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Desire Line

Ruini Shi (2018, 6:59)
A “desire line” is an architectural term for the informal paths that pedestrians create through open grassland. What these lines represent are the shortest or most navigable routes between an origin and a destination. This film uses this idea in the context of Artificial Intelligence: a bot generates optimal solutions to user problems, its calculations operating as a form of desire line. Set in the near future, the film visualises a bot’s experiences of Valentine’s Day.