Google has launched the Art Selfie, a new tool that connects art lovers with thousands of art pieces that resemble their face from art galleries across the world.
Flowing out of an experiment in the US that began back in January and now officially available globally, Art Selfie is a tool powered by computer vision technology based on machine learning.
When you take a selfie, your photo is compared with faces in artworks of museum partners have provided. After a short moment, you will see your results along with a percentage to estimate the visual similarity of each match and your face.
Your selfie becomes a doorway into art – tap on your lookalike to discover more information about it or an artist that perhaps you’ve never heard of before.
Together with partner museums, Google is constantly experimenting with new ways for people to discover and interact with art. In the same spirit, keep an eye out for Art Selfie as an option in Google Lens on Android next time you use Lens on artwork.
“The Google Arts & Culture platform hosts millions of artifacts and pieces of art, ranging from prehistory to the contemporary, shared by museums across the world. To ease the prospect of exploring all that art, we dreamt up a fun solution: connect people to art by way of a fundamental artistic pursuit, the search for the self … or, in this case, the selfie,” said Charles Murito, Google Kenya Country Manager.
Google Arts & Culture puts over a 1,500 museums at your fingertips. It’s an immersive way to explore art, history and wonders of the world from Van Gogh’s bedroom paintings to Mandela’s prison cell. The Google Arts & Culture app is free and available on the web, on iOS and Android.
Now below is the Google Arts and Culture highlights in numbers:
- More than 1500 cultural institutions from 70 countries. See them on the map here.
- More than 6 million photos, videos, manuscripts and other documents of art, culture and history.
- Over 7000 digital exhibitions across the Google Arts & Culture platform.
- Our Art Camera has created over 5,000 ultra-high resolution images of artworks around the world.
Art Selfie has been incredibly popular – with over 78 Million matches being made to date. The program has collaborated closely with over 650 partner institutions from around the word to make the experiment available globally.
Art Selfie has been available everywhere that Google Arts & Culture is available as from today – Tuesday September 4, 2018.