Clément Lambelet: Happiness is the only true emotion (RVB Books, 2019)

Clément Lambelet is an artist who explores societal issues related to humans and technology. His work includes photographic, video and sound forms, displayed as installations. He received his Bachelor of Arts in 2016 at ECAL/University of Art & Design where he currently works as an assistant.

His current researches focus on the diversion of algorithms such as those used for face and emotion recognition or new surveillance systems like body scanners and war drones. His approach reflects the fragile cohabitation between human singularity and control ideologies present in contemporary technologies.

His first book, Two donkeys in a war zone, was published by RVB Books in 2017 and was nominated for the Prix du livre d’auteur at the Rencontres d’Arles 2018.

Happiness is the only true emotion is part of the installation Collateral Visions which explores human singularity inside algorithmic and computer visions.


The Beatles – Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Remastered 2009)

Clément Lambelet gets interested in process of facial automatic recognition and reflects upon its generalisation regarding its development in every social media (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat). For the book Happiness is the only true emotion, he worked on a panel of portraits given by the Pain Express Set from Stirling University in Scotland, he selected one emotion per person, reframed images and saved only the face. The artist manipulated each photograph and worked on its materiality to get more expressive images. These portraits become a vector of emotion. Each picture is then submitted to the Microsoft Cognitive Emotion API challenging the accuracy of these systems. The Emotion API only recognizes Happiness with certitude.

Publisher’s Info

When the air become electric,
Centre de la photographie de Genève, Geneva, CH
curated by Marco Poloni
1 May – 2 June 2019
Collateral Visions in Foam Talent 2017
Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, DE
curated by Hinde Haest
24 May – 26 August 2018
Publisher: RVB Books