Ownership of the Face is a speculative narrative where the human face is an artefact that is highly commercialized and manipulated by external forces. The project portrays the future where facial expressions of the work force are exploited purely for corporate needs and to advertise a strong and successful company image. Through innovative design interventions, Ownership of the Face raises empathic concerns of workers to increase our cultural awareness of social standards and attitudes, and thereby bringing about positive changes to our working environments.
This device is imposed on airhostesses to amplify and exaggerate a ‘genuine smile’, which is a standardized facial expression enforced by airline companies on staff.
The purpose of this mask is to remove or alter desired parts of the face. This plays on the contradiction that the media undermines individualism in creating depersonalized, yet perfect, human products.
These masks give power back to individuals to express their personalities and protect them from social determination. The masks bring attention to the notion that we have reached a point where, without this intervention, we can no longer take control over our own face.
This digital uniform use media techniques but conceptualize real time technology to edit certain facial parts, to achieve perfection in the workplace. It removes individual identity and creates ultimately beautified characteristics.
Ownership of the Face film is a fictional training guide devised for workers to exercise their facial expressions, by using unique devices and exercises. The film explores the potentials in physical modification of the face and communicates the irrationality of demands flowing from occupational institutionalism and mass control mechanisms.