Rehearsals on Faciality Diagrams of AI Avatars


  • Alexander Matthias Gerner Universidade de Lisboa



Facial diagrams, AI Avatars, Schematism, Babyschema, Kawaii Aesthetics, Critic of Physiognomy


As the post-Kantian schēma tradition emphasizes the importance of using mental concepts and frameworks to understand and interpret sensory experiences, in our case dramaturgies of faciality, rethinking different schemata concepts in various rehearsals and theoretical scenes seem fruitful to critically heed the development and use of faciality applied to AI avatars in virtual and augmented reality environments. One theoretical rehearsal to be explored is the baby schema theory as proposed by Konrad Lorenz to explain why certain physical features are perceived as cute. In recent years, the baby schema-cuteness relation has also been studied culturally in Kawaii aesthetics and in the context of virtual humans. In another rehearsal we critically heed exemplary faciality diagrams of Paul Ekman’s Facial Action Coding System (FACS) as a system for identifying and analyzing facial expressions of emotion based on the problematic idea that specific facial muscle movements correspond to emotions as a highly questionable facial diagrams (Stjernfelt/Peirce) –fallible as such – and finally glimpse towards the scenes of Todorov’s critic of facial rapid glance inferences and Lavater’s physiognomics.

Biografia do Autor

  • Alexander Matthias Gerner, Universidade de Lisboa

    The research of Alexander Matthias Gerner,, Centro de Filosofia das Ciências, Departamento de História e Filosofia das Ciências, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal is financed by Portuguese national funds through FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., within the scope of the Transitional Standard – DL57/2016/ CP CT[12343/2018], in the scientific field of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Project: Hacking Humans. Dramaturgies and Technologies of Becoming Other. Position: 2404. Dr. Alexander Gerner is a playwright and researcher in philosophy of science and technology at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon. He holds a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science (Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon 2012) where he is Vice-head of the Research Group RG3- Philosophy of Technology, Human Sciences Art and Society at the Center for Philosophy of Sciences, University of Lisbon (CFCUL). Gerner teaches, among others, in a PD-FCTAS doctoral program in Philosophy of Technology and Science and Art and is invited professor in the courses “Computer and Society” and “History and Philosophy of Technology” at FCUL. He investigates human technology, social, ethical and aesthetic resonance in a critical approach of algorithmic rationalities in his project “Hacking Humans. Dramaturgies and Technologies of becoming other. Research interests: Philosophy of technology; philosophy of cognitive enhancement and anthropology of technology, philosophy of attention, phenomenology and aesthetics of embodied technologies; anthropological, political, ethical, legal and social aspects and aesthetics of emerging technologies and divergent uses.






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Rehearsals on Faciality Diagrams of AI Avatars. (2023). Estudos Kantianos [EK], 10(2), 137.