Retro-Venus Black Mirror Beauty Items For Discussion.
The Biometric Mirror installation evokes the Beauty Myth of the Nineties. It’s perfect for Venus Retro and Naomi Wolf is natal Venus Retrograde in Scorpio. Retro-Venus (that’s right, Venus) is soon upon us, and most of it will be in Scorpio. Anticipate an in-depth examination of modern beauty and aesthetic standards.
Seriously, let’s face it: Naomi Wolf in The Beauty Myth was right about so many things. Not least of all the consequence of cosmetic surgery becoming not just commonplace but almost compulsory. She predicted a new ‘Surgical Age’ in 1990, before the advent of facial filler and neurotoxins. FYI, she was born with Venus Retro in Scorpio. She wrote the book that made her name during Pluto in Scorpio, and it became a best-seller over her Pluto-Venus transit.
“The beauty myth of the present is more insidious than any mystique of femininity yet: A century ago, Nora slammed the door of the doll’s house; a generation ago, women turned their backs on the consumer heaven of the isolated multi-appliance home; but where women are trapped today, there is no door to slam. The contemporary ravages of the beauty backlash are destroying women physically and depleting us psychologically.”
On the personal beauty and aesthetic level, Retro-Venus inspires a re-think of policies, an audit or an update. But more broadly, it will focus on the societal image Zeitgeist and the Kardashianisation (new word) of style trends. Of course, if image maintenance and enhancement bring pleasure, they can be a quiet ‘fuq you’ to patriarchal repression. So, to borrow a term from Marie Kondo, does your beauty regime or image maintenance spark joy?
A Futuristic Sci-Fi Beauty Salon
Happily, one of my trusty Mega Mystic members has created the ultimate art exhibition for Retro-Venus:
Biometric Mirror is an immersive installation that blends the act of casually glancing at one’s reflection with modern algorithmic perspectives on facial perfection.
The artwork explores the accuracy and flaws of artificial intelligence and its potential black mirror outcomes.
Biometric Mirror questions the accuracy and assumptions of facial recognition algorithms. Enter a futuristic sci-fi beauty salon and let an AI scan your biometric data and reveal a mathematically ‘perfect’ version of your face. But whose version of perfection is it? Biometric Mirror is an intriguing collaboration with scientists from the Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces.
Science Gallery’s PERFECTION trailer explores the ritualization of artificial intelligence via a ceremony performed by digital shamans on a test subject. This experiment looks at the uncontrollable imperfections that occur when working with the human body in contrast with the controlled and programmable systems of artificial intelligence. How do we reassess and imagine new algorithmic paradigms that encompass imperfection, accident, and messiness?
If you were born with natal Venus Retrograde in Scorpio, your thoughts on beauty, society, sex, and culture are innately deep. You’re auto-set to subvert the dominant paradigm and perceive fashion/aesthetic standards with refreshing objectivity.
Images: Lucy McRae
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