Welcome to Wealgo, a New Playground for Custom Biometric Avatars.

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Come and Join the Alter Algos

Custom Biometrics Playground

Wealgo blends face recognition software with video-meetup spaces. It’s an online gathering of customized biometric avatars driven by face recognition algorithms ... a carnivalesque public playground, where Alter Algos meet.

Wealgo enables you to customise your biometric self and meet other Alter Algo’s. Anonymous yet creating embodied experiences, it invites to playfully operate in the shadow or empowers to reinvent identity. Between face and mask, the biometric self merges former dichotomies and consolidates occupant and cloak, alter and ego, creating real experiences in a magical world.
Screen video promo showing Wealgo Fitting Room / Mask Editor & Meeting Room experience. Play with sound ;)

we'll help you explain the basic concepts

Basic Concepts Explained

We believe Wealgo is a novel space that may require some explanation to use. Our Help Section hopes to make you comfortable with basic concepts such as our: Fitting Room, Meeting Room & Lobby. It will also tell you more about the Mask Editor and features to invite friends to Wealgo.

Ready to taste your appetite?

Embrace Your Algorithmic Self

Wealgo is all about experiment. To learn, discover, explore ... the thrills, the horrors, the blind spots. We don't really know where this is going, other than a joy and excitement and an endless stream of ideas, use cases and applications; the experiment itself has no real practical direction.

Have you enjoyed the Playground? Does it clash with your ideals? Would you allow your kids to play? Do you trust it? Can it help to serve any of your needs?

Our Get Involved section hopes to capture some of your feedback. Any input is much appreciated.

how we came to create wealgo

Why Wealgo

Martine had been researching and working with face algorithms for her project 'Art for Machines' when we were invited to a party ... Then came Corona and the party happened in Zoom. We decided to go as Stick Woman en Stick Man. We danced our shoes off that night and had a strange uncanny happy experience of being some other self.

The next morning we woke up and knew we needed to extend our experience to others. To make this public Playground were Alter Algos Meet.

Scheduled Presentations & Meetups

Martine will present her ongoing research Art for Machines & Wealgo at the following presentations. She'll be happy to meet you there, to take questions and discuss collaboration opportunities.

Science Gallery Detroit / TRACKED & TRACED

Watchmen and sentinels were joined over time by security guards and closed-circuit TV, and now, by video, data scraping, and bio-sensors. Retail loyalty programs, website cookies, law enforcement facial recognition software, routine health screening, and airport security lists are all part of the vast presence of different kinds of surveillance in our society.

At current we are starting to design the show together with the SG team in Detroit, expect updates around this.

Science Gallery, Detroit, US

Friday, 10 September 2021 12:00 AM — Saturday, 11 December 2021

Waag, Technology & Society / De Staat Van Het Internet 2021: Inclusieve AI.

Waag's Yearly catchup of dominant internet trends. This year we investigate wether algorithms are a threat or a treat. With Sennay Ghebreab, neuro-informaticus en professor aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam, Marleen Stikker & Wealgo.

online, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Friday, 29 January 2021 5:15 PM

IMPAKT New Years Bal Masqué

The highlight of the ball is the Virtual Background Battle for the best (virtual) costume and the most exceptional background and masks performance. We expect exceptional guests from all over the world at our party. Friso Wiersum will be the MC for the night. Whether you take up the battle, or prefer to be part of the influential audience jury, you are most welcome to toast on the new year with us!

Ofcourse Wealgo will present Wealgo ;)

online, Utrecht, Netherlands

Thursday, 28 January 2021 8:00 PM

14 International CPDP Conference

As a world-leading multidisciplinary conference CPDP offers the cutting edge in legal, regulatory, academic and technological development in privacy and data protection.

Martine will have scheduled Wealgo presentations amongst other artist such as: Jonas Staal, Constat Dullart, Werktank & Faisal Hussein.

online, Brussels, Belgium

Wednesday, 27 January 2021 12:00 AM — Friday, 29 January 2021

Artist in Residency, Institute for Provocation

Artist in residency program in Beijing China at the Institute for Provocation. Through dutch artist foundation Mondriaan Fonds.

Temporary on hold due to the Corona virus situation.

Institute for Provocation, Beijing, China

Friday, 1 January 2021 12:00 AM — Saturday, 31 July 2021

5th EDEN Event on Data Protection in Law Enforcement.

This online conference will take a detailed look at the interlink between “Big Data”, Artificial Intelligence, their use and abuse and the possibilities of criminal investigations regarding new technologies as well as the need for data protection.

online, Brussels, Belgium

Thursday, 17 December 2020 12:00 AM — Monday, 25 January 2021

ISEA2020 / International Symposium for Electronic Art

The 26th International Symposium on Electronic Art turns towards the theme of “Why Sentience?”

online, Montreal, Canada

Tuesday, 13 October 2020 12:00 AM — Sunday, 18 October 2020

SPA2020 / Somfy Awards

SPA is een tweejaarlijkse internationale fotografieprijs die professionele fotografen de gelegenheid biedt om nieuw werk te maken over een van tevoren bepaald thema. In november 2019 zijn negen kandidaten genomineerd. Deze kandidaten hebben nieuw werk gemaakt binnen het thema ‘Gimme Shelter’.

Martine Stig stelt ‘onzichtbaarheid als een mensenrecht’ centraal. Hoe zien computers ons, lezen ze ons? Zijn ze bevooroordeeld? Kunnen we de machine voor de gek houden?

Nederlands Foto Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Friday, 2 October 2020 12:00 AM — Friday, 23 October 2020