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False positive

When doing face recognition, the classifier that we use, the Haar classifier first proposed by Paul Viola and improved by Rainer Lienhart, executes a series of tests on the image. As we have seen previously, the algorithm makes a good … Continue reading

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Oh, human fart

Quotes from an article written for Framework: The Finnish Art Review.  From leaving the body to leaving the earth (first sentence and last paragraph of the article). Man is a machine. A machine produced by evolution. I find it impossible … Continue reading

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An average image

Following the definition found in this page, an average image is an image that gives equal weight to each of the component images, combining them to make a whole. Given a folder of the Kurenniemi’s archive, all its images would … Continue reading

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Browsing Erkki’s diary with the help of Paul Hough

During a large part of his life Kurenniemi has produced a diary. Under different forms, written by hand in notebooks, on his computer, in audio cassettes and video. I recently opened a notebook exported in pdf from mathematica conceived by … Continue reading

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Faces of Kuvia

In our test folder Kuvia, we have many images taken daily by Erkki Kurenniemi. In order to detect which ones contain a human presence, we have run a  program written with Opencv using its python API. The algorithm that detects … Continue reading

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The blind leading the blind

With privacy law, copyright, one can only look at an archive blindfolded. Before tedious negotiations take place, images, sounds, videos of the archive cannot be published. They still can remain in the archive though. Can we therefore access the archive … Continue reading

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Tools, interlocutors, probes

We can’t access the elements of the archive individually. Too many of them. We need intermediaries. People to tour us through. Tools, filters, sensors. That will listen, see, aggregate and separate, connect and disconnect, assemble and disassemble. With the intermediaries, … Continue reading

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