Using a computer image to obtain a French national identity




French citizen Raphael Fabre has resorted to deceiving the government and using a computer-generated image of his face to obtain a French national identity card, which he says the French authorities have agreed to without any question.

On his Web site and Facebook account, Rafael posted what he said about the results of his computer modeling skills on the official French national identity card he applied for in April.

Raphael pointed out on his website that the picture is 100 percent industrial, and he resorted to the use of programs with special effects usually used for movies and video games to get this result, and that the upper part of his body and clothes are computer-made.

He says that he has succeeded in following the guidelines for images, making sure the framing, lighting, and size are consistent with government standards for obtaining an ID card. He now has a real, personally identifiable, computer-generated identity card.

The artist designed the image manually using a three-dimensional program instead of digitizing his face using a laser scanner, a time-saving technique used in video games and visual effects studios, as well as the use of particle effects to generate imaginary hair.

He said the project was driven by his interest in distinguishing what is industrial and what is real in the digital age. “What matters to me is the relationship between one’s body and image, absolutely everything that is revised, modified and made perfect, how do we see body and identity today?”

According to Raphael, the French government is not aware of his project, which he published and illustrated through his account on Facebook earlier this week, but it is likely to learn now, and the computer modeling and demand was presented at the Agora exhibition in Paris in early May, May, before receiving the identity.

The French identity card is not mandatory but can be used while traveling through most European countries and other French territories, so the French government may be very unhappy with this technical project.


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