Earlier this week we discussed how 1800s neurologist Duchenne studied the components of facial expressions by electrocuting individual face muscles.
It turns out someone has done a modern day version, but automated the process and set the dancing faces of four participants to the rhythm of abstract techno. The video to be seen to be believed.
The compelling clip was actually from posted in the comments of another recent Mind Hacks entry on whether we can fake the supposedly unfakeable ‘Duchenne smile’ and was kindly highlighted by reader ‘Thomas Exciting’, who gets top marks for both his YouTube-fu and his nickname.
The facial expression ballet is by Japanese artist Daito Manabe and you can see more of his work on his website.
Link to facial expression techno ballet by Daito Manabe