Julian Palacz

Mao Yuans

video HD 1080p, 3 minutes ⋅ 2013

The most recent series of renminbi banknotes, the official currency of the People's Republic of China, was introduced starting 1999 and uniformly uses the portrait of Mao Zedong. In this more than obvious clash between communism and capitalism, and the notion of money being representative of captialism, the layer of surveillance is added. Mr. Zedong becomes a victim of a generic face detection algorithm in a consumer camera and is immediately recognized in the crowd of himself.