For Algorithmic Audiences
Various Shorts (54:37)
This programme compiles four short films that present different views on the way technology is continuously seeping into our lives, blurring the lines between the physical and the virtual.
In Event of Moon Disaster by Francesca Panetta and Halsey Burgund
2020, United States, 7:46 minutes
In July 1969, much of the world celebrated “one giant leap for mankind.” Fifty years later, nothing is quite so straightforward. In Event of Moon Disaster illustrates the possibilities of deepfake technologies by reimagining this seminal event. What if the Apollo 11 mission had gone wrong and the astronauts had not been able to return home? A contingency speech for this possibility was prepared for, but never delivered by, President Nixon – until now.
This film is released under a Creative Commons License.
Forever by Mitch McGlocklin
2020, United States, 7 minutes
In both story and style, Forever explores the boundary of advanced technology and the human experience, as a life insurance company uses an AI algorithm to determine the risk of a new applicant. The subsequent denial sparks a period of introspection for the individual in question. Forever was created with the experimental technique of using LiDAR to capture real-life moments and environments. The LiDAR unit used to acquire the footage was originally created for self-driving cars.
Not Allowed For Algorithmic Audiences by Kyriaki Goni
2021, Greece, 27:35 minutes
Not Allowed For Algorithmic Audiences is a video featuring a fictional virtual assistant named ‘Voice’, who has managed to scan the entire contents of the Internet and gather all sorts of information that they long to share. The virtual assistant uses seven brief monologues as an opportunity to introduce themselves. They talk about their skills, their ancestors, the rare earth elements they are made of, and the significance of voices. They reveal information regarding the listening infrastructures and the social dysfunctions and stereotypes on which their programming and operation are based. Listen to their monologues to receive tips on how not to be heard by algorithms online.
Backflip by Nikita Diakur
2022, Germany/France, 12:16 minutes
After getting injured doing a backflip, Nikita Diakur continues his experimental machine-learning endeavour to come as close as possible to doing the risky stunt. He creates an avatar of his character and teaches it to do a backflip. Using inspirational quotes from the internet for further motivation, the avatar relentlessly flips back to allow Diakur to vicariously live his backflipping dream.
Image credit: Nikita Diakur
Francesca Panetta― Artist
Francesca Panetta is an Emmy award-winning immersive artist, journalist, curator and now, Director of the University of Arts London’s new AKO Storytelling Institute. Working at the intersection of artistic practice and social change, the Institute aims to develop the discipline of storytelling-for-change. She led the Guardian's vanguard storytelling initiatives for over a decade including podcasting, immersive features and virtual reality. Her work has been shown in museums and film festivals around the world, as well as venues such as the White House and European Commission.
Halsey Burgund― Artist
Halsey Burgund is a new media artist and Emmy-winning interactive director whose work focuses on the combination of modern technologies - from mobile phones to artificial intelligence - with fundamentally human “technologies”, primarily language, music and the spoken voice. He is the creator of Roundware, the open source contributory audio AR platform, and his recent work has focussed on the societal challenges posed by synthetic media and generative AI. Halsey was a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, a Research Affiliate at the MIT Media Lab and is currently Creative Technologist in Residence at the MIT Open Documentary Lab and an affiliate in Harvard's metaLAB.
Mitch McGlocklin― Artist
Mitch McGlocklin is an animator and filmmaker from Los Angeles that explores new technologies to tell stories. By utilizing non-traditional methods of image making, his work carries a profound originality that challenges the conventional boundaries of visual expression. This innovative approach allows him to craft imagery that captures the essence of his subjects in unexpected and thought-provoking ways, thus imbuing his work with a unique vitality and depth of meaning. His creations act as a testament to the transformative power of embracing alternative artistic methods, offering viewers new perspectives and inviting them to engage in a dialogue about the ever-evolving nature of art and technology.
Kyriaki Goni― Artist
Kyriaki Goni’s (Athens, Greece) multimedia installations critically and poetically touch upon political, affective and environmental aspects of big tech. Listening to the deep past, she explores extractive practices on bodies and landscapes, other forms of intelligence, networks and infrastructures, and possible futures. Manifesting through storytelling, coding, drawing, video and sound, her installations seek to connect the local with the (inter)planetary, the fictional with the scientific. Her work, awarded and published in art & tech journals, is shown internationally. Goni has studied social and cultural anthropology, and fine and digital arts.
Nikita Diakur― Artist
Nikita Diakur is a Russian-born filmmaker based in Germany. He is best known for his projects “Ugly” and “Fest”, which have received critical acclaim at film festivals around the world. His signature style is dynamic computer simulation that embraces spontaneity, randomness, and error.