Algorithmic cultural recommendation: the coded gaze and Google’s face match up

Presented by Dr Caro Wilson-Barnao

Date: Friday 3 August, 2018
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2), Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37) 


This paper draws on the reflections of over 40 cultural professionals to consider the delivery of digital access to cultural collections. Using Google’s face match as a case study it argues that the extension of cultural access to media architectures while opening a new space for sharing can obscure the embedding of objects within digital economies and logics. It puts forward the notion of algorithmic cultural recommendation and argues the need to reimage the outsourcing of curatorial practices to new forms of algorithmic mediation.



Caroline is a lecturer in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland. She has many years experience in Public Relations and Marketing especially for non-profit organisations and currently teaches in theory and practical subjects. Her research takes a critical focus on the use of digital media with respect to cultural institutions and public space.  


Dr Caro Wilson-Barnao


About Research Seminar and Workshop Series


School of Communication and Arts Research Seminar Series

The research seminar and workshop series occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

Friday, 23 Febraury

Hybrid: Online via Zoom and in person at the
SCA Writer's Studio
(Level 6, Michie)

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Digital Learning Space (Room 224, Level 2), Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)