Ana Jofre

Assistant Professor of Creative Arts and Technology, SUNY Polytechnic University (Utica, NY)

Utica, NY (USA)

From May 7 to May 17, 2018

Biography —

Personal Website

Ana Jofre obtained her PhD in Physics from the University of Toronto, did Post-doctoral work at NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) in Gaithersburg Maryland, and taught -and did research – at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte for six years before transitioning her career towards the arts. She then completed her MFA at OCAD University in Toronto, then worked as a research fellow in the Visual Analytics Lab at OCAD University, and at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics Culture Analytics program at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. Her publications and conference presentations cover a wide range of intellectual interests, from physics to critical theory, and she has exhibited her artwork internationally. Her creative and research interests include figurative sculpture, interactive new media, public pedagogy, human-computer interaction, and data visualization. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Creative Arts and Technology at SUNY Polytechnic, in Utica NY.

Project —

I will computationally construct personalities and express them through faces. The output of this project will be a series of 3d digital faces, constructed algorithmically in Blender.  A computational algorithm that directs a 3-d digital model will be used to create the personalities by marking the face with a combination of facial expressions, analogous to how traditional mask makers create personalities by combining facial expressions onto a single mask.  The facial expressions imprinted on each 3d digital model will be determined with a simple Markov Chain algorithm. Some selected faces will later be 3d printed and used to create marionettes.