Cultural-based visual expression: emotional analysis of human face via Peking Opera Painted Faces (POPF)

Ding Wang, Jinsheng Kang, Sheng-feng Qin, Johannes Birringer

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Abstract

Peking Opera as a branch of Chinese traditional cultures and arts has a very distinct colourful facial make-up for all actors in the stage performance. Such make-up is stylised in nonverbal symbolic semantics which all combined together to form the painted faces to describe and symbolise the background, the characteristic and the emotional status of specific roles. A study of Peking Opera Painted Faces (POPF) was taken as an example to see how information and meanings can be effectively expressed through the change of facial expressions based on the facial motion within natural and emotional aspects. The study found that POPF provides exaggerated features of facial motion through images, and the symbolic semantics of POPF provides a high-level expression of human facial information. The study has presented and proved a creative structure of information analysis and expression based on POPF to improve the understanding of human facial motion and emotion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11865-11891
JournalMultimedia Tools and Applications
Volume75
Issue number19
Early online date21 May 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

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