Assignment 1 – Will Walters


The above video is the result of a beautifying filter from a photo retouching app (Meitu) being applied to the same picture (of myself) about 120 times. The filter itself was the one the app called ‘natural’, set to be as subtle as possible. (A slider in the app alters how drastic the changes are.)

To follow the themes presented in the in-class examples, this project was meant to demonstrate certain fundamental artifacts and assumptions in the process itself – in this case, what does the app consider beautiful? We see in the final result of the process those artifacts extracted and brought to their extremes.

The music on the video doesn’t have anything to do with feedback loops, I just thought having it in the background was funny.