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Published: 28 Mar 2012

Indie Film Made by Algorithms


Independent film project whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir, directed by England-born American artist Eve Sussman, combines filmmaking with algorithm technology to generate a film that can never be viewed in the same way twice.

Sussman travelled with actor Jeff Wood to the Kazakhstan border of the Caspian Sea and filmed for two years to capture sufficient footage for the project. Sussman and her collaborative team, Rufus Corporation, then pieced together thousands of clips of video footage and voiceovers with a custom-made computer system dubbed the “serendipity machine”. All clips and video components were given tags, so that the “serendipity machine” could look for related parts and connect them.

The result is a truly unique experience, where the footage comes together in a different sequence each time it is shown. Sussman’s project demonstrates how linking art and entertainment with technology can create an even more powerful experience for viewers.

The film has been screened at Sundance and the Berlin International Film Festival this year. It will also be at the Time-Lapse exhibition at SITE Santa Fe in New Mexico from February 18 to May 20.


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